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THE REAL REASON FEBRUARY IS A SHORTER MONTH Blame the Romans!
February — the month of love, purification, Groundhog Day, and many historical moments and observances. This month, we celebrate Presidents Day, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Susan B. Anthony Day, Rosa Parks’ birthday, Black History Month, and George Washington’s birthday — it’s a favorite time for history buffs, for sure! With so much excitement and so many anniversaries, it comes as a surprise that February only has 28 (sometimes 29 on a leap year) days. Everything is really jam-packed into the month. But, why does February only have 28 or 29 days compared to the 30 or 31 days of every other month? You can blame it on the Romans! Today, we rely on the 365-day Gregorian calendar to tell us what day, month, and year it is. This calendar’s oldest ancestor, the first Roman calendar, differed from all other calendars in that it only had 10 months instead of 12 months. Six of the 10 months consisted of 30 days and four of the 10 months had 31 days, totaling only 304 days in a year. However, this didn’t quite make sense with the lunar year, which has 355 days, so Numa Pompilius, an early Roman king, added two more months (January and February).
Because the Roman king didn’t want to have an even number of days in the calendar and chance having bad luck, he eliminated one day from all of the 30-day months, bringing them to 29 days. From here, he had 56 days left over, and because he wanted the total number of days to be odd, he needed one month to contain an even amount of days. Thus, he picked February. Today, February still only has 28 days unless it’s a leap year! Because February is also a month in which the Romans honor the dead with festivals, it was deemed acceptable for it to contain an even number of days. Since Numa’s day, much has changed, but February still does and likely always will contain only 28 days. So, in case you were ever wondering why this month is so short compared to all of the others, now you know! This month, we wish all of you a happy Valentine’s Day. We hope that you each have an enjoyable day (or weekend) celebrating friendships, relationships, marriages, and partnerships that make your life special, fulfilling, exciting, and joyous. Whether you enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant, takeout on the couch at home, a hike in the great outdoors, a coffee date, or an exchange of flowers and chocolates, happy Valentine’s Day! –Kit West & Ed Meyer
Did you know that for the Romans, even numbers carry a superstition of bad luck?
Though technology makes everyday tasks a bit easier, sometimes, the best thing a business owner can do is unplug and recharge! Running a business is a time-consuming and stressful effort. But by stepping back, you can reset and get a fresh perspective on your work. Start small. Create small habits if you can’t go an entire day without technology! Try starting your morning completely unplugged until you get into the office, or step away from your devices for an hour or two during the day. When you start small, you can build from there! Schedule email time. We are all too familiar with an overwhelming email stream. We wake up and fall asleep to it, and if we’re not careful, the constant interruptions can run our entire day! If you want to cut down on screen time, schedule email checks. You can make a commitment to address them in the morning or maybe the late afternoon. But during after-hours, establish a hard cutoff time! Inform your employees and clients of your available time frame — set an expectation for more productivity and communication. Choose a second in command. Suppose you’re dedicated to checking out now and then. In that case, it can be beneficial to have someone handle anything that may arise. Consider Return to Work Recharged Take Time to Unplug!
someone trustworthy and reliable, and give them an overview of day-to-day operations. You can explain what can and cannot be done and alert other employees that all questions and concerns be directed to this person. Make time for yourself. When you’re at work, your main priority is to focus on your business and clients. But when you pack up and head home, you must take time for yourself! Do activities you love, spend quality time with family and friends, and put away your laptop and phone. That email or call can wait until the next business day begins.
Pulling the plug on technology can feel intimidating as a business owner, but give it a try! You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel returning to work.
