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Top Top Five Celebrity Wines You Must Try!
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Crypto… Buy low now… It’s not going away!
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Private Jets service isn’t just for Rock Stars
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Financial education is imperative to gaining wealth
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You’re Not Done!
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One Step At a Time
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O n the cover of magazines, you might have noticed more celebrities holding up a wine bottle with their label on it. Do you wonder what makes that wine so special? Well, if it’s a celebrity wine, then chances are you’ll be supporting their favorite charity with your purchase! A portion of the proceeds from these bottles go to whoever was chosen by the celeb as their favorite cause. This is one way to support charities without even realizing it--and enjoy some great wines in the process! Some celebrity wines reveal a celebrity’s passion for winemaking, and others give back to causes that the celebrity supports. Here are five celebrity-branded wines worth the hype. They not only delight the senses, but they spotlight celebrities’ philanthropic deeds behind the scenes. Top Five Celebrity Wines You Must Try!
By John Peragine
Drew Barrymore Barrymore is not only a partner in Carmel Road Winery, but she is also involved in all aspects of the winemaking process. She is involved in picking the bottles designing the labels, and making the wine with winemaker Kris Kato. It was not enough to just be a backer; she wanted to get he hands dirty and stained red.
Website: www.Inglenook.com Danica Patrick
Patrick is a force to be reckoned with in professional motorsports. She wanted a new challenge, and so she teamed up with Nechio Novak to create one of the best rosé in the world in Provence, France. Patrick enjoys rosé because of the romance surrounding it. The results are a light wine with melon and peach notes and a beautiful bottle that accentuates the delicate wine inside. Patrick is also the proprietor of Somnium (Dream) wine in Napa Valley. It was a dream she made a reality. Her 24-acre vineyard on Howell Mountain in Texas is certified organic. Wine’s produced Patrick focused on creating one great rosé. It comes in two different sizes- 750 ml and 1.5 l. • Somnium Wines: • Rosé • Sauvignon Blanc • Cabernet Sauvignon Charitable Works Patrick is currently worked with Omaze by offering a chance to join her at the Monaco Grand Prix to support the Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to spouses and children of fallen service members. The winner, of course, joined her for a glass of rosé.
Wines Produced: • Pinot Noir • Monterey Rosé of Pinot Noir • Monterey Pinot Grigio
Charitable Works: Donates Wines to nonProfit organizations that support basic human needs, education programs, the environment, and healthy communities
Francis Ford Coppola Not only is Francis Ford Coppola- the director, writer, and producer of such movies as the Godfather, involved in winemaking, so is his family. Coppola bought the Inglenook estate in 1975. After several name changes (Niembam-Coppola Estate Winery, Rubicon Estate Winery), the Inglenook Winery produces wines by Coppola and his children. After being in the business for 46 years, Copolla knows a thing or two about making a great wine.
Websites www.somniumwine.com www.danicarosewine.com Richard Childress
Wines Produced: • Blancaneaux • Carbenet Sauvignon • Zinfandel • Syrah • Sauvignon Blanc
Charitable Works: The Coppola family is involved in several charity auctions. In 2017 they were the honorary chairs of the 37th Auction Napa Valley, which administers grants to local non-profit organizations focused on community health and children’s education. $15.7 million were raised at that event
Childress, a NASCAR team owner, fulfilled his dream of being a vineyard owner in 2004. When he was racing in California, he had visited many wineries, so he decided to open one in the east. The Childress vineyard is located in Lexington, NC, in the Yadkin Valley. It might seem an unlikely place for a chateau-style winery, but the grapes grown in this region produce award-
winning wines. Childress produces wines that are great for sipping at approachable prices. There are many wines to choose from, varying from very sweet to dry. There is something for about every palate. It is worth the trip to the expansive estate and have a picnic or enjoy music concerts during the summer.
• Muscadine • Pinnacle • Pinot Grigio • Radiance • Malbec • Sauvignon Blanc • Sangiovese • Sangria • Triminette • Cuvee They also offer quite a few red, rosé, and white table wines and blends.
Wines Produced • Petit Verdot • Merlot • Chardonnay • Cabernet Sauvignon
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Childress and his wife Judy founded the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, whose mission is to discover the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries to children.
that are handpicked, dry-farmed, and biodynamic. Each of the wines is certified organic.
