The discipline and competitive edge you can control.

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” ― William Faulkner 


All of us have times when we are driven “to achieve and to attain” –– whether that means to earn more, learn a new skill, stay current in our field, or to stay physically fit, be a better golfer, better photographer, better parent, a better whatever. 

At Lenox, we maintain thatlifelong achievement requires lifelong self-improvement.  Getting better at something demands personal commitment. In the words of one business leader, “The only real form of improvement is self-improvement.”  It’s another way of saying that no one is going to get you to “better” other than yourself.  Self-improvement is a discipline that each of has in our own hands.  It’s the competitive edge we can control.   

Choose your path to self-improvement.

There are many ways to go about self-improvement –– seminars, podcasts, classes, coaches, trainers, and so on.  However, one of the easiest and simplest is reading, a practice that we follow at Lenox for staying in the know and constantly improving our own skill sets and capabilities.  Not just reading about financial planning and wealth management but across a variety of subjects.  We consider it one of the best tools for getting and staying ahead of the pack, whatever one’s industry.

To that point, we repeat here an excerpt that we posted last year from an article in the Ageist weekly newsletter entitled “Stop relying on your experience.” 

            “Read. Read. Read.  Now more than ever.  The currency of our time is knowledge, not experience, not past achievement, not money.  The people most at risk in our    world are those who do not learn.  The smartest people I meet read obsessively.  This has been true for millennia but now even to stay average and       not get left in the dust, we need to be bringing into our brains valuable,             actionable information constantly.”

There’s no shortage of reading material available.  Amazon, the leader in all book sales in the U.S., offers more than 20,000 titles on self-improvement.  There is literally a topic for every person and every interest.

At Lenox, we feature a favorite book each month on our website.  A favorite of ours is “Put Your Dream to The Test” by John Maxwell, internationally-known author and publisher.  It’s an exceptional look at why some people dream and realize their dream but others never do. It starts with ten honest, straightforward questions.

For a full listing of our favorite books, click to  We’d also love to hear your favorites.  What are you thinking about, doing and reading to constantly learn and to improve your life and give yourself the competitive advantage?

If it sounds like we want to be your champions – we do–– with financial planning and life planning advice and guidance to help you live the best life you can with peace of mind.

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