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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 CoachRadio.tv), 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 CoachRadio.tv, 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.

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170 Past Due – Should I Pay Down Student Loans Or Save For Tuition?

August 26, 2011

Past Due: Radio 170 – Should I Pay Down Student Loans Or Save For Tuition? Right-click to download Send me your feedback or leave me a voice mail: (919) 374-0501 Leave a review on iTunes Amanda is a rising college junior and is trying to make the best use of $500 a month in cash […]

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169 Past Due – The Financial Plan For The Non-Conformist Family

August 19, 2011

Past Due: Radio 169 – The Financial Plan For The Non-Conformist Family Right-click to download Send me your feedback or leave me a voice mail: (919) 374-0501 Leave a review on iTunes Josh and Sarah Gordon of thenonconformistfamily.com have agreed to be guinea pigs in the PDR lab! In their effort to avoid mediocrity, they’re […]

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Try Budgeting Backwards

August 16, 2011

In true non-conformist fashion, Joshua Gordon takes a process that’s been done from top-to-bottom for thousands of years and makes it bottom-to-top. I think you’ll find his perspective intriguing (unless – like me – you actually do like eating broccoli). ~D.S. – – – – – I hate budgeting. Always have. Sort of like eating […]

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Do Something Even If It’s Wrong! 5 Steps To Financial Recovery

August 9, 2011

Have you ever attended a financial class, or asked for help and it seems like the standard advice given just doesn’t seem to apply? It may be that the advice is fine, but you aren’t sure where to begin. If you’re struggling financially and don’t where to start, the next 5 steps will help you […]

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165 Past Due – How Much Life Insurance Do I Really Need?

July 22, 2011

Past Due: Radio 165 – How Much Life Insurance Do I Really Need? Right-click to download Send me your feedback or leave me a voice mail: (919) 374-0501 Leave a review on iTunes You have to respect the power of Facebook. I put out an APB to see what kind of financial questions my friends […]

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162 Past Due – Help! My Fiance’s Finances Are Trashed!

June 17, 2011

Past Due: Radio 162 – Help! My Fiance’s Finances Are Trashed! Right-click to download Send me your feedback or leave me a voice mail: (919) 374-0501 Leave a review on iTunes I was teaching a group of undergrad and graduate interns at SAS Institute earlier this week and was asked a great question: What do […]

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