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Yes, I will be car free in Los Angeles in three years. Why am I writing about it now? I am taking the first step to be car free in Los Angeles. I will retire in the next three years and have no need for two cars. Los Angeles is a very much a car town. Los Angeles used to have one of the best public transit systems in the country, but that was nearly one hundred years ago!  Read More…

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Post image for Hobbies Can Be Expensive!

Hobbies take time and money! My wife’s garden is only forty-eight (48) square feet and she spends hours in it every week. It is flowers, plants, herbs and even a few vegetables. I am not complaining because she enjoys it! Hobbies are supposed to be enjoyable and a distraction from your day to day activities. Hobbies can also be expensive, addictive and even a money pit.

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Post image for Summer Vacation Is Over!

Summer is vacation time for families! Most of the world goes on holiday in August every year. Students travel during the summer because they are off from school. For the last fourteen (14) years, I travel overseas during the summer. When students return to school, their teachers usually use vacation experiences as a subject for a composition or discussion. Did you take a summer vacation? Read More…

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Post image for Start Thinking Outside the Box!

Thinking outside the box is one of those metaphors that really need explanation. Thinking outside the box means to think differently, unconventionally or a new perspective. Some business consultants challenged their clients to solve a “nine dots” puzzle which required a creative solution. Often we are caught up with rules or conventions to solve problems versus thinking creatively.  Read More…

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Post image for The Odds Are Against You!

The odds are against you to be successful. 78% of NFL players end up broke! How many people can even say they were a professional athlete? The odds are against you to make it to that level. The odds are against you to be an Olympic athlete too. The median United States household income is $46,326. Half of the families are living on incomes less and the other half exceeds this amount.  Read More…

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Post image for Are You Sabotaging Yourself?

Are you sabotaging yourself? It may be your friends, colleagues or family, someone is sabotaging your plans. It may be you! You have goals or list of things you need to do, but somehow something or someone stops you from achieving them. You tend to blame others for your failure, but it starts with you. We all make mistakes unless it is a habit! Do you sabotage your efforts or allow others to do so? Read More…

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Post image for Are You Tough Enough for Success?

Success is for anybody who is tough enough to withstand the ups and downs! Entrepreneurship is a grueling test much like the Tour de France. It takes mental toughness to get through those stages to succeed. Don’t confuse mental toughness with physical toughness. Mental toughness is resiliency, courage, flexibility, responsiveness, strength and sportsmanship. Are you tough enough? Read More…

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Post image for Personal Finance Education Is the Key to Happiness

Learning about personal finance is the basis for success! If you are looking for a class at your local high school or community college, you will probably be disappointed. Online classes are somewhat limited although there are many books written about the subject. You can find such diverse subjects online as accounting, corporate finance or other college business classes. Does it mean that there is no demand for it?  Read More…

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Post image for Cash is not an investment

If you have an expectation of growth in your investment, forget cash! I am referring to cash investments such as money market accounts, interest bearing checking accounts, savings and certificates of deposits. It is merely a parking space for short term savings! Investing is expending money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property or by using it to develop a commercial venture. Where is your cash? Read More…

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Post image for Should I Buy, Rent a Home or Just Do Nothing?

Buy or rent a home is suddenly a question for me! My plan was always to move one last time to a single level home as I age and can no longer navigate two flights of stairs. I thought this decision would be far in the future because I am a healthy and very active adult (almost 68 years old). So what changed? Interest rates are low and home prices in southern California are not going down! I need to make a choice! Read More…

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