Let's Make Work Optional (formerly Mission: Work Optional)

#53 - Cannibas rising...up in smoke?

An episode of Let's Make Work Optional (formerly Mission: Work Optional)

By Bryan Sarff
Making Work Optional is what life is about. We provide strategies, resources, and insights to help you aspire to make this dream a reality!
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#61 - Now We Have To Talk About The Thing We Don't Want To Talk About....
In this episode, we talk and address the exact thing we never want to talk about....death.  Bryan Sarff introduces you to Parker Amos from Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee, Kansas.  Bryan and Parker discuss the "what to knows" and the "how to's" in preparing a funeral for you or a loved one.  Parker also talks about the increasing popularity of cremation in this episode of Let's Make Work Optional.
22:13
September 17, 2019
#60 - You've Been Sued...Now What?
You've been sued now what happens?  if you don't have asset protection strategies in place. You could be a sitting duck for lawsuits.  Bryan Sarff visits with Matt Geiger, one of the best Business Trial Attorneys in Kansas City about what to do and the process you'll follow if you get sued on this episode of Let's Make Work Optional. Reference material provided by AES Nation and VFO Inner Circle.
28:24
September 10, 2019
#59 - Your Employee Benefits Program with Melissa Windon from Hub International.
What are the questions you need to ask to make sure your Employee Benefits Plan is up to snuff?  What options are in the market that best fit your hard working employees?  Learn all about them as Bryan Sarff visits with rockstar Benefits and Risk Consultant, Melissa Windon from Hub International on Let's Make Work Optional.
23:34
September 3, 2019
#58 - Smart Ways to Invest in Yourself with business coach, Shawn Kinkade.
In this episode of Let's Make Work Optional, we explore the link between personal development and success...in business and in life.  Bryan Sarff talks with business coach, Shawn Kinkade from Aspire KC in Overland Park.  Find out how to focus on yourself and generate real results by taking steps that will help you improve in meaningful ways and truly live your own best life. Reference material provided by AES Nation and VFO Inner Circle.
26:31
August 27, 2019
#57 - Investing In Turbulent Times
These turbulent times of the Stock Market can be nerve-wracking!  With tariffs, trade wars and the ups and downs of the markets, how do you keep a level head and navigate these crazy waters? Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss how to do exactly that on this episode of Let's Make Work Optional.
16:06
August 20, 2019
#56 - Elite Wealth Planning....What Is It And Why It Matters
In this episode of Let's Make Work Optional, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss the in's and out's of what the uber rich do for wealth planning.  This includes a focus on taxes, asset protection, charitable giving, lifestyle management and the human element.  All of these services are available through True Wealth & Company and our network of strategic partners. Reference material courtesy of VFO Inner Circle Special Report (March 2019) by Russ Allen Prince and John Bowen.  Source data courtesy of AES Nation and CEG Worldwide.
16:55
August 13, 2019
#55 - Sudden Wealth: What To Do If You Strike It Rich
In this new episode of "Let's Make Work Optional", Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss the steps you should follow if you strike it rich...whether it's from someone leaving you a lot of money to winning the lottery! They outline what happens if a big windfall takes a toll on existing relationships, what excessive spending and bad decisions do to erode wealth and how to assess your situation early with professionals so you make smart decisions about your sudden wealth. Reference material from VFO Inner Circle Special Report by Russ Allen Prince and John Bowen.  CEG Worldwide and AES Nation.
22:09
August 6, 2019
#54 - Want To Work Smarter, Not Harder?
We have updated our podcasts to "Let's Make Work Optional" ! In this podcast, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss reclaiming some of your time and energy so you can focus on what truly matters to you.  They outline the three action steps that will make you more effective and efficient...helping you get better results in less time. Reference materials from VFO Inner Circle Special Report by Russ Allan Prince and John Bowen.  Courtesy of AES Nation and CEG Worldwide.
22:09
July 30, 2019
#53 - Cannibas rising...up in smoke?
A big buzz topic today is the legalization of marijuana.  Many states are legalizing it.  So should you invest in cannibas?  How much money is there to be made in this industry?  Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen take an in-depth look at this emerging industry and whether or not you should invest in it. Reference material from: Visual Capitalist.com, Insights.com (Yale University), Barron's, Get Smarter About Money
31:02
July 23, 2019
#52 - Three Money Mistakes the Super Rich DON'T Make!
Sometimes the best offense is a great defense!  And the fewer mistakes you make with your money, the better off you may ultimately be. Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen check out three financial fouls that the super rich go out of their way to avoid!  It could help you hold on to more of your money too....on Mission Work Optional. Reference material from CEG Worldwide and AES Nation.
18:51
July 16, 2019
#51 - Winning a Family Business Civil War
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss a topic that no one wants to go through....co-owners of a family business can, and often do, go to battle over control of their company.  While nobody wants a civil war, it makes sense to know how to fight and win if you fine yourself involved in one.
