WILL Moore

Ready To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed? A Bear Encounter is Just What You Need

Ready to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed?

A Bear Encounter Is Just What You Need

EVERYONE has bad days, failures, and times when they feel they can’t take one more thing on their plate. I do the things I’ve learned over the years to maintain a growth owner mindset vs fixed victim mindset; I’ve gamified my life in a way that helps me constantly form good habits – like rehearsing my mantra every morning, habit stacking, accomplishing the goals I set, balancing my cores, and running my life like a startup.

But that doesn’t mean life doesn’t kick me in the arse every now and then. It just means I have the tools to know how to get ahead in life – instead of just staying stuck in the dark place – more quickly. And one of these tools is to help me spot when my cores are becoming too unbalanced.

5 Core LIfe Isn’t Just A Gimmicky Phrase – It Can Help You Form Good Habits
A few months ago I recognized an unhappiness creeping in. I wasn’t firing on all cylinders in my 5 cores because my career and finance core was taking up more and more time, leaving less room for my other four. Knowing that all work and no play makes Will a dull boy, I took action. I’d been invited to a guy’s trip in the beautiful mountains of White Fish Montana, but had originally said no because of what I had on my plate. Recognizing I wasn’t following my own advice, I reached out and luckily it was still a go! I made a commitment to myself to form good habits from the start, so I unplugged during the trip to get the most out of it. It was TRULY MAGNIFICENT. There were deer outside our cabin each morning that we named Frick and Frack, biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, and great food and drink. Being in nature really reminded me what’s important in life and that we all come into this world bright eyed and bushy tailed like the rabbits we saw hopping along one of our trails.

Then life gets in the way and we stumble. We let our fears take over and lose that momentum we had when the world was full of wonder and potential. Even though we work hard to form good habits, life steps in and makes it hard to keep up our self-care activities. It’s important to remind ourselves now and again why personal core values are important, and do a hard reset (WITHOUT the electronics). To acknowledge the bear (fear/dwelling/unbalance), what you can learn from it, then move on.

But Were There Real Bears?

Yes there were, but none of them put themselves in my peripheral, and that’s just fine with me. Knowing they were there lurking and could cause some serious damage actually helped me to appreciate even more what was right in front of me. Gorgeous mountains, flowing streams, green forests, my friends’ smiling faces, and a reminder of the meaning of life. My business didn’t fall apart without me, my family survived (God bless my saint of a wife for knowing this is something I needed even though it left her holding down the fort), Tik-Tok didn’t fold without my viewing hours, and the Bachelorette is still sitting right on my DVR (that’s right, no shame in that game). Really connecting with nature, the outdoors, and all that this earth has to offer was a soul fulfilling event. Getting to do it with my friends was the joy I needed to remember the importance of both my relationship and emotional health cores. There’s a reason they are 2 of the five main core values of our lives that lead to our overall happiness.
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Build a Life That Can Survive without You For A Week to 

 Really Balance Your Cores

While I know that ultimately, I’m crucial to the success of my own business and the upbringing of my children, it’s good to know that I can unplug for a week and the systems I’ve put into place, and the people I’ve surrounded myself with, can carry on without me for a week.

I encourage my team and my family to form good habits in their cores, and in return, they encourage and support me when I need some self-care activities in mine. They are my accountability buddies in that way. Some people are flat out threatened by the thought of not being needed. A universal principle for happiness though is to live a wholistic lifestyle by balancing ALL 5 cores, which means not being shackled by any one of them.

So if you’re feeling shackled like I was, get a game plan in place. Make a list of the main areas you’d need to cover and their critical functions needed if you decided to unplug for a week. We’re living in the best time in history to do this because of how racy technology has made it to hire people remotely from all ocer the world (Fiverr, Upwork, etc) and manage them remotely (Asana, Slack, CRM’s, etc). So no excuses to get out there and reconnect with the great outdoors and some overdue quality friend time 🙂

If you need some help figuring out which core areas you need to work on, check out my free core values quiz.

Stop Failing and Start Living Your Best Life

Use Your Mindset to Stop Failing and Start Living Your Best Life

There are some classic combinations that are just meant to be together. Could anything be more comforting than the smooth, creamy taste of salty peanut butter together with cold sweet jelly hitting the roof of your mouth? How about the sound of pencil scratching along on paper while you write your deepest thoughts? Socks rights out of the dryer paired up with your comfiest pair of sneakers. Red wine complementing a tart cheese.


And rap group Run DMC mixed with the classic rock melodies of Aerosmith.


Say what? (Sound of record player screeching)…


Oh my friends, if you aren’t familiar with the classic Run DMC/Aerosmith Collaboration “Walk this Way,” you’re in for a treat.