Wines Produced: • Sparkling Rosé • Rosé • White • Red Website: www.drinkavaline.com/pages/about-avaline
Website: www.childressvineyards.com Cameron Diaz
Diaz and her partner Katherine Power created a wine brand based on clean wines- organically sourced grapes with as few artificial ingredients as possible. The farms sourced for the Avaline Winery produce grapes
Charitable Works: Diaz contributes to many different charities, but she
also created her own foundation in 2001 called Begin Today for Tomorrow. This foundation provides funding to the Children’s Dental Clinic, AIDS Project Los Angeles, African Wildlife Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, Pathways to Independence, and the Roar Foundation.
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Kurt Russell Russell fell in love with wine while on a bicycle trip with his life partner, Goldie Hawn, through the wine regions of France, Italy, and California. He was especially fond of Burgundy wines. While filming Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof in Santa Rita Hills, he discovered wines in that region the rivaled the ones he had found in Burgundy. He decided he wanted to begin producing wine. Through his network of friends and serendipitous connections, GoGi Wines was born. Russell was hands-on in the process and learned from industry leaders how to grow grapes and produce wine correctly.
Wines Produced • Chardonnay • Pinot Noir • Viognier Website www.gogiwines.net
John Peragine John Peragine is a published author of 15 books. He has also written for Today.com, Grapevine, Writers Digest and Wine Enthusiast among others. John owns and runs L’Oste Vineyard in Davenport, Iowa overlooking the Mississippi River where he produces award-winning wines as well as a variety of fruit wines such as cherry wine and peach wine.
Have you ever wondered which celebrity wines are the best? In this blog post, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite celebrity wine labels and told you why they’re worth trying. And if all that wasn’t enough, each bottle purchased will go towards supporting their respective charities! Now there’s no excuse for not drinking in style while doing some good at the same time. Which one is your new favorite?
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Crypto BUY LOW NOW
By Charllie Stivers
Y ou know how you know who still have not invested in the crypto market—now think globally! The total cryptocurrency market capitalization is hovering around $1 trillion as of 2022. To put that in perspective, the largest market, foreign exchange currency hear stories of Bitcoin millionaires getting in early? Well, you have that opportunity. You are still early! Think of how many people you (FOREX) trades about $6 trillion daily, global equities exceed $100 trillion, and global real estate exceeds $300 trillion in value. Experts expect the crypto market cap to be around $10 trillion by 2030.
What do you think will happen when there is a transfer of wealth from those asset classes to cryptocurrency? As a previous financial professional for 17 years, I got serious about crypto at the beginning of COVID lockdowns and bought my first Bitcoin and Ethereum. I focused and hired a mentor to learn from their mistakes and successes. I also invested my capital and my free time to learn and participate in everything crypto. I have made a bunch and lost some, too.
I quickly discovered that chasing the next 10X or 100X coin is challenging and time-consuming. Then I came across DeFi, or Decentralized Finance, and the chance to earn daily passive income, get loans, and better yields. DeFi will be one of the primary sectors in cryptocurrency – this disruption is what the banks, insurance companies, and governments are preparing for. Cryptocurrency is an exciting asset class full of ups and downs, endless risks, and potentially exponential rewards. It’s a diverse, global market attracting new users
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the coming years, which is all part of what many call, Web3 or the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Now imagine the US Dollar becoming more unstable and savers fearing its continued loss of value. This was and is the reality for people living in emerging, third-world countries. People, and now governments, were forced to search for alternatives to their unstable currency. Bitcoin and other digital assets have been an important solution for millions to continue to conduct commerce with some normalcy. The decentralized movement within new networks is filled with people like us. This is our chance, as people, to take back control and true freedom that we desire and deserve. Opportunities for growth in digital networks are something you can profit from and get life-changing results. People make the biggest profits by being early investors in cutting-edge, future technologies. Investing while assets are at a deep discount is another strategy that creates enormous wealth. I truly want this to be your wake- up call—It is time to begin your journey into digital assets and the next evolution of the digital economy. It’s Time to Get Started in Cryptocurrency or Get Left Behind! There are many narratives and reasons you should start diversifying to digital assets. Making money is almost the
every day. The crypto market is growing at twice the growth rate of the Internet in the 1990s and 2000s. At the time of this writing in late 2022, many coins are on a fire sale – approximately 50-90% lower than all-time highs. Now is your chance to seize the opportunity that cryptocurrency and digital assets can give you. The number one question asked, “What gives crypto its value?” is simply put—A massive network of users creates cryptocurrency value called, the “Network Effect”. Just like Google or Facebook, their foundational value comes from their user base. In the decentralized, digital economy, the difference is we, the users, are the ones getting rewarded for owning our part of the networks, not centralized corporations that are driven to increase profits for their shareholders. George Gilder’s book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, addresses this valuable point.
