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48: How to Maximize Your HSA (Health Savings Account)

Have you ever wondered what a health savings account is? Or maybe you know what it is, but you’re not sure if you need one. Perhaps you already have an HSA, but you’re not sure what’s so great about it. On episode 48 we discuss everything you need to know about HSA’s. A listener recently asked if they should contribute to a health savings account, and we are glad she did because this gives us the opportunity to share everything we know about HSA’s. Listen to this episode of Worth It to...


47: What It Takes To Be An Influencer

All of us possess influence, but we don’t necessarily know how to use it to its fullest in the modern, digital world. This episode is a “how to” conversation about what it takes to become an influencer. If you’ve got great ideas, expertise, or simple insight into a particular area of life, you can and probably should become an influencer. There are people out there waiting to hear your voice. They truly WANT to hear YOU speak about the very things they want to learn. Listen to this episode...


046: An Easy Guide To Understanding Your Federal Income Tax Rate

As anyone who has ever filed income taxes can tell you, you have to know which tax bracket you’re in before you can make even an educated guess of what you might owe Uncle Sam. It’s pretty easy to figure out your tax bracket because it’s based on your income, but it’s trickier to calculate how much you’ll actually owe because of the way the U.S. tax system works. For this episode, Dustin and I created an easy-to-understand tax reference guide! Here’s What You’ll Learn What is ‘taxable...


045: Start A Ben Franklin-Style Junto Club

Have you ever punched someone? Not a tap on the shoulder, but a fist-clenched, teeth-gritted haymaker-to-the-jaw kinda punch. Are you thinking “how is throwing a punch living my ideal life?” Throwing (or receiving) that punch may not be ideal, but sharing the story of how it all went down might be! On this fun and informative episode, Dustin stands on the shoulders of Benjamin Franklin as he details his own experience of starting a Junto club, the benefits of deep conversation, and how you...


044: Millennials: How Will Artificial Intelligence Impact Their Future?

Millennials aren’t just the largest consumer group. They are now the primary workforce. This means that just like their parents and grandparents worried about how machines and computers could take their jobs, millennials have the same concerns about Artificial Intelligence. In fact, nearly 81% worry about their work duties being fully or partially taken over by AI technology. Here’s What You’ll Learn Is Artificial Intelligence Coming For My Job? You’ve seen the sci-fi movies where the...


043: Chasing The Carrot: How To Motivate Yourself To Succeed

I am sure you have all seen the picture of the carrot tied on a stick, dangling out in from of of an animal pulling a cart. That picture makes us smile, but the thought behind that tactic is actually a very effective one. Create a system of goals and rewards. Rewarding yourself for the hard work you’ve done can be extremely valuable, especially when you had to push yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve it. Not sure where to start? Check out this episode, Dustin and I will help get you...


042: Discovering Your Perfect Client Avatar

Have you met your ideal client yet? Do you know what they look like? What are interested in? How do they use technology? What they dream about? If your ideal client walked in the door right now, would you know them? In a world where people are tired of mass-produced products, finding your niche is more important than ever! In order to do that, you should create an avatar of that perfect client! If you are not sure how to get started, join us on this episode for inspiration as we outline OUR...


041: 6 Reasons Why The World Needs More Women Entrepreneurs

The fact is, women entrepreneurs are a total powerhouse! 20% of million-dollar business in the United States are owned by and predominantly operated by women. Women-owned business in the United States employed nearly 9 million people and generated $1.7 trillion in sales last year! If those numbers are not convincing enough, here are six reasons why the world needs more women entrepreneurs! Here’s What You’ll Learn Women are leading in business startups and higher education In Today’s...


040: Building Your Net Worth Statement

Your net worth can be an extremely useful tool in measuring your economic status and overall financial progress from year to year. Your net worth is essentially a grand total of all your assets minus your liabilities. In other words, your net worth is the figure you get when you add up everything you own and then subtract from that the value of all of your debts. Dustin R. Granger, CFP® and I have put together a simple tool that you can use to help you calculate your net worth! Check out...


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...


038: Catapult Your Success With A Mastermind Group!

The term “mastermind” was originally coined by Napoleon Hill in 1925, but small groups of people have been meeting to discuss business ideas, philosophy and untold other subjects for hundreds, if not thousands of years! Today, Dustin R. Granger, CFP® and I talk about the rich history of mastermind groups, and why you should absolutely join one (or start one)! Here’s What You’ll Learn [1:45] Using the power of a small group to catapult your life [2:45] The definition of a mastermind...


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...


036: Investment Wisdom You Can Bank On, Part 3

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...


035: Create, Don’t Compete,

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 as...


034: 5 Things You Should Do To Prepare For A Recession

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...


033: 11 Tips To Grow Your Instagram Account, With Danielle Granger Nava

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...


032: 5 Things You Should Consider Before Making “The Jump,”

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...


031: From Stock Brokers To Robots?: The History And Future Of Financial Planning

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...


030: 5 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers, with Eric Blanchard

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...


029: 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 they...