But first, a little history.

We’re Going Back…. Back to the Future

The year was 1986. Aerosmith had been around since 1970 and while they didn’t dominate the classic rock scene, they had held their own. By the end of the decade, they had quite a little following. They also had quite a little drug habit and it led to the kind of self-sabotage so many bands, like the BeeGees, could relate to. They were stuck in a tragically cliche failure loop. Band members were passing out on stage and internal conflict was aplenty.

Hip Hop on the other hand, was just emerging but far from mainstream. We were listening to full-blown 80s pop while playing with our GI Joes and Transformers – Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis and the News, Madonna, Wham!, and these guys were called Flock of Seagulls.

MTV actually played music videos and it was still a fairly new but exploding concept. The videos were taking the music to a whole new level that audiences couldn’t get enough of. And the right song paired with the right video could create sheer magic! Case in point, Aha’s “Take On Me”!


Video truly did kill the radio star in that the song alone no longer cut it. Bands needed the look, the outfits, the big hair, and the acting chops to pull it all off so they didn’t look ridiculous.


So, how did a drug-ravaged classic rock band and a rap/hip-hop band even stand a chance of releasing a chart topping pop hit in 1986?

“This is hillbilly gibberish … Country bumpkin bullshit!” – Run

Alas, this pairing of past their prime rock royalty and up-and-coming hip hop legends was not a peanut butter meets jelly story – at least at first. The two bands bristled at the idea of a collaboration.


Producer Rick Rubin knew he had something legendary in Run DMC. But mainstream radio wasn’t buying it. Hip-Hop and Rap were gaining traction but getting their songs played on the popular radio stations was like trying to fit a square in a round hole. It just wasn’t happening.

Rubin, however, had that growth owner mindset I’m always referring to when speaking of those that know they have something special to offer the world and won’t stop no matter what until they do.


He knew there could be something magical in bridging the gap between the explosive Hip Hop style taking the world by storm and the classic grunge rock that had dominated for so long. And what better way to build that bridge but than to take the whitest, most cliche “country bumpkin bullshit” band and have Run DMC rap their lyrics.


Neither band was down at first. Aerosmith thinking they were too established, too cool for school to bring in newcomers onto an already proven hit they had over a decade earlier. Run DMC not getting the connection between what they were doing and the music they were setting out to replace.

Alas, Rubin and his growth owner mindset pushed through the temporary obstacles and made it happen. He was able to find the golden ticket to bring them together in that drum rift you hear at the very beginning and throughout the song.


The two bands begrudgingly joined forces to spend one day in the studio leading to one of the most original and greatest hits of all time.


It. Was. Magic.


Here it is in all its glory:

Even though Run DMC didn’t want to be known for lyrics like:


So I took a big chance at the high school dance


With a miss who was ready to play

Wasn’t me she was foolin’ ’cause she knew what she was doin’

When she told me how to walk this wayyyyy


In their wildly popular music video, the two bands literally broke down the wall that had been holding hip-hop back from mainstream music. Suddenly Run DMC was on everyone’s lips. Classic Rock and Pop fans were just exposed to a whole new world of hip hop and rap. Run DMC had officially made it. They were a household name.


And Aerosmith catapulted back into the spotlight. The hit was the beginning of a very long and fulfilling success loop. They went on to record a multi-platinum record called Permanent Vacation the next year, followed by three more multi-platinum records and their first number one hit. They were rock legends.

The Lesson
(Hint: you’ll need to learn to walk this way to find your own smash hit)

It’s almost impossible to spot lightning in a bottle before it strikes, yet we often say “of course that was gonna blow up, it’s awesome!”


So how do we set ourselves up to spot these moments so we can build momentum on top of them ahead of time? We take a lesson from Mr. Rick Rubin who, instead of following the formulaic mold with his head in the sand, stepped back and took a 10k view on what he saw going on in the industry, and anticipated what might work.


He bitch-slapped his fixed-victim self telling him it’s too risky, it won’t work, and allowed his growth owner mindset to rise up and say to yourself “Now looky here. This is going to work and we’re not going to give up until we make it happen.”


Are you just going through life checking off to-do’s with your head down following some mold that worked for someone else but is having diminishing returns for you? Are you playing it safe vs taking that big chance at the high school dance?


So often we look to others for ideas and try to reinvent their wheel and make it our own. But genius lies in having the courage and creativity to break through brick walls and failure loops to look for ways to make OUR dreams and passions, not someone else’s, a reality.


Rubin went on to be a legend with that growth owner mindset of his, and Aerosmith and Run DMC must have picked up on some of it because their careers exploded after that. Were there failures for all three along the way? Of course. But they were able to use them as learning opportunities to then pivot so as to ensure continued momentum.


