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The road to greatness may be paved with LEGOS (So watch your step)

by Cathy Sedacca

At a time when it’s increasingly difficult to find common ground on even the most innocuous topics, here’s something we can all agree on:

Stepping on a LEGO brick while barefoot is simply the worst.

The worst.

As the mother of two daughters, it’s an experience with which I’m much too familiar. And while it’s caused me to exclaim some not-so-motherly things in the past, I’m taking a new approach to future encounters: I’m using it as a reminder about an important life lesson.

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Sage’s Melissa Gotchnik completes emotional ride for her mother

For Sage Senior Vice President, Melissa Gotchnik, participating in the MS 150 bike ride was a life goal—and a very personal one.

 “My mom was diagnosed with MS about 20 years ago. So riding in the MS 150 was something I’ve always wanted to do for her,” Melissa said. “But I’d never been able to dedicate the time necessary to do it.”

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Why am I doing this again? Running a marathon is a lot like running a business

by Craig Siiro

 When I turned 40, I began reflecting on my life—what I had accomplished and what I hadn’t.

Well, I call it reflection. Others might call it a mid-life crisis.

But that’s not important. What is important is that as a result of this process, I decided I needed to run a marathon.

No, I wasn’t really a runner. And, no, I really had no idea how to go about accomplishing it.

Oddly enough, in the process of pursuing my mid-life cris—er—bucket list item, I learned that training for and running a marathon has a lot in common with running an effective business.

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What do you think of my haircut? (The truth about financial disconnects)

by Karen Turnquist

 There are some questions that nobody likes to be asked.

“What do you think of my haircut?”

 “Do you mind if my parents move in with us for a while?”

 “Do these pants make me look fat?”

 These are the types of questions for which honesty is not always the best policy.

But when clients ask me tough questions, I always respond honestly. Because they ask the questions sincerely—looking for a professional opinion from a trusted advisor—honestly is really the only policy.

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Investors, asset based lending and the legend of the lady steaks

 by Cathy Sedacca

When they were young, my daughters didn’t like pork chops and refused to eat them. But like any good mother, of course, I didn’t take no for an answer.

I prepared them every possible way and tried to persuade them to give them a second chance.

But it was no to avail. They did not like them.

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A lesson in business value that changed my life

by Karen Turnquist

Quick question: How much is your business worth?

If you’re like most business owners, there’s already a formula bouncing around in your head: revenues THIS and EBITDA THAT.

At one point in my entrepreneurial life, I was right there with you. I believed business value was simply the answer at the end of a complex math equation. Then came the day I learned the true nature of what makes a business valuable.

And it changed my life forever.

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