The Essential Podcast

The Essential Podcast

Detach from the constant noise of the financial world and focus on what's Essential - family, purpose, and recreation. Tommy discusses financial and life strategies you can use to essentialize your life.


July 14, 2022 20 min

Finding time to experience nature can be one of the greatest pleasures both before and during retirement.  Here is some highlights, tips and inspiration from our time visiting 15 of our great National Parks.

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Recession or Bear Market? 2022 is shaping up to be one of the worst starts ever for the markets.  Here are our thoughts on where we are, what's ahead and 3 really great reasons to Invest anyway.

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October 21, 2021 17 min
Effortless (by Greg McKeown) is the highly anticipated follow up to one of our most favorite books ever - Essentialism.  How does it compare?  Does it live up to the hype?  Check out this essential review.
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Small-business owners spend so much time and energy building their company that they often neglect their personal financial future.  Are you making any of these 5 retirement planning mistakes?

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May 20, 2021 19 min

Financial planning doesn't have to be overwhelming.  On this episode we discuss a simplified framework built with 8 Timeless Investing Insights.  Grab the free eBook:

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March 16, 2021 19 min

After nearly 4 weeks of eliminating the distractions (and convenience) of a Smart Phone, we check in with Matt for an update.

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February 3, 2021 23 min

Here's a great option to eliminate distractions an unplug, starting with your phone.

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December 8, 2020 13 min

The Essential Podcast is 3 years old!  We end the year with a look back at some of our favorite episodes.  Join us for this stroll down memory lane.

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November 11, 2020 26 min

It's time for another book review (or two).  On this episode, we discuss two books that deserve a spot on your reading list.  Grab one to enjoy during this approaching holiday season and get ready for 2021.

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November 3, 2020 20 min

Who wins?  When will we find out?  And how will the markets react?   While our votes should reflect our personal beliefs and preferences, it's important to remember what affects markets in the long run.

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October 20, 2020 19 min

Matt's new hobby is one to consider.  Recreation is Essential and a hobby is a great way to manage stress while having fun.  Here's one anyone can try.

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October 6, 2020 22 min

You need a vacation!  Here is our recommended destination for Fall 2020.  Hint: The mountains are calling...

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September 23, 2020 14 min

The world is noisy, filled with intense distractions and almost endless road blocks to our ability to focus.  With so many things competing for our attention, these 4 tips will help.

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Even though Presidential Elections happen every four years, they often breed uncertainty or anxiety about the financial markets and other investment matters.  How should investors react to what may be a bitter campaign? Should investors fear either party winning the White House?  Is it best to sit on the sidelines until the dust settles?  On a short-term basis, election headlines have the power to move markets and cr...

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August 25, 2020 15 min

Whether spending an evening out by the grill or smoker, or serving a perfect steak cooked indoors, here are 4 essential recipes to finish the Summer strong and kick off your Fall gatherings with delicious ease.

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August 11, 2020 13 min

Here are 4 essential tips to consider before buying your vacation home.

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July 28, 2020 15 min

What else is new for 2020?  A national pet shortage.  True story!  Here are some things to consider when adding a furry friend to your family.

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July 14, 2020 21 min

Tommy talks about traveling during the pandemic and provides tips and insights from a recent road trip that covered 3 states and 5 different hotels.

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June 30, 2020 1 min

Here's a short message from Tommy as you prepare to celebrate the birth of our great country this weekend!

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June 16, 2020 11 min

If you've felt confused or anxious as a result of recent events, here is an action plan you can follow to regain focus, boost confidence and provide a much needed sense of control.  

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