How about you?


Doing something groundbreaking is never easy. But a failure habit is to tap a brick wall with a mallet and give up when it doesn’t break the first time, and a success habit is to pound at it with a sledgehammer until it gives way and allows you into the life you’ve always dreamed of. Have the mindset and courage to find your own way with your own passions and success will be yours for the taking.


Are you ready to walk this way?

Is Your Perception Sabotaging Your Chances To Become A Sexy Millionaire?
Is Your Perception Sabotaging Your Chances To Become A Sexy Millionaire?
You’ve Got All the Power. Just Do What The Bee Gees Did, Then Didn’t, Then Did again.

Aww Sooky Sooky. Just finished watching the Bee Gees HBO documentary and let me tell you, I’m diggin what they were throwin down. It was out of sight, totally groovy man.


My 70s slang aside, I am so glad I finally watched it and I highly recommend it not only for the sheer thrill of being transported back to the disco era in glorious fashion, but maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself as you watch with the help of this article.

Here’s the skinny. If I’m dating myself by assuming you know who the Bee Gees are, here’s all you need to know about the brothers:

Got it! Oh, and they sang a flurry of chart topping hits you DEFINITELY know and can sing along to: Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, You Should Be Dancing, and many more. Got it jive turkey? Oh ya, I forgot aboutJive Talkin’

The Momentum Ride of a Lifetime

Their journey was a true nerve testing roller-coaster – not to be confused with the hit song “Love Rollercoaster” from that same era. The Gibb boys followed in the footsteps of their idols, the Beatles, coming out of England to take the world by storm in their teens, but then they became nearly irrelevant, only to shoot to mega stardom years later in 1977 with the soundtrack from the movie “Saturday Night Fever” – solidifying their status as the kings of disco. Something that would later come to bite them in their silky gold pants suits (but I’ll leave out the spoilers).


Those Gibb brothers experienced as big a momentum ride as a human can take. Soaring up, up up into the big, bold, beautiful sky, then falling down, down, down back to earth. Then up, up up … well, you get the idea. And throughout the documentary it became crystal clear what failure habits led to their initial demise (hint one of them rhymes with plugs), and what success habits allowed them to stage their epic comeback.

Perception Is As Perception Does
The very first scene in the documentary starts with a wide shot of a stunning Miami mega-compound slowly panning towards the silhouette of a sullen figure. Enter the voiceover “I am beginning to recognize the fact that nothing is true, It’s all down to perception.” Barry Gibb, the oldest and arguably most popular Bee Gee who was able to hit those legendary high notes (masterfully imitated by Jimmy Fallon in this Saturday Night Live Sketch), is revealed. I know I’m in for a good one.
“I am beginning to recognize the fact that nothing is true, It’s all down to perception.”

Let that sink in for a groovy sec. This one, my friends, is the difference between living a happy, prosperous, soul-filled life or … a pretty crappy one.


Without giving away too many spoilers, as we move through the history of these seemingly lucky, then cursed, then lucky again brothers’ lives, it becomes crystal clear what Barry meant. All that fame, money, and power and this poor guy hardly enjoyed any of it.

The Tale Of Two Mindsets

Why did he suffer instead of bask in the glow of what should have been one of the best lives anyone has ever lived (I mean look at that hair)? He was consumed with a fixed-victim mindset that had him convinced that he was cursed, the world was out to get him, and there was nothing he could do about it. His entire reality was being seen through this lens which crushingly skewed every single moment he had during that time.


It’s only now that he realizes what life might have looked like through a growth-owner’s eyes. That higher self we all have the opportunity to tap into and tell ourselves:

“Listen up and listen good. I know I’ve got everything within me to kick ass and take names, I’m going to fail forward learning and growing every step of the way, and obstacles are temporary roadblocks waiting for solutions. Fear, meh, I’ll give it the finger because I know it’s merely an opportunity to help me become the bigger, better, faster, stronger, version of myself.”

Do You Have A Fixed-Victim Or A Growth-Owner Mindset?

What lens are you looking through life with and how has that lens affected where you currently stand today? Where you live, what you do for a living, what direction and with how much velocity you’re headed there with?


Which mindset do you think will create positive momentum moving forward? Which will momentify your life so that rather than constantly searching for happiness, happiness gravitates toward you like a moth to a flame – or a Bee Gee to a sequins pant suit.

Learn from Barry, the last remaining Bee Gee (shoot, I did it again, I’m terrible with spoilers) who wishes he could do it all over again. Someone who, on the surface would have been the envy of anyone, but who’s mindset framed that period of his life in mostly misery and pain.

