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Focus on What You Have and Give Thanks


Almost 30 years ago, my Thanksgiving dinner was only homebaked bread – not because I loved bread, but because I couldn’t digest anything else.

I had lived through a horrific automobile accident, a diagnosis of colon cancer and the news that it had started to spread, two major abdominal surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and a near death episode brought on by complications. I weighed 112 pounds. I was disabled. We were bankrupt. But I had my family, and…I was alive. There was a great deal to be bitter about then, but much more to be thankful for.

Nearly three decades later, what I have to be thankful for has grown exponentially. I am healthy, and doing work I love. I have lived 30 more years than I thought I would. I’ve been able to be there to teach my daughters to ride their bicycles, and to see their softball games and their school plays. I have been able to help them through college and watch them grow into beautiful, intelligent, caring young women with careers of their own, and I have two delightful grandchildren.

And…I have You. Some of you have been reading this e-letter since its inception, encouraging me and thanking me for helping you with your perspective. We can all find things in our lives to focus on about which we’re angry or sad or disappointed.

We can all find things in our lives to focus on about which we’re angry or sad or disappointed especially this year. I know it’s been a tough year, but if you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, try focus on all of the wonders that are in your lives, instead of wondering why things aren’t better.

Thank you for being there. Be happy for what you have, but always keep REACHING



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16 Disciplines

I suppose it would have been more fun if I called them 16 “hot tubs” for advisors, or less intimidating if I called them “practices,” but after 17 years of working with and observing how the most successful advisors, it's clear that there are branches of knowledge involved. 


Practice these simple 16 disciplines daily and watch how quickly and easily your practice grows.

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