The Power of Negative Visualization

When Norman Vincent Peale wrote The Power of Positive Thinking 60 years ago, he received a stack of rejection slips from publishers. Dejected, he threw the manuscript into...

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Keep Your Partner Happy With This Simple Piece of Advice

Whoever invented marriage was a sadistic beast. This whole commitment for life thing is a crazy idea that has created immense pain for all parties involved. Let’s take...

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The Only Thing That Really Matters

Why do some folks look back on their lives in old age and say they wouldn’t change much… or anything? Is there a formula – some mix of...

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How You Won the Genetic Lottery

Imagine walking into a room full of strangers and searching in vain for some commonality. The people gathered have various jobs and interests; represent different age groups, races...

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How to Win All Your Most Important Negotiations

In today’s world, we are all negotiators.   You bargain with your boss, a home seller, the car salesman, the caterer, the loan officer, your adult children, even...

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Log Off and Live

  The other day, I had lunch with a friend. But I can’t really say I enjoyed it. Every few minutes, he pulled his iPhone out and glanced...

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How to Win All Your Most Important Negotiations

In today’s world, we are all negotiators. You bargain with your boss, a home seller, the car salesman, the caterer, the loan officer, your adult children, even with...

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The World-Changing Power of Impatient Optimism

Is being rich a good thing? According to a long line of philosophers, politicians and religious leaders, the answer is a resounding no. Karl Marx argued that the...

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The Perfect Day

Editor’s Note: Today, we turn to Manward Press founder Andrew Snyder for some wise – and scientifically proven – words on the perfect day of the week. If you’d...

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

Editor’s Note: It’s become a holiday tradition at The Oxford Club over the last few years to run this excerpt from Alexander Green’s book An Embarrassment of Riches....

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The Perfect Gift for Every Single Person on Your List

Occasionally, we find that a friend or neighbor expresses something we believe but better than we could have said it ourselves. As a writer, this can be a...

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A Simple Piece of Advice

Sometimes, what’s most important for our sense of happiness and well-being is what we don’t do. There are vices such as smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and impulsive...

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Are You Losing Your Soul?

I recently bumped into an old acquaintance I hadn’t seen in 20 years. “Are you still managing money?” he asked. “No, I write investment advice now,” I said....

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Wealth That Can’t Be Tallied

Note: As we gather with our families and loved ones this holiday season, it’s important to not forget those who may not be as fortunate as we are....

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Discovering the Laws of Life

In 1985, I began working with an international money management firm in Winter Park, Florida. Although I was young and wet behind the ears, I soon discovered I...

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Are You Keeping the Embers Alive?

Back in 1999, when the internet bubble was in full swing, my investment firm announced plans to open the world’s first internet-based global trading website. Investors would have...

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A Serious Disease That Affects Men (And How You Can Beat It)

A Note From Alex: We have something quite special for you today. My colleague and Oxford Club Editorial Director Andrew Snyder recently launched a new e-letter dedicated to...

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What Memory Is… and Is Not

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” – Marcel Proust “Right now, I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same...

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The Best Way to Overdose

When I was 11, my best friend, Rocky Wagner, came over one evening for a sleepover. You really can’t get into too much trouble when you’re just 11....

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Who’s Your City?

We all make at least three important decisions in our lives: what to do, where to do it and with whom. We devote a lot of time to...

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Meet the Newest Member of the Family

In recent months, my kids pushed and pushed for us to get a dog. I pushed back. It’s not that I have any objection to dogs. My three...

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The Antidote for Greed

At a recent conference in Las Vegas, I participated in a panel discussion called “Libertarian Millionaires: How to Make It, How to Spend It, How to Give It...

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Are You an Essentialist?

Ask most people what they are up to these days and – as often as not – you will get one of the following responses: Busy! So busy!...

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No Such Thing as a Bad Day

When Hamilton Jordan passed away in 2008, he was primarily remembered as chief of staff to President Jimmy Carter and as a top advisor to independent presidential candidate...

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Love and Anthropology

As a young man in the middle of the Kalahari Desert of Botswana in 1988, I made first contact with a band of hunter-gatherers known as the San...

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Are You Ready for the 21-Day Challenge?

Would you like to improve your health, experience less conflict in your relationships, and enjoy greater peace and contentment? In a matter of weeks – time that will...

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What Are Emotions, Anyway?

Back in the days of Sigmund Freud, the world was powered by steam. Everything was pressure, force, heat, release of pressure, explosive pressure. Pressure, pressure, pressure… Because we...

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What Would Einstein Do?

German-born physicist Albert Einstein was the greatest scientific thinker of the 20th century. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars – along with...

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An Especially Grueling Trip to the West Coast

Before a recent flight from Dulles to Seattle, my plane was delayed on the tarmac for more than an hour. It really didn’t bother me because I was...

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The Psychology of Optimal Experience

We all have troubles. In many ways, they define our lives. But, according to philosopher Abraham Kaplan, we can deal with them more effectively if we recognize them...

