Golden Palace Casino: Boldly Going Where No Online Casino Has Gone Before

Adding to a long list of unusual eBay listings, actor William Shatner (best known as Captain James T. Kirk on television’s Star Trek) sold the kidney stone he passed back in August 2005 to Golden Palace Casino Online Casino. Golden Palace Casino paid $25,000 for the iconic former Captain of the Starship Enterprise’s organ, the funds promptly rerouted to the charity Habitat For Humanity, which helps build houses for low income families.

Golden Palace Casino has, in the internet gambling world at least, become synonymous with the publicity stunt. This is the same online casino that, in August 2005, paid $1,775 for a pierogi (a polish dumpling) bearing the image of Jesus Christ. Upon winning the item, they proudly added it to their growing (and increasingly notorious) collection of modern oddities.

Other cherished artifacts include:

— A Grilled Cheese Sandwich bearing the image of the Virgin Mary ($28,000)

— A 1999 Volkswagen Golf that formerly belonged to Pope Benedict XVI

— Britney Spears’ pregnancy test (yes, used — yuck)

— A metal walking cane that an elderly woman sold in the hopes of convincing her young grandson that his grandfather’s ghost would once and for all leave their house along with it ($65,000).

In early December 2005, the online casino purchased Babe Ruth’s allegedly corked baseball bat from Lelands.com for $103,631. Now, according to Golden Palace Casino CEO Richard Rowe, they intend to saw the bat in half and resolve the long batted-around controversy once and for all.

Golden Palace Casino is even proud holder of the only known property deed to the White House — yes, the actual home of the President of the United States. Won in an auction on eBid.tv in September 2005, this Quitclaim deed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C was also one of the least expensive items the Golden Palace Casino «museum» managed to get its hands on, costing only $43.45.

Golden Palace Casino has even paid to have its name appear in upcoming releases by famous novelists such as Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction writer David Brin (The Postman, the River of Time Anthology) to whom they paid $2,250 for the honor. Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, got $5,471.78 from them for a cameo appearance in his forthcoming novel, The Journey of the Fishes Overland. As with most all of Golden Palace Casino Online Casino’s unique advertising expenditures, all proceeds from this exchange will be donated to charity; in these two cases, it’s the First Amendment Project, a free speech charity.

Amassing an increasingly bizarre collection of modern oddities isn’t the only publicity stunt this online casino is engaged in. Golden Palace Casino:

— Continues to pay out thousands of dollars to individuals to tattoo the Golden Palace Casino logo on various parts of their subjects’ bodies.

— Employs a growing pool of brave and shameless souls to interrupt public sporting events by running naked across the arena with the online casino’s logo and URL emblazoned on their flesh. Folks like Mark Roberts (whose rear end is now more famous than his face could ever have been) have streaked the French and British and US Opens, the World Swimming Championships, the UEFA Cup finals, Ladies’ Day at the Royal Ascot, the World Figure Skating Championship, the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece, Super Bowl XXXVIII, and run with the Bulls in Spain — all in the name of good, wholesome, online casino gambling.

— Sponsored Dennis Rodman’s car in the Bullrun USA 2005, a race that matches the exact route of the Cannonball Run in the 1981 Burt Reynolds movie of the same name.

— Sponsored a rowboat team that attempted a 3,000-mile crossing of the Atlantic.

The crew at Golden Palace Casino certainly knows how to draw attention to themselves. And there’s no argument, they know how to raise money for charity!

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How To Handle Your Nasty Self-Criticism

I’ve received multiple emails from readers sharing what triggers their self-criticism. Self-criticism can be one of the most MASSIVE obstacles to tackle, because it underlies everything.

What you’re telling yourself will determine the way you feel, the behaviors and actions you take and the words you say to others. Your «invisible scripts» shape your experience of your world. They are the paintbrushes on your life canvas (OK, that was slightly cheesy, but you get the point).

The sneaky thing with these invisible scripts is that they are… well, invisible.

Generally, you don’t notice them. They run around in the background of your mind all day long, and occur to you like they’re real.

Your invisible scripts sound like an observation of reality, but they’re actually a biased judgement coming from a part of you that wants to keep you behaving in the same way you always have.

