Unlocking your child's possibilities.

Unlocking your child's possibilities.

I am sure you have facilitated or have been part of one of the age-old conversations between parent and child.“What do you want to be when you grow up?”The Career Talk. Father: Son, what are you going to do with your life?Son: I don’t know.This is such a loaded question for the majority of us. This is one of the hardest questions we will ever ...

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5 mistakes that I have made as a business owner.

5 mistakes that I have made as a business owner.

Quite often you hear about overnight successes. Being a business owner is easy. Things are so obvious and no-one ever makes mistakes. Well, you have heard the analogy of the duck, and the perspective above and below the waterline.Being a successful business owner is so subjective.Are you there to make money, provide a service, put something back in...

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Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is Power

In life there is always something that we want.I want some new shoesI want a better phoneI want a better jobI want to be a better person.All these wants often come at a price. The price being something of value. By that I mean achievement. You may need more money or you may need to make a smarter decision when buying your next pair of shoes. Or you...

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That Extra Step

That Extra Step

In life, there are essentially doers and talkers. You need to think about this for yourself and work out which category you fit in.How many of you have started many projects, but given up half way though? Worked on homework or a project and then simply stopped. This is due to a wide variety of reasons that include being bored, tired or lacking will...

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Pebble in a Pond

Pebble in a Pond

Every action has a reaction and a consequence. If you throw a pebble into a pond, ripples occur and get bigger further out.I had planned to go to a lunch and learn event nearby. A great place to network and watch presentations from people in the business world who share their nuggets of pure gold.Wherever I go, I always plan on allowing extra time ...

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Save first, Spend later

Save first, Spend later

Save First, and Then Spend Pay yourself first. When I first heard this phrase, I actually thought, how do I pay myself? What with?Then I realized that it is not really pay yourself first, but save first and then spend.At some point in time in our lives, it is likely that we have been short of money. Whether it be at the grocery store, travelin...

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Should we be messsaging kids more about money?

Should we be messsaging kids more about money?

In today’s society, kids are bombarded with messages. Hundreds of messages like: Don’t speak to strangers or take their candyDon’t smokeDon’ drink or text and driveUse protectionWear sunscreenDon’t swim after eatingThe list goes on and on and on. But no-one is messaging to kids how they should be managing their money.Messages like these s...

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Everyone has a choice

Everyone has a choice

My wife and I went shopping yesterday at an outlet mall. When we got home, we spoke about our purchases and how happy we were with our choices of goodies.This got us talking about our buying habits in general. What we buy, how much we are prepared to pay and why we actually buy what we buy. We spoke about our general expenses and started to list th...

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The true cost of breaking the rules of the road - Part 2

The true cost of breaking the rules of the road - Part 2

If you remember from Part 1, I was caught speeding 15 mph over the speed limit and was given a ticket. What followed ended up being the best part of $1000 in fines and increased insurance premium and the loss of my good driver bonus over 3 years.Moving onto Part 2.Every weekend across the country, there are instances where people decide to have alc...

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The true cost of breaking the rules of the road - Part 1

The true cost of breaking the rules of the road - Part 1

A couple of years ago, my wife and I embarked on a drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite. We wanted to experience nature. But what I got instead were some life-long insights into the true costs of breaking the rules of the road. I had been driving 5 hours and everything was going beautifully. It was a sunny day, we were within 20 miles of our destina...

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