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Motivation and Productivity

Eight Small Steps to Move Outside Your Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago, I was at a conference when I struck up a conversation with an older businessman. As we talked about the economy, I mentioned how it was really important for people to constantly adapt in an ever-changing world. The businessman turned to me with a surprised look. “I’ve been with my wife [...]

Stop Making Excuses and Just Go For It!

“I don’t feel like going running today…I’m too tired.” “I can’t believe that Jessie made so much money on his last company. I am way smarter.” “She’s so annoying…I can’t believe she said that to me. If I had my way, I’d give her a piece of my mind.” We all make excuses. It’s a [...]

Lose the Jerks

I recently got this e-mail from a good friend: “Hi Vik. I need a bit of advice. I have this co-worker who is a total jerk. He keeps bad-mouthing me and generally gets in the way of my productivity. I’ve made some efforts to fix the situation; after all we’re supposed to be helping each [...]

Crawl Before Walking, Walk Before Running

A few years ago, a good friend of mine set a New Year’s resolution of getting in shape. He was planning to hit the gym at least five times a week. On January 1st he went to the gym and worked out hard for two hours. The next day he was extremely sore, but he [...]

The Secret To Maximizing Your True Net Worth

It’s so easy to get comfortable in life. We start out all excited about our relationships and careers. We’re willing to work hard to learn about the other person and develop our skills. Fast forward five years. We’re set in our ways. Somewhere along the journey, we stopped learning and growing. How do you fight this [...]

Four Experiments to Help Fight the Downward Spiral

Have you ever had one of those days where you just can’t seem to catch a break? Those days where you feel like you don’t have a purpose and that nothing really matters? These are the days that can really hurt us. We might make a bad spending decision or say something inappropriate at work. [...]

Do What You Love, And Get Paid To Do It

When I was in college, I had one goal: make a lot of money. Then, after I was rich, I could do what I really wanted to do. Throughout high school and college, I kept asking myself that question: what is my reason for being here…and I could never come up with a definite answer. [...]

The Great Fundraising Racket

Happy Halloween! This year, I'd like to scare you all with a terrifying tale about money and mayhem… Several years ago, a former government employee named Alfred Villalobos quietly left his job to start up a new company called Arvco Financial Ventures. This new business focused on helping large investment funds (such as private equity [...]

Why Reflection is Important

Several weeks ago I met up with a close friend for coffee. My friend is a hyper-competitive person; she works in the finance industry and puts in a lot of hours every week. We started talking about the concept of time for reflection and immediately got into an argument. My friend claimed that reflecting on [...]

Why “Good Enough” Isn’t Good Enough

One night back in high school, I was working on a rough draft of a paper. I had been working on this paper for awhile and was sick and tired of hammering away. How much longer did this need to go on? I read it over, thought that it was “good enough,” and headed to [...]