Here’s a few recent comments from readers about their self-criticism or invisible scripts. I’ve bolded the invisible scripts for emphasis. These are the things that these readers are telling themselves and believing that it’s reality:

«If I have one lick of something that I feel is a «bad food» I start to feel I have failed and throw in the towel. I know logically I cannot be perfect, but I use that inability to let a binge take over. It makes no sense.«

«I teach Pilates and actually TRAIN people around health and fitness… and then I can’t even control myself! I come home and somehow start eating, then get so mad at myself for being a weak failure. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.«

«Its like ever since I moved to the US and started having kids, I lost touch with myself or something. I don’t have much time to myself and when the kids finally go to bed I just want to eat. I know that it’s a bad habit but I can’t stop doing it.«

«I will be good for a week and eat healthy and then I just lose it and say hell with it and hate myself. I know better but it doesn’t matter when I am alone and have a weak moment. It would be nice to have one piece of chocolate or something but I can’t do that. Once I start, I don’t stop.«

Most of the time, a part of you knows that what you’re telling yourself probably isn’t ACTUALLY true, but you believe it anyway.

Which makes total sense if part of you is really used to beating yourself up.

Naturally, that part is going to be looking for ways to be right that you’re not good enough, a failure, or whatever it is that you tell yourself when you’re being critical. So when you eat something that one part of you has judged to be «bad», the other part of you will rejoice in victory because it’s RIGHT that you always throw in the towel.

The trick is to notice when that part of you is looking to be right.

When you hear these negative thoughts running in your head, take note. Observe what’s happening. You don’t need to stop the thoughts (or feel doubly bad that you are allowing the negative thoughts to override everything). Just notice them.

You can appreciate that it’s coming from a part of your ego or your «animal brain» that’s just doing its job. As your ego or your «animal brain», it’s #1 priority is to protect you.

It’s trying to keep you in the same patterns because those are trusted, reliable patterns you’ve lived most of your life. It doesn’t want you to do something radically different, like enjoy the pleasure of the food for what it is and NOT beat yourself up over it.

Our minds are funny things.

When you notice this part of you, you can see it for what it is. You don’t have to react to it unless you choose to. If you choose to react to it as you normally would, you’re making a conscious decision. This puts you in the driver’s seat because you’re making a choice rather than reacting on autopilot.

This is very similar to when you have urges to eat when you aren’t physically hungry, or to overeat. The urges are being driven by this same part, the «animal» brain, that’s trying to protect you by comforting you, nurturing and feeding you because—for whatever reason—it feels triggered.

A habitual response to these urges, just like the invisible scripts, is to react and do what you’ve done before. Whether its beating yourself up, calling yourself a failure or eating the entire box of ice cream.

The hard thing to do with cravings or urges to eat is to notice the impulse to react and choose to let it run its course without taking action.

Likewise, the hard thing to do with nasty self-criticism is to notice it, choose to recognize where it’s coming from, thank it for trying to protect you and then let it pass on by.

It’s hard because, in the moment, it feels SO REAL.

And when you’re that triggered, if you’re like me, you don’t want to let it pass. You want to be bitchy, nasty and down on yourself because you think you deserve it.

So here’s a challenge for you this week:

See if you can find the «invisible script» or voice telling you that you’re failing (or you’re weak, or ugly, or whatever your word weapon of choice is). You don’t have to take it seriously. You can just listen to it like you would listen to a little yippy dog at your ankles. You know it’s there, but you don’t have to engage with it unless you choose to.

Notice how often you hear it.

Notice what you’re doing when you hear it.

See if you can zoom out for a moment when you hear it. If this is your «animal brain» telling you this message in order to keep you behaving in a certain way and feeling bad about yourself, it’s not real. It’s a triggered, programmed impulse. Congratulate yourself on being able to recognize it.

Congratulating yourself in the face of nasty self-criticism is the opposite of what you will feel compelled to do. But you’ve got the winning hand: you can’t transform it until you can see it.

When you can see it for what it is, it will lose steam. The more you notice the criticism and choose to not indulge it, the easier it will be to let it pass and put your attention elsewhere.

Can you spot your scripts?

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5 Benefits of a Multi-Generational Advisory Firm and What It Means For You

Many clients of financial advisors share a common concern and fear. Because the process of finding an individual to trust with their money is not something to be taken lightly, this concern can be magnified. Clients wonder what happens to them if their financial advisor retires or unexpectedly dies. This is a legitimate concern. What would happen if your advisor decided to retire to warmer weather and sunnier places? Isn’t that something most people work hard for? Or a worse case scenario, what if your advisor was involved in an accident. As a result they have been deemed physically or mentally incapable of handling your finances. Now what… ?

Is your financial advisory firm prepared to deal with these what if scenarios?

This commonly voiced concern is why advisory firms and the financial industry have begun focusing more on succession planning and multi-generational advisory teams.

If multi-generational has you thinking «Big Deal» or «Who Cares?»… here are 6 benefits of a multi-generational advisory team and what it means for you.

