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A tribute to my favorite dog

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Sam is 13. When we walk him without a leash, he never gets more than a little ahead or a little behind us. He hasn’t had an accident inside since he was a new puppy. He rides in cars like a champ. He doesn’t shed. …


The secret that your broker doesn’t want you to know

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Expertise in stocks and mutual funds is wasted. I should know. I spent more than twenty years as an investment expert. Let me let you in on a secret. There is only one stock fund you need. That’s it. Your broker will say need a portfolio of different stocks, bonds…


From $0 to $1,000, a gift for every budget

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We can be lousy gift-givers. Oh, maybe not you. But you know that others are because you have received some of the bad gifts — or no gifts — from friends and family. Let’s fix that this year.

If you have a writer in your life, you can get your…


Take a euphoric moment every day

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We are, all of us, critical creatures. Think about your last performance review, if you ever had one. What stands out? If you are like 99% of people, you won’t remember the areas where you were told you excelled. Instead, you will remember the criticism you received.

It isn’t only…


The Finds and Freedom of an NYC Trash Room

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When we moved to New York City eight years ago, I was not expecting one of my favorite secret benefits of urban living here. Since we’ve been here, we’ve lived in three high-rise apartment buildings, and each one had a trash…


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For nearly any job opening, the world has dozens of qualified candidates. You may be one of them. You could even be the “most” qualified, but that is not enough. Being qualified is, and I want you to hear this, the least important part of the interviewing process. That is…


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We live in a time of the hustle and the side-hustle. Many people of all ages and most people between college and mid-30’s, have a side-hustle. The job you want to do after the job you have to do. For every writer, writing is a side-hustle. For every entrepreneur, it…


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Boredom as a creative tool

Boredom is undervalued. Boredom is vital to creativity and invention. Boredom is a powerful tool to unlock your potential. This is the case for strategic boredom.

Boredom is not a condition to solve, but an asset to manage. It may be the second most important driving force behind human development…


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Crazy happens, but not this crazy. My mother is 91. She has seen everything: economic depressions, diseases, wars and assassinations. Every time I speak with her, she says, “I have never seen anything like this.”

No wonder we are like deer in the headlights. COVID and its health and economic…


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For a business leader or an entrepreneur hiring even her first few team members, there is nothing that will accelerate that business like a great hire, and nothing that will derail that business like a bad hire. A large corporation can afford bad hires here and there, but a smaller…

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