April 7, 2015

It’s Possible!

I was recently in Timmins, Ontario to deliver a program called “Your Richly Imagined Future” that focuses on the multiple topics of personal finance, motivation, goal setting and creating a healthy relationship with money. One of the attendees (approximately 30 years old by my guess…) said to me: “Robert, this “Richly Imagined Future Stuff” is all well and good for you, and maybe some of the others here tonight – but this can never happen for me”. I was a bit puzzled, so I decided to resort to the best question ever asked by a four year old – “Why?”
May 16, 2015

Which Direction Are You Looking?

I was behind the wheel of a Subaru Forester, idling at a red light in Vevey, Switzerland when suddenly a horn blasted from behind me. I didn’t figure out why until the second blast. My light was green and I was supposed to go. Sounds simple enough, until I tell you that the light that I was looking at was red.
June 1, 2015

Minding Your P’s & Q’s

Long ago, in the days of hand set type, the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s” had to do with the fact that the letter “p” and “q” while appearing to be mirror images of each other – are in fact slightly different. The expression reminded one to be careful not to switch them, since they were side by side in the letter bins. Today, l’d like to relate some P’s and a Q in how we approach our personal finances.
July 31, 2015

Lessons from an Aluminum Boat

Are you on the bottom? Can you feel the bottom?” Strange questions to be asked in a business environment, but not so strange once you realize they were being asked in a 16’ aluminum boat moving slowly on the Detroit River. To a seasoned fisherman like my Dad who was steering the boat they were obvious questions – but to a two to three times a year fisherman like me – much less obvious.
October 5, 2015

Sticky is Good!

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”—Orison Swett Marden I hadn’t thought about this particular quote in a long time and might not have at all had it not been for a unique set of circumstances two weeks ago. I was celebrating my birthday in a pub in Oakville, Ontario with my wife and after dinner, we decided to share a “pudding”—the Brit word for dessert. Fortunately “sticky toffee pudding” was on the menu. I asked her what she […]