After years of planning, research, and comparative analysis, and extensive travel around the country, we have finally made a decision: Aaron and I are moving to Southern California. Here’s a glimpse into the thought process we used to make what is what one of the biggest decisions of our lives and careers.
One of the most powerful tools you have at your disposal in life and business is reflecting on your intention in taking a given action. Yet, despite its enormous benefits, few people stop to reflect on why they are behaving in a certain way.
Recently, Aaron and I sold all of our Mount Olympus Awards, LLC membership units as part of an intrafamily transaction that allowed us to divest both the operating assets and intellectual property related to the letterman jacket and letterman jacket award industries.
After nearly seventeen years, it is time for me to resign from my role as the Investing for Beginners Guide at About.com (now the Investing for Beginners Expert at TheBalance.com).
Earlier this year, we visited Chicago. During the business trip, we made some decisions that will reverberate for the rest of our lives.
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California, recently published a book called, “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class”. It looks at how affluent and upper class individuals and families are now engaging in a different type of consumption that effectively strengthens their own advantages, making upward mobility more difficult for those who don’t understand the codes or values of the group.
It’s been roughly seven months since I’ve been present or active on the site in any meaningful sense. There are largely two reasons for this. Firstly, as you can probably imagine, nearly every waking moment of our lives has been consumed by the launch of our global asset management firm, Kennon-Green & Co. This included spending a couple of weeks in Southern California looking for office space.
In recent months, I’ve found myself reflecting upon what I consider to be one of the most important and moral documents written in the history of civilization, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. It comes up at the most unexpected of times; something in the back of my mind that makes…