AN APPROACH TO LONG-TERM INVESTING
REACH YOUR FINANCIAL GOALS
Benjamin Graham first published “The Intelligent Investor” in 1949, and the book has been acknowledged globally as the most significant investment guide of the 20th century. It has taught and inspired people worldwide, including Warren Buffett, who described it as one of the best books ever written on investing! According to Graham, those willing to devote energy and cultivate a specific mindset have the opportunity to generate profitable long-term investments. He was able to gain wealth by precisely evaluating companies in the stock market without taking any significant risks. Here are three lessons from “The Intelligent Investor” that can help you invest successfully! Understand the value behind the business. Whatever stock you are looking to invest in, it is essential to know that it isn’t simply an
asset. There is a real business behind it, and if you’re looking to invest long term, you must understand how much value the company has.
information that tends to have little to do with the long-term value of their investments. That is why it is essential to prioritize your research over impulses. Focus on the facts. It can be easy to follow what the majority are doing. Still, you must rely on something other than the herd mentality to buy or sell your holdings. If you’re looking to invest long term, you must analyze your preferred stocks. This will help you make informed investment decisions rather than selling or buying based on what everyone else is doing.
Some important questions to ask are:
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Is it worth the market price it trades at today?
Is it overvalued?
Does it have potential growth in the future?
This can help you better understand how your investment could appreciate or depreciate over time. Just as Graham did, precisely evaluating versus guessing could make you a more successful investor. Don’t let bias lead you to bad decisions. One of the significant risks when investing is when investors allow bias to lead to wrong investment decisions. The news, economic forecasts, and others’ views can alter a decision. It seems as though investors become attached to
With Graham’s long-term investment strategies and understanding the basic do’s and don’ts of investing, you’ll be better positioned to become an intelligent investor yourself!
John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” Here, he truly outlined the impact that our nation’s presidents have on society as a whole. These powerful leaders motivate, empower, and protect us. On Feb. 20, we celebrate Presidents Day, a day set aside to honor all 46 presidencies of the United States. Top Presidential Contributions of All Time Presidents Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February, and back in 1885, the observance was established to honor George Washington’s birthday, which was Feb. 22, 1732. This year, he would be turning 291! To celebrate this very important day, here’s a little history about three of our greatest presidents. Abraham Lincoln OUR NATION’S PRESIDENTS
CURRIED STEAK WITH SCALLION RICE AND PEAS
Inspired by MarthaStewart.com
• 1 lb flank steak, room temperature • Kosher salt and ground pepper • 3 tbsp massaman curry paste, divided • 1 1/4 cups white rice • 2 1/2 cups water, divided
• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, white and light-green parts separated from dark-green tops • 8 oz sugar snap peas, trimmed and halved on the bias
1. Season steak with salt and pepper. Brush with 1 tbsp curry paste, and let stand 10 minutes. 2. In a saucepan, combine rice, 1 3/4 cups water, 1 tbsp oil, and 3/4 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, then stir, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer about 15 minutes before adding white and light-green scallions. Cover to steam. 3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tbsp oil. Add the steak, flipping once; cook this for 7–9 minutes, then transfer to a carving board. 4. Reduce the skillet to medium heat, then add 1 tbsp oil and the remaining 2 tbsp curry paste. Cook this for 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup water and cook until reduced, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl and cover. 5. Wipe skillet clean, then add remaining 1 tbsp oil. While stirring, add snap peas. Season with salt and cook this until crisp-tender, about 2–3 minutes. 6. Fluff rice before stirring in scallion tops. Slice steak against the grain, then serve with rice, peas, and curry sauce.
Lincoln is known widely for leading our nation through the Civil War, which is considered to be the deadliest war in U.S. history. He also signed and passed the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed low-income people to obtain land and established the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lincoln signed legislation on April 14, 1865, to create the U.S. Secret Service — that evening he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre — though it wasn’t until 1901, after two more presidential assassinations, that the agency was assigned to protect the commander in chief. George Washington
Take a Break
Our first president and commander in chief in the Revolutionary War was George Washington. He presided over the group that drafted the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights was also passed during his presidency. Though he is considered by historians to be one of the greatest Founding Fathers, he had no biological children. And he was not an educated man: His formal education ended when he was 11 years old, after his father died.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Did you know that Franklin D. Roosevelt was
a four-term president? He served longer than any other president in our country’s history. He led our nation through both the Great Depression and World War II and also created the Emergency Banking Act, which countered the nation’s financial panic throughout the Great Depression. He won all of his elections in landslides in the Electoral College, including defeating Herbert Hoover by an electoral vote tally of 472-59 in 1932. He was the first sitting president to fly in a plane.
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