Increase Your Success by Having More Fun

Have you ever met someone who is extremely successful that also seems completely happy and wondered what they were doing differently?  As it turns out they don’t have any secrets, they simply focus on happiness and success follows. Happiness and success are subjects that have been researched and written about endlessly. Shawn Achor, who wrote [...]

By | October 15th, 2014|Business Owners, Families with Young Kids, Professionals|

The Financial Implications Of FOMO (The Fear Of Missing Out)

FOMO Defined FOMO, or the “Fear Of Missing Out”, can lead to a fun, spontaneous life, but it can also lead to financial ruin. We've all heard the age-old saying, “The best things in life are free”, but in reality, living a fun-filled life of travel and adventure requires a constant flow of cash.  Unlike [...]

By | October 15th, 2013|Business Owners, Families with Young Kids, Professionals|

What’s Your Retirement Lifestyle Plan?

You worked hard your whole career, became well-respected at your craft, saved well for retirement…and yet are having a terrible time pulling the trigger and retiring. Why is it so difficult? The answer lies in the psychological and emotional barriers that millions of people experience when making the transitions into retirement.  Let’s explore those barriers [...]

By | April 15th, 2013|Business Owners, Families with Young Kids, Professionals|

A Week Living on Food Stamps: $4.56 per Day

The gym is rocking. Skrillex is bumping and twelve people are ready to bust their asses at 6am. They start with basic stretches and move quickly into the ladder – high knees, laterals, ballistic squats, side cuts, pushups. Everyone’s heart rates climb and after 5 minutes, it’s time to get after it for real. Today’s [...]

By | November 1st, 2012|Business Owners|

Money Can’t Buy Happiness? Look at the Smile on My Face – Ear to Ear, Baby.

Do you know someone with first world problems? Like people who hate their job but not enough to find a new one. Or people who complain that their iPhone 5 maps can’t locate their house with 100% accuracy. Sometimes I want to drop kick them in the forehead. Why are some people so unhappy while [...]

By | October 15th, 2012|Business Owners|

You Sure You’re Hiring The Best?

Anyone can say they hire the best people and that their company is a great place to work, but push someone to articulate their culture and they’ll stumble over their words. Worse, there will be a difference between what executives, management, and staff feel and that’s not good for business. At LotusGroup, we set out [...]

By | August 31st, 2012|Business Owners|

The Candle Problem

You sit at a table next to a wooden wall and the experimenter gives you the materials shown to the left: a candle, some tacks, and a box of matches. Your job is to fix the candle to the wall so that the wax doesn’t drop on the table. Think for a moment about how you’d solve the problem.

By | August 31st, 2011|Business Owners, Families with Young Kids, Professionals|

Unconventional Wisdom: The LGA Retirement Approach

Q: As a result of the last downturn, a number of my friends have had to delay their retirements and some have had to come out of retirement to work again. The lucky ones have found new opportunities. However, quite a few are unfit to work or can’t find an opportunity. How do I ensure my safe retirement?