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    January 2010

    Finish Strong Book Gives Saints the Winning Edge and Thousands Hope

    January 28, 2010 2523 Views

    The Saints' Season ThemeIt's the new battle cry for tens of thousands, two words that summarize the deep hope, boundless courage and heartfelt determination of people everywhere. It's no wonder, since these two words clearly define the call to action in America more than any other two words in the English language.

    Dan Green, author of the book Finish Strong is working with NFL Football Star Drew Brees to spearhead an effort using the words Finish Strong to raise funds for charities in New Orleans. This past week, over 40,000 fan t-shirts with the words Finish Strong emblazoned on them were purchased by New Orleans Saints fans to help raise almost $250,000 for local charities. Drew Brees tweeted that their goal is 75,000 shirts by game time Sunday. The shirts retail for $15 to $20 at a number of locations in New Orleans and online.

    Drew Brees, QB for the Saints

    In the next few weeks, they hope to see the effort roll across the nation, a battle cry for people who want to channel their energies and unite to helping needy people wherever they are.

    "When you adopt the finish-strong mentality, you create a level of personal accountability that guides you through critical decision points – the finish-strong moments—the points in time when you must decide which path to take. Will you lie down, settle and quit, or will you move forward toward your goal to the best of your ability? Sometimes, these moments come in a split second, and sometimes they come over a long period of time. Regardless, you, and only you, have the power to choose how to respond to the challenges in front of you." – Dan Green, Author

    Drew Brees indicated that the official players shirt says, "Our City, Our Home" on the front and then "Finish Strong" on the back.

    "Every member of our team received Dan Green's book Finish Strong at the beginning of the off-season," Brees said. The inspirational book is filled with stories of people overcoming adversity with courage. "It then became a mantra for our team throughout the off-season program, preseason and regular season. We recognized that if we could indeed finish strong in everything we did, we could achieve the lofty goals we had set for ourselves." – Drew Brees

    Dan Green, Author of Finish StrongFor more information visit Finish Strong and the Drew Bees Foundation website

    Learn to Dance in the Rain

    January 26, 2010 2448 Views

    "Life's not about waiting for the storms to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivian Greene

    Here's a short video guaranteed to get you in a better mood:

    What does it mean to you to "dance in the rain"? When have you done that?

    The Most Depressing Day of the Year?

    January 25, 2010 5889 Views

    macanderson"It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters."


    According to a formula calculated by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a researcher at Cardiff University, today is the "most depressing day of the year". Commonly referred to as Blue Monday, Dr. Arnall based his calculation on six factors: weather conditions , debt level and our ability to pay that debt, time elapsed since Christmas, time elapsed since failing our New Years resolutions, our general seasonal motivational levels, and our need to take action and to have something to which we can look forward. While I respect Dr. Arnall and his work, I also know this...we shouldn't let our outside circumstances dictate our attitude!

    That's why this week our blog will give you a shot of optimism right when you need it. We have a guest author, a movie, and other messages that I guarantee will make the week of Blue Monday a little less blue for you. Now, I'm not sure if you are feeling down around this time of year, but I know that, for me, this season can be a challenge. A lot of folks think that because I founded Simple Truths and Successories, I couldn't possibly have a negative thought. Truth be told, one of the main reasons I started both companies is that I needed continuous reinforcement in my life when it comes to attitude, goals, and values.

    Today, prepare yourself for a challenging week, but also be prepared for some encouraging words from me and your friends at Simple Truths! To paraphrase Epictetus, you can't skip Blue Monday... but you can do everything in your power to have a positive attitude.

    To Life,

    Mac Anderson

    Mondays with Mac: Celebrating Leaders

    January 18, 2010 1993 Views

    martinLutherKingAs you may know, today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We take this day to remember his life and work towards peace and fraternity in our world. I think that we can look to Dr. King as a leader. During his life, he was able to peacefully unite many different people towards a goal of resolving differences, and that's a leader to me! True, there were some that didn't follow his non-violent philosophy very closely, and I know that he, just like anyone else, had his flaws. However, I believe that Dr. King's vision inspires us to go beyond ourselves and seek unity and friendship with others. Rather than read my thoughts, here are some moving quotes from Dr. King. These quotes (and more from other great leaders) can be found in Great Quotes from Great Leaders:


    "A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

    "I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good."

    "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

    Which leaders have inspired you? Do you have any quotes from them to share?

