Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020!

Happy New Year! I hope you had a great 2019, and I wish you an even better 2020!

I think it’s important to have periodic renewals. Have a look at where you are now, what you’ve accomplished and where you want to be.

Many people poo-poo New Year’s Resolutions because people often have big dreams and then fail to make long term changes. But so what? If we can’t dream, we’re no more than animals. Dreams set us apart. And there are ways to make the changes stick.

Go forward. Dream big. And don’t be scared of failure.

I’d like to tell you about my 2019, what I learned and how I’m moving forward with 2020. Then I’ll end up with some important things I’ve learned. Maybe you will find something in here that will help you.

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What Happens to My Passwords When I Die?

My friend’s father is dying right now. Cancer is killing him slowly, but surely.

It’s a painful situation, of course, but since it’s a slow death, he’s had the opportunity to help his wife transition to a life without him. One of the areas he always managed was the finances, so now she’s had to learn how to do them. This was a hard transition, but at least there was a transition. It would have been a much harder for her to learn his system for finances if he died suddenly, like in a car accident.

We’re all going to die, of course. And it’s certainly not pleasant to think about, but we do need to think about it. You need to think about wills, life insurance, disability, insurance, 401K, etc., but in today’s world, there is one more thing to think about; your passwords and online accounts.

It’s very likely that your spouse or children don’t know what online accounts you have, much less your passwords. If they don’t know this information, it could be very difficult (or impossible) for them to access the key information they need. The money in these accounts could be gone forever.

Do your loved ones know your passwords? Do they know which online accounts you have? Could they access your bank accounts? Your PayPal accounts? Your social media accounts? Your email accounts?

So what is the right way to keep your accounts secure, while also passing this information along to them if you die? I’ve been doing some research on this, because I didn’t know myself. Here’s what I’ve learned…

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ZAM-POP! – The Story, Vision & Mission

My father, me and Eric. Yes, Al has shrunk, but NO, I haven’t. Eric is just ridiculously tall.

Today I want to tell you the story of ZAM-POP! and our vision for where we’d like to take it.

ZAM-POP! is a game that goes back in our family for generations. We actually don’t know how far it goes back. The first time I remember playing it was when some of my relatives from New Zealand came over to visit us. I was nine or ten at the time. There were too many of us to sit at the table and play, so we moved some furniture, and all sat on the carpet. All I remember is that it was fast and fun and there was a ton of laughing. We had so much fun! And I was proud that I was able to keep up (barely) with the adults in my family. From that moment on, I was hooked.

ZAM-POP! is not a kid’s game. It’s fast and it’s competitive and there’s no holding back. There is only one speed when you play ZAM-POP!; full speed. We don’t slow down to accommodate a younger player. But if they can keep up, they’re welcome to play. And this is what makes it special for kids to play. It’s almost like a right-of-passage in our family. They are proud to play and keep up with the adults, because they know we don’t hold back. That’s what makes it fun!

So here’s how it usually goes. When a child is around 8 or 9, they watch in awe at the grown-ups playing the fast, rowdy game, but they usually don’t want to play yet – it’s too intense for them. Then usually when they are 10 or 11, they’re ready to step into the game. The first couple times they’ll do Ok. Then they may win a hand, and when they do give them a high five and congratulate them because they’ll be proud as can be. Then, with their confidence built up, they really get into it, and soon they’re “hangin with the big-uns”. Trash talking starts soon after.

Now, 40 years later, I love it as much as the first time I played. This is our go-to-game at every family get together. It’s a tradition for our family (the good kind). And every time a friend comes over for a family event, they get initiated into that which is ZAM-POP! And they all, without fail, love it.

So that brings me to the next part of the story.

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