The challenge is—there is so much info out there. It’s overwhelming!
Did you know there are over 20,000 different coins and tokens now?
Over 10’s of thousands of NFTs?
Doesn’t it make sense that, just like in the real business world, 90% of these crypto projects will fail? Understand this risk versus reward concept—asymmetric returns. The upside potential is far greater than the downside risk. If you took the risk and invested $1000 in one project and lost it all, you would be able to pay your bills. If it 10X’ed or even 100X’ed your investment you would be very happy. Either scenario is very possible. Sorry, if you are using Coinbase, Crypto.com, or Robinhood—you are not doing it right. It’s not your fault—it’s a start though. Just google: “Not your keys, not your coins.” The premise is that – you don’t own those coins, only the rights. You own the coins and tokens in your wallet. You are 100% responsible for the wallets that hold your coins! That’s why safety needs to be number one. Let’s all learn together safely, make great returns converting some of our fiat dollars into digital assets, and do amazing things with our lives.
Furthermore, blockchain is attracting businesses and governments as financial technology (FinTech) and
tokenized data scalability evolve. Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) are allowing artists to finally get paid for their talent, and music NFTs are gaining momentum. Corporations are adopting NFTs for marketing to extend their brand. The metaverse will wrap these all together in a user experience (UX) where people will use it daily. This will create more utility for networks of crypto users and a huge transfer of wealth over
Cryptocurrency can give you the opportunity to:
• Diversify Your Portfolio • Position Yourself for Retirement • Create Passive Income • Maintain Control of your Assets • Give To and Bless Others • Create Wealth Quicker with Less Money • Maximize Compound Interest • All with Less Risk, if You Do It the Right Way. Cryptocurrency For The People has developed a system for learning quickly and absorbing the information needed to get you into the crypto game with less risk. If you see the potential of cryptocurrency and digital assets changing your life, we know we can help you get started safely and help you get the results you are wanting.
Charlie Stivers’ passion for investing can be traced back to his pre-professional days when he felt like Alex P. Keaton carrying around the business section of the newspaper full of tech stories and innovations. Inspired first by his father, then by his Economics teacher in the 1990’s during the beginning of the Internet and dotcom companies, he absorbed all that he could about business and technology. He bought his first dotcom stocks in 1998 which led to him getting professionally licensed in 2001 and beginning a long professional career. Seeing the struggles of retirees preparing for retirement he authored the book, Social Security Success Guide, in 2016 helping them optimize retirement income for their golden years as a speaker and adviser. As 2020 and pandemic lockdowns brought us all time at home; he chose to focus on cryptocurrencies. He now speaks fluent crypto and has developed a passion helping others discover and learn the potential future of blockchain technologies. Living in Colorado, he enjoys time playing with his children, exploring the outdoors, and traveling. He may be seen with a flyrod and his bulldog.
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Private Jets aren't just for Rock Stars
Most jet owners probably don’t use their plane every day and are looking to fill that down time with a revenue stream
I t was early evening about 15 years ago and I had just second charter that day. As we finished up refueling two black limousines pulled up to the side of our beautiful private jet. It was dark as I walked down the airstair door to greet my passengers and noticed several musical instruments being loaded into the baggage area, so I introduced myself to the two gentlemen approaching the plane and asked, arrived at the Van Nuys Airport in California to pick up my “So are you musicians?” The taller man, in a British accent and sounding stunned at my ignorance, responded “Yes, it’s Sting, this is him right here!” and gestured to the slender man standing next to him. As I looked, it occurred to me the manifest listed my passenger’s name as Gordon Sumner. I had missed the connection despite having flown Sting previously on this same jet. Fortunately, Mr. Sumner is a very nice although somewhat quiet man and his agent seemed far more concerned at my failure of protocol than he was. We went on to provide the level of service people come to expect when they charter a private jet. While many people stereotype corporate aviation or “private jets” with rock stars and the rich and famous they typically only make up a small percentage of those who enjoy the convenience and luxury of private jet service. Despite the stereotype, most people who fly private do so for business reasons and convenience. Time is money and the ability to reliably make multiple stops in a day on your schedule to the many smaller airports closer to your destination
can be far more valuable than the money saved by using commercial airlines and spending most of the day on a single flight. This is true if you are middle management, a CEO, or even a rock star. Whether you’re looking for anonymity, prestige, or just the incredible convenience of traveling without using the airlines, you will find as many varieties of private aircraft and services as there are people who use them. The aircraft range from small single engine turbo propeller planes that conveniently transport you to neighboring states to large intercontinental jets that can carry a dozen people halfway around the world nonstop. The services range
from owning a fractional share of a managed aircraft to charter services that provide door to door concierge services and arrange anything from a boxed lunch to a gourmet meal on your flight. And then there’s the prospect of owning your own jet, which many people believe is the pinnacle of success! Surprisingly, it’s not as far out of reach as it may seem and is a viable alternative to charter and fractional shares. A fractional may seem the logical choice when you consider purchasing an eighth or a sixteenth of an asset that may otherwise be out of your budget. Consider the overall and long-term cost. Most fractional shares cost more than the actual fractional cost of the
owning an eighth or a sixteenth. It’s always a lot more fun to show your friends your jet rather than your jet-card. There are a lot of options out there and a lot of opportunities. As with most big decisions, talk to people who are actual experts with decades of experience who can help you make the informed choice that’s best for you, not for them. And please, if you happen to be a rock star don’t forget to pass along your stage name to the flight crew to avoid an embarrassing situation.
