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The Drug Of Buying ‘Stuff’

The weather is warm and in the United States we are about to start enjoying some of the national pastimes of our country.   We love things like baseball, apple pie, the 4th of July, and grilling out in our backyards.    Oh yeah, and we also LOVE spending money.    In recent years, I’ve noticed that spending is more than just making a purchase here and there.  It’s almost a ‘crack’ like addiction, whether you wait for that Amazon package at the door or to take a photo of your tricked out new ride to post up on Facebook.   Like it or not, many Americans are addicted to the drug of buying ‘stuff’.    Why is this and how can you get your patterns changed on the home front? It seems pretty apparent that ease of access to drugs can make a user want more of them.  In our spending patterns, the ease of credit, access to our cash, and online transactions with ...

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Keep The Trophy

We all have our pet peeves in life that get under our skin.Every season my kids are engaged in some type of sports program within the local community. They have played in many different sports, and the one thing that gets me each and every season is when the league decides to hand out participation trophies for all of the kids that lose. Look, after twenty years in the business world I can tell you exactly what you get paid for participating . . . nothing.  The big question we ask people at work is whether activity, effort, or result matters most. Unfortunately, many people believe at work that effort is what should count the most towards a reward system and not the results. It didn’t work that way when I started work after college twenty years ago and it doesn’t work that way today. Not only do I think these trophies are a complete waste of my good money ...

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