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039: Creating Your Ideal Life, with Books & Booze Founder John Leven

On this Worth It episode, John Leven, the host host of the Books & Booze podcast joins Dustin and I to talk about how he is able to read one hundred books a year, why he recommends liquid networking, and how he selects which books to read out of the thousands that are recommended to him. If you love to read, love a good beverage (alcoholic or otherwise), or are just looking for more ways to live your ideal life, this episode is for you! Grab a drink and enjoy! Here’s What You’ll...


037: Finding Your Ikigai: How To Discover Your Purpose And Passion In Life

Ikigai (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a wonderful Japanese concept made from two Japanese words: iki, meaning “life” and kai, meaning “effect, result, worth or benefit.” Combined: “a reason for living.” Beautiful, Isn’t it? Ikigai is the idea of seeking a purpose in everything you do in life - Hobbies, friendships, work, community, and travel all add to your ikigai. There is no need to visit a Buddhist temple in Bali to “find yourself.” Instead, Dustin and I want to use this episode to help you...


Investing Wisdom From Sir John Templeton, episode #36

Sir John Marks Templeton (November 29, 1912 – July 8, 2008) was an American-born British stock investor, businessman, and philanthropist. He is credited with giving this investment wisdom in February 1994: “Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism and die on euphoria.” Today, Dustin R. Granger, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and I break down exactly what that phrase means, and how it can help show what is happening in the financial market! Here’s What You’ll...


Create, Don’t Compete, episode #35

The idea of competition is engraved in our minds. We believe that we have to compete for the same jobs as others. If someone has a job, that means you can’t have the same job. And if a company has a certain market share, that means you have to compete with that company to “win” a piece of their share. What if instead of competing, we focused on creating. On this episode, Dustin and I share a few well-known examples of people who created instead of competing, and how the world was changed...


5 Things You Should Do To Prepare For A Recession, episode #34

The recession of 2008-09 may have occurred nearly a decade ago, but it’s still a painful memory for many entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, economic downturns are a fact of life when you’re running a business. But there are steps you can take now to prepare your business to weather a storm and emerge even stronger. On this Worth It Episode, we will share 5 tips you can use to help you prepare for a recession. Here’s What You’ll Learn Tip #1: Be financially prudent before the crisis It’s a...


11 Tips To Grow Your Instagram Account, With Danielle Granger Nava, episode #33

Instagram is undeniably one of the most important social channels around, and any marketer not yet using it is missing out on something big. Whether you manage the social media of a big corporation, a small business, or you’re using it to promote your own personal brand, incorporating Instagram into your marketing strategy is a must! Today, I will share 11 tips you can use to grow your Instagram account! These are not just random tips...I personally use all of them, and they have helped me...


5 Things You Should Consider Before Making “The Jump,” episode #32

What if you have a good job, but you know there's something else you should be doing with your life? What if you are considering a transition, but you are not sure if you should make the jump? Today, Dustin R. Granger, CFP® and I share five tips that will help you determine if you should “Go ahead and jump.” Here’s What You’ll Learn [0:45] You know there's something else you should be doing with your life...do you jump? [3:45] It’s now more acceptable to jump than previous...


From Stock Brokers To Robots?: The History And Future Of Financial Planning, episode #31

The value investors derive from financial planners is changing drastically in the digital era, driven by a broader availability of information, the proliferation of automated investment tools, and expanding communication channels. The old mahogany desks and formal attire have been replaced with minimalist office spaces, younger, more tech-conscience advisors, and even automated, or “robo” advisors that can crunch the numbers much faster. Even more revolutionary is the expanded focus on...


5 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers, with Eric Blanchard, episode #30

Buying a home can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re a first-time home buyer. Not only is it probably the biggest purchase of your life, but the process is complicated and fraught with unfamiliar lingo and surprise expenses. What if you make a mistake? No need to worry...To make the first-time home buying journey a little less stressful, our good friend and real estate agent Eric Blanchard joins us on this Worth It episode to share five tips to help you navigate the home-buying...


3 Reasons Why You Should Be Celebrating The Wins More Often, episode #29

When you experience success, what do you do? Do you ignore these wins, automatically working toward the next goal without an acknowledgment of what has been achieved? Do you share a quick “congratulations” or “good job” and then head back into your office? It’s all too easy to place an immediate focus on your next task at hand and forget to stop and reflect on what’s been achieved. In this episode, Dustin R. Granger, CFP® and I share 3 reasons to celebrate the wins more often, even if...