    The Seven Laws of Gold: Protecting Your Treasure

    January 16, 2010 2435 Views

    nicolas-cageI'm happy to end our "financial week" with a post from Lisa Cintron, Executive VP at and financial blogger. Enjoy her take on personal finance:

    Mega star Nicolas Cage is on the verge of bankruptcy. According to the Associated Press, he owes the IRS $6.3 million in back taxes from 2007. Additionally, he has a lien on his real estate holdings and is being sued by East West Bank for $2 million that he borrowed and hasn't paid back.

    Nicolas Cage is one of the highest paid actor's in Hollywood and has purchased a significant amount of real estate in California, Nevada, Louisiana and Rhode Island, as well as in Europe which included his 11th century German castle called Schloss Neidstein. He has recently sold his castle and much of his property, most likely in an attempt to pay his IRS debt.

    How does this happen to someone who has made over $40 million in the last year? He says it was the fault of his manager and financial advisors not taking care of his finances properly and is suing him for $20 million in damages. However, his manager states that it was Cage's excessive spending which includes but is not limited to $276,000 on a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull, 15 palatial homes, yachts and several Rolls Royces.

    "Levin repeatedly warned Coppola that he was living beyond his means, urged him to spend less, and warned him that financial disaster loomed if he continued to spend uncontrollably," Levin's filing said. Levin is also counter-suing for unpaid tax preparation of $167,000.

    Although Cage has earned millions of dollars and has an entourage of managers and financial advisors helping him manage his cash flow and assets, the same rules apply for money management, and we can learn something from it.

    I read a book when I was teenager that I consider required reading for everyone who has any money, whether you work or come into an inheritance, the same rules still apply. Maybe Nicolas Cage could have saved himself from financial doom if he took the time to learn some basic financial sense.

    The Richest Man in Babylon is a series of financial parables. The setting is in ancient Babylon with a young man who used basic financial laws called the Seven Laws of Gold to accumulate a great deal of wealth. Here are some highlights of those financial laws.

    Seven Laws of Gold

    1) Gold cometh gladly and in increasing quantity to any man who will put by not less than one-tenth of his earnings to create an estate for his future and that of his family- One-tenth of everything that comes into your hands should be put away in a savings. It could be a savings account or a piggy bank in your closet, it doesn't matter as long as one-tenth of everything you earn goes into savings. This is a goal everyone should have.

    2) Control thy expenditures- Frivolous spending seems to be at the top of the list of many famous people who fall into financial ruin. Nicolas Cage's spending is at the root of his financial woes and his manager warned him that he could end up in bankruptcy if he didn't scale back his lavish lifestyle.

    3) Gold laboreth diligently and contentedly for the wise owner- Your savings should be invested, not just sit in an account that doesn't earn any interest, or worse it shouldn't sit in a mattress. There are many high-yield savings accounts, bonds and CDs that are safe.

    4) Gold clingeth to the protection of the cautious owner who invests it under the advice of men wise in its handling. Keeping the principal safe in an investment is very important to guard from loss. Aside from stocks there are many investments that keeps the principal safe. Also, become an "informed" investor, always conduct due diligence, and most importantly have a financial advisor guide you through the treacherous terrain of financial investing.

    5) Insure a future income. Investing in your retirement and your family's security after you pass. There are few ways to do this: Life insurance, Annuities with a death benefit, owning a business, or owning assets that can be liquidated if your beneficiaries choose.

    6) Increase thy ability to earn. This law can take many forms: College education, continuing education in a related field, financial education, find a mentor. The key is to work hard, find opportunities in your career or investments and educate yourself, either one will give you greater opportunities and open many more doors.

    And last but certainly not least:

    7) Gold flees the man who would force it to impossible earnings or who followeth the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts it to his own inexperience and romantic desires in investment. If it's too good to be true then it most likely is. Anything that promises absurdly high returns, or if you feel pressured into investing into something, more than likely if you have conducted proper research then you will find out it is a scam.

    Financial common sense is learned and becomes second nature when applied daily and to every aspect of your financial life. In addition, having a good financial advisor will also help you take your financial investments to the next level without risking your hard earned money.

    Lisa6closeupfinal300WhtcompressedLisa Cintron is Executive Vice President at is an interactive financial website that provides tools for consumers to "Ask the Experts" financial questions, research financial subjects and guides you through the process of finding a Financial Advisor, Annuity Rates or Life Insurance quotes.

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