September is nearing an end and this month proved eventful. Here are some other highlights from this last month:
- After almost a year of studying and passing numerous module tests, I’m now eligible to take the Certified Financial Planner (TM) exam. Now it’s time to really study!
- We introduced the new Well-Rounded Success logo and a graphic that displays the Well-Rounded Success model. Thank you to Jonathan Ronzio for his hard work. Check out his website to see his other work and how he can possibly help you.
- A good friend finished the Leadville 100 where he ran 100 miles of trails in Colorado in less than 24 hours! Well, this accomplishment took place in August but I still wanted to share my excitement. A future article will feature his story about how he accomplished this feat.
Denver YoungPro Elite: Second Chapter Meeting
YoungPro Elite kicked off our second Chapter Meeting and pushed our young professional participants to commit to writing down their personal vision and goals.
According to research compiled by Online-PHD-Programs.org, 76% of students accomplished a goal when they shared those visions with their friends. That’s what we intended with this month’s theme at YoungPro Elite!
Well-Rounded Success Graphics
A new hobby surfaced! Here are few examples of the graphics that will be featured on this blog and the Well-Rounded Success Facebook page.
Well-Rounded Success Volunteer Effort
Our group of four friends joined the Volunteers of Outdoor Colorado to construct more than 2,000 feet of a new trail at Genesee Mountain Park. This trail is scheduled to open in 2015 and will offer breathtaking views of the Denver Mountain Parks bison herd, Mt. Evans, Evergreen, and the Indian Peaks.
It was a fun experience to put our hands to work to give back to the Colorado that we all know and love!
Top Thought-Provoking Pieces
- Keep Planting Seeds
“Most people are driven by recency factor, meaning what is important today is what they focus on. If you ask them, ‘What was running your life six months ago?,’ they can’t even tell you. Almost everyone is driven by recency bias.”
From an article titled How I Use Natural Principals to Guide My Business by Bivas Ghosh that was featured on horsesmouth. No matter your profession, you can learn a thing or two from this writer.
- Use Only One Paper Towel When Washing Your Hands
“If we could reduce the usage of paper towels, one paper towel per person per day, 571,230,000 pounds of paper not used. We can do that.”
– Joe Smith from TEDxConcordiaUPortland in 2012.
Make a conscious effort to limit your own usage.
- Organic vs. Non-Organic
No more roaming the produce aisle confused about which items are better to buy organic. Check out this handy graphic!
- When Bill Murray Speaks about Life, Listen.
“Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are.”
Jada Yuan published 7 Steps to Living a Bill Murray Life, by Bill Murray on Vulture. The actor gives some great insights on how he lives his life and there is also a brief sound-clip below.
- America in 2060
The Washington Post published this article, How America will look in 2060, which shows the Pew Research Center’s informative graphic of how they project the United States’ age group distribution up to the year 2060.
With modern medicine extending the life expectancies for baby boomers matched with a declining birth rate, we’ll see many more people in retirement when compared to the workers who add to the GDP. This future should be interesting.
- Finished All of Calvin & Hobbes
On a lighter note, a few months ago I started watching on Netflix a documentary called, Dear Mr. Watterson. I stopped watching it after ten minutes due to not being familiar with Calvin & Hobbes. Our bookshelf consisted of a few books of these comic strips and I started reading them as a way to unwind before bed. Some made me laugh so hard that I started crying, while some were so touching that made me say, “aww.” After reading all of the ones on our bookshelf and then buying the two that would complete the set, all of the Calvin & Hobbes strips have been read!
Reading this series flashed me back to my own childhood and helped me chuckle. I highly recommend that you find some type of writing to read for just pleasure.
Some future events are in the works for Well-Rounded Success! Stand by for some awesome new developments!
Such a great post, Mr Andrews! Man, way to make us mere mortals look so unproductive in comparison. 🙂
Best of luck with the studying for the CFP! Cheers!
Thanks for the nice comment, Francis! Everyone is productive in their own ways. Last month was a whirlwind though. That CFP exam will be mine!!!