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Health Hack Habits

Last week was very busy as I was in Austin for most of it to attend and present at our first company national meeting since 2019. The trip also included participating in two advisory board meetings. In order to meet my weekly blog commitment,

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Life and Death Location Decisions - Innovative Technology Sectors

Decisions high tech

When we started to scale our apartment business in the mid to late 1990s our location decisions were based on investing in cities that would be highly appealing to knowledge-based workers. It was starting to become clear that economic growth would be driven by technological innovation deployed widely throughout U.S.

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Cultivating the Art Form of Loving

I recently completed a wonderful, classic book called The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. It has great applicability to all relationships, not just your primary one with your spouse or significant other. I found there was also a lot to apply in terms of helping us at CWS to build upon our tremendous focus on communicating with and serving our investors.

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Influence People’s Perceptions - Can You Shape Their Reality?


One of the great books I’ve read about marketing is Positioning by Ries and Trout. It is considered a classic and one of the definitive books on the subject. The authors make the simple assertion that marketing is ultimately about accepting that perception is the reality.

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Hope Is Not A Strategy - Don't Discount Liberal Arts!

hope is not a strategy

This will be my last blog post related to Andrew Carnegie. All good things must come to an end. When I started at CWS out of college my first boss asked me what my major was and I told him political science. He had an engineering background and kind of snickered and asked what I planned to do with that degree and if I considered “opening up a political science store.” I laughed it off and gave the standard retort that I thought it would help me be a better writer and think critically.

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Andrew Carnegie: Stay Calm by Staying Focused

Andrew Carnegie
I recently read Andrew Carnegie’s autobiography and found it so compelling that I’m going to focus the next few blog posts on some areas of insight and wisdom that I think all investors, business people, and wealthy individuals, in general, could benefit from.

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Little Bets -Should Highest Cost Debt Be Repaid First?


I recently read a summary of an interesting piece of research that is somewhat counterintuitive at first glance but upon deeper reflection makes more sense and it’s the cornerstone for one of life’s great metaphors, you’ll see what I mean.

Little Bets -What We Can Afford to Lose vs.

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Dress For Success - The Cognitive Consequences of Formal Clothing

Dress for success

There is a reason why some catchy phrases and words of advice hang around for a long time. They are usually pretty accurate. “Dress for Success” is one of those. The adage is used to help people shift their mindset from one of scarcity and limited thinking to one that is much more abundance and optimism oriented.

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Resistance is The Enemy of Creativity

Shortly after publishing my book I was in New York City and did a brief interview with Gregg Greenberg from which was quite fun and then I had a meeting with investment legend Howard Marks which was such a treat. He was kind enough to write a testimonial for the book and made the time to let me thank him personally.

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New Healthy Habits to Ignite Your Success

Healthy Habits

Habits That Helped Me Write My Book

**Special Notice at the end of this blog.

“If we really pay close attention to our thoughts and actions I would venture to say that we’re essentially a series of habits.  A Duke University researcher in 2006 found that more than 40% of people’s actions are habits and not decisions,

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