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So far Clay Skurdal has created 193 blog entries.

Success is a Two-Way Street

By | June 29th, 2015|Categories: Balance, Creative, Design, Life Management, Practice Management|

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, [...]

The biggest concerns of Next Generation Advisors

By | June 7th, 2015|Categories: Videos|

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.

Investing in The Future You

By | May 30th, 2015|Categories: Balance, Practice Management, Training|

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 [...]

Time – It’s So Precious

By | April 14th, 2015|Categories: Time Management|

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 [...]

Stop Lying To Yourself

By | April 10th, 2015|Categories: Life Management, Practice Management|

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 [...]

Life And Success Is About The Little Things

By | April 9th, 2015|Categories: Life Management, Practice Management, Time Management|

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 [...]

A Few Pearls Of Wisdom To Live By

By | April 8th, 2015|Categories: Life Management|

* 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 [...]

Passion and Purpose Are The Keys

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Life Management|

Interesting article in Investors Business Daily talking about the power of having purpose and passion. The top CEO's all have it as well as the top professional athletes. Having those two ingredients will provide you curiosity, it will boost stamina, help you stay focused and lift your goals. Passion amplifies productivity because your tasks will be viewed as fun not [...]

Gaining Confidence

By | March 31st, 2015|Categories: Life Management, Practice Management, Training|

John Hayden wrote an incredible book titled, "The 21 Irrefutable Truths Of Trading." While I am only 20% through the book, he had a section that speaks to beliefs, virtues and vices. He specifically targets how confidence and discipline plays an important part in being successful in the market. More so than trading systems, newsletters, etc. Here is what he [...]

Always Finish Strong

By | March 30th, 2015|Categories: Life Management, Time Management|

How many times have you seen people who fail to finish strong because they know they are soon finished with a job, school, work-out, etc. Sometimes that extra 5 minutes you give your project after you've decided to quit kicks you into a strange new gear....a powerful new zone. This doesn't happen all the time, and when it doesn't, you've [...]