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This brief post by Ken Blanchard talks about ideas from his latest book. I was particularly struck by this notion of "outward" focus versus "inward" focus because it's something that we talk about at Empowered Wealth as well. I also found Blanchard's framing of the subject as "spiritual" – that is, the opposite of "material" – to be a simple, elegant, and, as he puts it, "universal" way of expressing what spirituality means.

In our work, we have seen that an inward focus is a state of mind, a way of being that prevents us from "Going B.I.G." (begin in Gratitude). For me, when I find myself manifesting an inward focus – thinking that I "deserve" something, for example – I now know that I need to shift my focus and ask who can I thank or what small thing do I appreciate or how might I contribute to someone else's progress at this moment?

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Refiring Spiritually: Working for the Common Good
In our new book Refire! Don’t Retire: Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life, Dr. Morton Shaevitz and I talk about four keys. The first key, Refiring Emotionally, is about creating connec…

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The blog post below by Eric Barker features the work of Barry Schwartz, author of "The Paradox of Choice". Schwartz's basic premise, backed by his research, is that having too many choices in our lives has become overwhelming, leading to greater unhappiness rather than happiness.

Over a decade ago, Empowered Wealth commissioned a study that indicated that the loss of choice and control was the number one fear of affluent families. Juxtaposed with Schwartz's work, there is indeed a paradox: we fear loss of choice and control but the reality of having so many choices makes us unhappy.

Empowered Wealth has adopted the acronym VUCA (which stands for "volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous") to describe the world that we live in (i.e., this world of too many choices). As one might surmise from Schwartz's quote above, he advocates the practice of Gratitude as one of several methods to become happier in a VUCA world. This is very consistent with the Empowered Wealth Mindset and our education, training, and coaching programs.

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How To Find Happiness In Today’s Hectic World
How To Find Happiness In Today’s Hectic World Trying to find happiness in a world so busy and complicatedcan seem impossible. What’s weird is that in so many ways our lives are objectively better than…

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February 17th, 2015 by Ron Nakamoto

The Inner Drive to be Free

Lee Brower's "Meaningful Mondays" message this week is perhaps a bit controversial because of his apparent support of lying. I'll leave this to your best judgement as you watch the video and consider these remarks:

Part of Lee's message is that telling the truth is a choice and that the ability to make wise choices is a learned skill. How might we learn to think and choose wisely? Perhaps this learning occurs best in a supportive environment that allows family members to make mistakes instead of being controlled by rules, regulations, and advancing technology. Perhaps that's how we might nurture wise thinking and wise behavior without stifling our best and brightest family members and their desire to be free.

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February 11th, 2015 by Addie K Martin

Leveraging Assets to Serve Others

Though I’m quite the busy bee these days, I make time in my schedule to serve my community by way of what Empowered Wealth calls “Experience” and “Contribution” Assets, namely using my skills to help other people.

Right now I have just a bit more time than money so I’ve been mainly using my expertise to serve others. The benefits come back in spades because not only do I get the satisfaction of helping those around me in need, but I’m also contributing directly to the betterment of my community. That’s important to me.

The principal skills I have to offer my community are my cooking skills. I have an undergraduate degree in culinary arts and worked in Read more »