Gentleman, These 5 Rules Will Help You Dress For Success, episode #28

The old saying, “You can't judge a book by its cover” may be true, but people are in fact formulating an opinion about you based on how you are dressed. Clothes make a strong visual statement. But, what most people are not aware of, is that what we wear significantly impacts our performance and attitude. Thus, dressing appropriately is one of the vital factors that will help you take control of your life with confidence and poise. Today, Dustin R. Granger, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™...


The Best Future for Your Child: College Savings Strategies, episode #27

College seems a long way off when you bring your new baby home from the hospital, but the far-off nature of higher education shouldn’t move college savings strategies too far down your list of priorities. The good news is that there are several methods that can help you get started saving now, potentially saving your child (and you) from student loan debt down the road. More good news: We want to help you choose the right approach for your family! On this Worth It episode, Dustin R....


You Can’t Afford To NOT Take A Vacation, episode #26

Ah, vacation. It’s a beautiful thing, whether your definition of it is traveling to some exotic locale or staying put and exploring spots in your hometown. It doesn’t matter if you prefer stay-cating, going abroad, or taking a road trip complete with a tent and camping gear. Breaking from work and taking a breather can be done in a variety of ways. Regardless of your reason for taking a vacation, the research is clear; time away from work—and everything that goes with it from emails to...


Diversify Your Investments, Not Your Advisors, episode #25

Some people like to spread their money between two—or even three—investment advisors. They believe they’ll have better diversification in the market. Or maybe they believe it’s best to “hedge their bet” among different advisors to reduce their risk of loss. This usually isn’t a good move. There's no good reason to have more than one advisor, especially if you have a good one you trust. On this informative episode of Worth It, Dustin R. Granger, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ explains why...


Should You Intentionally Give In Order to Receive?, episode #24

Giving of yourself — whether it be your time, energy or money — isn’t just a boon to those you’re helping. A wealth of research shows that generosity can also have benefits for the giver, ranging from a better outlook at your job, to more years of life. Join Dustin R. Granger, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and I as we share a few ideas on how you can practice giving and generosity on this episode of the Worth It podcast! Here’s What You’ll Learn Giving to others has awesome health...


Real Estate Vs. Stocks: Which One Wins? episode #23

Over the years, we've heard the arguments as to which is the better investment: real estate or stocks. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and there are several aspects of each that make them unique investments in their own way. To make money with either investment requires that you understand the positives and negatives of both. Here’s What You’ll Learn Pros of Investing in Real Estate Real estate is often a more comfortable investment for many people than stocks or mutual...


Ladies, It’s Time We Started Talking About Money, episode #22

Everyone knows there are a few topics that can make any conversation awkward in a heartbeat. Religion. Health. Politics. Death. But when it comes to the most difficult conversation you can possibly have, stats show one subject is avoided more than any other: Talking about money. Eight in 10 women confess they have refrained from discussing their finances with those they are close to. Only 47% of women feel confident when talking about finances with a financial professional—compared to 77%...


Millennials Are Choosing Small-Town Charm: A Community-Minded Series, PART 1, with Nick Villaume, episode #21

The thought of small-town life may sound undesirable for some, but there are benefits to small-town living which may just have you packing up to leave the bright lights faster than a New York minute. In this episode, Nick Villaume, a local entrepreneur, and influencer in Lake Charles joins Dustin and I to talk about the benefits of living and working in a small town, why you should be an ambassador for your community and why loving where you live can dramatically improve your quality of...


Investing Wisdom You Can Bank On, Part 2 episode #20

Sometimes the best advice can be found in the most unexpected places. On today’s episode, Dustin R. Granger, CFP®, and Danielle Granger Nava share some investing wisdom gleaned from two unlikely sources, a hockey player, and a famous actor/cowboy. Listen to this episode to hear these two amazing financial strategies! What would investing advice from Wayne Gretzky look like? If given the chance to sit down with Wayne Gretzky, most people would not think to ask him about financial advice,...


Find Your Tribe: The Power of Niche Facebook Groups, episode #19

Facebook is evolving to focus more on building communities, and groups are the natural tools to help forge those new kinds of connections. One billion people already belong to Facebook groups. About 10 percent of those belong to groups that Facebook has identified as “very meaningful”—communities that “quickly become the most important part of someone’s experience on Facebook.” The power of niche The dictionary defines a niche as “denoting or relating to products, services, or interests...