4 roadblocks you can overcome for your first million dollars

first_imgLearn and understand how money worksby: Brandon Turner, EntrepreneurRelaxing vacations on the French Riviera, huge donations to your favorite charity and an early retirement. These are the kinds of things people think of when they hear the word “millionaire.”It’s unlikely you’ll ever experience that. Sorry.Unless, of course, you can overcome the following four roadblocks stopping you from achieving millionaire status. Each roadblock below also offers an “immediate action step” to help you overcome the things holding you back. Let’s get started.1. You don’t understand how money works.Money is not a complicated topic, but still, few seem to really understand how it works. Do you? Sure, you can blame the school system or your parents, but the responsibility is still on you to figure out how money is made, how it is held, how it is invested and how it is preserved. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Shooting shift carries Wisconsin over Indiana, 69-58

first_imgWisconsin is a scary team when it shoots well. The Badgers are also a scary team when they shoot poorly. It’s just a different type of scary, one the Badgers can’t prefer.That polarization was on full force at the Kohl Center, defining the two halves of basketball between Wisconsin and Indiana Tuesday night. It wound up being strong enough in the Badgers’ favor during the second half to lead Wisconsin in its 69-58 victory over the Hoosiers.In doing so, it was another rendition displaying just how the Badgers (23-5, 10-5) win games at this point in the season. For Wisconsin, with an improved defense from the doldrums that garnered five losses in six games, winning games in February seems to depend almost directly on the Badgers’ shooting tendencies.Although it ended well for UW, it didn’t begin pretty. That ugly pole of horror was on display for the first 20 minutes as Wisconsin netted just 19 points — trailing Indiana’s 29 — on seven buckets for a first half rate of just 25.9 percent.The frustration could have prompted a furious Bo Ryan in the locker room, with his team down 10 to the unranked, struggling Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9).“The halftime talk had nothing to do with threats, violence, none of that,” Ryan said. “It was, ‘We know what we can do, we’ve just gotta do it.’”They did, and then some.With their most prevalent three-point shooter Ben Brust continuing to struggle in the first half, it was almost too perfect that his spark lit the fire under the lifeless Badgers.After missing all four attempts from beyond the arc in the first half, a trend of Brust bricks had swelled. Wisconsin’s sniper had made just one of his last 17 tries from distance over his last five halves of basketball.But then he made one.“I knew it was only a matter of time,” Brust said. “I knew it was going to start, so I was just like, ‘Can it just start now?’”Just 45 seconds after he hit the first one, Brust squared away and connected on another. Thoughts of that scoreless first half were far from the Kohl Center.No more than two-and-a-half minutes passed by before Brust hit his third triple of the second half. This one put Wisconsin up 41-38, a lead it would never surrender, largely because its shooting took off even stronger.“It was definitely good to get a couple to go down,” Brust said. “I think it ignited this team and just trickled down to everyone else … It just kind of got us going and opened things up.”Following Brust’s triad of triples, Wisconsin made six of its next nine shots, extending its lead to its highest point at 58-43, and just about everyone got involved.Sam Dekker and Bronson Koenig found a few layups before Josh Gasser and Traevon Jackson found three pointers. In sum, Wisconsin shot nearly 62 percent in the second half — going 13-for-21 from the field. After just a 1-for-10 performance from beyond the arc in the putrid first half, the Badgers made six of 11 threes in the final 20 minutes.When a team is clicking like the Badgers were in that second half, pressure was sure to increase for the visiting Hoosiers. An array of Badgers’ buckets can seemingly tighten the rim on the opposite end of the floor as Indiana tried to keep pace.Then as they rushed to get stops on the defensive end, Wisconsin’s end of the floor seemed a little more wide open each time. Their shooting percentage justly followed suit.“A lot of times you’re getting ready for one or two guys to be very good passers. Their whole team is,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “The bottom line is: They got some good looks because we were in rotation a little bit.“They got hot. The basket started looking pretty big for them.”Coupled with a defense that didn’t allow a single 30-point half — which they did twice when in losing fashion during the January game in Bloomington, Ind. — Wisconsin’s hot shooting now seems good enough to take them wherever they please.“When the ball goes through the hoop, it makes a lot of things easier,” Dekker said. “People think it’s some crazy magic that happened, but no. We made shots and made some plays … we just ran our plays and it worked.”last_img read more

