WHAT DRIVES VALUE?

Beyond the financial figures…

What are the intangible components that add value to a business?  What truly adds value to life, to a family or community?  What are the keys to finding proper balance, priority and fulfillment in every role and season of life?

WhatDrivesValue.com is a random log of observations from a business appraiser’s perspective, looking beyond the numbers, to discover the intangible attributes that drives value in business and in life.

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BUSINESS

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TEDDY ROOSEVELT – MESSAGE TO DELIVER

The year was 1912 and Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning for re-election.  By the evening of October 14 his campaign had carried him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was to deliver a speech in the … [Read More...]

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FAILURE – THE KEY TO MAKING SUFFICIENT PROGRESS

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena… who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, … [Read More...]

MOMENTUM-WAVE

MOMENTUM

Momentum is hard to generate. Back when I was playing golf I couldn’t understand why my game wasn’t improving playing once a month.  The more times I play, the better I get, right?  No.  I … [Read More...]

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ENRON – HUMAN NATURE

In 2006, a federal jury convicted Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling of lying to investors five years before about the financial health of Enron, the company they led as Chairman and CEO. It took Enron 16 … [Read More...]

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TALENT – THE HAMMER AND THE HANDSAW

Once upon a time… there lived a Hammer named Hero.  Hero lived in the land of Toolville and was a spectacular hammer.  All the townspeople in Toolville marveled at Hero’s abilities.  Hero … [Read More...]

LIFE

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PLANET EARTH

In 1977, NASA launched the satellite “Voyager” on a one-way mission- straight out away from the sun to take pictures of our solar system.  13 years later, Voyager had reached the edge of our … [Read More...]

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THE ZONE – MICHAEL JORDAN

“I can’t explain it… I’m in the zone.” -Michael Jordan The film “Good Will Hunting” tells the story of a genius kid, Will Hunting (Matt Damon), born with a photographic memory.  He … [Read More...]

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DONALD TRUMP – RELAX

“Money, Money, Money, Money… Money” – (Apprentice theme song) This is also Donald Trump’s personal theme song - a man you want to emulate only if your greatest love is money.  These … [Read More...]

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DELAYED GRATIFICATION – THE MARSHMALLOW CHALLENGE

“The best things come to those who wait.” – Heinz Ketchup Slogan In the 1960’s, psychologist Walter Mischel conducted an experiment on a preschool classroom.  He handed each of the … [Read More...]

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ME – THE TRUMAN SHOW

Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) lives in a world that revolves around one person: Truman.  Unknown to Truman, he has spent his entire life inside a television studio where he is the central … [Read More...]

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MY TIME

If I want to be successful… To be successful at work… Ernst & Young taught me that I should work just half a day… 12 hours. I should devote 1 hour a day to staying … [Read More...]

GOD

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THE CAN OPENER – THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS

The Biltmore, located in Asheville, North Carolina, was completed in 1895 with 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces and 3 kitchens on 4 acres of floor space.  The live-in cooks worked around the … [Read More...]

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KARL MARX – THE JEWISH BOY

There was a Jewish boy who grew up in Germany many years ago.  This boy deeply admired his father.  His father led the family to their Jewish Synagogue faithfully and the boy grew up with strong … [Read More...]

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BEETHOVEN

Ludwig van Beethoven’s final and most famous symphony was his “Ninth Symphony”.  Through the ages, his masterpiece has been widely considered the most exciting and impacting piece in all of … [Read More...]

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GOLD DIGGER

I saw him on my last trip to the beach.  In an old pair of worn out loafers, mid-calf socks, a v-neck t-shirt, clip on shades, and a bucket hat, this modern-day gold digger shuffles through the sand … [Read More...]

DA VINCI CODE

THE DA VINCI CODE

Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” has become an international phenomenon, having sold over 30 million copies in 44 languages.  In the novel, Brown’s characters discover that the Holy Grail is … [Read More...]

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KINGDOM COME – THE ANCIENT EMPIRES

“Life is short” – Nike Today in Iraq is the excavation of the ancient city of Babylon.  Recently at the excavation site, scientists discovered an ancient carving etched in stone that bares … [Read More...]

MOMENTS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

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THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON – ENDURING COURAGE

In the early 1800s, the Napoleonic Wars ravaged the European countryside seizing most of Europe for France.  Napoleon Bonaparte commanded an army and military system of a scale never before seen in … [Read More...]