Tag: Money


6 Life Lessons From Wide Receiver, Ryan Broyles

I don’t think I’ve ever written about money before — certainly not for The Wisdom Daily — and not so often about sports either, but today I am writing about both. When I discovered the story of NFL wide receiver, Ryan Broyles, I felt like I had no choice, in the best and most inspiring sense of the word. His story speaks to me as a husband, father, worker, employer, and perhaps most transparently, as one who values financial responsibility while trying not to let “responsibility” become a code word for worrying......

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How to Think Like a Billionaire, Even If You Aren't a 'Thousandaire'

By now, almost anyone with even the slightest interest in money, philanthropy, technology or plain old-fashioned celebrity, knows at least something about Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Debra Chan’s plan to dedicate 99% of their wealth to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. But what do people really know about it? Why is it that many folks are cheering the move, while a smaller number of no less intelligent and caring people are jeering? I can think of a couple of good reasons, which I will explain, but at the......

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Love, Money and God: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 10 – 14), we discussed how a pop star’s thoughts on love sparked wisdom on why love should change us, the fallout from the $70,000 minimum wage mandate employed by one CEO, the emerging reports about ISIS and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   A Reflection on Unconditional Love Inspired by Taylor Swift – Irwin Kula Taylor?Swift was quoted in the September issue of Vanity Fair about the one thing she demands in a mate.......

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Did a $70,000 Minimum Wage Buy Happiness?

It made headlines when Dan Price, the CEO of San Diego based Gravity Payments announced that his company would establish a $70,000 per year minimum wage. Part of what made the story so compelling was that Price committed to helping fund at least the first year costs associated with that move by cutting his own million-dollar-a-year salary to $70,000. But after four months, the story has taken on some new dimensions — dimensions which transcend current debates about wages, the wisdom of Price’s move, or any other issues related to economics and......

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Can Peace Be Bought and Sold?

Just about everything wrong with American/Western diplomacy in the Middle East in general, and with Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy in particular, is embodied by the study in this New York Times report, “Profit as an Incentive for Israeli-Palestinian Peace.” The Rand Corporation (a nonprofit that researches public policy, with clients including the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) actually spent two years and $2 million compiling a 228-page study on the “opportunity costs” that would come with an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. Their conclusion: If an independent Palestine was to emerge tomorrow,......

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Healing, Investing, Storytelling: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (April 13-17), we brought you practical ways to connect your values with your finances, a poignant reflection on surviving a legacy of epic tragedy, a graphic artist’s beautiful new take on ancient texts, and a look at those who seek to exclude other belief systems as part of their “religious freedom.” Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Blessing of Being a Child of Holocaust Survivors – Jonathan Jacoby This week was Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). For......

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Tax Time: Should We Try to Pay Less?

Tax day is upon us, no secret there. And unless you’re profoundly generous and remarkably patriotic, deeply trusting the wisdom of how dollars are spent by the government, you probably feel like most people: less than thrilled about paying your taxes. There’s generally little use in crying about what cannot be changed, e.g., the taxes owed on last year’s earnings. Instead, you may as well turn your attention to lowering next year’s tax bill, now. Turns out that’s something most of us can do, as finance columnist John Waggoner points out in......

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How 'Birdman' Proves Money Isn't Everything

You may already know that Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu’s film Birdman – named Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards – is the second-lowest-grossing movie to ever win that award. Meanwhile, as Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris mentioned, of the roughly $650 million in box office from all films nominated this year in that category, $320 million of that was earned by American Sniper. What can we learn about our relationship with Hollywood, its attitude toward moviegoers, and even about our own lives from all this? Quite a lot, actually. I suppose the......

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Video: The Supreme Court, Money and Democracy

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: Money in politics is nothing new but healthy societies are about balancing equal access and laws that are equally applied. What do you think? Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment.? Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org.   To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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The Challenge of Abundance

If you’re reading this then you are probably like me: among the economic top 2% in the world. We enjoy more security, food, shelter, clothing, physical safety, health care, education. We also enjoy more luxuries; meals in restaurants, 500 channels of TV, vacations, leisure time.? And we do so more than any human beings in history for whom scarcity was the rule. It turns out however, that the ethical and psychological challenges of abundance are quite different than scarcity. Two psychologists from Berkeley, Dacher Keltner and Paul Piff have shown that higher......

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