What makes you happy and gives you peace? Interesting, engaging work? A parade of new clients? Several months backlog? Money in the bank? (Maybe not a lot, but enough). Decide. And then do everything in your power to make the most important thing happen. Being self-employed is tough. You deserve it.
Set you DVR and record the 2003 Daredevil move starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. It is an overlooked and often maligned film but is one my favorites: the Daredevil character is compelling and the cast includes some great actors: Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, Colin Farrell and (the sadly missed) Michael Clark Duncan. Check it [...]
Why does no one mention the marvelous and intriguing fact that the the moon fits almost perfectly over the sun?
Spending the annual long weekend on the cruise ship on land called Woodloch Pines. In our first years here, the kids, all 11 of them, were little. As a team we didn't stand a chance against the families with older kids. They were too fast and they were better at trivia than our brigade of [...]
"I walk around my house sometimes. It's a really nice house, I like it a lot. And I think to myself, 'My imagination created all of this'". - Quentin Tarantino
"The malice of poverty is to have nothing to give." Emmet Fox
Gratitude makes everything better because gratitude, without fail, serves to improve our attitude. And isn't our attitude what really matters? How many apparently unhappy people do you see driving very expensive cars? Or complaining that their soup is too cold? Or too hot? How many times do we grumble about our lot in life just [...]
In my recent post, Kid Power!, I wrote about the Echo Boomers, the children of the Baby Boomers, now age 18 to 31, and the largest generation in U.S. history. I recently became an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University where I teach in the Kislak Real Estate Institute with Don Moliver, PhD., MAI, CRE. There are [...]
I have received a number of inquiries about appraising Jersey Shore properties that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy for casualty loss under Internal Revenue Service Rule 165. Thus far, I have not taken on any of these projects. I am not going to lie to you, this has ticked off some clients. Let's start from [...]
Repeat After Me: “I, (state your name), am not a commodity. I offer unique and valuable services. My clients (customers) benefit greatly from my skills and experience.” Avoid commoditization. If you allow yourself to become the human equivalent of a bushel of corn there is only one way your income can go: down. I can’t emphasize [...]
I am in the process of changing my website and made a terrible discovery - it is like moving one's home. So much junk to box up, save or discard. Good thing I don't have to pester a buddy with a pickup truck.
Show of hands. If you see on the street: A (likely homeless) man holding a Going Out of Business sign; A kid flipping what appears to be a small surfboard about; or A guy dressed as the Statue of Liberty touting "expert" tax services. Are your drawn to do business with the advertiser? Me neither. [...]
I got a LinkedIn request from a name that was familiar, but I did not know exactly why. I clicked Accept and shortly thereafter got this message: "Bob! Great to see you and your profile...glad to see you are running your own show! Looking back over the years, you are one of the people I [...]
I was one of the recipients of a mass e-mail to all of the vendors working for a certain municipality. The e-mail was sent by the town clerk who had received a OPRA request relating to the Hurricane Sandy cleanup. The clerk seemed a bit perturbed.Anxious to calm her, I wrote back, "Not to worry. [...]
I was perusing our local paper this morning when I ran across this article: http://asburyparkpress.nj.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=0f94002a0. A 15-year-old girl in Iceland is suing to use her real name - Blaer - which means "light breeze". The problem, it seems, is that Blaer is not among the 1,853 government-approved girl names. I was shocked by the article in a [...]
Fearful that I was becoming horribly dull, I committed to Do One Thing I Have Never Done Before ("DOTIHNDB" for short) each month in the New Year. Because I am me, I started in December. The always game Miss Karen and I decided to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Warhol, Matisse and [...]
[Scrooge] became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world... His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.
When I was a kid we had a family tradition on Christmas Eve Day. My dad would take the four of us out for lunch, no doubt to give mom time to wrap some gifts and get the house ready for the Christmas Eve festivities. Dad would take us the Rum Runner Restaurant in Sea Bright in the days [...]
George Michael memorably croons: "Last Christmas I gave you my heart. The very next day you gave it away." Legally, this statement bothers me. Wouldn't giving one's heart create a form of bailment and preclude one from transferring said heart to a third party? Also, knowing what we know about Mr. Michael today, couldn't this create an awfully [...]
If you can remember Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, why wouldn't you remember the most famous reindeer of all?
In the Million Dollar Consulting® College Alan Weiss gave us several challenges intended to help us understand that most of our limitations are self-imposed. At one point Alan asked us to write a 12 word novel in five minutes, just to let us know that we can be instantly creative. The novel had to have a beginning, a middle [...]
I have been focusing on time management recently, to the point where I am considering a fog-free mirror to save shaving time in the morning. And that is all well and good, but in the process I discovered much more insidious time wasters in my day, the worst of which is e-mail.I only recently realized that [...]
With the end of the world looming in two days, one gets, you know, contemplative. Here are some of my thoughts:Isn't it possible that the Mayan stonecarver just ran out of room? Or retired to Cancun?Or the Mayan astronomer said, "and it repeats from there, you get the picture".By logical extension, shouldn't we all be [...]
The appraiser's canon of ethics is called the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice or USPAP for short. While it sets down some reasonable and common sense rules, it also contains some rules that seem to me, well, crazy. For example, the definition of an appraisal is, "an opinion of value". So, according wildly broad [...]
When next you are in a diner, coffee shop or similar establishment, smile warmly at your server and inquire as to their well being. Perhaps engage in some pleasant conversation. When the check comes, leave a 50% to 100% tip. And don't tell anyone.