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Confusing Joy With Happiness

By Jim Mathis My topic for today - joy - is not something we often talk about in the business and professional world. We commonly speak about happiness and being happy, whether it concerns finalizing a contract, attracting a new client, making a sale, receiving a promotion or a pay raise, or finding a new job we feel certain will be more fulfilling and rewarding. Such events make us happy. But when was the last time you heard someone speak about experiencing joy? Tags:  Joy, Happiness

When Work And Family Collide

By John D. Beckett BUSINESS DILEMMA EDITION Maria had been preparing for this day for several months, and her Saturday morning piano recital was nearly here. She found it difficult to think about anything else. Best of all, she was excited because her daddy would be coming! Her anticipation helped her overlook all the times he had missed other such events because of his work, which often involved making business trips out of town. Tags:  Work, Family, Business, Business Dilemma

Foundational, Biblical Principles Of Investing

By Austin Pryor & Mark Biller Our clients often come to us seeking advice on what investments to make, when to make those investments, and how to receive the greatest return on the funds they invest. Many proven principles undergird the counsel we give to our clients, but even before we do that, it is imperative for us to recognize what we all are up against - the perils and pitfalls that can prevent us from achieving our financial goals. Tags:  Biblical Principles, Biblical Principles Of Investing, Principles of Investing, Investing

It All Comes Down To Attitude

By Robert J. Tamasy “You have exactly the right attitude to handle this situation.” “You need to do something about changing your attitude. It is terrible!” Obviously these statements are two ends of the extreme, but realistically, what difference does our attitude make in our day-to-day responsibilities in the workplace? If you are properly trained, have the right skills and experience, and receive enough opportunities, can success be far behind? Tags:  Attitude, Wisdom, Hardship

Time For ‘New And Improved’?

By: Robert J. Tamasy Every once in awhile I go into a grocery store and see a product we purchase often that displays a “new and improved” label. Sometimes that makes me chuckle, because basically this means until the manufacturer made the improvements, they were selling me a product they knew was inferior and could be better. At the same time, however, I feel grateful they did go to the trouble to make the desirable changes, whatever they were. Tags:  New, Improved

Ten ‘Can’- Mandments

By Rick Warren "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13 NIV). So often we think of commandments as a list of don'ts. Instead of focusing on what we can't do, let's start looking at what we can do with this list of ten "can"- mandments!

Improved Skills Makes For Better Tools

By Jim Mathis I remember the day clearly in 1985 when I walked into a popular record store and found its bins of LP (long-playing vinyl) records replaced by rows of CDs (compact disks). That week I bought a new CD player. But I also bought two turntables. Having invested thousands of dollars in wonderful music on LPs being rendered obsolete, I wanted to still be able to enjoy them for many years. As it has turned out, there has not been a time in the last 30 years when I could not have bought a brand new turntable. Tags:  Skills, Tools, Talents, Gifts, Work, Music

The Harvest Principle – Give Generously

By Rick Warren "Then Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, spoke up. 'There's a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?'" (John 6:8-9 NLT). Whenever you have a need, acknowledge your faith by planting a seed. In other words, take your focus off your need and look at ways you can provide for the needs of others, planting a seed in their lives. Tags:  Harvest Principle, Give, Generosity, Give Generously

The Problem Of Double Standards

By Rick Boxx According to two studies conducted by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, only 28 percent of the individuals surveyed, including only 44 percent of business leaders, believe people use the same set of ethical standards in the workplace as they do in their personal lives. Apparently, business and professional men and women exhibit marked differences in their public and private behavior. At least that is how they are perceived – and for many observers, perception is reality. Tags:  Double Standards