Inspiration

The Tipping Point

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

Little things can make a big difference. It has been over a decade since I got my first Garmin Forerunner watch. These devices use the GPS satellites to track running workouts, then sync the completed activities to software making it easy to analyze. After finishing a...

Running and Fitness Update

By Ralph Bender, MBA, CFP®

During the year before we moved into the offices in Tower Office Plaza, I averaged 187 running miles per month. In the three years since moving, the monthly average dropped to 107. Then, about a year ago, mom was diagnosed and subsequently passed from kidney cancer....

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

By Eric Metaxas

Rare is the man who has had a close bond with God since childhood. This is especially true in Western societies. For a man living in Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s deep, personal relationship with God was especially inspiring. “At a time when much of the world was...

The Art of Possibility

By Benjamin Zander with Rosamond Stone

Mr. Zander is a wonderful conductor and gives a tremendously motivational keynote speech. It was quite amazing that how he turned a room of roughly 3,000 financial services professionals into a choir singing together with enthusiasm … in German! The speech was...

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

By Laura Hillenbrand

Thoroughbred racehorses aren’t high on my list of interests. I only picked up this book because of the great writing Hillenbrand had done with “Unbroken…”. This book is the only other she’s written and it is clear that she takes her time,...

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

By Laura Hillenbrand

Motivational, inspirational, spiritual, and historical… Another of my favorite books of the past few years. It is the story about Louie Zamperini, an Olympic runner, WW2 B24 bombardier, & Japanese prisoner of war who’s indomitable spirit carried him...