State of Wonder

Do you remember reading hardbound and paperback novels? Many of you still do read paper books. However, for those of us who have transitioned to Kindle, do you remember? Do you remember that while reading them you would become curious as to how much of the book remained? You would flip through the pages that…

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Rules of Civility

Years ago, I was in my room listening to Tom Petty. “American Girl” was playing, and I was enjoying the tune. When I got up to go into another room, I heard my roommate listening to The Strokes, “Last Night.” It was a total coincidence that these two songs played one right after the other.…

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Everyone Has a Story

Planes are filled with stories. On my planes, the seats are filled with anywhere from 69 to 76 stories, depending on the jet. This was back when the planes were full. Now, they appear to have more like 20 to 40 stories, but those stories are no less powerful. The stories were something I had…

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Cash Reserves

Do you need a degree to do finance? A degree can help, but it’s not necessary. A degree will provide you with a foundation upon which to execute financial activities. You’ll learn definitions, principles, and formulas. You’ll explore case studies. You will engage in mock bookkeeping scenarios and financial analysis. Everything you do will happen…

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The 3% Rule

Something that I never thought I would hear myself say is that reading a 2014 earnings call transcript from Federal Express would be a moment that would change my life. The truth is, it not only changed my life, but it changed the way I think about business. During almost every earnings call, there is…

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