Most jet owners probably don’t use their plane every day and are looking to fill that down time with a revenue stream. A charter management arrangement can turn your down time into cash flow by operating the aircraft as a charter when you don’t need it but have it available to you when you do. Depending on the type of plane you purchase and the number of hours you fly it’s even possible for the charter revenue to pay for your own flights while you also receive some very helpful tax benefits. Having a reliable full-service management team also makes ownership hassle free. With long term financing and a reliable and professional charter management company you can find that owning the whole plane is a lot more affordable than
asset and you still must pay to fly. You also don’t have a tangible asset since you’ve technically purchased a share of a fleet, not a single aircraft. While the share can be sold you never have that emotional connection such as when you purchase a house, a car, or a boat. Ordering a new aircraft often requires years of waiting, especially in the current market. Meanwhile, there are plenty of aircraft out there being sold that can be acquired and placed into service in a matter of weeks, not years. Pre-owned aircraft, unlike cars, can hold their value and often, as is the case recently, increase in value over several years. What you lose in warranty is made up for in price and the ability to be up and flying quickly!
Paul Woodford is the founder and CEO of Legacy Jets and formerly the co-founder of Elite Flight Jets. Legacy Jets is a private jet air charter company located in Scottsdale, AZ and West Palm Beach, FL specializing in safe, convenient and luxurious private air travel. Paul has over 35 years of worldwide experience in commercial aviation and has worked as an airline captain, corporate jet captain, and also as an accomplished flight instructor. Paul has also served as an expert witness in civil litigation, guest operations expert with the NTSB, and worked as a Chief Pilot, Director of Operations, and Check Airman. As founder and managing partner of Digital Asset Planning, LLC, Paul Woodford is also the Chief Technology Officer and Managing Editor of SmartFem.com and Director for SmartFem TV. Paul’s passion for technology led him to create and design SmartFem magazine along with his wife, Lea Woodford. Running the company with Lea has enabled Paul to tap into his passion for videography as well as photography. In addition to filming SmartFem TV segments he has produced TV commercials and marketing pieces for Alice Cooper, Patrick Peterson, Airpark Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat, Superstition Springs Lexus, and many other businesses and non-profits in the valley.
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Robert and Kim Kiyosaki: Financial education is imperative to gaining wealth.
By Lea Woodford
While he describes his father as a “good man,” Robert vehemently disagreed with his dad’s philosophy about wealth and money.
