From a young age, specifically infant hood, we wanted. When we wanted we cried creating suffering for ourselves.

If we received what we wanted we would be temporarily pacified. However, with time, we would want again and cry again, restarting the cycle of suffering. If we were not rewarded with the thing we wanted, we cried harder and even harder until we received the thing pacifying our suffering, received punishment increasing our suffering or gave up extending our suffering in time.

The very act of wanting presents stress into life. The fear of not getting. The hope of getting. Emotional…


The advancements in technology and digital infrastructure are revolutionizing how businesses is conducted. Every now and then, we see new and innovative products and services that are intended to solve a given problem, bridge the existing gap or bring a better user experience.

Google, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Instagram, Uber, Yelp, Square, etc are some of the examples that have modernized our consumer behavior as well as overall life style. …


An example of when I didn’t exert maximum effort that still chaps me today was when a company I consulted with was in discussions on a sale of a majority of their business to a competitor for nearly $500M. Their successful company was in a great sellers’ market. They received several bids, and when all were in, three were considered.

One of the greatest concerns of the owners was what would happen to their nearly two thousand employees. The company with the third highest bid said they would keep all employees on for at least one year and management on…


You may have quit potentially rewarding projects because of what other people might think or because you fear that the outcome might not be what you intended. I once wrote a fiction book based on a story my kids and I created in an oral storytelling game I call, “Let’s build a story.”


What I realized along the way to help me achieve my goals is to first discover the process that would keep me on track and then find the people with the skills to help me fully execute my ideas. While I know the process to completion, I tend to lose interest after I develop the concept to a certain point. But once I started locating the who to help me, I began to complete goal after goal. I even started finishing old starts from years ago! Nothing is out of the scope of the process.

I’m creative and can easily…


“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The beginning is the easiest part because it’s the most fun. The beginning of any project is when you’re most excited and most passionate about discovering the journey to where you think it will lead. Just think of the excitement people have for a new romantic relationship or their New Year’s resolutions!

One of the most difficult parts for most people is the middle of the journey (like with those resolutions). This is…


We must eliminate the concept of impossible. Before men landed on the moon, experts said it was impossible. Before Europeans sailed to the Americas, sailors said it was impossible. Airplanes, microchips, quantum physics, artificial intelligence, the four-minute mile, summiting Mt. Everest, recreating your grandmother’s secret chocolate chip cookie recipe — these, along with innumerable more, were all once considered impossible. Driven by a desire to achieve and the belief that they would succeed, each of the pioneers responsible for once-believed impossible feats succeeded in the face of adversity — and in the face of critics.

On your quest to achieve…


I once had a thought pattern that was highly negative toward selling. It didn’t matter whether it was my investment services or something from home I no longer needed. I felt like I was a pushy car salesman trying to convince people to give me money for stuff they didn’t need. My problem wasn’t with the things I was selling, it was with the way I thought about selling. I felt bothersome and extremely uncomfortable asking for money. This thought pattern severely limited my earning potential and the growth of my companies.

Identifying destructive patterns is oftentimes incredibly difficult because…


Let’s face it, not everything we do will be successful. If you understand that, then you shouldn’t feel anxiety about continuing anything you start. If you aren’t concerned with the end result and put your attention solely on the actions with the goal of enjoying the process and knowing that no matter what happens you will learn a tremendous amount about the thing you are doing as well as yourself, then that in itself is a success. If you can think about everything you do in this manner, then nothing will be a failure. It may not make the money…


After you make the decision and develop an attitude to begin, ask yourself,

What is my current attitude toward achievement?

What you think and feel today dramatically impacts the next decision you make. That’s the concept of continual attitude adjustment. Are your thoughts encouraging amazing decision-making or are they laced with fear of what bad thing might happen if you pursue this goal?

Fearful thoughts may not even be related to the goal. You may be thinking about how you don’t want your teenage daughter to date a certain guy or why your favorite Netflix series ended at season three…

Michael J Lee, CFA

Michael Lee is a an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and a prolific investor in measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return

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