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A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life – Scientific American

A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life

A New Recipe for Hunting Alien Life

Imagine stepping into a time machine, one that could traverse not only billions of years but also countless light years of space, all in search of life in the universe. Where would you find most of it, and what would it look like? The answer—or at least scientists’ best guess—might surprise you

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Make a Black Hole – Scientific American

Make a Black HoleMake a Black Hole

Do words like “general relativity,” “gravity well” and “spacetime continuum” sound intimidating? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Albert Einstein to understand them! Try this fun activity to learn about these concepts and black holes—using some common household materials.

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Wally App: Personal Finance App Review | Gen X Finance

Wally App Review, Personal Finance App

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The first step to reigning in your finances is keeping track of what you spend.  Experts used to recommend writing down expenditures, or using some sort of setting goals worksheet but with technology being as advanced as it is today, cash logs are quickly becoming a thing of the past.  Mobile apps are readily accessible and easy to use.  There’s a variety of personal finance applications that do all the grunt work for you.  Wally happens to do just that. If you’re struggling to keep track of your finances and the receipts that you’re given after a purchase, you’ll find it a valuable, mobile tool to have on hand, especially with my grocery budget.  Available through iTunes, the personal finance app is one of the best of its kind.  Complete with all the tools you need to track your spending, you won’t need to download multiple apps to manage your expenses.

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How to Teach Kids About Money | Gen X Finance

Teaching Kids About Money: How to Go About It the Right Way


There are so many things we have to teach our children but one that is often overlooked in today’s world is teaching kids about money. Unless your child has a large trust fund in their name or some other financial windfall heading there way they will need to learn about personal finance. The earlier you start teaching children about financial matters the better.  During the most impressionable years of their lives, young people will formulate an opinion about money that will likely stick with them throughout adulthood.  With that being said, it’s important to be straightforward with kids.  They need to know the value of a dollar and you’re their best teacher.

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Seven Steps to List Tour LA

Lydia List TourWe have had the privilege and pleasure of presenting our program, ‘Seven Steps to Success’ at the List Tour event in Los Angeles and San Diego  We look forward to presenting at again this coming September.

The ‘Seven Steps to Success’ is a practical, intuitive method that you can use to obtain any goal, but in the case of the List Tour, which is full of entrepreneurs, we focused the discussion on starting and growing a business.  The seven steps: idea, visualization, thoughts, actions, methods, friends and circumstances drive home the point that you can only do so much on your own and that the circumstances of success are brought to you by friends.  You attract these friends by your methods: how you will make your product or service, how you will attract your customer, how you will make your operations efficient.

The premise is that people follow people who know where they’re going; they invest in people who know what they are doing.

In both presentations, we were pleased by the energy and the depth of the questions.  ThePeter List Tour presentation will inspire you to start or continue your journey toward the freedom of business ownership.

LaTonya Washington, the founder and operator of the List Tour assembled a great group of presenters who delivered information and inspiration around a number of business topics.  It is a fun day full of valuable and immediately usable information.

We will be at the next List Tour event in Los Angeles.  If you are an entrepreneur or want to be one, you should not miss this event.


Uber’s no good, very bad year: A timeline | PitchBook News

It’s been a tough year for Uber. The ridehailing giant was worth a reported $68 billion as of August 2016—but late last year, problems began piling on.

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What Are You Going to do With A Half Million Dollars? | CBPS

Come to Find Yourself In Your Own Business this Thursday in Santa Ana!

Don’t Choose The Wrong Business!

Elizabeth and Paris Patt are fine art restorers were looking to change their line of work.  They came to see us about opening a coffee shop in Idyllwild, CA, but didn’t seem committed to the idea.  We suggested they work through the first two sections of Killer Business Plan and it was a real eye opener for them.

In the video above, they talk about their experience.


How to Fire Someone So They’ll Thank You For It | Entrepreneur

In an earlier post, I described how our new CEO determined that we had to fire almost half our team. This sucked for many reasons, but the main one? It was emotional. Firing a terrible person is easy, but how do you fire a good person who is a bad fit in a way that doesn’t hurt them?

That was the next lesson from our new CEO, JT McCormick. He showed us how to fire someone, not just with dignity and respect, but in a way where they actually thank you for the experience. Literally, three of the five people he fired wrote him emails thanking him afterwards.

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Shit is more expensive

Courtesy CB Insights

Everybody (except colleges) is complaining about the cost of a university education.  This graph makes it clear how bad it really is.

On the plus side, mobile apps and SaaS are making software affordable, and if you have any money left over after paying  for your education, childcare and healthcare, you can get a great deal on toys.