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Create Internal Change

by Pete on June 19, 2013

Be the change you wish to see in the world ~Gandhi On Monday we spoke of the alchemical principle that to change something about your life experience, you must change your relationship to that thing. To change your relationship with an entity, you must change yourself. Other than just reading motivational posters that say “Change […]

Alchemizing your life

by Pete on June 17, 2013

In various ancient texts, they speak of the study of alchemy. Most of us have heard of alchemy as a magical process of turning lead into gold. On the surface, that’s all that alchemists do. We see it as impossible so we dismiss it as nonsense. It may be true that lead can’t magically turn […]

The Invisible Hand

by Pete on June 5, 2013

Happy birthday Adam Smith! Who is that you may ask? He is the father of modern economics and theorist behind capitalism. You may not be interested in economics or historical birthdays but this is a guy you should know. His crazy ideas have led to how we see money in the democratic world. Adam Smith […]

Your relationship to money

by Pete on May 29, 2013

Think about your relationship with someone, your spouse, parents, children, or friend. What’s it like? Maybe it’s a loving relationship. Maybe it’s confrontational. Maybe it’s indifferent. Maybe it’s co-dependent. Maybe it’s a combination of all of the above at different times. We know that our relationship to a person determines 1) how we behave around […]

Work vs. Play

by Pete on May 2, 2013

The purpose of life is not to work. The purpose of life is to play. We forget that often. It will help to define what these words mean. Work is anything we do to acquire something else. We work for an extrinsic reward; something outside of the activity itself. At our occupations, we work for money. Money is […]

Attracting What You Want

by Pete on April 26, 2013

In the past few years, one of the biggest thought epidemics or fads (depending on you opinion of it) is the “Law of Attraction.” The movement got a huge push and air of credibility when Oprah Winfrey endorsed it in 2007. She retroactively credited this “law’s” style of thinking for bringing her her good fortune. […]

Would you miss the Penny?

by Pete on April 24, 2013

How often do you carry pennies? Pennies are much more commonly seen in the trays and charity boxes than in any willful transaction. No one wants to carry pennies to buy things with. Pennies are more than just an inconvenience. It costs the United States 2.4 cents to create one penny. Last year, America Jr. (also […]

Mind the Gap

by Pete on April 22, 2013

The most important feature of your personal finance is the GAP. The gap is the space between your earnings and your expenditures, your surplus. You can increase the gap by increasing income, or decreasing expenditures. Everyone knows this, but few actually keep tabs on themselves. Do you know what your surplus percentage from 2012 was? […]

When should you have someone else do your taxes?

by Pete on April 15, 2013

To pay an accountant to do your taxes sometimes seems like a huge waste of money. To do your taxes yourself sometimes seems like a huge waste of time. I hope by now you chose at least one of the two options. What’s the correct one? What is the lesser of the two wastes? In […]

Don’t be proud of busy

by Pete on April 12, 2013

Once upon a time, when I was right out of college, I sold insurance. I was essentially a technologically enhanced door-to-door salesman. Email and cellphones gave me a slight leg up on Willy Loman. Although, if you can’t already tell, I didn’t particularly enjoy the job, I did learn quite a lot from it. A […]

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