March 27th, 2015 by Ron Nakamoto
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The following series of short stories evolved from a recent conversation I had with Glen Snyder, an Empowered Wealth Certified Facilitator from Davis, CA.
We were talking about the recent unprecedented retirement at age 24 of Chris Borland, a professional football player with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. After considering the potential for permanent brain damage and other debilitating injuries, Borland decided that his long-term health and well-being were more important than the money, status, and the lifestyle of a professional football player. ESPN published an excellent article on Borland’s retirement
For Glen, this not only affirmed the Empowered Wealth concept of True Wealth, it provides us with a visible, public story to tell.
Here’s part of what Glen had to say:
“My approach to money mirrors the thinking of Chris Borland from the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Read more »
March 20th, 2015 by Ron Nakamoto
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I am pleased to share this “True Wealth” story about the recent experiences of one our Ambassadors Dennis Niven.
Dennis is based in Scottsdale, AZ. He is a partner in a firm that serves small to mid-sized businesses as their outside financial/management advisor. He has special expertise and experience in mergers and acquisitions, as well as exit transactions. It is in this latter area where this story begins.
Part 1: The Professional Crisis
In a recent interview, Dennis described to me a series of events that led to a rift between him and his firm. The company had for several years offered a training class on “exit planning” for business owners. This class was offered in conjunction with a third party vendor with expertise and experience in the field. Through a series of events, Dennis had become the replacement instructor for this course. He enjoyed mastering the material and then teaching the curriculum to his partners.
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March 13th, 2015 by Addie K Martin
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I work primarily as a freelance writer. Each month is unpredictable, dependent on me picking up new work or maintaining existing work relationships. Despite the relative uncertainty of my freelance lifestyle, I enjoy it. Sometimes it can be hard, though. That’s especially true when I’m not approaching my work from a positive mindset. However, I was recently able to recognize the abundance that surrounds me each day, instead of dwelling in the struggling, “scarcity” mindset. I’ve finally figured out that this abundance mindset is one of the secrets to making the most of my life.
Approaching life from the abundance mindset has allowed me to identify and attract opportunities that I previously overlooked or wasn’t even aware of before. When I was approaching freelance work from a scarcity mindset, I had a much harder time bringing money and resources into my life. Up until recently, that mindset was basically how I was approaching my work. When I look back on the last couple of years, I see the threads of stress and desperation in my approach. It’s not that I was miserable, but instead of focusing on the joy I was getting out of my work and rejoicing in the service I was providing others, I was sitting here wishing I had more work, more money, more of everything, basically. Read more »
March 4th, 2015 by Ron Nakamoto
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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?
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…