18:49
July 9, 2019
#50 - The Power of Adopting a Reciprocity Mindset.
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen look at highly successful and affluent people because they understand that if they help others address their problems, they'll be on the receiving end of favors from the people they helped.  It's called the Law of Reciprocity, and it can be a hugely helpful tool in getting what you want in business and in life. Reference materials from CEG Worldwide and AES Nation (part of the Billionaire Intellegence Series) "The Power of Adopting a Reciprocity Mindset".
13:16
July 2, 2019
#49 - Adding pets to your Will & Trust.
Here's something you might not have thought of....adding pets to your Will & Trust!  Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss in intricacies of adding your dog, cat, bird or horse (and more) to your estate.  They discuss the specifics of what you need to know, what you need to do and how to execute adding them into your estate.
22:06
June 25, 2019
#48 - How living longer affects your portfolio.
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen talk about the best thing you can be invested in for the long haul....the Stock Market!  Plus how living longer affects your portfolio and why the Stock Market is the best way to generate and sustain wealth.
25:06
June 18, 2019
#47 - Interview with Tim Kay and Jeff Sullivan from Academy Bank.
Bryan Sarff hosts the Grill Nation Show on 980 KMBZ radio!  Bryan talks with Jeff Sullivan, the head of retail banking at Academy Bank and Tim Kay, the Senior Vice President of Residential Mortgage Lending at Academy Bank. Learn how Academy Bank works with commercial and residential customers to finance businesses and homes!  Tim and Jeff also discuss how banking has changed over the years and how the bank makes it easy for people to have a personal account there along with their home or business loan.
43:45
June 11, 2019
#46 - What is a NUA and what does it have to do with LSD?
No...it's not time to turn on the psychedelic music and get out your Janis Joplin albums, the LDS we're talking about is a "Lump Sum Distribution".  And a NUA is not a term from the '60's either.  It's "Net Unrealized Appreciation".  Learn how to take advantage of these two items and tilt the retirement scales in your favor on this episode of Mission Work Optional.
20:35
June 4, 2019
#45 - The 3 phases of retirement and how to be truly happy in retirement!
Brian Paulsen interviews Steve Garrett, Disc Jockey from 101 The Fox and the PA Announcer for the Kansas City Mavericks hockey team.  Brian goes through the three phases of retirement and talks about the ways to be truly happy in retirement and cross off all items on your bucket list.
19:35
May 28, 2019
#44 - Seeking Success!
If you're a business owner, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen outline the key elements necessary for your business success.  They will take you through a step-by-step process to help insure your business runs smoothly and successfully.
19:29
May 21, 2019
#43 - SPECIAL EDITION - Mission Work Optional....Trade Wars
Now you can listen to the letter sent to the True Wealth & Company family!  Bryan Sarff gives the True Wealth view of the trade war between the United States and China.  He talks about the effect it has on the stock market and how we are managing your money during this trade war.
07:24
May 14, 2019
#42 - Meet Vince O'Halloran from American Family Insurance - Business Man Extraordinaire!
Bryan Sarff and Jason Grill interview American Family Insurance agent Vince O'Halloran.  Vince talks about his journey as a business owner, how he runs his office, chooses his employees and how he creates a positive work culture and environment.  Vince also worked with a business coach, which helped immensely....he talks about that experience and how it helped him shape his business acumen and his employees. It's a great personal story and a terrific business story as well.  Enjoy Mission Work Optional from the Grill Nation Show on 980AM KMBZ.
43:24
May 14, 2019
#41 - How to retire "well".
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss a topic that all retirees want to know about....how do you retire "well".  What does that mean?  It's a checklist for people on the fringe of retirement....what are some of the steps you need to go through so you "get it right" the first time! Bryan and Brian talk about the emotional stress of retirement, the mental approach of retirement and insuring you are happy in retirement.  Get the retirement checklist at GetStarted@RetireWithTrue.com.
18:03
May 7, 2019
#40 - Stocks....The Great Wealth Protector!
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss stocks and how they provide protection and preservation for your wealth.  They also tell you why stocks help grow and increase your wealth! This episode is a very tell-tale episode.  Learn how to reprogram your thinking when it comes to stocks and the stock market itself!  You'll look at the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 in a whole new light after listening to Mission #40 of Mission Work Optional!
16:23
April 30, 2019
#39 - Building a Moat Around Your Financial Fortress
What does "building a moat around your financial fortress mean?  Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen look at now that you've built your wealth, how do you protect it?  They will explain Wills and Trusts.  You will hear about scenarios that you might not have considered when it comes to your wealth and financial legacy.  Hear how to insure your money outlives you and to make sure there is no question as to what you want to have happen to your wealth once you're gone. Make sure you tune into this new episode of Mission Work Optional.....It's another one of those "must listen to" episodes.