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The Most Stupid of Vices

A few years ago, economists Sara Solnick and David Hemenway conducted a survey where they asked participants if they would rather earn $50,000 a year while other people...

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The Adventure of Empathy

Within each of us exists a deeply personal, subjective inner experience. We each have our own DNA, our own history and our own very personal experiences. We have...

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Why You Should Think Before You Blink

In the best-seller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, author Malcolm Gladwell points out that our “adaptive unconscious” is constantly making assessments about people and situations in...

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On Being a Powerful Ally

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – Joseph Campbell Since the dawn of time, parents have wanted the best for their kids....

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What You Can Celebrate About America This Weekend

It’s not fashionable to talk about America’s greatness these days. Most of us prefer to grouse about the weak economy, the federal debt, political gridlock, stagnant wages, terrorist...

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Three Words Create a FAB Idea

Editorial Note: Today’s essay comes from a long-time friend of The Oxford Club: entrepreneur, author and investment publisher Gary A. Scott. Believing that everyone should “turn their passion...

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The Last Human Freedom

Four years ago, a friend and former colleague was going through a difficult divorce. (Is there any other kind?) He didn’t want to separate from his wife, and...

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The Profoundest of All Interruptions

At Thanksgiving, Anne, a family friend, looked and sounded great. A month later, she was dying of cancer. First, she lost her eyesight. Then half her face became...

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The Power of Embodying Emotions

Last week, I wrote how building more awareness of our physical sensations can help us make essential positive changes. And I described the different sensory systems that allow...

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Using Your “Sixth Sense” to Change Your Life

We’re all familiar with the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. But we have another whole world of sensation that is often overlooked. It’s central to...

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What Ayn Rand Never Knew

As a young man, I was an enthusiastic devotee of Ayn Rand. Reading her philosophical novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead strengthened my belief in free markets, individual...

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How Not to Die

In a column earlier this week, I explained why you should listen to Warren Buffett. In today’s column, however, I’ll explain why sometimes you shouldn’t. With a net...

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Six Steps to a More Relaxed Life

Many of us lead hectic lives, feeling pressured, harried or overwhelmed by responsibilities and obligations. In his book The Secret Pulse of Time, Stefan Klein argues that the...

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How to Miraculously Transform Your Whole Life

“Dad, did you hear what I said?” My 12-year-old son, David, who was riding alongside me in the car, was staring at me in disbelief… again. No, I...

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We Earn a Reputation With Ourselves, Too

When we get to know people, we are, in part, building a reputation with each other. “What kind of person is he?” “How does she handle a difficult...

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How Not to Use Shame

Like all emotions, shame serves a function. We feel it when we do something that violates our values. Shame is a particularly excruciating emotion, and it lets us...

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This Music Will Change Your Life

We don’t usually think about it, but there is something much “deeper” about hearing than seeing; something that provokes a more powerful emotional response. In the era of...

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The Best Spiritual Advice

In Washington, D.C., a few years ago, a young man in blue jeans and a T-shirt emerged from the Metro and positioned himself against a wall beside a...

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How to Live Long and Prosper

It’s hardly news that we face a healthcare crisis in this country. While Americans are living longer than ever, in many ways we are also sicker than ever....

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Enjoy Every Sandwich

My friend Steve Sjuggerud used to call me up occasionally and inquire whether I’d read any good business books lately. Since both of us already had shelves groaning...

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Editorial Note: Today’s Beyond Wealth comes to us from our sister publication Wealthy Retirement. Marc Lichtenfeld ponders a timeless question that’s not just for children. If you’re looking...

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Love and Visibility

When someone we love enters the room, that room gets a little brighter for us as if the lights have been turned up a notch. What brings that...

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Gentlemen, Stop Your Engines!

While in France a few years ago, I ran into my colleague Addison Wiggin, an Agora publisher and a filmmaker who lived in Paris at the time. During...

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How to Avoid “The Mañana Syndrome”

Eight years ago, one of the nation’s largest publishers, John Wiley & Sons, asked me to write a book about one of The Oxford Club’s investment strategies. I...

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Human Attention: The World’s Scarcest Commodity

My 12-year-old son, David, is pushing his mom and me for a smartphone. Excuse me while I weep. It’s not that it wouldn’t be a convenience. When we’re...

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The Worst News… and the Most Inspiring Thoughts

Not many folks count their blessings upon learning that they don’t have long to live. But Oliver Sacks wasn’t like most people. An admirer of his for decades,...

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The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

Is it possible for a place to be spiritual? Not a church, a shrine or a tabernacle, but just an area of incredible natural beauty? I set out...

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Pressing the Pause Button

Anybody can become angry – that is easy; but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for...

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Dreams With Deadlines

We all dream. And our dreams tell the world – and ourselves – who we really are. Some of us dream of financial independence. Others of traveling the...

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The Most Civilized Thing in the World

A few years ago, I attended a lecture by author James Gabler, who spoke about one of my favorite Americans, Thomas Jefferson, and one of his great passions:...

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