How To Get Your Perception To Make 2021 Your B!#@h

Sadly, the tale of Barry Gibb and the rest of the Bee Gees is not uncommon for celebrities. In fact, they are much more likely to suffer the type of existence that makes for a great HBO documentary, or my fav from back in the day, “VH1’s Behind The Music.” So what shot do little ol’ you have?


Ironically, a better one.


You don’t have the enormous distractions and temptations that come with having an angel’s voice, golden locks, and a furry chest. So let’s get to work.


There are several life-hacks I have to trick your dog-brain into working FOR instead of against you, and they all revolve around your habits. Your habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, working for or against you – in the end they’re going to compound and form who you are either way.


The more action you take based on what a growth-owner would do, the more you’ll slowly start to feel and experience the life you’re fully capable of having.


A top one of these actions is to write down a list of your top 3 fears. I’m serious, you can’t just think of them. Writing has a magical effect on making things real so that we have to pay attention to them.


Next, make a commitment to yourself in the next week to tackle one of these fears head on NO MATTER WHAT. Start small, but keep your promise to yourself and you’ll be on your way to stepping out of your “failure loop” and into your “success loop.” Growth-owner launch initiated!


Since we’re still at the start of the year, you’ve got plenty of time to make 2021 your B!#@h. Like another one of my favs from back in the day, this one from the 80’s hit “The Goonies” that I just watched with my son this weekend, it’s YOUR TIME. “Our Time” Goonies Clip!

If you need help, DM me. I love rapping one on one with people who are serious about owning their happiness.


Peace, love and granola.

Are Failure Habits Crushing Your Happiness?
Are Failure Habits Crushing Your Happiness?

A failure habit is something you do, repeatedly, that sabotages your happiness, health and/or success. We all have them and they’re ingrained into the woodwork of our lives, like termites eating away at the foundation of our happiness. I often talk about how turning failure habits to success habits is a game changer. Habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, helping or hurting us – they do their thing and make a huge impact on our lives either way.

So why not make habits work FOR instead of against you? Changing a failure habit to a success habit takes an accountability system, persistence, and time. Your brain will fight like heck to hold onto that failure habit that’s dug its claws in deep, but the good news is that once you get over that front loaded hump, your newly replaced success habit will be equally hard to break – automatically building momentum for you in the background without having to think about it 🙂

My Top Failure Habit From 2020 And How I’ll Replace It With A Success Habit

The biggest habit that slowed my momentum in 2020 can be found in my emotional health core. I’m a dweller. I’ve always been one, have worked on it and gotten way better, but this year I regressed a bit and let my old failure habit of giving things I had no control over way too much time and attention.


Selling my business in 2019 led to a half cash, half stock purchase which had me breaking out into cold sweats every time it would move a couple percentage points. We had a six month hold on the stock where we couldn’t sell it, and in this time I watched it go from $10/share to around $.30. I got caught up in the common trap of worrying constantly about if the stock would recover, and wasted countless hours stressing, adding wrinkles, and losing years off my life only to see it start to bounce back.


It’s not back to where it was, but is headed in the right direction, and my first 2021 commitment to myself is to only check it 1X/week since I’m not planning on selling it anyways. Eventually I want to get to 1X/mth and even 1X/year! But baby steps 🙂

Another major area I dwelled on in 2020 was my son’s development. He’s about to turn five, and even though I KNOW comparing him to other kids is just asking for trouble, I found myself doing it. I stopped catching myself in the act like I used to which allowed my brain to start running wildy with irrational theories of why he was behind in certain areas. I found myself falling victim to my fixed-victim self who predicted a bleak future as if my growth-owner self had no say in how the story would end.


My commitment in 2021 is to catch myself feeling sorry for Wyatt or myself and replace that feeling with an action to ensure he becomes the absolute best version of himself. I vow to focus on helping him focus on HIS strengths and exploring HIS passions vs dwelling on what it would look like if he had other strengths and passions – stemming from a preconceived notion I developed along the way of what a 4.5 year old should be.


One of the actions I committed to taking with my son has already paid off. I started researching ways to help him build his awareness and impulse control, and found a few games that could help him with it: “The Marshmallow Game” and “Red Light Green Light.” The marshmallow game where I give him a marshmallow and tell him I’ll be back in a minute and that if he doesn’t eat it will get another one has been a huge success! He had more impulse control than I thought, and my encouragement when he didn’t eat the initial marshmallow and continually reminding him of how proud I was of his self-control has paid off in noticeable changes in his impulsive behavior.


Next game on tap to help gamify Wyatt’s momentum, which he’s already been asking to play, “Red Light Green Light!”


Watch out 2021, I’m comin’ for ya!

