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  • Experience

I am pleased to share this “True Wealth” story about the recent experiences of one our Ambassadors Dennis Niven.

Dennis is based in Dennis NivenScottsdale, 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

The Abundance Mindset

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.

Addie-and-Jeremy-MartinApproaching 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 »

  • Core

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…

  • Core

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…