Built In Transition Planning

Life is unpredictable and we cannot predict the future. What we do know is that change and growing older are inevitable. Just as you are working hard to save enough to retire, your financial advisor is doing the same.

Multi-generational advisory firms have a built-in transition plan. These firms are acclimating their newer and younger associates with current clients. They are leveraging the experience and wisdom that the senior advisors have gained to help train and guide newer associates. Newer advisors will gain experience, knowledge and expertise in the field while working with senior partners. This built in transition plan ensures continuity and no disruption of service to the client.

While this won’t happen over night and will require a lot of work, this type of planning is in the client’s best interest. Feeling confident that your advisors have a plan for you and your future should be encouraging and expected. Multi-generational family practices offer an additional dynamic where family life, familiarity and genetics can also contribute to the trust factor.

Experience And Wisdom Meet New Technology And Expanded Communications

As an advisor enters into the industry, there is one valuable thing that all of the studying, textbooks, and exams cannot provide… experience. Experience is undeniably an important attribute when looking at an advisor. This can only be obtained with time and is something every new associate has to go through «on the job». Multi-generational advisory firms are more prepared to alleviate this concern. While they cannot completely eliminate this, aging advisors are able to pass down their experience and wisdom to the next generation of advisors through training and mentorship. This is extremely valuable asset for any new advisor in the field and can play a huge role in their development and client successes.

The veteran advisor also stands to benefit from this relationship. After doing things the same way for a number of years, a fresh new outlook and access to new communication tools will be of tremendous help to the senior advisor and their clients.

Financial planning 30 years ago is not the same as it is today. With technology evolving by the day, the younger advisor can help bridge the gap towards better client service that has continued to evolve over the last 30 years.

Technology. It allows for information to be distributed quickly and efficiently. Next gen advisors are more apt to develop an effective contact management strategy that utilizes modern technology. They are more comfortable with technology which helps implement better client communications.

Couple this with the experience of a veteran advisor and your financial team is better equipped to help you and your family at any stage in life.

Longevity and Continuity

Life expectancies are increasing past age 80. Younger generations are expected to live longer than their predecessors. Because individuals are living longer, they need to build this into their retirement expectations. Americans aren’t saving enough as it is. It is more important than ever to plan accordingly.

With clients of all ages having advisors of different ages becomes even more important. Today many advisors are in their 40’s and 50’s. Let’s say you start to work with an advisor in their 50’s. What will you do if in 10-15 years your advisor decides to retire and you, as most people, need guidance well into your 80’s or 90’s? During those years change is inevitable. From a financial standpoint, change requires the adjusting and readjusting of your financial plan to reflect those changes.

With multi-generational support as you progress through life and all of its challenges, you’ll have someone there throughout to help guide you and should not have the need to search for a new advisor..

Fiduciary Responsibility

All investment advisors have a fiduciary responsibility to act in your best interest.

Having a succession plan in place is part of this responsibility. There should be a plan for how clients will be handled if an advisor retires, dies or is incapable of acting as your financial advisor due to an accident. Some owners plan to sell their business 100% to the highest bidder. Others decide to have a succession plan where a familiar face of the advisory firm steps in to take ownership.

Having an existing and familiar advisor be appointed as an owner prior to being needed is another benefit of a multi-generational advisory firm. Knowing that your advisor has helped trained and trusts the next generation advisor enough to personally recommend them can make the decision to continue the advisory relationship much easier.

As an advisor, I would prefer to train and work hand-in-hand with the advisors that will ultimately become my successor. This way I can screen them in advance to make sure they are familiar with the expectations of my clients and the relationships we have formed. I believe this enhances my clients best interest and multi-generational firms make this possible.

Working With Your Multi-Generational Needs

If you’re currently working with a financial advisor, you understand and see the benefits of financial planning. Most parents who have a financial advisor want their children to do the same. Knowing what they know now, many clients want their children to start sooner than they did. Multi-generational firms’ continuity helps you and your children.

Next gen advisors may be able to relate better with next-gen clients because they are from the same generation. They grew up with the same technology and may even be facing some of the same financial concerns. The advisory relationship may begin with the veteran advisor and evolve naturally to the younger advisors over the years.

In Conclusion:

Whether its you or your children you’re concerned about, figuring out the answer to these «what if» questions is important. There is nothing more stressful than being content and comfortable with your financial advisor and then being forced to find a new one.

Ask your financial advisor these questions and see what his or her response is. If you’re unhappy with the response start doing your research at other advisory teams. Look for an advisory team that has that built in transition plan like multi-generational firms. These firms have planned for your advisory needs now and in the future. They are trying to make sure you are comfortable with the relationships for a long time to come. But remember, the decision is always yours.

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