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Thru’ the Fiscal Lens

Thru’ the Fiscal Lens | Freedom vs. Security Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one. (Benjamin Franklin) Venerable Benjamin Franklin’s thoughts on freedom and security as it applies to civil liberties; has similar application to financial freedom and financial security. In our quest for financial freedom, we must venture further from our Cash mooring/anchorage. To most, Cash offers an illusion of security. More so, at times of financial crisis. Even market pros tuck under cover of Cash when they could bottom-fish discount assets during financial crises.…

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Think Freedom! | Recuperative Power

Think Freedom! | Recuperative Power : Are you in a place of misfortune? Look to freedom as your restoration house. In freedom, you might find recuperative magic which should enable you to draw from misfortune, new hope and new strength. So, 1 aspect of venerable Sir Winston Churchill’s counsel in a 16 Oct 1938 broadcast prescribed. It was a time perilous to civil liberties as the world cast into darkness of World War II. In modern times, misfortune has a nature which is mostly, financial. Many are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty or middle income trap. The threats…

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Think Freedom! | Chains Unshackled

Think Freedom! | Chains Unshackled : Do you know the taste of freedom? Having tasted, you could never go back. That is a summation of one giant amongst men. No, not just giant, but a titan among US presidents. How did one reared in humble poverty, not become crushed by self-pity or misperception of ignominy? Born into wealth, and not of poverty; Abraham Lincoln could have easily fallen into the “woe is me” trap which many who were once wealthy then poor, succumb to. After all, at a peak of familial wealth, his father owned two 600-acre (240 ha) farms,…

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Think Freedom! | Creativity Unleashed

Think Freedom! | Creativity Unleashed : Without freedom, creativity lies dormant. In absence of creativity, adaptive functions are laid to waste. As a species, we cannot survive sans creativity. Let alone, be happy where freedom-inspired creativity cannot be present. 21st Century survival and freedom have economic nuance. Before Money became common term for goods and services exchange, wars were fought for control of land and physical resources; with freedom, its prize. Physical motives remain primary war escalators in the 21st Century. Such motives surface however, when financial administration and freedom are weak; and dominate peace or war decisions then. In…

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Think Freedom! | Personality Expressed

Think Freedom! | Personality Expressed : Should we accept mere concessions of freedom? No, nothing but freedom to express to full extent, my personality. Give me All, or give me none of freedom. This would appear to be Gandhi’s version of freedom in his campaign (for India), with the British. How about you? Does the real You feature in your daily living, or is only a fractional part showing up? Are your financials holding you back? Share your story, and what a financially enabled freedom would mean to you.

Think Freedom! | Cover

Think Freedom! | Cover : Every Age proclaims its own version of freedom. From French existentialist philosopher, Jean Paul Sartre’s “condemnation” of the people to freedom through sages of time, to 21st century denizens of Planet Earth. We have our own. What is yours?

The Accidental Ladder Owner – 2014 Special

“I do not create. God creates. I assemble, and I will steal from anywhere to do it.” (George Balanchine, NYC Ballet cofounder) I do not suppose Mr. Balanchine ever harboured intention of enjoining the general public to engage in plagiarism. Rather, as many so enlightened; he embraced that our known world had few uncharted territories of learning. Even in ballet. To establish an emergent style of ballet which he could call his own, he merely fused Imperial Ballet School techniques with other schools of movement to create his signature style in ballet neo-classics. As it is with many, before charting…

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The Accidental Ladder Owner – Column Ten

“I get to do what I like to do every single day of the year. I tap dance to work, and when I get there, I think I’m supposed to lie on my back and paint the ceiling. It’s tremendous fun.” (Warren Buffett) It is 0800, Monday morning. Assuming you are not living in an upscale central business district and Not, owner of the enterprise who lines cash in staff pockets for their showing up at work; you may bristle at Warren’s sanguine thoughts. Au contraire, you might even dislike it! In dark contrast, you could be in rush hour,…

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The Accidental Ladder Owner – Column Nine

“The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats.” (Paulo Coelho) Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it is the ability to act in spite of fear. I say this as a reflective on a past colleague’s compliment about my courage in letting go the apparent safe anchorage of employment for open waters of entrepreneurship. Putting into context, her compliment; my last salaried position before my foray into entrepreneurship was as vice president, holding regional office in investment banking. True, entrepreneurship is akin to navigating the seven seas in sometimes, unpredictable weather.…

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The Accidental Ladder Owner – Column Eight

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” (Danny Kaye) As far back as I can delve into the recesses of my mind, I recall always wanting to be an architect from the age of six. The opportunity in fact, presented itself with other offers to read medicine as well as, accounting and finance after I graduated from college. An emotionally painful choice, I settled finally on accounting and finance over architecture. Impressionable at nineteen, I was swayed by a parent concerned about my future as an architect amid a prevailing…

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