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Professional athletes have unique financial planning needs due to the amount and timing of their earning careers. Athletes with their families should create a financial plan spanning their playing career, transition post playing career and their long term life goals.

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Work together to achieve uncommon goals.

April 15, 2019


April 9, 2019

On Efficiency

February 13, 2019

“The organization will let you work on whatever you want to work on. You just have to make sure you are working on things only you can work on… Certainly true if you are going through a period of tremendous scrutiny or big changes… You have to set time aside to make sure you know where you are.” Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, minute 22.

Mr. Mollenkopk’s words had a big impact on me as an entrepreneur as there are no shortage of items that need attention. His comments bring clarity to how to prioritize tasks to determine what needs should be delegated versus owned. End goal is efficiency as to avoid burnout as one scales mountains.

Case Study: Group Flow

January 21, 2019

Louis Gerstner wrote a fascinating book about his turnaround of IBM in the 90’s. One lesson I took away from Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance (available on was that Gerstner made no decisions initially, but rather spent time talking with his different divisions. His approach relates to author Steven Kotler’s statement about what Google was seeking in a CEO: “to let go of his ego, merge with the team…” Only when Gerstner had a clear idea of IBM’s needs across the organization, did he then proceed to right the ship.

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal is available on

Forget Successes Immediately.

January 21, 2019

Finite verus Infinite Game

January 2, 2019

“They also make the very clever shift away from seeing those in their industry as competitors and rather see them as rivals. A competitor is someone you want to beat. And the obsession again is too much on the finite. What are the metrics, how are we going to get ahead of them? A rival is someone who’s strengths reveals to you your weaknesses. So to see those in your industry and admire where they are better than you, instead of trying to beat them, you look at where your weaknesses are, and improve. It’s constant improvement.” -Simon Sinek

Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse is a very interesting book and available on Audible. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek is scheduled to be released June 6, 2019. Can’t wait!

On Wine

December 15, 2018

Wine is a strong acidic beverage with a pH between 3 and 4. A great book on wine is The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace which is available on

On Building Connections

December 15, 2018

Just downloaded The Code of Trust, by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth, on

New Tax Law

December 15, 2018

Traits of Billionaires include GRIT and Resilience

December 15, 2018

Success demands not believing the hype, or lack thereof, tunnel vision, GRIT and resilience. Each level becomes ever the more challenging but the formula remains the same: Just do the work.

Just downloaded Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker on

Alkaline versus Acidic Foods

November 17, 2018

A recent conversation with a friend about acid reflux brought up a 2004 email from my father. Below content from his email is the framework in which I think about the food I eat. While the average pH value of yogurt is about 4, which is somewhat acidic, a drinkable yogurt from Trader Joe’s always settles my stomach.

“Strong alkaline food: Grape, tea, Seaweed.

Medium alkaline food: Yellow bean, tomato, pumpkin, strawberry, lemon,
spinach, banana, & egg white.

Weak alkaline food: Red bean, apple, onion, tofu, green color

Strong acidic food: Egg (yellow portion), cheese, persimmon.

Medium acidic food: Bacon, pork, beef, margarine, bread, wheat,
chicken & fish.

Weak acidic food: Rice, peanut, beer, clam, oil fries.

85% of cancer patients have acidic body fluid (pH< 7.4). Best acidic foods: alkaline foods ratio is 1:3”

Elite Performance

November 17, 2018

Risks For Asymmetric Returns

November 17, 2018

Listening to Money Master the Game, by Tony Robbins, on

Eastern Europe Post War World I

November 11, 2018

The Middle East Post World War I

November 11, 2018

“Previous record-holder Karl Meltzer suggested Sabbe ice his shins each evening.”

October 29, 2018

On Excellence

October 17, 2018

Imagination play

October 17, 2018

“I set out to make positive thinking a practice.” Deena Kastor

September 13, 2018

“That’s as good as I am in that moment and then I get to challenge it. Then I get to see, alright what else are you made of here?” Deena Kastor

“A slump is a period of adjustment.” Dave Winfield

September 13, 2018

Just downloaded, ‘Life As Sport’, by Dr. Fader on

Grande Armee invasion of Russia

September 11, 2018

Charles Minard’s graph follows Napolean’s Grande Armee thru it’s march to (tan color) and back from (black color) Moscow. Napoleon who understood the ‘friction of war’ started the campaign with approximately 600,000 soldiers. The black line shows the severity of the forced retreat with 20,000 some of his initial 600,000 troops eventually making it back to France.

Which brings me back to thinking about General Lee at Gettysburg, with his Calvary commander Jeb Stewart’s location unknown, all culminating in Pickett’s Charge.

Graph source: Wikipedia

Lions can get trapped.

September 2, 2018

On Grand Strategy

August 23, 2018

“It was in our strategical thinking, in the strategy of peace, that we made our mistakes. It was because our strategy was wrong that our tactics, whatever they were—and they were various—never worked out. And if now we do not develop a grand strategy of peace, we shall be wrong again—and we shall have another war.”

Richard Law, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, March 1942

KCL Grand Strategy @KCL_CGS Apr 12

How to manage with Ben Horowitz

August 20, 2018

Mr. Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, is available on Within this book are battlefield lessons on managing an organization during extremely turbulent market conditions.

Two sides of pain.

August 18, 2018

“There’s another side of pain. It’s called effort. It’s called glory. It’s called if you can find a way to push through pain there’s something greater on the other side of it. And if you never tap into it, it’s because the first time you felt it you backed off.”

Minute 6:44

Authentic self.

August 18, 2018

“Embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it.” Steve Jobs | Silicon Valley Historical Association

August 18, 2018

Own it.

August 17, 2018

Hack Your Learning with Tim Ferriss

August 12, 2018

How underdogs can succeed with Malcolm Gladwell

August 12, 2018

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