How Can You Turn Your Failure Habits to Success Habits?

First step is to become aware of the biggest momentum killers for you in 2020. Make a list of the top habits that either did the most damage and/or you know will compound to do the most damage in the future. Don’t overthink it, just write them down, and after if you can categorize them into their corresponding core, do so.


Next step is prioritize the failure habits that you see would be the biggest game chargers were you able to replace them with success habits. What is #1, and what’s the action you need to take to replace it with its success habit counterpart? Make a commitment to take that action every single day until that pesky habit that’s dug in deep is swatted away and replaced with a little mini rocket automatically propelling you forward each day.

Gamify it by using technology to help remind or encourage you each day, and try giving yourself both short and long term rewards when you succeed. I.e. you reward yourself with taking a half day if you go a whole week without breaking your commitment to yourself, and you treat yourself to a new phone when you feel the habit is in full remission and the success habit is picking up speed daily.


In no time you’ll have the success habits you need to kick a$ and take names in 2021!

Let’s gooooooo!

Emotional Health:

Minimizing stressors, proactively incorporating your passions regularly, and making sure the world is better, not worse, for having you in it.

Can Humans Multitask?
Can Humans Multitask?

When you went on that job interview and your future or potential future employer asked you: “Are you a good multitasker?” Did you go, “Yeah buddy, that’s me. I’m all in”?

Hate to burst your bubble, but that’s a bad question and there is no right answer other than: “No, I’m not a good multitasker.”

Multitasking doesn’t exist, my friends. It’s actually a myth.

Turns out we have billions of neurons in our brain that can do lots of pretty cool stuff, but multitasking, doing two things at the same time, straight up is not one of them. Know that myth and use it to help you.


By making sure that when you’re trying to build your habits, you’re not trying to do too many at once.
Why Can’t People Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions?

Leading up to New Year’s, many of us say “I’m gonna be this, I’m going to be that” and then you start taking too many actions. Things like I need to eat well, I need to exercise well, I need to start building my relationships…all of these different cores are trying to be done all at once.

What ends up happening is you get frustrated and you end up quitting because it’s impossible to do!

Your brain hasn’t had time to build that one habit.

Why Is It So Hard To Break Habits?

Remember, habits don’t care if they’re good or bad, helping or hurting us. Once they’re locked in, they’re going to work for or against us.

They’re going to get into our subconscious and start doing their thing so that we don’t have to think about them.

If you have a bad habit that’s hurting you, it’s going to take some front-loaded work. You’re going to have to take those actions, make that commitment, make sure you keep doing them until that failure habit is replaced with a success habit.

If you try to do too many at once, you’re never going to get to that point, and then they’re going to fizzle off and you’re going to find yourself back at square one and all that was wasted energy.

Hope you enjoyed this tip today. Multitasking, “Schmultitasking”. ‘Til next time!
Dream Big or Go Home

Dream Big or Go Home

Success! The big pie in the sky! We all dream of what we’ll do when we finally get our big break. Everybody has a different idea of what success will look like for them. Maybe you dream of being a rockstar, a successful entrepreneur, a baseball player, or CEO of a company. Whatever your idea of success is, I bet it has one common theme.

When you look at the role of money in your life in the big picture as it relates to all your cores, it’s actually only ½ of 1/5th (1/10th) of the big equation coming from the career & finance core. Yet it’s the go-to for people to describe what it means to be a success. Everybody wants to “Live The American dream.” which doesn’t say anything about a healthy mindset, relationships, physical health, and emotional health & Giving Back (your four other cores).
But subconsciously, what drives you to want money? Why do you want the cars, houses, and lifestyles of the rich and famous? What are you hoping it will do for you? If you really think about it, the answer is simple. “It will make me happy.” When you’re swimming around in your piles of gold like Scrooge McDuck, you’ll have a gold coin for every ounce of giddiness you feel.

