I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, Monkey Brain Likes Me

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.” –Stuart Smalley, Saturday Night Live Have you ever sat on the train (or in the bar or at a party) next to someone who wants to […]

Hoarding, the Scarcity Mindset, and an Unnecessary Attachment to Your House

“I steal cracker packets. I hoard them. Once my collection is large enough, I’ll take them to the flea market and try to sell them to discerning lovers.” –Jarod Kintz My parents like to watch the show American Pickers, so when we go home for the holidays, we usually wind up watching an episode (or […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and Anchors

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky “The best lies about me are the ones I told.” […]

Should You Just Donate to Charity Instead of Going to IHOP’s Free Pancake Day?

“He who goes to bed hungry dreams of pancakes.” –Proverb (probably attributed to Aunt Jemima) March 3, 2015 is National Pancake Day from IHOP. You go, get free pancakes, and the cost is a donation of whatever you think is appropriate to give to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I love the notion and the […]

Why That Advice Column and Those Online Financial Calculators Do Not Work for You

“You know how advice is. You only want it if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway.” –John Steinbeck I was kind of a personal finance nerd well before I took the courses needed to be able to sit for my CFP® exam. OK, let’s be honest, I am a nerd. There is […]

The Scarcity Mindset, the Abundance Mindset, and the Impact on Public Policy

Note: A couple of years ago, I had a discussion with one of the deans of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. We discussed collaborating on a white paper for publication addressed at state and national government leaders. Naturally, time and other priorities took hold, and said […]