Saturday, August 15, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....


What I’m ReadingFuture Shock by Alvin Toffler


What I’m Listening To: Empire Entrepreneurial podcasts …


What I’m Working On: My Plan ...


Where I’m Succeeding: Organizing …


Song Stuck in My Head: “Until the End of Time” – by Tupac


Where I’m Struggling Homestead projects – got rained out while cutting the grass today and currently have multiple projects on hold…


What I’m Grateful For: Compound Interest …


Quote That Has Me Thinking: “The tranquility that comes when you stop caring what they say, or think, or do, only what you do. Not to be distracted by their darkness. To run straight for the finish line, unswerving.” - Marcus Aurelius


What I’m Excited About: Opportunities to serve 


What I’ve Been Pondering: Side Hustle ideas ….


Saturday, August 8, 2020

Marcus Aurelius Quote....


“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care more about their opinion than our own.”  - Marcus Aurelius 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography … we need someone like him today…


What I’m Listening To: Motley Fool’s investing podcasts …


What I’m Working On: Weeding my gardens ...


Where I’m Succeeding: Relaxing …


Song Stuck in My Head: “Keep The Wolves Away” – by Uncle Lucius


Where I’m Struggling Homestead projects …


What I’m Grateful For: Friendships 


Quote That Has Me Thinking“Don’t speak until you are sure you have something to say, and know just what it is; then say it, and sit down.” - Dale Carnegie

What I’m Excited About: Friends getting better 


What I’ve Been Pondering: Defining success …

Saturday, August 1, 2020

July Book Review....

1.     The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin: Solid investment advice on how to use indexing to build a nice nest egg for retirement, including arguments against stock-picking and high-fee advisors.

2.    It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff: Exactly what you would expect from a leadership book from a career military officer who turned the USS Benfold from one of the worst to the 'Best Damn Ship in the Navy' within 2 years, while also inspiring his crew to take ownership of their performance and futures.

3.    The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: Another life hack book from the life hack master. Ferriss lays out the secrets (hard work and discipline for the most part…surprise!) for building your best body. My son and I followed his 28-day replicate of the infamous Colorado Experiment, with my son gaining 9 pounds of muscle and me putting a ½ inch on my arms at my age….

The History of Money in America by Alexander del Mar: Excellent book that details not just the evolution of paper, coin and other forms of money in America, but the motivations behind its coming to be and the long-term impact of 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography 

What I’m Listening To/Watching: Wes Moss Money Matters podcasts …

What I’m Working On: 28 Day Colorado Experiment (last day) ...

Where I’m Succeeding: Getting over vertigo …

Song Stuck in My Head: “What are you listening to? – by Chris Stapleton

Where I’m Struggling Understanding certain things better …

What I’m Grateful For: A great long-distance conversation early this morning …

Quote That Has Me Thinking: “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” - Viktor Frankl

What I’m Excited About: Making things happen 

What I’ve Been Pondering: How to finish one book and start another …

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Genius of the Charles Bukowski

Me and a friend have been studying Stoicism together and he came across this poem, which has me thinking this morning…

There is enough treachery, hatred, violence, absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

And the best at murder are those who preach against it
And the best at hate are those who preach love
And the best at war finally are those who preach peace

Those who preach God, need God
Those who preach peace do not have peace
Those who preach peace do not have love

Beware the preachers
Beware the knowers
Beware those who are always reading books
Beware those who either detest poverty
Or are proud of it
Beware those quick to praise
For they need praise in return
Beware those who are quick to censor
They are afraid of what they do not know
Beware those who seek constant crowds for
They are nothing alone
Beware the average man the average woman
Beware their love, their love is average
Seeks average

But there is genius in their hatred
There is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
To kill anybody
Not wanting solitude
Not understanding solitude
They will attempt to destroy anything
That differs from their own
Not being able to create art
They will not understand art
They will consider their failure as creators
Only as a failure of the world
Not being able to love fully
They will believe your love incomplete
And then they will hate you
And their hatred will be perfect

Like a shining diamond
Like a knife
Like a mountain
Like a tiger
Like hemlock

Their finest art

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Life@Sea....TR Quote...

"We of the great modern democracies must strive unceasingly to make our several countries lands in which a poor man who works hard can live comfortably and honestly, and in which a rich man cannot live dishonestly nor in slothful avoidance of duty; and yet we must judge rich man and poor man alike by a standard which rests on conduct and not on caste, and we must frown with the same stern severity on the mean and vicious envy which hates and would plunder a man because he is well off and on the brutal and selfish arrogance which looks down on and exploits the man with whom life has gone hard." - THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: The History of Money in America by Alexander del Mar 

What I’m Listening To/WatchingJocko Willink podcasts …

What I’m Working On: 28 Day Colorado Experiment ...