At the end of the day, the definition of success you’re really, truly dreaming about is happiness. I’m not here to tell you money is the root of all evil. I’ve made money. Lots of it. And it took making that money to see that it’s one piece of the puzzle, just one part of the equation as mentioned above. Yes, your financial success is important. But to TRULY be your happiest and best self requires firing on ALL cylinders – becoming an entrepreneur of your life, not just your career and finances.
Make running the business of your life the most important business you run, or you’ll get in trouble.
We see it all the time in celebrities, especially young ones that hit it big before they’ve had a chance to develop their other cores (I’m looking at you, Biebs). They’ve got money and four other empty holes to fill with drugs and alcohol because they’re miserable without them. Dream of success, but know that what you’re really dreaming about is a life full of happiness so that you’re prepared for it when it comes.
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This weekend, I received a huge honor at my Alma Mater, Rollins College. I was the inaugural recipient of their new Career Champion In Residence Award. The award will celebrate a Rollins graduate each year for not only achieving career success but also for using their success to give back and do good in the world.
My day on campus was filled with various panels and activities to help out students looking for direction as they enter into the real world without having their hand held for the first time. At the end of the day, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on how important it is to nurture and balance
ALL of their cores, not just the career & finance one. It felt so great to be able to share some of the huge failures and mistakes I’ve made, and the lessons I’ve learned to become bigger, better, faster, stronger over the years.
Giving back replenishes my emotional core and makes me feel fulfilled. It’s why I’ve devoted so much of my life to Moore Momentum and trying to make this world a better place for all of us. Having the opportunity to help guide people into a balanced, happy life and leaving the world a better place for having been in it is what it means to truly be successful. In return, it propels me forward and drives me to do even more, so I’ll never quit leveling up.

This week’s tip

Redefine your success. Think past the money and plan out on paper what your life would be like in each core if you were firing on all cylinders. Download this worksheet to help you get started, putting the top 5 attributes/habits you’d like to see yourself attain in each! Pin it up somewhere that you’ll see it every day to keep your momentum going in each.


*Note: for more detail on what each of the cores stands for, click here.

*Note 2: the app that will be coming out mid-year will help you do this as well, but this will get you moving in the right direction in the meantime 🙂

How To Stay Away From Losing Financial Trends
How To Stay Away From Losing Financial Trends
The 1980s and 1990s were primed for collecting items in the hopes of hitting it big. I can remember getting my hands on a “Garbage Pail Kid” worth hundreds of dollars and feeling that euphoria that I’d just made my fortune. Sadly, a year later, it was only worth the paper it was printed on.

Plenty of adults, now in their 30s and 40s, still have boxes full of baseball cards, mini helmets, beanie babies and precious moments figurines. It was going to be their ticket someday, their rainy day fund. This was serious business. Beanie babies were more than just toys. In the eyes and hearts of collectors, Beanie Babies were their kids’ college funds. And they were willing to stampede into a store to get them when the opportunity struck. Grown men were literally fighting each other for them!
Check out this ABC News article about a family that sank $100k into Beanie Babies. Let me ask you something, how much would you pay for one today? There are a small handful that can still command a high price but the rest are worth zilch, nada, the big goose egg. You’re lucky to get a quarter for one at a garage sale because nobody wants your stinky old stuffed animal.
In hindsight, it seems pretty silly, right? But from 1993-1999, they were incredibly popular. And then one day, they just weren’t. In 1999, the maker of Beanie Babies, Ty, announced the retirement of several Beanie Babies (a marketing tactic to boost the popularity and value of the brand) and no one rushed to the store to trample small children and knock over old ladies.

Just as quickly as it started, it was over. Crashed and burned. And that is the hallmark of a fad, trend or craze. It’s characterized by a sharp rise in popularity, usually despite no real community need, followed by a sudden death.

The kicker? If that same family had invested $100,000 in the NASDAQ Index in 1993 and never added another dime to it, it would have yielded over $1.15 million by now.

My friends, when it comes to investing, fads are not your friends. If you’re looking at investing in a product that everyone just has to have right now, ask yourself a few questions: how fast did it rise in popularity, and why does everyone have to have it? Does it fill a deep need within the market, or is there a hint of mob mentality in the air? Does the product itself provide an actual value that matches its perceived value or does the value really rest on the faith and somewhat irrational desire of the investors?

A recent fad is Bitcoin. Bitcoin was worth over $19k at its peak in 2017. Today’s value is under $8k. Riding the Bitcoin wave is a wild rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. For most people who live paycheck to paycheck, those lows can be devastating to their financial health. The lure of getting rich quickly is a game that can quickly end in bankruptcy and devastation to your career and finance core.

If you truly think it’s going to be the next big thing, or get a lot of enjoyment from something, you can always dip your toe in, but be wary of betting the farm. It’s just straight gambling, which can easily develop into a crippling disease.

We all know the saying when it comes to get rich quick schemes, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Keep your eye on the long-term prize and you won’t have to worry about crashing fads.

This week’s tip

Take a look at all of the ways you invest your money – in your home, 401k, the stock market, your business, collector’s items etc. Make sure that how you invest is balanced enough to ensure your financial health before taking big risks.

Here’s a helpful guide to some common questions you may have about the fundamentals of investing and planning for retirement: https://money.cnn.com/retirement/guide/investing_basics.moneymag/index.htm?iid=EL

Take Advantage of This Rare Opportunity in the Market
Take Advantage of This Rare Opportunity in the Market
When life throws us a huuuuuge curveball like COVID-19, we can either sink or swim. Most will find it easier to just sit back and wait it out, but breaking from the herd on this one can lead to some serious rewards. And while this can apply to all five of your cores, this week we’re focusing on the financial aspect.

