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178 Past Due – The Past Due Radio Finale

by Derek Sisterhen on October 28, 2011


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Past Due: Radio 178 – The Past Due Radio Finale

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As the all-knowing They say: “All good things must come to an end.” After nearly four years of broadcasting, Past Due Radio went out with a bang. In honor of the finale, we welcomed back Justin Lukasavige, the original host of Past Due Radio (and current host of, to reminisce and help us guide the ship back home one last time.

Today we discussed why the time has come to move forward from Past Due Radio. With transitions in my professional life, I want to continue helping those I come into contact with as effectively as possible. I’ll be doing so by helping Justin with, collaborating on relevant subject matter like leadership, creating culture, and strategic planning (that actually works).

We relived, and even replayed, some memorable moments:

The Pontiac Caller – Just after GM stopped producing Pontiacs, one eager caller wanted to know if his truly would wind up a collector’s item. We had to break the bad news…

The 100th Episode – The epic opening musical sequence took me a long time to program into our soundboard, but it was worth every second!

The Jelly Beans – In true Past Due Radio community fashion, Tony rose to the challenge by sending us Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Beans. Justin and I ate them on video and nearly tossed our cookies.

I’ve managed to ruffle thousands of feathers with my critique of those who steamroll their family members with Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps. To date, The Dark Side of Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps is the most-watched video we ever released on Past Due Radio. Justin helps all the critics of my video put down the pitchforks and torches on YouTube. And we even released a video in response to them, where I highlight the bright side of the Baby Steps.

It’s been an incredible journey with you, our fans and listeners. Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to host this show and inviting me to join you in the adventure of making this life truly count.

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176 Past Due – Confessions Of A Financial Coach (Part 1)

by Derek Sisterhen on October 15, 2011


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Past Due: Radio 176 – Confessions Of A Financial Coach (Part 1)

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Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with many people who are trying to handle their finances with purpose and intention. I’ve learned as much from them as they’ve learned from me, and I wanted to share some of those things – confessions, if you will – with the radio audience.

Today we discussed:

1) How do you define “success”?

2) Are you accountable for your actions and opportunity to be successful?

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174 Past Due – The Non-Conformist Family Is Making Progress!

by Derek Sisterhen on September 25, 2011


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Past Due: Radio 174 – The Non-Conformist Family Is Making Progress!

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The Non-Conformist Family is back! We’re checking in with Josh and Sarah Gordon as they are five weeks into their action plan (they were the focus of Episode #169).

First Month Review:

During our cross-interview (Josh asked me questions about financial coaching, then I asked him questions about the last month), we learned a few important success factors:

1) A spending plan is just another piece of paper (or spreadsheet) until you know how much you’ve been spending. Josh and Sarah discovered their passion for coffee was a significant monthly expense.

2) Sometimes you just have to say “No”! The Gordons made a tough call by cancelling an impromptu trip with family, but they saved some money in the process.

Next Month’s Action Steps:

1) Continue to track spending, looking for continued patterns and behaviors that encourage or limit success.

2) Place every single penny of leftover cash flow into the emergency fund. (Josh even had a great plan to move $2 to the emergency fund every time he felt tempted to go out for coffee; sometimes we have to reward ourselves in other ways!)

We’ll look forward to checking in with The Non-Conformist Family in another month!

If you have a specific question, I’d be happy to answer it and further cultivate the wisdom of the Past Due Radio masses. The experiences of our listener base provide plenty of insight we all can learn from; don’t hesitate to ask – I’m happy to help!

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Off With Their Talking Heads!

by Derek Sisterhen on September 20, 2011

I have to be honest with you… No, wait a second. I hate it when I start a statement with, “I have to be honest”, it implies that I’m not always honest, but that, in this moment, I’m signifying that I will, in fact, be honest.

I don’t like that.

I’m always honest with you guys. In my honesty I’m going to vent a little bit.

I give plenty of accolades and much respect to the pioneers of the Internet. The technology we have today is incredible and it allows us to have a meaningful impact on many around us. It allows me to have awesome interactions with you, the loyal members of the PDR universe.

It also allows for an incredible preponderance of garbage.

That’s right. Thanks to the ease with which ebooks, physical books, audio books, blogs, videos, and websites can be birthed into existence, the number of hacks hatching before our eyes has grown exponentially.

Just because someone reads Think And Grow Rich doesn’t make them qualified to act as a business coach. Neither does reading The Millionaire Next Door mean they’re equipped to advise those with two commas in their net worth.

While it can be humorous in some cases, I find it increasingly obnoxious.

Now, please don’t be misled by the title of this post; I’m not suggesting we gather the villagers and head out with pitchforks and (freshly sharpened) axes. What I see in this crowd of talking heads is the same thing we’ve all seen at any family reunion or awkward high school reunion conversation. Just think of your loony uncle with all his political diatribes that have no factual basis. Or think of that guy or lady you meet at a party who has the tax code pegged (but doesn’t actually know the difference between a deduction and a credit).

See, talking heads have been with us forever. Our Information Age has just given them a unique megaphone like none that ever existed before. So, be on guard. A healthy dose of skepticism is wise; shrewdness is laudable.

By the way, did I tell you I’m planning on writing an ebook on brain surgery. I mean, I’ve watched a lot of Discovery Health and Grey’s Anatomy, and, you know, my wife used to work in healthcare. I’m pretty sure I’m qualified…

Ah, but then I’d be sticking my neck right out there on the chopping block.

Keep it real, friends; somebody has to.


Twitter To Get A Job

January 20, 2011

This is one example of how to use “Twitter” in your job search.  Have fun with it. The recommended book is called, “The Twitter Job Search Guide.” (Go Ahead and hit the full screen button so you can see the video better) httpv:// If we haven’t connected on Twitter, my Twitter ID is: JoryButlerCoach

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I Got Your Free!

December 22, 2010

In life when we pursue goals, sometimes life  doesn’t agree.   Obstacles and poor choices cause us to stop pursuing our dreams.  Obviously, there are many factors in not pursing a dream.  Sometimes we need an encouraging word or a resource to help us get over the hump.  In getting to where we want to […]

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Helping People Who Don’t Want Help

October 22, 2010

I had a concerned father call me recently saying that his daughter and son-in-law were on a collision course with financial disaster. They’re young, newly married, and wasting money all over the place. They’re late on some of their bills and they just borrowed a bunch of money to pay back – you guessed it […]

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K.I.S.S. Your Career

September 22, 2010

Are you overwhelmed with so many resources about finding work?  When you go to a library or bookstore do your eyes just glaze over how many books on the subject of careers?  You are not alone!!! Keep It Simple Silly Let us know how we can help you K.I.S.S. Your Career. httpv://

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