The Above Board Podcast

The Above Board Podcast

Many of us are seeking ways to create fulfillment and get better throughout our journey in life. From personal finances to personal development, our conversations are infused with honesty, transparency, and a dash of humor. Hosted by John Kennedy, CFP®, Matthew Marcoux, CFP® and TheRichB. © 2024 CandorPath Financial. All Rights Reserved. Securities offered through J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. (JWC) Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through J.W. Cole Advisors, Inc. (JWCA). CandorPath Financial and JWC/JWCA are unaffiliated entities


July 10, 2024 10 mins

In today's episode, John addresses the impact that money stress can have on relationships. He emphasizes the importance of open and constructive financial conversations with your partner, sharing his own personal experiences with financial date nights with his spouse. You'll learn practical steps for setting up your own financial date nights, conversation starters to align your short-term goals, and essential financial tips like bu...

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In this episode of the Above Board Podcast, host John Kennedy welcomes back Patrick Sirmeyer, CEO of Luxus+, to discuss the evolving landscape of remote work. Patrick shares insights on managing a team remotely, the importance of work-life balance, and how his company navigated the transition to a remote-first environment. Join us for a compelling discussion on the benefits and challenges of remote work.  
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Ready to get the inside scoop on all things insurance? Join our amazing Co-Host, John Kennedy, CFP®, on this episode as he approaches this often-overlooked, but super important topic! John doesn’t just talk the talk—he shares personal stories and professional insights that will have you rethinking your approach to insurance. From life insurance basics to comparing term and whole life policies, he’s got the tips and tricks to help y...

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In this episode of the Above Board Podcast, host John Kennedy welcomes back Brian Ahearn, the Chief Influence Officer at Influence People, a keynote speaker, and a Cialdini-certified coach. They discuss ethical persuasion, the science of influence, and Brian’s latest TEDx talk on 'Pre-suasion.' Brian shares personal stories, including the impact of genuine connections, the significance of authenticity, and strategies for internal d...

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June 12, 2024 48 mins

This week, we have a special guest, Sensei Juan Colón, joining us to dive deep into the essentials of martial arts and personal growth.

Sensei Juan began his journey in Shotokan karate in 1991 after experiencing bullying during his elementary school years. Today, he holds a First-degree black belt in Shotokan and a Fourth-degree black belt in American Freestyle Karate. More than just a martial artist, Sensei Juan is a dedicated fam...

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We can all agree that emphasizing the importance of gratitude and maintaining a "glass half full" approach to life is important. In today's episode, John Kennedy shares a recent conversation between he and his wife that helped him to cultivate a more optimistic outlook. Since that time, he has gone to some extreme measures to find ways back to gratitude. This includes limiting access to his cell phone, journaling, and engaging in a...
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Join John Kennedy, CFP®, as he discusses the power of building financial confidence through hard work and momentum. Reflecting on the concept of 'things are caught, not taught,' John shares valuable insights on financial success and generational wealth.

Think of financial confidence like building a muscle—the more you work at it, the stronger it gets. In this episode, John covers:

  • Budgeting Basics: Learn how to track spending a...
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May 15, 2024 29 mins

In this episode of The Above Board podcast, Matthew Marcoux and Mackindsay Herbert debunk common tax myths. Tune in as they share essential tips for individuals and small business owners, covering tax management, IRS interactions, and the importance of planning. From filing taxes for beginners to seeking professional advice, they offer strategies for navigating tax bills and understanding the IRS. Discover how to approach refunds, ...

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On this episode of The Above Board podcast, host John Kennedy shares practical tips on managing worry and stress. Drawing from Tim Ferriss' advice to 'avoid making things worse,' Kennedy emphasizes self-awareness in breaking negative cycles. He explores how past traumas influence our reactions and suggests healthier coping strategies. Tune in for advice on reducing stress and enhancing mental well-being!

