Your Digital Detox

Your Digital Detox

If drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for your body what is the equivalent of this for digitally detoxing your mind?

Thursday morning in Atlanta, Georgia, I am attending our quarterly business coaching session with Ray Sclafani, CEO and Founder of Clientwise.  Of course, I use technology to get my day started.  No need for the old fashion wake up call, I set my alarm on my Fitbit to wake me for a morning run before spending a day with a dozen of my peers.

Compared to Atlanta, Richardson Texas is damn flat.  That was the amazing awakening as I turned right out of the hotel for a morning run.  It is good to get out and see pine trees and less humidity than we have had in North Texas. (more…)

Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day 2016

Father’s Day – food, fun, and stories told.   We take a break this weekend from our Financial Olympian™ conversations to share with you,our memories of Dad. We want you to join us in laughter and memories as we shake the cobwebs off of the past and bring our stories into your present.

I encourage you to read them all and enjoy making memories with your Dad and your children this weekend.

Wondering if I will get a book or socks this weekend – Michael

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Is Your LinkedIn Profile Powerful or Puny?

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Powerful or Puny?

 

Are you looking for a job, or trying to grow your business network?

Do you have a Powerful LinkedIn Profile?

Are you and I connected on LinkedIn?

(Click here for Michael Tannery’s Powerful LinkedIn Profile)

A no answer to any of these might be a hurdle that you want to overcome in working towards your personal business and financial success.

The latest survey data says a full 94% of potential clients’ today use social media in their evaluation of a prospective business. And yet people are puzzled, or at least, skeptical as to why tools like LinkedIn are such a game changer.

Two every second: That’s how many people join LinkedIn as new members, many of whom hope to exploit the platform’s rich resource for industry contacts, new clients and partnership opportunities.

That means that by the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have on average 350 people and counting to compete with for the professional world’s attention. What you do with your LinkedIn profile can mean the difference between garnering views as compared to converting those views in taking the next step of building a relationship with you.

With over 1 billion searches per day for names and companies, LinkedIn is your opportunity to build your business reputation, expand your professional network and help companies and connections know who you are and what you do.

Imagine if you could permanently run an ad in a world newspaper selling the best of “you” — and that anyone with any opportunity, whether it is a job offer, a consulting gig, or a business deal, could find you. That’s LinkedIn.

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Budgets SUCK

Budgets SUCK

Budgets SUCK!

Yes, I think that budgets are the most ill-conceived idea of how to plan for your money on the personal level.

Why?  Very simply – Life Happens

It is those fortunate or unfortunate turns in life that make budgets incredibly useless.  I remember as a child my parents working to have a budget.  The idea in the 1960’s called the Envelope System was to cash your paycheck and put the cash into different envelopes for each expense.  It still exists today, and just like then it only works if and when you have the self-discipline to not reach into the other envelope and borrow from groceries to pay for entertainment.

The problem is people are consumers and are influenced daily in every possible way to spend money.  The self-discipline idea of a budget gets hammered at all the time, and just hearing the word budget can be a self-defeating mental image.  Once the “budget” gets blown, then it becomes a mental spiral towards financial instability.

Budgets work about as well as diets.  Search on Amazon under personal finance for budgets.  The result is 1,112 books.  Search for spending plans and you get about half as many.  Diets – the result is 22,637.  Eating plans gives you 14,057 results.  Obviously, negativity sells better than positive reinforcement.

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THE FINANCIAL OLYMPIAN™ CREED

THE FINANCIAL OLYMPIAN™ CREED

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.   Pause and take a moment, remember those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us so that we can live and make the choices given to us by our freedom.

The Army, National Guard, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy all have creeds. A creed is an oath or saying that provides a value structure by which to live or work by. Creeds then set the tone of life in each service. If you join one of these branches, you will need to learn its creed.

These military creeds are learned in basic training.  The creeds are learned and lived until the daily activity and actions of a United States soldier or cadet are ruled and governed by their creed.  The discipline demonstrated by these women and men is worth learning for our life.

How can you apply this?

Be a Financial Olympian™ and live the Financial Olympian™ Creed:

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