Gaztelugatxe

A Basque word, Gaztelugatxe means “it’s a lot of effort, but worth it”. Seth Godin recently posted on this concept and suggests that it is the opposite of fast, easy and worthless.

Modern society emphasizes the fast and the easy and much of the time the result is worthless. Everyone is looking for short cuts (what are now called hacks) to make everything as fast and easy as possible.

Sometimes making hard work or difficult work easier is a good thing.

Sometimes the continuous search for the quick and easy option is not so good.

Often the real pleasure in life and the real lesson in life is in the journey, not the arrival. Be wary of shortcuts – they may remove the quality that makes life truly worth living.

Seth Godin’s post is here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Seth Godin on Focus

Seth Godin is always good for pithy and concise comments on what makes success happen. In this short post he captures much of the importance of focus.

You will care more about the things that aren’t working yet, you’ll push through the dip, you’ll expend effort and expose yourself to fear.

When you have a lot of balls in the air, it’s easy to just ignore the ones that make you uncomfortable or that might fall. Read the Rest Here

Credit: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Merry Christmas to All

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No matter what faith you practice, if any at all, this is a wonderful season to consider the message of Christmas: good will to all. 

I wish you and yours a happy Christmas and if you do not observe Christmas I wish you peace. 

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Book of the Month: Paychecks and Playchecks by Tom Hegna

Check out the December 2013 Books2Wealth.com Book of the Month for December at www.books2wealth.com. This is a great book on retirement planning with an emphasis on how annuities and life insurance should play a role in your plan.

Read the review and come back here and let us know what you think.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Black Friday – What Should It Be?

It is the Friday after Thanksgiving, the day that the consumer retail industry in the US calls “Black Friday”. Stores are either open at 5:00 AM or have been open since last night. It is the heaviest shopping day of the year. Millions of people flock to their local mall to stand in long lines and fight dense crowds so they can save $19 on something they “have” to buy for Christmas.

For many this has become a new tradition. They enjoy this frenzied shopping experience and they believe they get the best bargains of the season.

For others, like me, it is a bleak prospect, one I have no desire to experience. It concentrates the things I do not like about shopping: heavy traffic, difficulty parking, and crushing crowds of people, not always on their best behavior.

Whether you choose to participate in the shopping madness of Black Friday or you do not perhaps it is best remember what is most important in life and the role that “stuff” should play in that life.

Here is a suggestion: spend part of today shopping if you really think it will make a better life for you and your loved ones. But take at least a few minutes today, on Black Friday, to do something genuinely good for someone else.

The gifts you buy today will be forgotten in a matter of weeks or months. Most will end up in a landfill or garage sale. They will create no treasured memories (with a few exceptions) and they will do little to create true wealth.

Time spent with loved ones and friends, or helping others will be remembered for a lifetime. Those times will truly contribute to a richer life. Remember that true wealth is not about stuff. True wealth is about helping others and being genuinely involved in a relationship with our families, our children and our elderly.

Time for me to go talk to someone.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com