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This episode is brought to you by ISCAR with New Ideas for Machining Intelligently.

“Jumpstart Your Future” by Ben Lampron, VP for Metro Mold & Design—Consumer & Industrial of Rogers, Minnesota, is a book that I believe not only has value to our next-generation of moldmaking professionals but also to our seasoned professionals, management, leadership and ownership who can use this book as a tool to both attract and retain that next generation. This book is about offering more to a young employee by focusing on the whole person.

Ben takes a simple approach to complicated topics, so our next generation of professionals can easily grasp and follow through on making a plan for both career management and life outside of work. He uses his life lessons to address strategies for personal happiness and well-being, the dollars and sense of personal finance and career management.

Here are some of my takeaways and tidbits to pique your interest in listening to whole Chat.

  • Between 18 and 30 are mission-critical years.
  • “For me, it’s all about keeping score.”
  • Ben wanted to be a teacher, was a boxer, and is still a coach—all these roles are part of his story and helped him write the book.
  • Keep concepts with a lot of meaning
  • “Make a deal with yourself”
  • The “theory of the power of starting strong”
  • Use your “anchors”
  • Identify career opportunities within companies that possess “ethical leadership”.
  • “Do the hardest thing first thing in the morning” approach to your workday.
  • “Stoppers”
  • The basic table stakes of immediate success are put in time right away, be best at whatever you do, work until the job is done, don’t job hop.
  • “Cross-train your brain”
  • “Family first then work comes second (from time to time, you might have to ask your friends or family for forgiveness and forgo a personal event in order to satisfy a key work issue).
  • Personal finance is all about discipline and data.
  • Budget within your means … contrary to society today
  • Six months of expenses
  • Put away as your emergency fund
  • The Big 3 Qs: What is my cash flow situation? What does my total spending look like? What is my overall net worth?
  • Dollar-cost averaging
  • Set it and forget it
  • Sum up The Rest Easy Investment
  • Strategy is a seven-step methodology that I’ve fine-tuned and used over the last 25 years.
  • Finding your happy place (visiting 153 Ballparks)
  • Overcoming the Sunday night blues
  • The 6-Month Rule
  • Value of listening

This episode is brought to you by ISCAR with New Ideas for Machining Intelligently.

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