Advice to grow by

happycupIn case you were looking for interesting (and possibly life-changing) bits of advice, a website called Raptitude (subhead: “Getting better at being human”) is offering 67 different ideas on better ways to live. The list includes interesting fusions of practical and metaphysical (“Notice how much you talk in your head and experiment with listening to your surroundings instead.” “Don’t act while you’re still angry; anger makes the wrong things seem right and remorse lasts way longer than anger.”) along with the merely practical (“To eat fewer calories, eat a lot slower than normal and see what changes.” “Consciously plan your life or others will do it for you.” “Get rid of stuff you don’t use. Unused and under-appreciated things make us feel bad.” “Ledger all your income, purchases and expenses, at least for a whole month. You can’t help but discover wasteful spending. It’s like giving yourself a raise.”)

Some items go directly to personal development (“Watch experts perform their chosen art whenever you get a chance. There’s something really grounding about it.” “Experiment with meditation. It gives you tools to mitigate nearly every thing human beings complain about—fear, boredom, loss, envy, pain, sadness, confusion and doubt—yet remains unpopular in the West.” “Give classical music another shot every few years.” “Imagine that this moment is the very first moment of your life and then build a future from there.”)

And a few open the doors to a new level of gracious living (“Write people letters. Everyone loves getting letters.” “Appeal to your friends for their expertise. You get good advice, and they feel valued.” “Become a stranger’s secret ally, even for a few minutes. Your perception of strangers in general will change.”)

The website says that it aspires to write about things that school never taught us: how to improve your quality of life in real-time. Maybe it’s worth a try.



About Objectively Speaking

Tom Batterman, founder of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy and Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is in the business of representing the best financial interests of his clients. Having provided objective, fee-only financial management services for over two decades, he specializes in managing the investment and related financial affairs of individuals and mutual insurance companies who do not have the time, interest or expertise to manage such matters on their own. As an objective, unbiased professional who takes on a fiduciary responsibility to his clients, he guides clients to the financial decisions they would make themselves if they had years of training and experience and the time and expertise to fully research and understand all of their options. Founded in 2010 as an outgrowth of Vigil Trust & Financial Advocacy, Financial Fiduciaries, LLC is a financial management solution for individuals and mutual insurance companies who recognize they do not have the time, interest or expertise to properly attend to their financial matters on their own. While there are many financial “advisors”, most of them have investment products to sell and the “advice” they provide is geared toward getting their clients to engage in a purchase. As one of the rare subset of advisors known as “fiduciary advisors”, Financial Fiduciaries does not sell any investment product so its guidance is not compromised by conflicts of interest which plague ordinary advisors. Prior to his employment in the financial industry in financial advocacy and trust positions, he worked at a private law practice in the Wausau area in the areas of estate planning, tax, retirement planning, corporate organizations and real estate. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the UW-Madison Law School and has during his career held Series 7, 24 and 65 securities licenses. A longtime resident of the Wausau, Wisconsin Area, Tom is active in the community. He enjoys golf, curling, skiing, fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
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