Enjoy your Family

In my book I speak about the importance of nurturing family and friend relationships. We spend so much time at work ensuring we earn income to manage our debt and daily operating expenses (and there is absolutely nothing wrong in doing so). In fact, as mature and responsible adults we should take care of our obligations. But at the same time remember the end state. The end state is to enjoy our hard-earned time with those who we love.

Remember it is time that you desire. Time (or freedom… to maneuver) is what you are working for. The more money you have, the more TIME you can spend doing what you want to do.

You can fail or succeed in a lot of areas. Competition. Employment. Investing in the stock market or business ventures. But what you can’t fail at, is with your children and their growth. So ensure your daily routine includes focused contribution to your household. Time with family is key.

I’m not saying everyday you will feel like putting forth maximum energy to playing with your children or talking with your spouse; it’s ok to feel exhausted from time to time lol BUT do not make tabling your family and friends the norm. Interact with your family. Remember, your children are observing you and want to learn from you. So in addition to showing them that earning a living is good, show them your value pallet. Show them your handy skills. Play with them, sing with them and show them your talents. Do not lose the opportunity to pass along that famous recipe or technique you have honed over the years. Get your rest, and give those you care about your attention. If anything, you are really learning to value your time and resent it being wasted.

Remember true wealth is your time. Money (or an abundance of money) enables you to have uninhibited time to do what you want to do. Think about it.

Question: Over the last three days what uninterrupted family/friend  time did you get in with those you care about?



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“Andrae captures insight and pearls of wisdom from the military’s most senior leaders, calling them Procedures, Techniques, and Rules. These strategies, if applied with discipline, can provide efficiency to your day-to-day routine and increase your overall well-being.”

“Procedures, Techniques, Rules… I Wish I Learned in School is a resource tool that offers bottom-line instructions on a range of habits that have proved beneficial to our nation’s leading authorities.” “Andrae has taken his experiences from sitting down to talk with leaders, such as former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey; and Korean War hero, General Paik Sung-yup, and consolidated the lessons learned about life. Useful techniques are broken down into the simplest forms that relate to finances, health, parenting, and mind-set—all of which, if they had been reinforced and learned in our youth would have paid back seven times over. It’s never too late to become better. Enjoy.”

~Andrae Ballard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He has served at every echelon from platoon through Corps level operations. He has also served an adjunct professor at Central Texas College, teaching in the Mathematics Department. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MS from Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration. 
~Andrae’s most recent assignments include serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the 8th Army Commanding General in Yongsan, Korea, as well as the Public Affairs Officer for the Special Operations Command Korea Commanding General. His deployments include multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). 
~Andrae is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the United States Army Jumpmaster and Ranger Schools. He is the COO of Alexander Graham Properties LLC, an organization that provides resources and consultation to those in need of financial help. 
~Andrae has spoken throughout the world, helping people to hone their leadership skills and potential and has assisted many, helping them to establish a clear and effective strategy to meet their life goals.


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