• Set up a life you don’t need to run away from

    I read this in an article in the paper this morning as I was balancing eggs, coffee and reading material on a small café table. It was attributed to Seth Gordon and as things are inclined to do on a Saturday morning, it jumped up and hit me between the eyes.  I often think I might run away. When I did a quick online search to verify the quote, there were many references to Seth and his

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    Financing the Future

    On several occasions recently, I’ve had cause to reflect on the fact that so many people have limited understanding of how to make provision for their futures. Financial Planning is the key to the luxury of choice and security in later life. To be fair, when I was young, I had no idea just how much power I had in my hands – the fact that a dollar invested then would be paying off

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    Four steps to achieving the life you imagined

    Have you ever had this thought - the life I imagined is not going to happen? It can be a confronting dose of reality. When we were kids, we all had great ideas about what we were going to be when we grew up.  There were the usual train drivers, and famous singers or astronauts and various combinations that changed according to our experiences of that week. It didn’t matter what our

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    Get some Clarity for the new Financial Year

    If you’re like me, you’ll feel that July has come incredibly quickly. You have barely had time to get over the indulgences of Christmas and the current year is half gone already. It’s a time of focussing on tax and financial issues as you prepare your annual returns. You will be reviewing how much income you have earned and how much of that you have spent. Frightening,

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    Regrets - I've had a few

    Most of us start out in life with certain expectations. Some might be generic such as forming a successful and supportive partnership, or perhaps being employed in a role that sustains us both financially and emotionally.  We like to feel that we are making a difference. Other expectations may be more specific to our situation, such as being selected for an elite sporting team or some similar

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    Age: Barrier or Benefit?

    Is age a barrier when looking at employment and training opportunities? Depends on which way you look at it.  You and I both know that forty doesn’t feel much different to thirty, except that you are a bit wiser and probably perform better at your job. You are looking for new opportunities in your role or industry and may be thinking about starting a postgraduate qualification, now that

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    What do you want to be when you’re grown up?

    If you are like me, the hard part of that question is deciding just when you are grown up.  I wondered if I was the morning that I first held my newborn son in my arms, but knowing how you want to spend your working life is a challenge at any age.  School leavers are overwhelmed with those career choices and they don’t get any easier with increasing decades.  Often we sort of fall in to an

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    A Foreign Prognosis for Warren

    With his prostate cancer in remission, Warren Coupe continued his work as a builder/handyman by day and a cleaner in the early hours of the morning.  A flare up of the disease and the trauma associated with his treatment eventually lead to drastic decisions and a total change of lifestyle and occupation. Can you tell me what were the circumstances to lead to a change in your life/career

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    Mid-life Adventure

    There was a time when the voice of Doris Day singing Que Sera, Sera (Whatever will be, will be) kept echoing in my head, and specifically the line where she was singing ‘Is that all there is?’ It’s a time when you realise that you are not going to be Prime Minister or be a jet-setting entrepreneur, or international chess champion or whatever dreams you had in your youth. It’s all a bit of

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    Eight Steps for Managing Redundancy

    Eight Steps for Managing Redundancy On a regular basis, news broadcasts list either industry downturn or company resizing, resulting in significant job loss.  There are small businesses also who are paring staff numbers, sometimes in response to reduced commercial activity by larger companies and employee redundancy is increasingly common. Our working life is characterised by many different jobs

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