MONEY MATTERS with Christopher Hensley

How do some startups go from zero to billions in mere months? How did Alexander the Great, YouTube tycoon Michelle Phan, and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon climb to the top in less time than it takes most of us to get a promotion? What do high-growth businesses, world-class heart surgeons, and underdog marketers do in common to beat the norm?

One way or another, they do it like computer hackers. They employ what psychologists call "lateral thinking: to rethink convention and break "rules" that aren't rules.

These are not shortcuts, which produce often dubious short-term gains, but ethical "smartcuts" that eliminate unnecessary effort and yield sustainable momentum. In Smartcuts, Snow shatters common wisdom about success, revealing how conventions like "paying dues" prevent progress, why kids shouldn't learn times tables, and how, paradoxically, it's easier to build a huge business than a small one.

From SpaceX to The Cuban Revolution, from Ferrari to Skrillex, Smartcuts is a narrative adventure that busts old myths about success and shows how innovators and icons do the incredible by working smarter—and how perhaps the rest of us can, too.

We were joined today by author and journalist, Shane Snow.  We discussed his new book Smartcuts.


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For the book click here:

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators and Icons Accelerate Success


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Category:Self Development -- posted at: 7:14am PDT

Here is your 2014 year end checklist. As you'll see, it's quick and should take about 3 minutes to complete.

The checklist covers events, milestones, taxes, investments, medical accounts, and retirement plans- areas that often need attention at the end of the year. 

I strongly encourage you to complete this checklist as soon as possible. If you see areas that need attention, we should address them right away. 

If you have a friend or family member who could benefit from this year-end checklist, please let me know and i'll be happy to send them one as well with no obligation. If you have any questions, feel free to message me or give me a call.

Best Wishes,


Christopher Hensley 


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2014 End of the Year Financial Planning Checklist


Category:general -- posted at: 8:07am PDT

By 2015, 77 million Americans will be 50 to 69 years old! As the first generation to be so long-lived, we face the challenge of taking personal responsibility for the quality of our extended lives. Well be log-term pioneers, making the second part of our lives as rich and rewarding as the first, if not more so. But aging isn't the point. The point is lifelong development- our ability to live skillfully each day with the opportunities, choices, and changes that will happen inside and outside of our plans; it's knowing what we'll have to be great at beyond fifty to lead vigorous, creative lives in our eighties and nineties.

We were joined today by author George H. Schofield, PH.D.  We discussed life after 50 and the revolution in planning and retirement.


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For the book click here:

After 50 It's Up to Us - Developing the Skills and Agility We'll Need


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Category:Retirement -- posted at: 12:58pm PDT

Feeling financially tapped, emotionally trapped? Do you feel the heat rise in you every time you pay bills or feel the aggravation of watching a loved one waste money? Is your money nerve pinched? 

We were joined today by CPA and author, Bob Wheeler. We discussed the The emotional side of money, the suffering artist syndrome and his experiences as the CFO of the Comedy Store, George Carlin and how comedians handle money. 

Bob Wheeler is a CPA with over twenty-five years of experience. His world travels led him to all points on the globe, especially those at high altitudes. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and arrived at the Base Camp Everest in Nepal, as well as several smaller mountains in between. With warmth and humor, his experiences on the road, in the office, or in a Grecian marathon feed his wit as a stand-up comic. Bob grew up in Clarksville, Tennessee, and graduated from Rhodes College. He now lives in Santa Monica, California, where he owns an accounting firm and serves as the CFO of The Comedy Store..  


Click here to see the letter from George Carlin I mentioned on the the Show 


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For the book click here:


The Money Nerve: Navigating the Emotions of Money



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Category:Comedy -- posted at: 12:58pm PDT