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  1. WJK

    How do you generate ideas?

    NOTABLE! IDEA 
    I must write them down before they get lost in the business of my day.
  2. WJK

    Stock Market Discussion, Chat About the Latest Market Action

    INVESTING CHAT 
    "Thought it would be cool to have a separate stock market discussion thread, like the "Random Thoughts/Chat" thread -- this is the thread to post in if you want to discuss any stock market trading day, including any insights or forecasts you might have. Or, this is the place to post random...
  3. WJK

    Who had the Same Problem Before ?

    EXECUTION QUESTION 
    I don't know. But, I can tell you that having multiple phone numbers is a pain. I have 2 landlines plus my cell phone. So I have the 2 #s on call-forwarding to my cell phone. One reason that I have 2 #'s is because of our limited internet services & infrastructure here in Alaska. Also...
  4. WJK

    In a restrictive contract. Should I leave or stay?

    QUESTION 
    It sounds like you are dancing on a high wire. You obviously know the risks of staying. Only you know what your risk tolerance is. Ask yourself: How long does your contract reach? Is there a non-competition period of time in it that extends past your employment? Can you negotiate with the...
  5. WJK

    Who had the Same Problem Before ?

    EXECUTION QUESTION 
    I would look into an 800 type of phone number. Then you can use the same phone number and route the calls to the right person or a joint order desk. If all of your different businesses are linked by a computer system, you can keep your inventory in one database, designated for the location of...
  6. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    You're right. The question is, "What is the BEST solution here in this situation?" You are NOT looking for the fastest, cheapest, the feel-good, and not necessarily the solution that others are seeking. If you can honestly answer that question, you are miles ahead of others around you.
  7. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    You're right. Bad times and good times only have their limited moments. The only thing that has worked for me is to move on no matter what is happening. I get up every morning, put my pants on one leg at a time, put a smile on my face, and then I get one leg in front of the other to get my day...
  8. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    You can really make a BIG difference by keeping your eyes open and really seeing the people around you. Most of the time, a small act of kindness can really change another person's life -- IF you can see and act on their need. Many think that they must make grand jesters (do something big) to...
  9. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    When you get there, teach people to fish rather than give them a fish. I do this every day. I provide the only large group of affordable housing in my community. I help those who help themselves -- so I don't become an enabler. My job is to manage a private community of people for the good...
  10. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    Like you, I have found that each level has its own challenges. Those challenges do NOT become apparent until you get there. To others, who are tracking you, it looks like you have arrived at the easy life. The hard parts have been accomplished. And that assessment can become personally true...
  11. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    This process will help you to mature and find yourself among the rubble that trauma inflicts. Maybe you can find a way to forgive yourself for being there in the first place. Sometimes things are just what they appear to be. Now you can choose to be kind to yourself instead of inflicting more...
  12. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    Building a business is simple compared to this conversation. Business-related techniques are the mechanical part of our lives that concentrate on making money, followed by being a good steward of those rewards. This thread is all about what those pursuits and other choices do us as individuals...
  13. WJK

    Victim mentality

    MINDSET 
    You can rewrite your story. You can take the same fact pattern and become the hero of your story. I am NOT a victim -- I'm a survivor who acted bravely in the face of many adversities. You can make that choice too. A rough beginning can bring you strength, kindness, and depth of character...
  14. WJK

    Lambos, Millions, and Mansions Won't Cure Depression, But *THIS* Might...

    MINDSET 
    MJ -- You haven't had this stone in your path... good for you... Sometimes, we don't know the whole story. It's easy to dismiss others' struggles. I was 49 years old the first time I tried retiring. Then, almost immediately, I had several deaths in my family (5 deaths in 4 months) and a...
  15. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    I too have had a hard life. And it didn't stop when I became an adult. It just changed forms. Those rough experiences have changed me in phases -- creating a series of eras that have created different understandings in my life. I'm just suggesting that you keep your heart and head open to the...
  16. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    You're very idealistic. I thought I had it all worked out too -- until I got to those forks in the road...
  17. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    I agree. The things I used to want to buy hold no power over me anymore. They aren't even interesting. If there is an item that I want now -- I can buy it, rent it, trade for it, or borrow it. If I do own a "thing" and find that I don't want it anymore, I go out and find someone who needs that...
  18. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    I own rentals in my mobile home park. It's a pain to manage, but I provide the only group of affordable housing in my community. I have 20 households on disability or seniors -- or both. I have 50 kids who live here. Every once in a while I really get to see what it all means to people who...
  19. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    A lot of things that I thought that I wanted have fallen flat in these couple of years. He's right. There's nothing there. Like you, I thought I wanted to go live in a warm climate. I was thinking about the Caribbean Islands. So, I got a friend to go with me on a cheap cruise with a lot of...
  20. WJK

    What's your motivation to do things if you don't need to make money.

    NOTABLE! MINDSET 
    My new business is to help the little guy in my community. I live in rural Alaska. We have a lot of people who live in "dry cabins". They have no running water. Or no septic tank. No indoor plumbing. Or no good driveway for our "break-up" season when everything is muddy. I getting my...

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