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To reach your goals, measure results, but manage activities

By Byron Moore, posted November 7, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, November 6, 2016.
 

Ruler_sm.jpegQuestion: So much of what goes on in financial matters is outside of my control. Sometimes it seems like all the planning in the world can be undone by some unforeseen circumstance. Am I wasting my time doing financial planning?

Answer: Don’t let the absence of perfection cause you to abort the process of progress. The fact that you cannot make your financial life absolutely air tight is hardly any reason to abandon making it better.

Avoiding trick or treat – begin with the purpose in mind

By Byron Moore, posted October 31, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
 

halloween money_sm.jpegQuestion: My wife and I are approaching our 40s. What is the most important thing for us to be thinking about to get ready for our retirement?

Answer: Tonight, neighborhood children will transform into sheet wearing ghosts and miniature pirates toting plastic swords. They’ll ring your doorbell and squeal, “Trick or treat!”

Innumeracy – when you can’t read numbers

By Byron Moore, posted October 24, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
 

numbers_sm.jpgQuestion: I have always had a hard time with numbers. I mean I can do basic math, but beyond that it’s just a lot of noise to me. I know this hurts me financially, mostly because I don’t know who to trust or what to believe. What would you suggest?

Answer: There is a difference between being unable to read at all and being “functionally illiterate.”

Decision making: too hot, too cold or just right?

By Byron Moore, posted October 17, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 16, 2016.
 

quarterback_sm.jpgQuestion: I was on the fast track in a big corporate job in Chicago, but once I got a taste of what that life was going to be like, I realize I don’t want to live like that. Now I’m faced with taking a similar job in my field (back here at home) or taking a chance on doing something a little crazy, but following my dreams. What do you think?

Answer: I think you need to learn how to make decisions.

Crisis – will it crater you or create you?

By Byron Moore, posted October 10, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
 

crater sm.jpgQuestion: I was just recently fired from a job I loved. I won’t go into it, but I honestly feel my firing was wrong. I’m not going to try to fight it – it wouldn’t be worth it and now I don’t want to go back. But I just feel totally hollowed out inside and am having trouble moving forward. Any suggestions?

Answer: It’s something that seemed like it couldn’t happen in a million years…but it did…twice…in the same year.

Don’t settle for a retirement plan - part 2

By Byron Moore, posted October 3, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
 

Retirement Plan_sm.jpg Question: Like most people I’d like to retire some day. I work for myself. What kind of retirement plan should I be looking at?

Answer: Last week I suggested you not settle for a specific financial product just because it carries the right label.

Don’t settle for a retirement plan - part 1

By Byron Moore, posted September 26, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
 

Retirement Plan_sm.jpgQuestion: Like most people I’d like to retire some day. I work for myself. What kind of retirement plan should I be looking at?

Answer: The kind that works when the wheels fall off.

It’s not enough to just need help

By Byron Moore, posted September 19, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 18, 2016.
 

handing money_sm.jpgQuestion: I’m trying to get my brother to go see a financial planner. He makes plenty of money but I think he spends even more. I’m always having to bail him out of one financial mess or another. He usually pays me back, but that’s not even the point. I know he could be fine if he just got some discipline and got on a plan.  Can you recommend a financial planner for my brother to see?

Answer: Sure – one that I don’t like very much.

Time management is a myth, pt. 2

By Byron Moore, posted September 12, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
 

time management_sm.jpgQuestion: My business is going well – better than I ever thought it would. My problem is that it’s just eating up more and more of my time…and my life. I’m missing kids’ ball games I know I’ll never be able to get back and I really don’t want to miss out on this time in their lives. What time management tips do you have for getting more things done in less time?

Answer: Last week I said time management is a myth.

That’s because time is a totally inflexible commodity.  We all have access to an equal amount each day.

Time management is a myth, pt. 1

By Byron Moore, posted September 6, 2016
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, September 4, 2016.
 

time management_sm.jpgQuestion: My business is going well – better than I ever thought it would. My problem is that it’s just eating up more and more of my time…and my life. I’m missing kids’ ball games I know I’ll never be able to get back and I really don’t want to miss out on this time in their lives. What time management tips do you have for getting more things done in less time?

Answer: Time management is a myth.

You obviously can’t add more time to your day, though I suspect you’ve given that a shot (“sure, I’m fine on four hours of sleep a night…”). So now, you’re working on the other end of the equation – packing more “doing” into each day.

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