Heisler: Walton was Laker choice all along and they were his

first_imgThis column was originally about my favorites in the Laker coaching search among Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina, David Blatt, John Calipari, Jay Wright, Red Auerbach, Adolph Rupp and everyone else whose name was thrown into it: 1) Luke, 2) Luke, and 3) Luke.Within hours of sending it to the office, the Lakers hired Luke.• RELATED: Lakers believe Luke Walton will relate to young players well This is about his fit over the l-o-n-g haul that rebuilding will require: Luke with the team he played eight seasons for; with Jerry Buss’s Showtime philosophy; with Jeanie Buss’ yearning to recreate her father’s vision … and with Phil Jackson who could be running the Lakers in a year.In this specialized era, choosing a coach means choosing a style of play … and the Lakers weren’t doing so well at it.As opposed to knowing who and what they were — a franchise built on a crowd-pleasing, high-scoring offense — the Lakers did what everyone else does, alternating between the coaching styles they had just had and no longer wanted.If they fired a defensive coach like Mike Brown, they hired an offensive one like Mike D’Antoni.If they replaced an outsider like D’Antoni, they hired Byron Scott who was Laker Family.It’s not like they never adapted. Jackson’s triangle wasn’t Showtime but it was OK with Jerry Buss if Phil could win him five titles.There was less comfort if defensive coaches like Brown, Scott — or Tom Thibodeau, who was considered at midseason — didn’t win titles or make the playoffs.Walton fits across the board. He’s Laker Family. He’ll bring Golden State’s Showtime-on-rocket-fuel offense. He gives the Lakers, who were scorned for appearing antiquated, a modern face.• RELATED: Hiring Luke Walton is Lakers’ best move in yearsThis was such a natural you could see it coming months ago. You could see this day coming months ago. I wrote my first column on Scott leaving and Walton coming in January.The fact that it just happened within days suggests that Walton was the Lakers’ choice, and they were his, all along.Laker GM Mitch Kupchak is close with Warriors GM Bob Myers, who was a Santa Monica-based agent before Golden State hired him.Jerry West, Mr. Laker, is now a Warrior consultant while his son, Ryan, is the Laker player personnel director.The Lakers are thought to have asked the Warriors unofficially if Luke would be available and interested, and gotten a “yes” on both counts.“If the Laker didn’t do that,” says a league source, “they weren’t doing their job.”That may explain the timing of Scott’s firing, in what was then a surprise move.As for Jackson, who could be Walton’s future boss, Phil has called Luke “my surrogate son.”Jeanie Buss has overall charge but isn’t a basketball person–and knows it. She will surely bring Jackson, her fiance, back next summer if he’s available with an out in his Knick contract.Jeanie just told FoxSports Radio that before Phil took the Knick job, she asked her brothers and sisters, all co-owners, if she could hire him “because it would make me better at my job….“My brother (Jim) made it clear that he and Mitch didn’t need another voice in the front office.”Of course, Jeanie has plans for Jim, who vowed off-handedly to step down if the team wasn’t back “in two or three years.”Jeanie has said — often — that means making the West Finals next season, or else, which would be another happy day for Laker fans.Irony alert: Kerr says he copped the Golden State offense from D’Antoni’s Phoenix offense.Unfortunately for the Lakers, D’Antoni couldn’t have fit worse: chosen over Jackson, with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash going down annually and two bigs, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, who didn’t work in his offense but would have been great for Jackson’s triangle.Now the fit couldn’t be better. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson will get to show what they can do in a wide-open offense without Kobe under a popular Laker Family coach.You’ve got to start somewhere, however belatedly.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. What can I say about it but … couldn’t you guys have held off a couple days so I didn’t have to rewrite?So this just turned into a column about what the hiring means.No, happy days aren’t here again in Lakerdom.I wasn’t pro-Luke because he went 39-4 with the Warriors while Steve Kerr was out.If that made Walton a hotter-than-hot prospect, the Lakers can use the sizzle but it’s not about miracle turnarounds. After 43 games with the Lakers, Luke’s likelier to be 4-39 than 39-4.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more