Weekly Notables

from the Desk of Brian Bickett, CFP®

for the Week of January 02, 2019

2019 has officially arrived.  A symbolic point in time to wipe the slate clean and start new.

After reflecting on 2018, it is now time to determine what will be most important to you in 2019.  What goals, dreams or aspirations are continuing to haunt the back of your mind?  What is the first step, the first incremental change that you can take to begin to point you in this new direction?  Absolute confidence isn’t required before taking the first action.  Sometimes taking that first step, even if it’s in the wrong direction, provides clarity for the second step.  A quote I recently heard was “You can’t learn to fly a plane by reading a book” – it requires action.

I am in the planning process for scheduling client meetings in January and February to help nudge clients to do exactly this.  If you are not living your life by your design, then you are living it by someone else’s.

Enjoy the ride of YOUR life!

— Brian

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20 States Raise Minimum Wage in 2019

The article points out that 17 million workers could benefit from these increases and 40 million workers would benefit from a $15 minimum wage. That seems like a lot of people working minimum wage positions.

While I agree that there should be a minimum wage and it should keep up with inflation, I also believe that positions that pay minimum wage should be the first step of a progressive career ladder throughout one’s lifetime. While exceptions exist, the majority of minimum wage workers have the potential for much more and shouldn’t remain on that rung for too long.

Make 2019 A Great Year For Motorcycling

A great New Year kickoff with reminders of why we ride. All of the points in the article can easily be applied to other passions in your life:

  • Live for Today, Save for Tomorrow – Regardless of our current status, we all very much should find ways to enjoy today while planning for tomorrow
  • Ride with Joy – Never forget your WHY
  • Helmet Therapy – Also known as being in the moment or flow, losing yourself in your passion has amazing side effects
  • Bonus: Shop Talk – Create something (anything!) with your hands

Where’s Brian?

I will be in Gillette on Thursday and at motocross races at the Central States Fairgrounds on Saturday.  Maybe we’ll see you there…

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