S ixty-three percent of the personal finance education should be taught in schools. Moreover, 77% of participants said elected officials should campaign for additional financial education in schools while 66% report they would vote for a candidate who shared those views. 1,049 American adults who responded to a 2019 Credit Karma/Qualtrics survey said Robert and Kim Kiyosaki, both successful entrepreneurs and best-selling authors (most notably, he, along with Sharon Lechter, penned Rich Dad, Poor Dad in 1997; she wrote Rich Woman: A Book on Investing for Women in 2006), the couple are fierce proponents of financial literacy. They also recently purchased a Lear 60 jet, seating seven passengers. While an expensive purchase, it falls within
convenience and safety protocols are important to them. According to Robert, “COVID-19 pushed us over the edge. I realized how much I hate flying. I didn’t want to go through the TSA, and all those lines,” he recalls. It had always been a goal of the couple to own their own jet, although the purchase had to make financial sense, he says. “Most people think of debt as a four-letter word,” says Kim. Bad debt, she explains, is created by charging certain purchases which do nothing to increase profitability. Examples include charging dinners or clothes to a credit card. “But, when you learn how to use debt to make you money…that is what should be taught,” she opines. Robert agrees. “Financial literacy Legacy Quarterly
the couple’s financial philosophy of ‘spending money to make money.’ Despite the fact the couple are multi-millionaires, their foray into airplane ownership began because of COVID-19, says Robert. And, he adds, he and Kim only made the large purchase after consulting with their tax consultant to discuss its viability. It was during that conversation the Kiyosakis learned that not only would owning their own jet alleviate their concerns with flying on commercial airlines, buying the plane could prove to be a smart move financially, too. To further their various business interests, the Kiyosakis travel up to eight months a year, says Kim. With that much time in the air, comfort,
is the language of money. Assets versus liabilities, income versus expenses, and taxes. You don’t have to go to college to learn that,” he argues. While he describes his father as a “good man,” Robert vehemently disagreed with his dad’s philosophy about wealth and money. “My dad believed in giving people money. I don’t! He thought I was a crook because I talked about making money and paying less in taxes. I do it legally,” he says. In consulting with their tax guru, the Kiyosakis learned purchasing a jet and placing it among Elite Flight Jet’s charter service was the way to both make the purchase and have it be financially viable. For example, every repair or update to the jet is tax-deductible. The couple has access to their own private jet, so they essentially fly for free. They also no longer must concern themselves with the multiple restrictions commercial airline passengers grapple with daily, and they needn’t wear a mask while traveling on their own plane. “The jet,” says Kim, “will be an income-producing asset.” The couple, who married in 1985, keep extremely busy, pandemic or not. For example, Robert is currently working on his next book, titled Capitalist Manifesto. They are also both strong proponents of the free game Cashflow Classic, which they co-created in 1996. According to its website, the game has been played by hundreds of thousands of people since its release. Its sales, along with the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, not only exploded during the pandemic, they also continue to impress. The family-friendly game
teaches participants how to invest, acquire assets and respond to different investing scenarios. “Free education with people teaching people” about finances and living a successful, capitalistic life is the couple’s top initiative, says Robert. Because of that, the couple will soon launch an online support system for the more than 3,500 Rich Dad/Poor Dad clubs that have sprouted world-wide since the book’s release 24 years ago. The platform will be free to use and will benefit from educational courses online taught by experts in the topic. Among other things, the software will allow clubs and club
members to communicate with one another, building on the Kiyosaki belief in people educating one another. Although the Kiyosakis’ bank account boasts more numerals than most, money is not Robert’s most important asset, he says. “Your biggest asset is what you have between your left ear and your right ear,” he opines. ------------------------------------ Tami Kamin Meyer contributed to this article. This article is a reprint from a 2021 magazine published by SmartFem Media Group
David Avrin Chair of The Legacy Board You’re Not Done
time post-work was often short and death came early, many today are living years and often decades beyond the exit of their professional life. The questions facing millions are: How do I stay relevant, impactful and contributing in my next chapter? For those of us who have enjoyed a large measure of success in our professional lives, it’s less of an existential crisis of identity (though certainly true for some) and more an issue of wanting to be intentional with our time. While many former business leaders fill their time quickly with board positions and consulting, few are following an actual plan for their
a plan for how they will spend their time, leverage their earned experience and continue to foster meaningful relationships over the years. As a result, too many find themselves feeling a little lost, disconnected or on the opposite end of the spectrum, over-obligated with advisory boards, volunteering and consulting. While most plan to ensure that they have the financial resources to live a good life as they age, few map out a full and fulfilling life beyond work. As we enter our later chapters, it’s been noted that we have more history than we have future. Our time is finite to be sure. But unlike previous generations where our
“So, what’s next for you?” I asked my CEO coaching client who had just successfully exited his business. “I don’t know. Just relax, travel and play with my grandkids I guess,” he responds with a smile. “For 20 or 30 years?” I ask. “You’re only 61 years old. The way you’re going, you’ve likely got decades of life ahead of you. I know you’re done with work, but are you…done being relevant?” As you enter or approach your “third act,” what’s your plan for the years to come? Most high achievers have a solid financial plan for retirement, but few have
on the tombstone was not the date of birth or even the date of his friend’s passing, but the dash in the middle of those dates. The dash represented how he spent his life. This powerful message of intentionality has had a profound impact on many as we are encouraged to be intentional in how we live our dash. One of the most impactful dynamics that many encounter in their third act is a profound social shift. As the kids have likely moved away and the often frenetic engagement of the workplace is now absent, social isolation becomes a growing problem. In fact, in a landmark 2010 study on “Social Relationships and Mortality,” researchers found a profound link between social isolation and early death. In fact, loneliness was a greater predictor
that they were something important to someone else. Legacy is a lagging indicator; a report card of what was accomplished and left behind. And we all want to earn more than a passing grade. But shifting demographics and greatly extended lifespans are behind a significant shift in how successful professionals are viewing their “third-act” and their ongoing legacy contribution. It is less today about looking back with satisfaction, but more about looking ahead and being deliberate with how we use the time we have. Linda Ellis was a fledgling poet until her poem The Dash captured the imagination of the world. The poem tells of a man speaking at a friend’s funeral and recognizing that the most important etching
later years. Most are relegated to simply evaluating incoming requests from those wanting to tap their experience and relationships. Interestingly, the word “Legacy” has a surprising number of distinct meanings in our lexicon. From a student attending the alma mater of a family relation, to an outdated but still functional computer platform or program. From a gift of property or money bequeathed in a will, to anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. Today however, legacy more often points to an earned reputation of meaningful contribution, lasting impact and positive relationships. Legacy is an acknowledgment that someone left tangible reminders, not simply that they were there, but
also take time to send the elevator back down and mentor a young professional? What fences are you going to mend and what relationships will you rebuild?
