100% Gratitude

100% Gratitude

When I was at a conference earlier this year, I heard a statement I knew would change my business.  I later realized it would change my entire life.

The statement?

Ninety-nine percent is hard – 100 percent is easy.  Or as Jack Canfield, the bestselling author of The Success Principles, puts it: “99 percent is a bitch.  100 percent is a breeze.”

Take a moment to let that settle into your mind.

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That’s Not Fair

That’s Not Fair

That’s not fair!” – How many times have you heard that cry from a child?

I created a “dadism” about that years ago.  I would reply, “I know, life’s not fair then you die.”

Every day since the announcement of the proposed tax legislation, there are many variations of this reply to the elimination of the deduction for State and Local Income Taxes, Property Tax, and Sales Tax.

Those losing the deduction are the people that have been subsidized by nearly two-thirds of Americans.  The renters are the ones that should be crying out that it is not fair.

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Giving is Twice as Nice

Giving is Twice as Nice

The calendar changed to November just in case you need a reminder in the middle of our 90-degree days!  Buddy and I certainly liked the morning walk in the 40’s earlier this week.

With the calendar change, there are 52 shopping days till Christmas and 39 shopping days till Hanukah.  The retailers are excited, the FedX and UPS delivery guys are preparing for the crush of deliveries and you might be wondering how did this happen so quickly?

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Tax Cuts are a Band-Aid

Tax Cuts are a Band-Aid

There is lots of talk about “Tax Reform” in Washington DC.  If you can ignore the rhetoric and wade through the proposals, then you would see that tax cuts can help boost growth.  However, that boost will be temporary.

In the same process, the tax savings will increase your net after-tax income.  The increase in take-home cash can either be temporary like tax cuts or become permanent.

Spending is the crucial element to balancing the budget if you’re the USA or creating net worth for individuals and families.

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What’s on Your Scorecard?

What’s on Your Scorecard?

HQ2 is all the buzz and whether your city gets the opportunity to become Amazon’s Headquarters’ #2 or this exercise for civic assessment is needed.

In 2001 Boeing was looking to move their headquarters from Seattle.  Dallas was on the shortlist for the potential move, yet failed to secure the opportunity.

The scorecard for this move exposed that downtown Dallas was dead and had no culture.  Losing Boeing may have been the best thing to ever happen to Dallas.  The snub by Boeing jump-started the revitalization of downtown Dallas.  Klyde Warren Park, the Arts District and the signature bridges over the Trinity River are some of the easy to identify results.

Just as cities do a self-examination on their civic desirability, they should measure themselves against other municipalities.  They must keep score.

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