The traditional way of looking at the stock market doesn’t apply right now. I normally recommend a balanced portfolio based on your age based on principles that have served those who’ve used it quite well over the years.

But now is different.

We are in the midst of a rare opportunity that only comes around a few times in a lifetime if you’re lucky. In the 18th century, Baron Rothschild coined the phrase “the time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets.” It’s not always obvious when this is, but it is now.

There was the crash of 1929 that led to the Great Depression, Black Monday in ‘87, the tech bubble bursting in 2000, and the banking collapse of 2008. We’ve now got the Corona crunch of 2020 – its claim to fame so far being that it’s the fastest the market has fallen in history. With stocks down over 30% and regular daily swings of over 10% (once unheard of), the herd is letting their emotions dictate their trading.

The uncertainty is what people fear, and we are smack dab in the middle of a ton of question marks as to how all this will play out. But here’s something I DO know for certain. We’ll eventually recover, and this is an OPPORTUNITY just like those aforementioned crashes were.

There are certain stocks and sectors of the market that are proving far more resilient than others. And while almost everything initially sold off indiscriminately in the apocalyptic frenzied panic the first month, a clearer picture is beginning to emerge of who the winners and losers will be. Not only for the short-term, but the long-run as I see fundamental shifts in the way both our lives and businesses will run moving forward.

Being quarantined has forced people and companies to adapt to working from home – and with this, new realizations and habits are forming.

Countless hours wasted commuting are saved, and people may find themselves far more productive when not stopping to chat on the way to the bathroom, or feeling like they have to “fill the day” until it’s time leave. And from the company’s perspective, there’s a huge saving on the overhead of office space, utilities, insurance, etc. It’s a huge win/win that a lot of companies haven’t taken on because they were stuck in their old habits. But corona has presented the opportunity to change all that – and my prediction is that the smart companies will take advantage and build momentum from it.

Companies that provide work from home tools such as Slack, Zoom, and Docusign are starting to emerge as clear winners of this new work structure. And there are many other stocks and sectors I’ve been following that could be huge winners in the end (see below “Action Tip”). Many of these got sold off with the rest of equities in the panic frenzy, and it’s not too late to take advantage.

Moral of the story, this is indeed a tough time, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. There’s an opportunity to plant a seed and watch it grow into a big bold beautiful sparkling butterfly if you don’t let your fear stand in the way. I’m not saying take out a second mortgage or bet the farm, but instead to start nibbling and cost dollar averaging, then getting more aggressive when you see we’re getting over the hump with this thing.

Action Tip:

I’ve put together a list of sectors and stocks to consider. Take a look and pledge to buy a small amount of at least one stock this week that stands out as a no-brainer.Once you’re in the game, you’ll find it easier to add to your position moving forward.
Don’t have a way to trade? Use one of these simple and cost-free trading apps:
-iBillionaire (good for simple ETF and sector picking so don’t have to stress about individual stocks).

*Tip Booster: Be sure to set up automatic weekly deposits from your checking account. Even $20/week compounded over time will add up over the years.

Happy hunting!
Build a Rock Solid Relationship Core Right Now
Build a Rock Solid Relationship Core Right Now
I think back to New Year’s Eve 2019 and can say with absolute certainty that few Americans could have imagined what the first quarter of 2020 would bring. Most of us have never experienced an actual global pandemic that would require “social distancing” and being quarantined.

What can you do to limit the feelings of isolation and uncertainty? As a growth-owner, you look at this time and figure out how and where you can keep moving forward and moving towards your goals. Use your newfound situation as an opportunity vs a curse.

So how can you build up your relationship core at home this week?

If you’re lucky enough to share your home with loved ones, this is probably the first time in a long time that you’ve had limited distractions. There’s no catching the train, running errands, staying at the office late, etc. You may still have responsibilities working from home but when work is over, now’s the time to really evolve your relationships with your loved ones.

You’re going to have extra time available to you, don’t waste it. Use it to strengthen your existing relationships at home that you may have been takin for granted and developed failure habits in. Instead of leaving for your morning commute, make breakfast with your kids. Instead of going for a workout alone at the gym, ride bikes with the fam. And since you can’t grab a drink with coworkers on Friday night, have a date with your partner over candlelight at the dining room table.

Regardless of which relationship you’re looking to strengthen at home, or if it’s all of them, the other party(s) will be grateful and it will boost both your momentum with one another. Your spouse will appreciate and want to reciprocate making them feel special. If it’s your kids, they’ll look back on this time not as spending it with fear and boredom, but a positive experience that helped strengthen the bond permanently moving forward.