of early death than either tobacco use or obesity.
So, I ask again: What’s next for you? How will you continue to make an impact, stay relevant and work to leave the campsite better than you found it? How will you balance continued contribution with the lifestyle you’ve dreamed of and worked for over the years? Once the euphoria of not having to get up for work each day wears off, what do you want to get up for each day? Perhaps for the first time in your life, you are now time affluent. So, here are some questions to ask yourself: Will you spend your time binging all the television programs you missed over the years, or will you
What new interests or hobbies will you pursue or revisit?
--------------------------------------- David Avrin , Chair of The Legacy Board Building local communities of former business owners and C-Level leaders to connect, share and bolster their ongoing impact. David is also a business speaker, consultant and author of five books. Learn more at www.TheLegacyBoard.com Contact: David@DavidAvrin.com or www.DavidAvrin.com
What organizations are you going to help with your wisdom and experience that would otherwise be unable to afford your counsel?
How will you continue to craft your legacy?
You may be done working for a living, but my guess is that you’re not done contributing.
My journey from a wheelchair to walking in heels One step at a time:
walking with a severe limp. I was excited to get the rod in my leg removed and continue to mend. Eventually, after three years of healing, I moved from New York to Virginia for a job with United Airlines, which reignited my love of travel. While my legs healed, I was disappointed not to be able to wear cute shoes at age 22. Instead, I was stuck with flats and sneakers. I experienced horrible pain in my legs and feet whenever I tried to wear a pair of heels.
At the time, I was your typical high school senior.
But my mom found the best orthopedic doctor and hospital in the area; they were over an hour from my house. Dr. Siegal placed a metal rod from my hip to my knee. Unfortunately, this procedure wasn’t healing my leg.
I was 17, worked weekends, and hung out with friends whenever I could. Then everything changed one night. The doctors told me I’d never walk again. The car accident badly shattered my right femur and broke my left fibula. Yet, I walked normally after three years, moved out on my own, traveled regularly, and founded the European Heels shoe company in the U.S. None of this was a walk in the park.
It was extremely shattered.
So, they operated on my hip to get bone marrow into my leg. Luckily, this worked, and I had a fabulous orthopedic doctor, whom I hated at the time. He pushed me from the day we met. Determination, independence, and a walk in sneakers Dr. Siegal gave me the strength that I now appreciate. He helped me to be determined to overcome the odds. After a month in the hospital, my legs stapled from knee to hip, I came home to physical therapy several times a week. I couldn’t return to school, but with the help of my private tutor, I kept up on schoolwork and graduated with my class. I even attended the high school prom and graduation in a wheelchair. After that, however, I had to postpone my ongoing education by six months because I didn’t want to attend in a wheelchair. Every day I told my mom, “I’m determined not to live in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.”
A step that led to another life change
First, let me take a step back.
The accident happened in my small hometown about an hour south of Buffalo, New York. I had just left my parent’s house with my girlfriend in her old beat-up Camaro. We slowed to 30 mph to turn a sharp corner, but the car locked up and didn’t turn. I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt when we hit a large maple tree on the side of the road. My face slammed into the windshield. The Camaro’s hood crushed into the passenger area. I remember lying diagonally in the vehicle’s backseat. Glass and blood masked my face, and the paramedics had to resuscitate me. Then I remember lying on a table in the local hospital emergency room, and my mom is there.
