January 18, 2011


Posted in Financial Planning tagged at 9:43 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub


The introduction to The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon  begins with this phrase. The authors, Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen, go on to say:

Intellectual capital – ideas as money, money as ideas – is today the real currency of the business world. This capital is more than technical knowledge or bits and bytes of data. It is a wide range of social, emotional, intuitive, and interpersonal skills that together comprise the creative spirit. It is our goal to bring those skills to fruition, integrate them, and reawaken that spirit.

Now who wouldn’t want to sign on to the program – a twelve-week adventure that will be like riding a dragon: thrilling, joyous, chaotic, and powerful? Everyone here at Alpha Financial Management thought it was a good idea and chose to begin the program at the beginning of the new year.

The aim of the program is to give us a more satisfying, fully creative life in which we feel a sense of camaraderie, not competition. We are promised to become more creative not only in our business life, but in our life as a whole.

I am more than just a little intimidated by the notion that I am going to be working on my creativity. What if I fail? What if my co-workers think my attempts at being creative are any thing but? Well, I am told by the authors that intellectualism is a primary block for many creative people. We are also told that we can expect our intellectual skepticism to be our adversary and constant companion throughout the twelve weeks. In my last blog I encouraged everyone by reminding you that you can do it! So now I am telling myself, I can do it.

So it is OK to be skeptical. I will just keep reminding myself that as the authors emphasize: all of us can become more creative than we already are, and this will make us happier, healthier, more productive, and more authentic in everything we do. By acting – just doing it – I can overcome the skepticism.

January 4, 2011


Posted in Financial Planning tagged , at 8:37 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub

You can do it!

This was one of my granddaughter’s favorite phases when she was 5 or 6 years old. Everyone loved to hear her cheer us on whether we were attempting a back flip off the high diving board or baking a batch of peanut butter cookies. In her teens now, she is still just as encouraging; but when I am alone, working out or working on a difficult project, I can bring up the recording in my memory of her sweet voice to keep me going.

I’m a financial planner and love to let people know that they can do it! People do want to get things done. They want to take actions that are in harmony with their values. They want the feeling of accomplishment. They want the responsibility.

This year, I am on a quest to find more ways to help my clients realize that they can do it. They can set goals; they can make plans to accomplish them; they can engage in a process that is about creativity, balance and motivation.

Financial planning is not an event; it is a process. Making check marks along the way is important. I can be creative in the way I approach the process. I can do it! So can you!

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