Ep. 40: Overcoming Obstacles with Duncan Campbell

On today’s episode of the Wealth Confidant, I sit down with Duncan Campbell, a successful businessman turned philanthropist who was born to two alcoholic parents and grew up on welfare. At the age of nine, Duncan made a conscious decision to not be like his parents when he grew up. This became the catalyst for his later success.

Campbell graduated from high school, paid his way through college and went on to become a certified public accountant. He quickly realized he didn’t enjoy being a CPA and searched for ways to start his own business. Many of Duncan’s clients were in the forest industry, and as they were suffering from a relatively low return on investment from their crops, Campbell saw an opportunity. Creating one of the first forest and nature resource investment firms in 1983, Campbell monetized timberland by managing it for large institutional investors. His firm, Campbell Global, is responsible for more than 3.1 million acres of land worldwide.

After Duncan sold his company in the 90’s, he decided to use a large portion of his new found wealth to start Friends of the Children, an organization provides paid mentors to at-risk children. Mentors, or friends, are paid professionals who develop relationships with inner-city kindergarteners or first-graders and maintain contact with the children through high school.

If you’d like to find out more about Friends of the Children and the work that Duncan and his team are doing, check out their website: friendsofthechildren.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn @friendsnational.

Hope you enjoy my conversation with Duncan Campbell. Thank you for tuning in!

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Ep. 39: The Keys to Entrepreneurial Success with Martina Welkhoff

I find myself drawn to people who are on a mission to change the game, & challenge old ways of thinking.

Martina Welkhoff is one of those people. Martina is a serial entrepreneur who’s entrepreneurial journey has resulted in many successful businesses ventures, including Zealyst & ConveneVR.

Now, Martina is broadening her contribution and leverage as the co-founder of WXR Fund.

WXR is a venture fund investing in women-led startups building the technologies that will be foundational to the future of computing: virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain. WXR also provides community infrastructure to support women leaders in emerging tech. The investment thesis is rooted in both social and economic impact: WXR aims to help build a more inclusive industry from the ground up as well as leverage the unique economic opportunity that current demographic imbalances create.

You can learn more about Martina and WXR by visiting their website: www.wxrfund.com and following them on social media at the handle @wxrfund.

During this episode, Martina and I discuss:

  • Her hopes for gender equality and her hopes for where she sees the industry going.

  • What she looks for in founders, when making investment decisions for her fund.

  • As well as, other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to create a truly wealthy life.

Thanks for tuning into my conversation with Martina. I hope her story inspires you on your own journey of self discovery. Remember, anything is possible, now go live fully!

Ep. 38: Wealth Creator Moment - The Importance of Thank You

Today I want to talk about the power of thank you. 

Instead of focusing on the person that receives the thank you, I want to focus on the person saying thank you. 

As many of you know, I have my very first book being published in March of 2019. I'm super excited about it. It's been an incredible journey of writing a lot of what I believe in about living fully.

My book is called: The Wealth Creator's Playbook, and it's a guide to maximizing your return on life and your money. 

The main focus of the book is that we all have these incredible gifts and typically we live so much smaller and experience such a reduced level of return on our life than we were created for.

My hope is to inspire people to step into a much bigger life - one that really takes the blessings and the gifts we have and turn that into a life of meaning and purpose. This is where joy is and where we can find a much higher sense of purpose.

So I’ve realized as I'm getting closer to the publication date next year, there's lots of things that have to happen. 

I've hired a publicist and a social media team to help me promote the book - this is a brand new world for me. 

The other day I was sitting at my desk thinking, "You know, isn't it incredible that I'm at this place?” I came to the realization that there is no way I could have gotten to where I am, without a handful of people that really helped me get to where I am right now.

I decided to send them a note with a small gift of appreciation, just to say thank you.

It’s way too easy to take where we are in life, our position in life, and make it all about ourselves.  Sure, I’ve invested a ton of time and other resources into this project, but had I not had the support, and in many cases, the introductions, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

For me to realize that and to truly be, have gratitude and to say thank you for that, is more important for me, because what I learned is that I need people. I need people to help me, and we all do. We aren't where we are because of our own efforts. Sure we put in time and energy, that has to occur. We also get the help and support, mentorship, friendship, guidance and introductions to get where we are. 

What would it look for you to just take a few minutes to say thanks? 

I hope this encourages you today to look at the people in your life who you maybe should thank. Maybe you're sitting in a position right now where you've never told the people that helped you get to where you are, "thank you." I hope this is some inspiration for you today.

Now go live fully!

Ep. 37: Strategies to Maximize Your Giving with Tony Mestres, CEO of Seattle Foundation

Ep. 37: Strategies to Maximize Your Giving with Tony Mestres, CEO of Seattle Foundation

Did you know - people in our richest zip codes have a life expectancy that is 14 years longer than those in our poorest zip codes?

Seattle Foundation’s goal is to do something about this disparity and translate their clients’ passions, goals, and experience into a philanthropic plan that gives them the opportunity to maximize the impact of their wealth.

Ep. 35: Wealth Creator Moment: How to Improve Your Relationship With Money

Ep. 35: Wealth Creator Moment: How to Improve Your Relationship With Money

My goal is to help wealth creators become more conscious of their emotional responses to money, especially given their particular money history and how it plays out in their current relationship to money and wealth.

That is why I created the The Money EQ Assessment. This assessment provides a framework for understanding how and why you are feeling the way you do, and assurance that your feelings about wealth are normal. Examining where you fit within the four areas of Money EQ can open pathways to understanding and begin a healthier emotional relationship with money.

Ep. 32: Wealth Creator Moment: How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety

Ep. 32: Wealth Creator Moment: How to Deal With Stress and Anxiety

I'm just coming through just an incredibly intense period in my work life, namely because I have been working on completing my book manuscript by the end of August. It's been an all-consuming, emotional project that involved all of me. I'm proud of the work I've completed, but it didn't come without a ton of stress and anxiety. I tend to take on a lot at one time and try to do it all.

Ep. 29: How to Dream and Do with Reetu Gupta, Founder of CirkledIn

Ep. 29: How to Dream and Do with Reetu Gupta, Founder of CirkledIn

Reetu Gupta is a Dreamer... and a Doer.

Reetu is living the American dream. She grew up in a tiny town in northern India, and against all odds, she struggled her way to an education and a job at a software company. Later, a job offer from AT&T Wireless led to her immigrating to the United States in the late 90’s. Arriving with two suitcases and $2,000 in hand, she marched boldly into the land of opportunity, starting as a principal software engineer, and climbing the corporate ladder at Honeywell. Reetu has also authored several user interface patents in aerospace cockpit technology.

Ep. 28: Wealth Creator Moment: Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Ep. 28: Wealth Creator Moment: Overcoming the Fear of Failure

Over the last five years, my calling has been evolving into a more refined version of something in the money & life space - an opportunity to share what I've learned in my career through my observations of wealth creators and the issues they face around money & life.

I felt that writing a book was part of the journey, so I decided to hire an editor to help me develop a book proposal.