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Control Your Spending

When was the last time you took a close look at your personal balance sheet? Do you have a very clear idea how much of your money is coming in each month and just as importantly, how much is going out? What is your monthly nut? How much does it cost you to run your life, all in, per month? How much is coming in each month? Mission one: if you earn a living wage and you consistently have more going out than coming in, it is time control your spending. Start with your bills and look for the least painful ways to shave some monthly expenses.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in abundance, manage expenses, wealth.

Positive Energy

Last night I went to see Carlos Santana. If you’re unfamiliar with Carlos, he is one of the finest guitarists on the planet. He surrounds himself with an amazing array of ever-changing musicians, who seamlessly resonate with his energy. As incredible as the music is, it’s the positive energy that truly makes the experience. He tunes the entire audience to his wavelength and takes them for a ride.

Moments of enlightenment

We all have those moments in life that are truly euphoric: Watching your children take their first steps; Riding the rollercoaster as it descends from its highest point; The feeling you get when you are in the presence of someone with incredible energy.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Direct Your Life, energy, happiness, Positivity.

Prevent a Midlife Crisis

One of my favorite movies is American Beauty. Kevin Spacey plays the role of an incredibly boring husband and father with a monotonous job he hates. He wakes up one day to realize how mundane his life has become. He then proceeds to quit his job, buy a car he’s always wanted, leave his wife, and rid himself of all responsibilities.

What causes a midlife crisis? The point comes when we realize that we have more days behind than ahead. This prompts a life assessment resulting in the realization that either something is missing, or there should be more. There are ways to prevent a midlife crisis.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Achieve Success, Choose who you want to be, Direct Your Life, follow your passion.


I spent the past week on a business trip in London. While I was there I noticed something amongst my British colleagues. They have an openness and respect for other cultures the likes of which I rarely see at home. When I look around to other parts of the world and even here in the U.S., I can’t help but notice the simple–mindedness and intolerance of so many people. It can be witnessed through their refusal to accept others simply because they have differing beliefs, skin color, or lifestyles.

No child is born intolerant or racist. It is a learned behavior that is a direct result of upbringing.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in accept what is, judgement, Respect People, tolerance.

Appreciate What You Have

Why do we want what we don’t have? Single people want to be married. Married people live vicariously through their single friends. Junior employees want to move up the food chain while leaders yearn for the time when life was simpler. How often do you take the opportunity to simply appreciate what you have?

Take a moment to think about some of the amazing things in your life. Let’s start with the benefits of living in 2017. You could argue that our lifestyles exceed those of even the wealthiest people that lived just a few generations ago. We probably take most of these things for granted.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in appreciation, Be present.


“Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison. If you want to separate yourself from the masses, get good at execution. It could be the most powerful skill a person can possess . Think about the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you can count on someone to get things done. That person becomes a key employee. There are plenty of people with good ideas. There are far fewer that follow through and execute on those ideas.

Flakey People

We all have people in our lives with whom you make plans, but somehow getting together never actually happens. You either hear nothing from them, or they call with an excuse as to why they can’t follow through.…

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Posted by Joel Brookman in Get things done, Increase your productivity.