With healed legs and a dream to visit Spain, my best friend and I traveled to the European country in June 2013. We planned it for months, but I had no idea how the trip would change my life. We enjoyed all the typical tourist attractions and, of course, we shopped. First, we explored the town of Palma, known for its boutique stores. Then, after lunch, we walked by a unique shoe store, and my girlfriend twisted my arm to go inside. It was filled from floor to ceiling with gorgeous heels. The store associate talked me into trying on a pair of three-inch black patent leather peep-toe heels. I couldn’t believe how awesome they felt on my feet. I wanted to give them a chance, so I bought the shoes, wore them the entire afternoon and evening, and even danced in them.
I just wanted to give up.
One step forward, two steps back in recovery
I continued physical therapy, moving to crutches and finally
In 2019, I secured the U.S. distribution for European Heels from Colorado. I ship throughout the U.S. and Canada and have them in several shoe boutiques. Plus, many brand ambassadors share their love for them nationwide. I didn’t predict I’d be the CEO of a shoe company, but I love helping women feel comfortable, confident, and gorgeous — not only in their European Heels but in their bodies and style. As women, we compromise on so many areas of our life, and one thing this journey has taught me is never to compromise or give up on myself. Several businesswomen have bought eight or more pairs in the past year, so I created a VIP Club for them. Once a year, I invite all my VIP customers to an exclusive party in Denver. It’s not just a shoe company. It’s my passion to help women feel comfortable, confident, and gorgeous.
The following day, I expected to be in pain and wear sneakers for the rest of the trip — but I wasn’t in pain. So, I went back to the boutique and bought two more pairs. The cork platform sole and hand-crafted quality are the secrets to their comfort. When I brought them home to Colorado, three ladies stopped me from the dinner table to the bathroom to ask where I got my fabulous shoes. I continued adding to my European Heels collection every year. On my visit to Spain in 2018, I bought my first pair of Santa Fe’s. I’d never owned such exquisite heels. They received more compliments than ever, which made me realize that I should contact the manufacturer and tell them about women’s interest in them. The manufacturer quickly said, “Cindy, please tell these ladies they can get the shoes through you; I want you to be my U.S. distributor.” And that’s how it all began.
Cindy Bauszus CEO of European Heels Hand crafted heels and boots from Spain. We offer over 40 styles, 80 colors and 7 heel heights. Helping women feel comfortable, confident & gorgeous! Save $25 off a pair with discount code “LEGACY” at check out at www.EuropeanHeels.com
Finding Meaning through Covid, Curiosity, and Connection Context is King
I n today’s fast-paced and profit- centric culture, it’s common to speed through life without pausing long enough to assess our fulfillment. Research shows that finding meaning in life can improve well-being, improving our productivity, adaptability, and overall contentment. Dov Baron is a world-renowned speaker, author, podcaster, and consultant. He is also the Architect of the Emotional Source Code and has been a go-to expert on meaning-driven leadership. Helping leaders, executive teams, and successful entrepreneurs reach their fullest potential through strategic guidance, empowerment, and connection. While each client and audience are unique, finding meaning is always part of the process. “When our life becomes meaningless, we have a breakdown. It doesn’t matter if you’re a billionaire, a politician, or a shop floor worker.” As a sought-after speaker in the digital era, Dov understands the importance of creating an energizing environment for a room full of professionals. Consumers are drowning in content, so he’s intentional about providing the energy and empowerment guests would not otherwise receive from a blog post. For Dov, content is not king. Context is king, especially in a post-pandemic world.
force participation caused panic, motivating employees to take charge of their finances by working harder and longer than anyone else. For over a decade, professionals abandoned their values in search of financial security. Workaholism was praised, and burnouts were worn like badges of honor. Health officials publicly declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. For a moment, the world stood still. The health crisis forced individuals to slow down. Schools closed, companies restructured, and professionals were left questioning the meaning of life. What many expected to be a temporary disruption became what Dov refers to as The Great Pause. The pause allowed many to reconnect to their core values. It made people ask themselves what they want and need in life. People realized they don’t need a bigger house, a fancier car, or to spend two hours a day commuting. Instead, they discovered their need for connections to overcome the loneliness and isolation they had previously ignored. Those revelations connected people to their core values, reminding them of what is most important in their lives and leading them to question what they really want. For the meaning-driven mastermind, the self-discovery process became
success lies in external merits, such as bigger houses, fancier cars, and respected titles. Those extrinsic objectives lead us down a never- ending journey toward unfulfillment and dissatisfaction, making us believe we’ll be happy when we reach the next milestone.
