“Act without expectations.”

Lao Tzu

Act without expectations. Lao Tzu I wrote the following in my journal just yesterday. I had seen this Lao Tzu quote on Instagram (shown above), and a realization about my mindset smacked me upside the head: “”Act without expectations.” From Lao Tzu. I think I’ve spent my entire life expecting a return from doing things…

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My notes on daily journaling/morning pages

journaling

This year, I’ve started to write in my journal every morning, or what some folks call doing their “morning pages.” I’ve read for years about the benefits of this practice, and as an (amateur) historian, I have observed countless subjects of history that kept a journal or diary, which was ultimately the basis for their…

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My new way of looking at the online world

My attitude about everything online, from social media, my own email newsletters, to investing in paid advertising, is going through a metamorphosis. I quit Twitter back in 2019. I just recently suspended my LinkedIn account. Save for promoting this foundation, I’m barely active on Facebook anymore. I recently deleted my business mailing list. I also…

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One thing you should do in crazy times

As of this writing, we are living in crazy, crazy times: Economic distress, a raging and never-ending pandemic, venomous political polarization, and rampant out-of-control media fanning the flames. It is enough to drive pure desperation, hopelessness, and anger. You are left feeling like there is no viable path forward to a normal, happy life. But…

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Is 2020 the best year of my life?

2020

I’m tiring of the endless chatter about how awful the year 2020 is. To the latest negative news that’s reported, someone inevitably responds with “Cuz 2020.” The amount of online dialog about how lousy this year has been is staggering. With every passing day, there seems to be some new low that only reconfirms how…

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Living in the present / by Todd Schnick

You often hear people ask us to “be present,” or “be in the now.” But what does this actually mean? Different things to different people. This is my personal list of how I practice living in the present, and like everything else, it does get easier with practice. I thought I’d share with you. This…

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What is Philanthropic Planning? Why Do I Need a Lawyer? / by Tony Madonia

Individuals who have vast wealth often want to do something for their communities, which is usually best accomplished through philanthropic giving to specific charities by way of establishing either a trust fund or a foundation. However, trust funds can be complicated financial instruments with significant legalities associated with the use of assets. Trusts and foundations…

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Keys to daily survival / by Todd Schnick

I recently jotted down this list one morning, as I was thinking ahead towards my day. This is a simple checklist how I get through the day in a way that leaves me content and ready to rest. If I achieve these things, I’m positioned to have a pretty fine and successful day: 1. Empathy…

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