If you live alone, pick up the phone and connect with old friends or family you haven’t spoken to in a while. You’d be amazed that even if you haven’t spoken to someone in months or years, how receptive people might be to hearing from you. We all get busy. We all let relationships slide. But we don’t all have the courage to reach out and reconnect. You just might find the friendship that’s been missing from your life.

On a side note, I want to thank all those who are out there still doing what needs to be done to help the world go round during this tough time. If you’re a first responder and your life has suddenly become busier, I thank you for your service to our country during this time. From doctors and nurses to police and fire responders to postal workers and grocery store employees, my gratitude towards you and your sacrifices is immense. Keep on keeping on.
This Week’s Tip:
Make a list of the top 3 success habits you can start incorporating into your daily routine that you know will strengthen your at-home relationships. If you have a significant other for example, you could spend min 30 quality minutes daily together with no distractions (kids, electronics, etc). Just talking to one another like real human beings inquisitive on what’s going on in the other’s life, and offering support to help them build their own momentum.

If you live alone, and/or you want to do this in addition to the above, think about 3 people you’ve lost touch with that you’d like to reconnect with. Now’s the perfect time, people ARE AVAILABLE. No excuses. Then if you decide to keep this new spark alive, make an agreement with them to talk 1/mth and put the call in each of your calendars.
Life is Unpredictable but Your Views and Reaction Don’t Have To Be
Life is Unpredictable but Your Views and Reaction Don’t Have To Be

 is like a box of chocolates. Yo“Lifeu never know what you’re going to get.” Tom Hanks made that quote go viral before viral was a thing. It was instantly famous, falling off the lips of everyone from toddlers to grandmas and pop-pops. This week it’s Joe Exotic and his epic music videos being talked about the most, but movies like Forrest Gump, with the depth and lessons learned will live on forever, which I’m afraid I can’t say about the Tiger King.

The simple quote reminds us how unpredictable life can be, and boy are we seeing that now more than ever with the coronavirus. Boys and girls, its sink or swim time.

Now is the time to take a look at your life and breathe it in. You’ve got a clean slate every day, and there are far less distractions you can use as an excuse. For the first time, in a long time, you have time to reflect on your life. To take a good long hard look at what’s working and what’s not. Whether you use this time as an opportunity to replace some of those failure habits you’ve developed with success ones is entirely up to you.

When it comes to your emotional health, let’s take a look at the areas in your life that are constantly stressing you out, as well as the areas you are super passionate about but have been neglecting.

Now is the time to step back, take a deep breath, and get a 10,000 ft view of your life. What are the top three things that are stressing you out on a daily basis? What are your top three passions, things that when you do them fill your soul with joy and excitement, that you’ve been neglecting?

This time of quarantine is an opportunity you may never get again. An opportunity to do some soul searching and reset a course for the life you’ve always known was out there somewhere, but has been eluding you. It’s time to take your life by the horns and show it who’s boss. To shine that spotlight on those things that are making you less happy and building negative momentum, and start the course of replacing them with the habits that will lead to your best self.

Soon your life will go back to normal and if you take no action, those things that were causing you pain and anguish will resume their course. Don’t blow this opportunity. Be the guy or gal who comes out of this thing bright and bushy tailed with a new attitude on life, and the foundation of new habits you’ve begun to form that will truly transform your life.

This week we’re focusing on emotional health, but each week we’ll be getting into what you can do in ALL five core areas to reset and prepare to take flight. Changing your habits in each of these will truly change your life, if you’ll only take the time to make a commitment to yourself and follow through no matter what. Here’s to you having a resilient mindset that has proven you can survive and flourish in any condition, new goals to propel your career and finances, deeper relationships and increased allies, better physical help leaving you looking better and feeling better, and emotional health that has you less stressed and enjoying ALL that life has to offer :).

Life is like a box of chocolates. You may not know what you’re gonna get, but you CAN determine how you both view and react to whatever it might be.

Action Tip:
Make a list of three things that have been on your radar of wanting to do but you’ve been putting them off because “life was getting in the way.” Here are some examples, but make sure the ones YOU choose are tied to YOUR passions and/or something you know will bring you and those you love immense joy!
  • Learn a new language

  • Look up youtube videos to learn an instrument

  • Take a free painting class online

  • Get a cookbook and start experimenting with some new recipes

  • Brush up on your knowledge of the stock market and take advantage of this rare opportunity (Check out my stock picking guide).

  • Use your camera’s timer app, get dressed up, and take a family photo

***Bonus points if you share your ideas with the group on my 5 Core Life Facebook Group page!