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May 1, 2024 43 mins

Join John Kennedy and Rich as they explore the profound concept of 'being the one' within your family and circle. In this engaging episode, they navigate the delicate balance between support and enabling, sharing relatable personal anecdotes along the way. Discover actionable advice on empowering your loved ones responsibly, shifting the focus from meeting wants to fostering genuine growth. From the weight of being everyone's go-to...

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April 24, 2024 11 mins

In this episode of The Above Board podcast, host John Kennedy introduces the concept of managing finances with the same diligence people use for their health through wearables like Apple Watches and Whoop Bands. He draws parallels between health metrics and financial indicators, advocating for the use of financial tracking tools to improve financial literacy and well-being. Kennedy emphasizes the importance of financial education a...

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April 17, 2024 41 mins

In this episode of The Above Board Podcast, John Kennedy and returning guest Rainah Fitzgerald reflect on their 'Gain & Grounded' words for the year. They discuss progress, challenges, and strategies for managing time, saying 'no', and staying balanced amidst life's pressures. Tune in for more insight on how to stay focused on your positive growth

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April 10, 2024 36 mins

On today's podcast, John and Rich discuss the profound impact of kindness, sharing heartfelt stories that highlight the power of empathy and understanding. From navigating social media to humorous anecdotes about kindness gone awry, we celebrate the potential for positive change and invite you to join us in spreading goodness, one small act at a time!

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April 3, 2024 11 mins

Join John Kennedy, CFP® as he delves into the timely topic of "Financial Spring Cleaning" in honor of April's Financial Literacy Month. In this insightful episode, John offers actionable tips on decluttering your finances by reevaluating subscriptions, increasing yields, decluttering belongings, consolidating accounts, and reviewing insurance coverage(s). Tune in to discover how these practical steps can help you shed financial str...

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March 27, 2024 9 mins

In this episode of The Above Board Podcast, John delves into the internal struggles encountered on the path to personal growth and the pitfalls of comparing oneself to others. Drawing from personal experiences, including the challenges faced when founding CandorPath, John discusses the transient nature of negative motivation and emphasizes the importance of setting personal benchmarks. The conversation explores insights from 'The G...

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March 20, 2024 15 mins

Step into the world of mental spring cleaning in this episode! From decluttering physical spaces to embracing self-care and gratitude, we've got it all covered. John Kennedy shares personal anecdotes and practical tips, like digital detoxing and setting boundaries for healthier relationships. Join us for a dose of positivity and reflection, and let's spark some inspiration together!

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March 13, 2024 52 mins

John Kennedy, CFP® & Matthew Marcoux, CFP®, EA, break down the intricacies of tax planning and strategies that can transform your financial future. From decoding the difference between tax evasion and avoidance to uncovering smart tactics for saving on taxes, this conversation is packed with actionable insights. Learn how to maximize your savings with HSAs and IRAs, nail the timing of deductions, and stay ahead of the curve wit...

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Join host John Kennedy on Episode 106 of the Above Board podcast as he sits down with Heidi Schalk, a business strategist and leadership coach with an inspiring story of resilience and success. From navigating divorce as a stay-at-home mom to thriving as an entrepreneur, Heidi shares insights on overcoming fear, tackling limiting beliefs, and the importance of authenticity in the business world. They also discuss self-leadership, s...

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Get ready to supercharge your financial game with John Kennedy, CFP® on this podcast episode! Dive into five game-changing budgeting rules that will revolutionize your approach to financial management. From mastering the art of separating fixed and variable expenses to planning for those unexpected costs that pop up out of nowhere. Join us as we embark on a journey of financial empowerment, simplifying the budgeting process and red...

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February 21, 2024 10 mins

Join John Kennedy as he explores the transformative concept of "healthy selfishness." Discover how prioritizing your well-being doesn't mean neglecting others; it's about setting boundaries and embracing self-care without sacrificing personal connections.  Through personal anecdotes and reflections, John shares his journey of learning to prioritize self-care and happiness while still considering others.  From redefining success to ...

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