Posts Tagged ‘optimist’

The Happiest Place on Earth

The Gallup World Poll publishes a report on their findings involving the happiest people on Earth every year. This year National Geographic magazine has an article in their November issue discussing the results, written by Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones of Happiness. Certain nations top the list every year. Costa Rica, Denmark and Singapore…

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FinCon 17 Recap: Thou Art Human

When a Roman general returned from a foreign campaign the people of Rome would line the streets and cheer. The enthusiastic crowd was surreal, so surreal the general risked thinking he were a god. And the emperor did not approve of a general usurping his ground. A wise general would take steps to prevent ego…

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A Life of Failure

I’m such a loser. My whole life has been one failure after another and I’m sick of it. How many times have you felt this way? More than once, I bet. Life, no matter how fortunate, throws periodic curves. This is not a character flaw; it’s life. Hard times define you more than success. Success…

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This Is All an Illusion

This is all a lie; none of it is real. Everything I told you is an untruth, an illusion to get you to do what I want. And even that is an illusion. For nearly two years now people have followed and watched and read this blog. Nobody, until I pointed it out this moment,…

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Nuclear War and Money

There is an old story on Wall Street about a young stock broker during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The world hung in the balance as President Kennedy came on television to inform the American people 50 Soviet cities were targeted by U.S. nuclear weapons if the Soviets attempted to run the blockade of Cuba. Those…

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The Dangers of a Side Gig

Tax season is officially over and not a moment too soon. As much as I love the work, when months go by without a day off it begins to wear on me. The worst part is the sitting. Too many hours planted in a chair coupled with sleep deprivation and health is not getting the…

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The Government Paid Me a Visit

I knew this day was coming. I did my best to hide it from you, dear readers. The government has had it in for me for decades. They tolerated my antics as a small town accountant, but now, with a blog growing in popularity, their patience has reached an end. In the past I was…

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Why Trade Wars Never Work

An old nemesis has returned to the United States and other nations around the planet: protectionism. These leaders, and the voters who bought their snake oil, falsely believe protecting their borders by building walls, taxing imports, claiming currency manipulation and threatening to dissolve trade agreements will bring jobs back home. They’re wrong. What these well-intentioned…

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