Category - Famous People

Its ok to be an introvert. Really, it is.

September 14, 2017

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” Ok, that quote may be somewhat of an overly-broad generalization, but it got your attention, right? What do Abraham Lincoln, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Albert Einstein and Dr. Seuss have in common? Among other things, they were all introverts. You can add to this […]

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Hamilton and Madison, friends turned enemies, and how their Constitutional brilliance protects us today

July 24, 2017

James Madison and Alexander Hamilton were once close political allies, who then turned into bitter rivals. But their wondrous Constitution and the government it formed continues to function quite well today, even amid partisanship and extreme political views. In truth, the wonder of the Constitution is more apparent more than two centuries after the Federalists […]

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Wisdom from James Madison for Business Papers (Part 2)

April 8, 2016

Though only 4,500 words, the U.S. Constitution contains many important details relating to the organization and operation of our government. While it has been amended 27 times in the years since first ratification, the original document has been remarkably stable and helpful over the years. This is the second part on the topic of what insights James […]

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James Madison’s Wisdom For Your Business Documents

April 6, 2016

As the Father of the Constitution, Mr. Madison might have a few insights he could share with you and me in general, including with regard to our business legal papers. What did James Madison know that we don’t know? Ok, perhaps that would be a VERY long and complicated answer. James obviously knew a great […]

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What Thomas Jefferson Might Say About Your Business Arrangements (Part 3 re family business)

March 18, 2016

Family business is not the exception to the rule.  Rather, the rule is all the more applicable and important when it comes to family business. This is part 3 in a series of posts on the importance of written contracts to serve as the governing foundation for business relationships. We started with the premise that one reason […]

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What Thomas Jefferson Might Say About Your Business Arrangements (Part 2)

March 16, 2016

If Thomas Jefferson were to have a gander at your business operations, what would he say? Wise people listen to other wise people. In the last post, we introduced the idea that part of what made the Declaration of Independence so powerful, clear and durable was the fact that it was written, not just an […]

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What Thomas Jefferson Might Say About Your Business Arrangements

March 15, 2016

Ever heard of the Declaration of Independence? Any question about what Thomas Jefferson included in the declaration? We can Google it and read for ourselves at any time. Had Thomas just “declared” independence and not actually written his historic declaration, things might be different. Thankfully, Mr. Jefferson was a very wise attorney. Whatever you […]

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Nothing Funning About Continued Problems for Estate of Robin Williams

August 31, 2015

Family members are now fighting over bikes and other personal property items. What can we learn from this sad story? Click here for a recent story about fighting over personal items. Since his death just over a year ago, Robin Williams and his estate have often been in the news. Why are his family members […]

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Lessons from Cinderella; Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children (Part 5)

June 16, 2015

Cinderella is a great story, but it is also contains a timeless illustration of the dangers of failing to plan. First, by way of disclaimer–I do understand that Disney was not attempting to make any sort of statement or teach any lessons in the world of estate planning or financial planning. Even so, what eventually […]

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The Danger of Focusing Only On The Short Term and Ignoring the Larger Picture

May 11, 2015

“Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage [and their life].” Zig Ziglar The quote above might at first seem like a clever phrase intended to elicit a smile, as with many lines from Zig Ziglar. However, if you and I are brave and honest enough to […]

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