• Core

This post by Shane Parrish captures a powerful idea from Atual Gawande's book "Being Mortal". Telling the story of cancer patient Jewel Douglass, Gawande shares some of the agonizing choices and thoughts that each of us and our families might face at any moment when life is at stake.

“Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.“Douglass' story highlights Gawande's thoughts about choices and also describes what a better decision-making method might look like. This is a powerful post with broad implications.

In our work at Empowered Wealth, it's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest that we (collectively) have also allowed our fates to be controlled by taxes, maximizing return-on-investment, "controlling from the grave", and well-meaning but narrowly focused attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, and asset managers. An expanded worldview, an Empowered Wealth Mindset, is one antidote that we know can remedy this situation. While not an immediate life or death conversation, the conversation about what matters more than money is an important one that informs and shapes an individual's and their family's story.

No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most | Farnam Street

  • Core

Lee Brower talks about having a bigger future and always having a bigger "Horizon" to shoot for. He also talks about celebrating the small steps, the progress, that we make. Leading Empowered Wealth Connect www.empoweredwealth.com/connect , I realize that much of our content and ideas have evolved from working with entrepreneurs. I, therefore, found this brief essay inspiring because of the "Horizon" it suggests and the progress we've made to get here. Despite all of the substantial negativity and bad things happening in the world, we may truly be "in the place of greatest potential."


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  • Contribution

In this video, Adam Grant, Wharton professor and the author of “Give and Take”, gives some practical tips on how to be a “Giver” in the business world. He talks about a realistic paranoia when around “takers”; how “givers” are both the most and least successful in business; how giving “high value” at “low personal” cost is a way to sustain giving over a longer period of time; and how being able to ask for help creates a better environment for giving in the world. I found these insights to be useful as we continue to explore “Contribution” and “Empowered Gratitude” as part of the secrets of True Wealth.



  • Experience

October 8th, 2014 by Ron Nakamoto

Meaning in the Purpose Economy


Originally shared by +Ron Nakamoto

Meaning in the Purpose Economy

I recently met Aaron Hurst, author of “The Purpose Economy”, at a meeting on impact investing. Impact investing promises to combine traditional philanthropy with investments in for-profit businesses that have a worthy cause built into their business model. For me, “Purpose” in this context suggests a cause that’s of benefit to others either directly or indirectly through the environment or sustaining life through technology, research, etc. As the meeting was ending, I asked Aaron what the difference might be between “meaning” and “purpose”. He replied that for him, they are synonymous; that they are interchangeable.

Lee Brower and I had just completed a book review of “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. What was on my mind was Frankl’s assertion that one can find meaning in work

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