“The pursuit of happiness makes us miserable.”
The individuals who seem to have it all but remain unfulfilled have often failed to find meaning in their life. They’ve been too busy working toward external rewards that they’ve ignored the true essence of being a human. The missing piece to their puzzle? The pursuit of meaning. While the solution seems simple, Dov admits that most people don’t dare to dig deep and ask themselves difficult questions. Those that do witness their life transform. They show up better, improving the way they serve those around them while honoring the part of themselves they hid from the world. Serving Your Younger Self Over the years, the term ‘servant leader’ has become a popular title used by industry leaders. Unfortunately, the phrase has lost its meaning, often only used as a tagline to gain authority. To become a servant leader, you must first have a clear meaning. Ask yourself:
one of the most profound takeaways of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Covid Kille the Hustle Culture
e Missing Puzzle Piece Society tricks us into believing that
The Great Recession of 2008 propelled hustle culture. Rising unemployment and declining labor
• What or who am I truly serving?
Human beings are tribal. We need to belong, but we trade belonging for fitting in.” While belonging and fitting in are often used interchangeably, the terms have vastly different meanings. We give up intrinsic parts of ourselves to fit in. Contrary, a place of belonging provides space for you to be your most authentic self. Two Steps Forward, No Steps Back In 1990, while free rock climbing, Dov fell 120 feet and landed on his face, shattering most of its bone structure. The fall resulted in a dozen reconstructive surgeries. While surgeons worked to repair physical damage from the fall, it was up to Dov to reconstruct his purpose, beliefs, and meaning in life. It took a devastating fall, an identity crisis, and 12 surgeries for Dov to pause and go deeper than he’d gone before and question what his meaning was. Today, he encourages his clients to be proactive and ask themselves the most difficult questions before facing a crisis. “Don’t wait to fall off the mountain. Don’t wait for a divorce. Don’t wait for a horrible diagnosis. You have this opportunity to ask, what is the meaning of my life?” All human behavior is driven by meaning; when we control the meaning, we control the context of the behavior. Control the meaning, and you control the tribe.
• I was to die today, and if I
imagine someone looking back on your life ten years after my passing, would the meaning of my life be something I could genuinely be proud of?
• What’s the why behind my why?
• What is it that truly drives my thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors? Then, revisit your childhood memories. What did the 5, 10, or 12-year-old you need? Did the younger you need stability? Security? Love? Structure? Affection? Validation? Have compassion for the child you were and feel into how you might give that child what it needed at that time. Dov refers to this technique as accessing the Emotional Source Code. A method that confirms that the foundation of every decision humans make is emotional. “Even though the form may change. You are here to serve those who are a reflection of who you were. You are here to give what it is you could not get enough of.”
Dov Baron has been named twice to the list of the world’s Top 30 Global Leadership Gurus and Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He is the leading authority on Emotional Source Code© and the Anatomy of Meaning©. Dov is the founder and host of two podcasts one of which is: “Leadership & Loyalty,” which has been named by Apple Podcast’s #1 podcast for Fortune 500 Execs. Inc magazine also rated it as the #1 podcast to make you a better leader. He is also an independent contributor to multiple media outlets, including CEO World, CNN, Elle Italia, Entrepreneur magazine, FOX and Medium. For more than thirty years Dov has worked privately with global leaders and Icons and their organizations. These leaders and organizations are the change- makers who are committed to having an impactful influence on leadership, business, and politics. Dov is the bestselling author
Curiosity is the Cure
In a world divided by political views, structural beliefs, and preconceived notions, staying curious and finding common ground can build trust, nurture relationships, and develop empathy.
“Every human being has a deep neurological desire to belong.
of several books including; One Red Thread and Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent. As a speaker, he is honored to have presented to the United Nations, The Department of State, The World Management Forum in Iran, the famed Servant Leadership Institute and the US Air Force. Dov is also the founder of The Authentic Speaker Academy for Leadership — where he and his partner teach high-powered leaders how to use verbal and non-verbal ethical persuasion skills to impact and influence change makers. Dov’s strategic equation with his high-level clients is: Emotional Source Code >> Purpose + Culture = LOYALTY . Finding and operating from a foundation of purpose gives us and our organization the resilience required to thrive. However, when we apply impact to purpose, we tap into the potential of creating a movement in the corporate environment and flows into the communities they serve.
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