The quiet millionaire

Our greatest battles are with our own minds. – Jameson Frank If there’s one thing that this downturn has shown me, it’s that certain truths really are eternal. (By the way–I hope you had a fantastic weekend. As I sit down and write this, I’m staring at mounds of client paperwork and a lot of tax “season” preparation for my … Read More

The quiet millionaire

Planning to enjoy the fruit of your labors

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” – Clint Eastwood How was your long weekend? Hey–whatever your opinion about labor unions, I think we all appreciate an extra “day off” now and then (though, as with many business owners, my “day off” wasn’t exactly just burgers and … Read More

Planning to enjoy the fruit of your labors

Make these moves now

The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist. – Harold Wilkins Some Mondays are harder than others. That’s why I make it a point every Monday to sit down and write to you–to lift your eyes, to remind you of what’s possible…and, in the doing, it does wonders for *my* state of mind. Yes, even I can fall … Read More

Make these moves now

Classic Paredes: How to thrive now

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. -Theodore Roosevelt It really is the “dog days” of summer these days–temperatures pretty sweltering all over the place! We have clients spread around the country, so we keep getting reports of intense heat all over. Well, this economy is pretty “hot” too. Unfortunately, though, not … Read More

Classic Paredes: How to thrive now

Loving your special children well

Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself. -Theodore T. Hunger First off, I thought I’d point you to a recent USA Today article which does a good job of explaining the current estate tax mess–as well as the dangers for families with even just $1million in assets: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/taxes/2010-07-21-estatetax21_CV_N.htm The article has already … Read More

Loving your special children well

Shoring up your credit

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. -Robert Collier New rules went into effect this week, simple as a pen stroke. Most probably were not even aware. What it means simply is that there will be additional government oversight to oversee existing oversight. Confused? Here are the main changes that could affect you and … Read More

Shoring up your credit

How to know the best time to buy…

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put it into action.” – Napoleon Hill I hope your weekend was as good as mine! I’m not sure if it’s that I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or that I just love warm weather–but there’s just something about summer sunlight… Anyway, … Read More

How to know the best time to buy…

Time to give yourself a raise?

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau Can you believe that this year is just about half-finished? What a wild ride it’s been. The oil spill, the economic chaos, things do feel … uncertain. Which is why it’s so important for you … Read More

Time to give yourself a raise?

Encouragement–and advice from ‘Dad’

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro How was Father’s Day around your house? Did Dad feel special? Well, I’ve got some advice from MY Dad here, in a moment–but before I get there, a couple things: First, thanks for your comments from last week. We are, frankly, honored … Read More

Encouragement–and advice from ‘Dad’

Is now the time to ‘go gold’?

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that … Read More

Is now the time to ‘go gold’?