By Daniel Slone Replacing the unending pursuit of happiness with the quest for a meaningful life In college, Emily Esfahani Smith embarked on a search for happiness. Since everyone insisted that the path to happiness is success, that was the road her quest took. Yet contrary to what our culture told her, she did not find…

By Sterling Foundation Management Take your foundation to the next level in the new year. Philanthropy and its challenges are not new. Aristotle, who lived 2,400 years ago, was aware that “to give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large,…

By Laura A. Roser Your Personal Legacy Statement Your Personal Legacy Statement is your declaration of how you’d like to live your life and impact others from an ethical standpoint. It’s different from goals, which are about achievements. The objective of a Personal Legacy Statement is to clearly state your principles, how you intend to treat…

Monroe Diefendorf Wants to Redefine the Meaning of Inheritance By Christopher Zacher Monroe Diefendorf understands the importance of strong financial planning. Having been born into Diefendorf Capital’s life insurance legacy, founded by his great-grandfather in 1875, Monroe (who goes by Roey) found a place for himself in the family business, working alongside his father. He…

By Laura A. Roser How the U.S. Compares to the Middle East, Latin American, and Asia Business succession expert Kelin E. Gersick has consulted with families from all over the world. “All families have much in common,” he says, “but they vary in important ways.” One way he mentions is the status and attention given…

By Laura A. Roser The Question Kevin Cashman Believes We Should Ask All Young People I think there’s a fundamental flaw in how we look at careers,” best-selling author and well-recognized leadership consultant, Kevin Cashman says. “We shouldn’t be asking kids what they are going to be when they grow up. We should be asking…

Bringing Unity Through Contemplating What We Have in Common As Family By Timothy Hutchinson Think of all the people you know, all the people you have ever met, and all the people you have ever seen. Now think of all the people they have ever known, seen, or met. How many generations do you suppose you…

By Laura A. Roser Ashley Nelson, SVP Americas at Fossil Group, on the Pursuit of Something More Ashley never thought she’d be the devoted yoga type. She was far too practical. Far too busy. After all, she had a family to care for, an intense travel schedule, and an Then something happened. It was gradual,…

Laura Roser’s Q&A with Carew Papritz About His Multi Award-winning Book, The Legacy Letters LR: What gave you the idea for The Legacy Letters? CP: I was inspired to write The Legacy Letters after an early mid-life crisis (best to have them early!). I needed the opportunity to take my soul out for a long walk. While working…

By Laura A. Roser Living Between Extremes If you eat too much, you get fat and sick and die. If you eat too little, you waste away and die. The key is eating the right amount of the right foods. This leads to health, vitality, and a long life. Of course, the questions then arise, “What…

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