Today, Yahoo covers the Enron verdict. Skilling and Lay have been convicted. They are guilty of conspiracy and securities and wire fraud. What the citizen’s learn from this court decision is that executives will be held responsible for the accuracy of their books. What do we (the financial blogosphere) learn from their mistake? We learn that the unethical shortcuts are no shortcut at all. Skilling and Lay took the shortcut to a long time in a cell.
I’ve been thinking, and I’ve discovered a few things that I think would make us more successful, both socially and financially, if we implemented them in our daily To Do list. Many of these are common sense, and maybe we already do these on some kind of regular basis. But when it comes to our daily To Do List, they should be there, but they probably aren’t.
- Review yesterday
- Make someone happy
- Make a new friend
- Give something away
- Learn something
- Invest in yourself
- Invest in a partner (spouse, family, friend)
- Surprise yourself
- Plan for tomorrow
Apparently, Bill Gates is so rich, he has to have a special computer at the IRS to handle his tax return.
Here it is, a few minutes before 2006.
I’d like to wish everyone has a safe and happy new year.
As I’m taking this time to look forward to what lies ahead, I’m also looking backwards and reflecting on some of my achievements.
Looking at my accomplishments, I know I have it in me to overcome challenges. I’ve set goals, and I’ve met them.
I’ve learned some incredible lessons this year. Here’s the list of lessons I’ve learned this year (in no particular order):
- There are no problems, only challenges.
- Never give up.
- Make daily progress.
- Be grateful.
- Be generous.
- Be fearless.
- Time is on my side.
- Everyday is a gift.
- Learn continuously.
- There may be a better way for everything.
Please share what you’ve learned in 2005.
Sometimes it’s good to hear someone else’s story to make us put ourselves in perspective. I’d like to share Ben Stein’s “Lessons In Gratitude” where Ben talks about his father’s view of thanks the opportunities and also gives thanks to our voluntary armed forces who fight to protect American freedoms.