How I Found the Road to Financial Independence

Captain’s Log: January 1st, 2015 It’s 6am on New Year’s Day and I’m feeling great. I guess that’s what happens when you live on the West Coast but celebrate the East Coast ringing in the New Year. I should send a thank you note to the stork that delivered The Boy and The Girl into …

Level-10 Habits for an Ideal Future

People always ask me, “Hey, Chris…how did you get to be so successful? So organized? So focused? So sexy?” Okay, okay. Nobody has ever asked me any of those questions. But wouldn’t it be cool if people did? Well, life for me lately has been all about trying to get a little bit better every …

Six Ways to Simplify Your Daily Life

Simplicity. We’re all looking for ways to simplify our lives. As Ferris Bueller said:   I’m reading a book called Focal Point by Brian Tracy. This morning I came across his six ways to simplify your daily life. Being the generous, caring guy that I am, I figured I would share them with you, dear …

Dad, why do you drink beer?

“Dad, why do you drink beer?” Oh, boy. Here we go. I haven’t actually been asked this question yet. But I have a feeling that it’s coming sooner or later. The more time I spend trying to think about my answer to this question, the more I feel like I need a beer to help …

I Have Figured Out the Key to Life!

Guys, I did it! I figured out the key to life! Whoo-hoo! What kind of a friend would I be if I didn’t share it with you, right? So, are you ready? Are you sitting down (or standing up at your standing desk)? Here it is: Now here is the part where you probably say …

More Social, Less Media

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I shut off my phone for a whole day! My neighbor has no-phone Sundays, and I always thought it was a cool idea. But I’ve never done it for many reasons: What if someone needs to reach me? What if I go …

Be the change you want to see in the world

I gotta be honest. I hate Facebook most of the time. I removed it from my phone a few months ago, and it felt like a gigantic, annoying monkey was lifted off my back. I gotta be honest. I love Facebook sometimes. In addition to keeping up with some friends and family I don’t get …

Put the Phone Down

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been chatting with someone and they looked at their phone while you were talking. Raise your hand if you’ve ever looked at your phone while someone else was talking to you. Raise your hand if you realize this is completely unacceptable and a bit disturbing. Why do we divert …

Be happy, and the reason will appear

I came across a gem this morning while reading the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: “Be happy, and the reason will appear.” It sums up decades worth of research in the field of positive psychology. The bottom line is that success doesn’t lead to happiness. If we think that way, we’re thinking backward. The reality …