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Life After Business

I was talking to my mate Derek the other day (if you haven’t met Derek, I first introduced him here) Like me, Derek has been in business for himself for most of his working life. We were discussing what we might do once we retired, and to be honest, both of us were struggling to…

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Can I Afford To Retire?

“Client: “Can I afford to retire?” Me: “How Much will you need to live on in retirement?” Client: “Dunno, how much do other people need?” Me: “I’ve heard everything from $40,000 p.a. to $200,000 p.a.” Setting realistic retirement goals is one of the hardest parts of planning for retirement, but is something you can’t take…

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A Simple Wealth Accumulation Strategy

In my role as a financial adviser, perhaps the most common question I am asked is ”what do I need to do?” My inevitable reply is usually something like – “To achieve what?”. “Why, to get rich of course” “What does Rich mean to you?” And so it goes. Of course, what is normally being…

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Legacy

Over the years I have had the great good fortune to see live performances by many of my musical heroes. Springsteen, Elton John, Neil Diamond, America, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Status Quo, Deep Purple, James Taylor, Carole King, are just a few of the foreign acts, and of course Cold…

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The Other Person In The Room

When you have a conversation with a business owner, it is vital to consider the other person in the room – the business.   The business is a very demanding person, both of me as an adviser, and as a life partner of the “real” people in the room. I always think of her as…

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9 Things Business Owners Forget But Shouldn’t

In business we all get very tied up in the moment, in pursuing the next sale or delivering the next order. It is very easy for us to forget at times (or choose to forget) some simple truths which remembering will help us to focus on what is important. Here are a few of my…

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Who Doesn’t Need A Coach?

I have used business coaches for more than 30 years. Very few are currently engaged in my profession or businesses (they’re coaches, right? – in the business of coaching) Without exception, all of these coaches have added significant value to me and my business. The very best of them have changed the way I think…

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Business Owners Are Different!

A small business owner needs to deal with people who understand that their needs are different, their attitudes are different, their goals and aspirations are different, their relationships are different,  and the strategies available to them are different. For most salaried clients, financial planning is reasonably straight forward. Income is reasonably certain and not subject…

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What Won’t You Do?

The measure of a good business is not only in what the business promises it will deliver to its clients. Customers are also interested in what you WON’T do. As a customer approaching a new business, there is a level of fear and trepidation in connection with the experience. This is why online review sites…

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The Next One

For years I have been fascinated by this guy. I have written about him, presented about him, made videos involving him, read several books about him and watched lots of documentaries. I had the good fortune to see him and the Stones a year or two ago, and they, and in particular Keith, were in…

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