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What do successful grads think you should study?

2016-03-16T10:54:22-07:00

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What do successful grads think you should study?2016-03-16T10:54:22-07:00

Former student discusses success in the fashion industry

2016-03-15T09:44:57-07:00

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Former student discusses success in the fashion industry2016-03-15T09:44:57-07:00

How do you best prepare for university?

2016-03-15T09:44:09-07:00

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How do you best prepare for university?2016-03-15T09:44:09-07:00

Success is a Two-Way Street

2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00

A Formula for Helping Millennial Advisors Succeed Much has been written about the aging financial advisor population and the industry’s inability to attract Millennial advisors to back-fill those departing advisors. According to a 2014 Cerulli study, approximately 33 percent of today’s 300,000 advisors will be retiring by 2024. Despite the fact that the average advisor is currently in his mid-50’s, only 29 percent have a “succession plan,” according to Moss Adams. Whatever the reasons why they don’t, one thing is clear: they are not practicing what they preach. They spend countless hours counseling clients about the need for long-term planning, yet…they [...]

Success is a Two-Way Street2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00

The biggest concerns of Next Generation Advisors

2015-07-25T14:34:30-07:00

Clay Skurdal of Advisors Ahead and Matthew Daly, a financial planning student, discuss with Matt Ackermann of Investment News what attracts next generation advisers to the industry, and what fears these young advisers need to overcome to find their footing as new advisers. Click to view the video which was recorded at the Spring 2015 Peak Advisor Alliance Conference.

The biggest concerns of Next Generation Advisors2015-07-25T14:34:30-07:00

Investing in The Future You

2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00

About 25 years ago, you might have been preparing to graduate from college and beginning your new professional career. Do you remember what your dreams were or how little you really knew about life and business? The one thing you probably didn’t consider was a hiring manager viewing you as a non-performing asset or as some say, “an expense to their P&L”. By some miracle, you landed that first job and under your mentor’s tutelage, learned the business and are now enjoying the dividends of your hard work. Congratulations, but what’s next? As you begin to turn your attention to the [...]

Investing in The Future You2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00

Time – It’s So Precious

2015-04-14T07:16:59-07:00

Time is perhaps the rarest of all commodities. With each passing second, we have less of it. It can never be replaced. Yet, we go through life as if it will never end. With the never ending demands of existence and with the rapid pace of technological changes, what can one do to better manage time? Here are a few suggestions: * The key to next generation time management is more about deciding what not to do. You do not have time to do everything. Saying "no" is a powerful weapon. * Whenever you can create a process today, you will [...]

Time – It’s So Precious2015-04-14T07:16:59-07:00

Stop Lying To Yourself

2015-04-10T07:19:46-07:00

People tell me all the time that they want to do this or they want to do that. But, then they say, "I don't know how to.....?" Whatever. And why would I want to help a liar like that? What a false approach to life. A toxic mind of self-deceiving. If you want to be a teacher, teach. If you want to be a Financial Advisor then Advise. If you want some money, go ASK for it and serve someone. Notice the common thread here. And I repeat this quote again by Aristotle: "Whatever we learn to do, we learn be [...]

Stop Lying To Yourself2015-04-10T07:19:46-07:00

Life And Success Is About The Little Things

2015-04-09T06:52:46-07:00

The little things are usually the most boring things. How does a warrior handle the boring things in life that typically fill up one's day? Like writing checks, doing laundry, buying groceries or cleaning the house? Well, a warrior does all of these small things with great effectiveness. They do it with a sense of humor, inventiveness and humor. They sing when they do dishes. They slow down and enjoy everything. If I continuously activate the "boring" category in my head it is going to be a long day. I'll drag myself around wondering how I can get it all done. [...]

Life And Success Is About The Little Things2015-04-09T06:52:46-07:00

A Few Pearls Of Wisdom To Live By

2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00

* Happy people are a bigger help to others than worried people. * An overly empathetic person creates a poor relationship with time and energy. A warrior of time does not ask, "How do I feel?" but rather "How can I help?" * One hour of planning saves three days of confusion! * Procrastinators are very worried about things. Soon they don't have much of a mind left. Because their mind has been eaten up by parasites called unfinished business. The final step in solving problems is to make certain you complete what you have started. * Goethe once said, "Live [...]

A Few Pearls Of Wisdom To Live By2017-11-21T12:55:42-08:00