Tenet: Hard Work – It is frankly easy to outwork most folks…but do it anyway.

“No one cares…work harder!” I’ve heard this quote numerous times.  It is great.  It rolls up two important concepts that I’ve lived by most of my life.  1) Work hard at moving your life in the direction you want it to go.  2) There are very few people who give two craps about you.  Conversely …

Topic: Importance Of Family

They say you can choose your friends but not your family.  This means that for better or worse it looks like you are stuck with me for the remainder of our duration on this earth together.  I love each one of you and wouldn’t have it any other way. I asked us all to dinner …

Tenet: Don’t Do Things That You Know Ain’t Right – Just act right!  So many people get this simple concept wrong.

James 4:17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. Just act right!  So many people get this simple concept wrong!  I have found myself wondering why people can’t just act right so many times in my life.  It is mind-boggling things that you hear …

Topic: Why College?

Earlier this year I talked with you guys about the importance of intelligence/education in determining your success in life and in creating wealth for you and your family.  We talked about how smart people wind up earning more than people who are not as smart.  We talked about how educated people wind up earning more …

Tenet: Have a BHAG! – Set Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals.

Big Hairy Audacious Goal(s)!  I heard this term for the first time in a book about how to build great companies. The book was called Built To Last and it was and still is one of the better books on business around.  One of the concepts in the book was those truly great companies…ones that …

Tenet: Be Well-Rounded – Learn as much as you can about as much as you can.

What does it mean to be well-rounded?  Eating tons of cheeseburgers will get you there but that is not what I mean.  This is similar to keeping things in balance but easier and more fun I think.  Being a well-rounded person means that you know a little about a lot and don’t get obsessed with …

Tenet: Balance – Keep things in balance and you will have few regrets.

Balance is simple.  Keep everything in balance!  All work and no play make Joey a dull boy.  Simple right?!?!  Not true.  Like so many things in life, a simple concept becomes very hard to put/keep in place.  If there is one area I have always struggled it is with finding the right balance. The big …

Tenet: Personal Responsibility – Own your life and your decisions.

Personal Responsibility is the single most important tenet that I hope you leave my house ‘getting’.  I was lucky to learn this very early and apply it in almost every single situation, every single day…for days, weeks, months, quarters, years, decades!  It is such an important thing to have a firm grasp on.  Own your …