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My office is on the perimeter of a golf course.  I enjoy watching the golfers. There is a member of this club who is a world-class, amateur golfer.  He has won several international tournaments.  And here is what I have learned from him:  success is earned in the shadows.  Let me explain.This man...
03/30/2009
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Taking a new direction in business or life is really really scary.  Inertia is a powerful force and it pushes us to do today what we did yesterday - for better or worse. While I would never advocate “ready, fire, aim,” I do believe that there are times when you need to stop the analysis, take yo...
03/26/2009
In this past Saturday's New York Times, writer Joe Nocera (Pulitzer prize finalist) writes about standing in line on Thursday, March 12 to see Bernie Madoff plead guilty... speaking with victims of Madoff's chicanery. In Nocera's unscientific survey of victims, he found that many of them want "ju...
03/18/2009
Last week’s blog entry was about the mindset and strategies we all need to bring to the economic crisis, the goals being both survival and prosperity. I would be remiss in discussing any challenge without focusing on the subject of persistence. In both good times and bad, an unwillingness to give...
03/11/2009
No one knows when the meltdown is going to end. I am predicting 24 months. My guess is as good as anyone else's. However, after studying successful people for 30+ years, I do feel I have insight into the approaches of those who will survive and prosper during and after the meltdown. Here are four...
03/02/2009
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Since I hold myself out as a real-estate expert, the question that people are always asking me is “how much lower?”    In other words, how much lower will housing prices go before they hit bottom? Well, of course, I don’t know but the chart below, produced by economist Robert Shiller and excerpte...
02/23/2009
Americans have a love - hate relationship with credit cards. On the one hand, it is hard to argue with the amazing convenience of this little piece of plastic. In fact today there are almost a billion active credit cards in the United States - more than 2 cards for every man, woman and child in t...
02/13/2009
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There is so much going on these days that I am touching on a couple of topics today... Will the McMansion become a dinosaur?   The National Association of Homebuilders reports that after years of growth, new home sizes are shrinking.  This is a reflection of what home buyers want today.  Some bel...
02/04/2009
Last Friday’s (January 30) New York Times front page included an article about legal fees: “Billable Hours Giving Ground at Law Firms.” This article raised the question whether clients were being treated fairly when the measure of a legal fee is the attorney’s time expended. An obvious concern i...
02/03/2009
The new Administration is seriously considering a revision to the bankruptcy law that will allow Judges to "cram down" mortgages on residential properties. Actually bankruptcy judges already have the power to modify mortgages on vacation homes - just not primary residences. Consumer advocates arg...
01/27/2009
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