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When you decided on which goals you wanted to achieve this year, did you make an outline of the steps you will take to achieve them? Did you list how you will accomplish your goals, or did you simply write what you want to get done? There is a subtle difference between what and how, yet the critical distinction is part of what determines your success. Continue Reading…

In recent months I’ve had people ask me how book publishing works, especially when they’re getting started with their very first book. Here are the four major book publishing options to consider for first-time authors.

Traditional Publishing

Traditional publishing includes a book contract with an advance on royalties to the author, ranging from a few thousand dollars to seven figures for a select few. This involves working with a book agent (which I have not done), sending query letters and manuscript proposals to publishers (and most of the time you get rejection letters until someone finally says “yes” to your book, this can take years). The publisher owns the copyright (this part I don’t like) and has full say on what can be changed of your content (I don’t like that, either). Continue Reading…

Academic Career: The Professor is In book reviewI recently read the book The Professor is In by Karen Kelsky. Though I don’t agree with her worldview, I do appreciate how she describes the tenure-track professor/academic career environment, especially in the humanities. Continue Reading…

the-seed-book-coverDo you enjoy allegories? The Seed – A True Myth by Erik Guzman has multiple layers to its allegory. Guzman put much time into crafting the story(ies) within this book.

In this book you will discover how deeply rooted the lies about our identity go in our lives, and how deeply loved we are by our Father as He continually draws us to Himself.
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Living Forward book reviewIn March I read the excellent new book, Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. I invited my boss to go through the book with me as well. After I read the book I immediately began to implement the authors’ recommendations.

Living Forward is a book that brings both your heart and mind together to determine what you really want in life and to chart a course to get there. Unlike any other nonfiction business book I’ve read, this book stops you in your tracks to compare your daily actions with what you want your legacy to be. (Just wait until you read chapters 4 and 5. They’ll give you a brand new perspective on your life’s work!)

“The question is not, ‘Will you leave a legacy?’ but ‘What kind of legacy will you leave?’” Living Forward, p. 61

You will discover these direct benefits of reading the book:

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The following is an excerpt from the study guide portion of my latest book, A Couple with Common Cents.

As I observe marriage relationships, I find that one spouse likes to take more risks than the other. This is true in my own marriage.

But each spouse also has his and her own ways of taking risks that the other person does not.

Perhaps you love to travel, explore new places, or climb mountains like my wife, Lori. When you take a first glance at us, you might think she’s the one prone to more “risk,” if you just look at what she likes to talk about or how she drives the car.

Or perhaps you can handle more fiscal risk. You spend money on investments or opportunities that don’t have a clear guarantee. There’s a huge upside if it goes right, but there’s also potential for loss.

In your marriage, I would bet that one of you is financially more conservative than the other. One of you likes to save, while the other one spends. One of you will give away all your money, while the other one says, “Slow down!” Continue Reading…