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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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173 Past Due – Our Daughter Needs A Car, We Can’t Get A Loan

by Derek Sisterhen on September 16, 2011

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Past Due: Radio 173 – Our Daughter Needs A Car, We Can’t Get A Loan

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Robert and his wife Patricia are reaping a harvest of, admittedly, poorly sown financial decisions. They have a college-age daughter who is splitting the family vehicle with Patricia to get to and from classes, then to and from her part-time job. The family needs a car in the worst way, but no one is qualifying for a car loan.

In his submission, Robert acknowledged that they’ve been late on mortgage payments in the past, and are trying to clean up their finances, but now they feel limited with this incredibly inconvenient transportation situation.

Today we discussed:

1) How the pressure of inconvenience often drives us to rushed, unwise financial decisions. We must assess the true cost of paying interest on a used car (and likely subprime interest at that) in the context of the hassle-factor of sharing a vehicle.

2) The importance of Robert and Patricia openly confronting their financial situation for their children to see. It’s time for them to lead their kids – two generations of healthy money managers hang in the balance.

3) How sometimes the best course of action isn’t the most obvious. Robert’s daughter has already saved $3,000 toward the purchase of a vehicle and has the potential to save more than her parents.

This show exposed a lot of the systemic financial issues we’re seeing in American households with regularity: paycheck-to-paycheck living, financially unprepared children, the perpetuation of the “Sandwich Generation”, and knee-jerk decision-making in financial discomfort.

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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163 Past Due – Teaching Your Kids About Work And Reward

by Derek Sisterhen on June 24, 2011

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Susan and William of Raleigh, NC are the winners of the Kids & Money Contest! They wrote in about the numerous financial mistakes they made as a young couple and how they’ve systematically begun teaching their children – all four of them! – how to avoid them. In the years since getting married, Susan and William have paid off their debt and are working with each of their children to understand healthy, wise money management.

Today, we talked about the importance of connecting work with reward early in your children’s lives so that they understand the concept of earning what they want. We also discussed the need for parents to help their kids uncover their passions, and how work can assist in this effort.

In addition, we addressed the three camps that parents tend to fall into regarding teaching children the connection between work and reward:

1) The “Kids Should Just Be Kids” camp – they’ll have all their lives to work

2) The “No Work – No Pay” camp – kids work on commissions and only get paid for the jobs they do

3) The “Apathy” camp – mantra: “Oh, they’ll just figure it out”

Hanging in the balance is the legacy of the parents – whether positive or negative.

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Twitter To Get A Job

by Jory Butler on 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KosRdQRSNQ0

If we haven’t connected on Twitter, my Twitter ID is: JoryButlerCoach

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Do What You Gotta Do!!!

December 29, 2010

How many people do you know who are looking for that “ONE” perfect career.  I hear some people say, ” I can’t take that job because it’s not what I want’.”   They are scared they may get stuck in something they hate.  I completely understand about finding the work you love and not settling […]

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Wanna Be A Superhero?

December 1, 2010

Would you want to be a superhero like Spider-man, Superman, or even Shrek? Yes, I consider Shrek a superhero.  (I personally would love to fly.)  Where would someone find out how to become a superhero?   How would you ever become a superhero? There really is a simple way to finding out if you would like […]

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That’s Just Me, And I’m Stickin’ To It!!!!

November 16, 2010

Boy, if we stuck to that line, we would all be in trouble, hugh?  Why do we do the things we do?  What’s that guy’s problem?  Why doesn’t my wife understand me?  Ok, maybe the last question is just because wives are superior to husbands. (Wives you can thank me now.)   We tend to ask […]

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I’m Not In Transition, Am I?

November 10, 2010

The career transition can be one of the hardest parts of life.   People are trying to navigate their course and keep a good attitude at the same time.  People who tend to focus on where they want to go, usually have a better attitude during career transition.  Make the choice today to smile, be good […]

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Job Search Discouragement? You’re Better Than That.

November 3, 2010

How many of you know someone who is dealing with job search discouragement?  How many of you personally are dealing with this?  These days there are so many conversations that deal with finding “Work That Matters.”  There are many of you that have been laid off, are stressed, and are losing hope. If there is […]

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Move On!!!

October 26, 2010

Sometimes in life we need to move on, in order to find work we love.  It takes hope, confidence, and a plan of action, to help reduce risk.  Do your due diligence and if all indications say move, then get moving. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-RKKGxLkeI&feature=player_profilepage#! Write down your story. I mean the good, the bad, the ugly. What […]

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