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The More You Know: Avoiding Cynicism

By Chris Brady She wasn't exactly keeping up with me. I turned, amidst the crowd, to discern why. A moment's glance contained the explanation: she was trying to walk on the tiles of a certain color while dodging the rest. "Do it with me, daddy!" she gushed. And I couldn't help but comply. It didn't matter that we were surrounded by a hundred … [Read more...]

Exposing the Origins of Financial Myths

By Garrett Gunderson “A myth is a fixed way of looking at the world which cannot be destroyed because, looked at through the myth, all evidence supports that myth.” —Edward de Bono If, as I claim in my book Killing Sacred Cows, much of what we’re taught about money is false, then why are these myths so prevalent, and where do they … [Read more...]

Public Education’s God Complex

By Bryan Hyde The term “God complex” is sometimes used to describe those in influential positions who behave with such arrogance that they believe they are acting as God Himself would--if only He had all the facts. A fairly recent textbook example of such all-knowing behavior involved members of the Utah State Board of Education. How ironic … [Read more...]

Self Governance: Our Job As Citizens

By Oliver DeMille My oldest daughter asked me recently, "What is the key thing to know about freedom?" I answered, local governance. The most basic unit of society--above the family--are small councils that include all adults in the decision-making process. These councils maintain freedom by including in all local decisions the voices and … [Read more...]

Never Complain or Explain

By Orrin Woodward Leaders address issues head on, but refuse to complain about them, seeking to resolve, not inflate the matter. Has complaining about something ever produced real change? Any change that is browbeaten out of another isn’t a true heart change. One can watch husbands and wives complain to, and about, each other endlessly, but … [Read more...]

The Mouth Speaks

By Orrin Woodward For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. - Matthew 12:34 It’s amazing how much one can learn from a person just by listening. People who believe that they have a positive attitude, give away their negativity when they speak. I like to begin mentoring sessions with, “Tell me the good, the bad, and the … [Read more...]

Leadership Control & Influence

By Orrin Woodward Don’t let the issues outside of your control, stop you from addressing issues inside of your control. If I have seen it once, I have seen it a thousand times, a talented person with a willingness to work, stopped cold by dwelling on issues outside of his control.  This type of thinking takes on many forms, but here's an … [Read more...]

How to Achieve Dysfunction Through Logical Fallacies

By David Grant Welcome one and all.  We are here today to teach you how to screw up your life. We hope you will apply the lessons you learn here to destroy your health, your marriage, every positive relationship, and make you poor, needy and dependent. Don’t worry, you can live on the government dole and someone else will do the work that … [Read more...]

Leaving a Leadership Legacy

By Orrin Woodward What does it mean to leave a legacy? One of the definitions is defined as something handed down from an ancestor, predecessor or from the past. Leaving a legacy then, means to pay forward into the next generation, the life principles that made a difference in one’s life. If you learned financial principles that made a … [Read more...]

Jesuits, Teens, Romance, Statistics and Frontal Lobe Development

By David Grant In 1552, St. Francis Xavier, one of the founders of the Jesuits, sailed to China in an effort to convert souls to Christianity. He never made it to the mainland, but others would soon follow who would have vast impact in China and on world technology exchange. The same efforts were undertaken at about the same time in South … [Read more...]