Who Wants to Reduce Taxes on Their Real Estate Investment Income?
May 24th, 2017 | top of page

I recently met someone who can help you combine the twin problems of business risk and high taxes and, as a result, make yourself more money! Her name is Victoria Powell and I want to share just one of her insights with you. Victoria likes to quote the negotiating master Chris Voss (www.blackswanltd.com/about/team/chris-voss):  “Don’t be so sure of what you want that you won’t accept something better.” Maybe there IS something better you can do to Continue Reading

“You get to decide what your attitude is going to be.”—Jason Schechterle
June 12th, 2015 | top of page

I had the pleasure of hearing Jason Schechterle speak on June 11, 2015 at Phoenix Art Museum in an event hosted by Accelerent. Living in Phoenix in the spring of 2001, I was aware of the well-publicized tragedy that struck Jason on March 26th. What I was not prepared for was his inspiring story (filled with self-deprecating humor) of triumph over tragedy which is best summarized in a quote from Jason’s Beyond the Flames website: Continue Reading

Victor’s Insider Scoop on Some Reasons Why Meat Stinks …
December 4th, 2012 | top of page

At least once a year my undergraduate alma mater McGill University hosts a function in Phoenix for graduates, their families and parents of current students. It’s typically been a brunch in February at The Sanctuary
 which is a great location for winter-weary McGill staff to put on an event and thaw out. The event I attended on December 2nd was a bit different. It was held and the home of a dental school graduate and brought together Continue Reading

Victor’s Insider Scoop on Another Gem from Seth Godin’s Blog …
February 1st, 2012 | top of page

I’ve mentioned in a previous issue that I read Seth Godin’s blog religiously. I think you should too. You can subscribe from this link: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ The article on the next page is a re-print of the January 18th issue. I’m not so much angry as saddened that it has come to this. When planning your career, avoid these pitfalls, behaviors evidenced by many elected officials: • In all things, look for money first. Listen to people Continue Reading

Victor’s Insider Scoop on the antithesis of: “Money is the root of all evil” …
September 1st, 2010 | top of page

I’m reading a book that I have been planning to read for a long time. In fact, I bought the book well over a year ago and let it languish on my bookshelf since it’s a tome of almost 1200 pages. Originally published in the late 1950s, its premise is as relevant in today’s political climate as it was when written. I’ll finish with a quote from a monologue taken from this book. Here’s the beginning of Continue Reading

Victor’s Insider Scoop on Why Teaching Students to Pass the Test Produces Employees You Don’t Want to Hire…
August 15th, 2010 | top of page

In 2008 Arizona ranked 49th out of the 50 states for education funding. Its overall grade was a C- averaged over six graded categories (Chances for success, K-12 achievement, Standards-assessments-accountability, Transitions, Teaching profession, and Finance). With Arizona’s AIMS test focus it’s a good bet that teaching to the test is a common occurrence. The easiest and fastest way to get a kid through school is to use fear as a motivator (“You can’t graduate if you don’t Continue Reading

Victor’s Insider Scoop on How to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Everything …
January 1st, 2010 | top of page

I’m hoping that many of you will already be familiar with this because it is by no means new. But, if you have not heard of TED you really need to check it out. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. In essence TED consists of a library of short (15 minutes or less) riveting talks given Continue Reading