Wasted Time

Wasted Time

Memorial Day

A day to honor those in the United States Armed Forces who have given their life to protect our freedom.  When you see the United States Flag, take a moment, pause and give thanks to all who serve and a prayer to those families and individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial start to summer in the USA and the time to embrace “Wasted Times.”

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Lift and Shift

Lift and Shift

The 1970 Academy Award Winning Best Picture Movie Patton begins with the George C. Scott monologue, Americans Love a Winner.  If you have not watched then you have missed a moment that epitomizes the American Dream. Educate yourself and understand the conflict and opportunity that exists for you today.

My favorite scene of this epic American Movie is “The Winter March”.

This scene encapsulates Patton’s strategy that led to the successful defeat of the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge and rescued the 101st Airborne Division trapped at Bastogne.

“This is where it pays off, the training and the discipline no other outfit in the world pull out of a winter battle, move 100 miles, go into a major attack with no rest, no sleep, no hot food, God I am proud of these men.”

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Grads, Moms and The American Dream

Grads, Moms and The American Dream

The second weekend of May is a reminder of our progress through life.  This is the weekend that we celebrate our Mom’s with Mother’s Day and most Universities and Colleges hold graduation.  Both celebrations represent who we are as a culture of family and opportunity.

If you google “The American Dream” you will get the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931,

“life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth”

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A Tale of Service

A Tale of Service

Yes, I missed a week of writing The Financial Olympian™.

One of the top questions I get is, “Do you write all the blogs?”.

I started writing my blog in June 2010.  Since then, I have written weekly except for a few weeks off from time to time.  Christmas and other holidays are usually my off weeks and there have been a few repeats of blogs.

Last week I took a week off.  It was a combination of the crush of the Spring tax season ending and then my getting the sinus cold from hell.  Those coupled together means last week just passed me by.

One of my favorite phrases is “when you are up to your armpits in alligators it can be difficult to remember that your initial objective was to drain the swamp”.

Alligators for the retail industry is the ongoing battle of bricks and mortar stores versus the online retailers.  How does a company combat this?

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Is there a missing “Peeps®” in your life?

Is there a missing “Peeps®” in your life?

Are there missing Peeps®?

Have you ever had the pleasure of coloring hard-boiled eggs with your children or grand-children and then have the “Easter Bunny” (aka Mom and Dad) hide them for finding on Easter morning?

This was an Easter tradition for our family and it made Easter morning a quick fun filled adventure to find the Easter Eggs. Of course, there is no competitiveness in our family and finding them first and the most was just added pleasure for the day.

When the hunting begins it is filled with screams of joy and laughter as decorated Easter baskets were filled with “their” eggs before breakfast and getting dressed in the NEW Easter dress for church. Three girls – it was a maddening mayhem to do the hair, dresses on, and off to church and lunch with relatives.

Thinking back, it was much like today’s fast-paced data-driven instant gratification life. Too much, too fast and not enough time spent on the important people in your life.

Sounds a lot like email, text, Snapchat, Instagram Facebook, Twitter………………….

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