“Does More Money Make Your Marriage Happier?”

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Verlynda and I recently published this podcast on our other platform. You can read the show notes in full or listen online by clicking the link. We review the impact that career and spending decisions have on marriage quality.

This discussion is germane to anyone growing a business and looking to build wealth.

Mastermind Group? What is That?

As I pointed out in one of my mastermind invitations recently, we North American business people are still following the US Army slogan from the early 2000’s: “An Army of One”.

We’re very individualistic. We like to go it on our own. And us menfolk are especially prone: we’d love to declare that, “I am a self-made man!”

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Truth is, that might get you to the top. But once you get there you find out it’s pretty lonely.

God designed the world so that there will always be more things for us to do than we are able to do. This isn’t just so we learn to prioritize; it’s so that we learn to depend on one another.

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What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014)

I have been following Matt Perman’s blog for a few years now. When he published this book, there was no question about purchasing a copy. True to what I had come to expect from Perman, the book is a veritable gold mine of gospel-centered thinking about productivity.

What is particularly helpful is that Perman starts from the core of the human person and works his way out from there. What I mean by this is he doesn’t just help you create a better to-do list; rather, he identifies the need to be absolutely clear about one’s life mission and core values. And then to work from that place.

Starting in the right place is what produces the most productive outcomes. If you are looking for a quick fix on your busy and harried life, this may not be the book for you. But if you want to be challenged at the centre of your being and have a book that is going to force you to reconsider your worldview and raison d’être then I highly recommend Perman’s book to you.

This book will change your life: it’s that powerful.

Why Build a Lifestyle Business?

Verlynda and I have been working hard over the last few weeks at starting our lifestyle business. I’d like to share a little of how we came to that decision with you.

As I see it, there are two primary considerations when starting a business. If you do not get very clear on both of these, you are unlikely to succeed. The first is what type of business you want to start. The second is who your target market is.

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A Change of Direction: the Future of CalebSG.com

Learning is a wonderful thing. One of the ways we often measure the significance of what we have just recently learned is through a comment that sounds something like, “Wow, I wish I had known that 5/10/15/20 years ago!”

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For me, the past couple months have been a season of new discoveries, often christened with this same phrase. Since this recent education in the school of life is going to be impacting the content and direction of this site, I’d like to share a little of it with you, albeit in a very summarized fashion.

How to Build Credibility as a Leader: Three C’s

The right to lead is no longer about power.

Every leader can build trust by establishing credibility.

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We live in the era of networking. The capabilities and resources of any organization can now be distributed anywhere in the world. People no longer need to find powerful leaders and ally themselves to that person in order to ensure success.

Power is Old School

No, alliances are no longer about power. They are about influence. And that influence is granted to those who are trustworthy, making trust the new linchpin of all leadership qualities. Are you trustworthy?