Where I’m Succeeding: Keeping things moving forward …

Where I’m Struggling Vertigo (it sucks) …

What I’m Grateful For:  Friends getting better …

Quote That Has Me Thinking“I started to see life as a series of obstacles that were tests, trials…of how to be a better person…When I see something happen, I don’t think ‘this is so unfair, why are they doing this to me?’ I think instead, “okay am I able to rise to figure out a solution to this?” And I’m not always able to do that, but when I do, I feel like it’s genuine progress.” - Janna Levin

What I’m Excited About: Opportunities to serve 

What I’ve Been Pondering: What future success looks like …

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bruce Lee Quote....

“Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Machiavelli Quote....

"All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." - Niccolo Machiavelli 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Life@Sea/Great Quote...

My old Army buddy, Ragnar, staying in shape while traveling up and down the northeast coast putting in work…

“You can fix yourself. You can be better. Your genes can work better. Everyone, no matter how dire their circumstances or how “poor” the cards they were dealt were, can forge their own epigenetic destiny.” - Mark Sisson 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Reading List....

June reading list, with summaries…..

1.     Stoicism (Ancient Philosophies) by John Sellars: Solid overview of the development, history and timeline of the Stoic philosophies, to include the many authors who paved the way.
2.     Meditations by Marcus Aurelius: The life philosophy of one of the great stoics, covering birth, life, death and everything in between. Some exceptional quotes to draw on for every area of life.  
3.    On the Shortness of Life by Seneca (The Younger): Quick read on the importance of living and actually enjoying life, with several reminders of how quickly it passes us by when we do not focus on what’s important.
4.    The Silence: What it is and How to Use it: by David V. Bush: Biblically based book on the importance of silencing our minds and being in tune with nature, our community and God.
5.    The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: Encyclopedia of best practices for shortening your workday/week or even ending your current career so that you can pursue your real passions.
6.    The Art of Getting Money by P.T. Barnum: Nice reminder of some of the basics of accumulating and, more importantly, holding onto, a fortune. It’s amazing how these principles withhold the test of time, regardless of changes to political parties or economies.
7.    Escape by Paula Pant: Fast read about the basic principles, including actionable specifics required, to retire early and live the life you want.  
8.    Common Sense by Thomas Paine: Moral and political arguments presented in 1775-76 for independence from England and the establishment of a democratic republic.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Epictetus Quote...

“Of things, some are up to us, and some are not up to us. Up to us are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion and, in a word, all our actions. Not up to us are our body, possessions, reputations, offices and, in a word, all that are not our actions” – Epictetus

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Thoughts....

As a Christian and combat veteran, both of the following quotes ring very true to me on the day we celebrate those who made the ultimate sacrifice, which allow the rest of us to enjoy the everyday freedoms we take for granted.

“No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American G.I. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.” –Author Unknown

Sunday, May 24, 2020

May Book Quotes....

I read a fair amount. I say ‘fair amount’ because volume is relative and some of you might read considerably more than I do. During my best year, I was able to get through 78 books, but, over time, I have reduced my reading load to around 2 books per month, focusing primarily on financial literacy, leadership, and fitness. I write brief summaries on each book I read, which I share at the end of each year. Recently, I decided to start listing my favorite quote from each book, which I will share more often. Below are quotes from the books I’ve read to date during the month of May, along with my thoughts on those quotes as they relate to our current situation….

From The Design of Business by Roger Martin: “Design isn’t just about making things beautiful; it’s also about making things work beautifully.” – This pandemic has resulted in our society having to make massive shifts in the way we work, shop and communicate with each other. How can we design our lives going forward so that we are protected, but do not lose those things which are most precious to our livelihoods, relationships, and souls?

From Keys to a Successful Retirement by Fritz Gilbert: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born…and the day you find out why.” – All of us were born for this moment in time, but we have to recognize this and take action. Who will we be for someone that needs us right now? How do we want to be remembered by others when times were tough?

From Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy: “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” – I love this quote. With everything going on in the world, this is a critical question to ask, both for ending this pandemic and in deciding what we want our individual futures to look like. Define what success looks like to you and then map out your path to get there….

From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: “…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” – The character in the story who makes this quote goes on to discuss one’s ‘Personal Legend,’ which really has me thinking more and more about what I was put on earth to accomplish. What is your ‘Personal Legend’ and what are you doing to achieve it?

We each take different lessons from the books we read, the lives we lead and the lessons we heed. Continue to look for opportunities to learn, grow and get better. Feel free to share any recent books you’ve read, along with your takeaways…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020


My old Army buddy, Ragnar, staying buff and in shape while keeping America moving….

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli  …

What I’m Listening To/WatchingJocko Willink podcasts…

What I’m Working On: Home projects ....

Where I’m Succeeding: Sticking to the plan(s) ….

Where I’m Struggling Emotional intelligence ….

What I’m Grateful For:  An increased appreciation for the importance of time ….

Quote That Has Me Thinking“Our lives aren’t shaped by our conditions. Our lives are shaped by our decisions.” – Tony Robbins

What I’m Excited About: Opportunity 

What I’ve Been Pondering: How to best serve others during these times