22:58
April 23, 2019
#38 - Learn more about dementia with Dr. Maritza Buenaver.
This is a VERY important mission!  Bryan Sarff talks about dementia with Dr. Maritza Buenaver.  If you have a loved one, whether it be a parent or significant other, learn about the signs of dementia and how to deal with them.   Dr. Buenaver will guide you through coping mechanisms, how to best help that person and how to make them as comfortable as possible. Bryan Sarff will also give you ideas and tips on how to protect their estate and what you can do to insure their legacy remains intact.  Be sure to take the time to listen to this episode and pass it along to friend and other family members.
49:54
April 16, 2019
#37 - Interview with Kansas City artist, Mike Savage
This mission is definitely a fun one to listen to!  Bryan Sarff is on KMBZ with Jason Grill for the Grill Nation Show.  Bryan and Jason interview Kansas City artist and KU grad, Mike Savage.  Savage grew up in Strawberry Hill right here in Kansas City!  Hear his story, discover his unique approach to art and Kansas City, and learn why he is so popular, not only in town, but across the USA.
42:20
April 9, 2019
#36 - Maslow's 7 Steps To Business Success
In this episode of Mission: Work Optional, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen outline the steps business owners need to do in order to create a successful business and business plan.  This episode also details things to help create a positive work atmosphere and environment, how to retain key employees and the value added extras that employees want that makes them happy at work and helps them strive to do more and be better. For further insight into this topic, please also listen to Episode #32 - "Making Smarter Goals" as well.
28:26
April 2, 2019
#35 - Don't Bite The Apple!
Bryan Sarff and Bryan Paulsen talk about temptation in this episode!  The guys talk about Adam and Eve and temptation.  But this temptation is about thinking you can beat the Stock Market by listening to the TV or your neighbors. Bryan and Brian talk about consistency of investing and resisting temptation.....just like Adam and Eve should have done!  It's a great episode of Mission: Work Optional....happy Springtime!  
17:58
March 26, 2019
#34 - Making Smarter Goals!
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen are back in studio to discuss setting smarter goals for yourself and your business.  It's all based upon Michael Hyatt's system from MichaelHyatt.com. Plus, Bryan and Brian will also tell how how to set important personal or business goals so you almost NEVER miss them!  You don't want to miss this important tidbit of information....
23:40
March 20, 2019
#33 - "Best Of" with David Voorhees
David Voorhees is the Director of Human Resources for Informa in Overland Park, Kansas.  Bryan Sarff sits down with David to discuss Human Resources in today's work environment and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A's).  This podcast is  "must listen-to" for business owners!
31:42
March 19, 2019
#32 - Dr. Troy Burns and a new approach to healthcare.
This mission is a replay from Grill Nation on KMBZ radio from Saturday, March 9th.  In this episode, Bryan Sarff and Grill Nation host, Jason Grill, speak to Dr. Troy Burns.  Dr. Burns and his practice take a much different approach to healthcare.  It's a very non-traditional approach and will give you an alternative to standard healthcare in the U.S.!
44:03
March 12, 2019
#31 - Grill Nation Show with Tom Sullivan.
Mission #31 is a rebroadcast of the Grill Nation Show from KMBZ Radio.  Bryan Sarff co-hosts the show once a month with Jason Grill.  The special guest is Tom Sullivan, Attorney, from Sullivan Estate Law.  Tom is an outstanding attorney.  If you need a Will or Trust drawn up or Estate Planning, Tom Sullivan is the strategic partner that is highly recommended by True Wealth & Company!
43:56
February 26, 2019
#30 - Spock vs. Homer
This is a VERY interesting mission!  When it comes to investing, do you invest like Spock (from Star Trek) or like Homer Simpson?  You're probably saying, "What does that mean?"  Find out about investing like Spock or Homer Simpson in the latest episode of Mission: Work Optional !!!!
10:34
February 19, 2019
#29 - Living Within Your Percentages
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen outline the best ways to save money and how to maximize your savings by taking advantage of Roth IRA's, 401k's and much more.
23:09
February 12, 2019
#28 - Interview with David Voorhees
David Voorhees is the Director of Human Resources for Informa in Overland Park, Kansas.  Bryan Sarff sits down with David to discuss Human Resources in today's work environment and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A's).  This podcast is  "must listen-to" for business owners!
31:05
February 5, 2019
#27 - Is the Government Shutdown Affecting My Portfolio?
Mission #27 discusses the current Government Shutdown and how it is or is not affecting your portfolio along with the Stock Market.  Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen engage in a very interesting conversation that covers this as well as looks back on what has or has not affected the Stock Market previous.
25:03
January 29, 2019
#26 - Our 2019 Outlook
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss 2018 as well as the bright and optimistic outlook for 2019 in this episode of Mission: Work Optional.
26:43
January 22, 2019
#25 - Grill Nation - An interview with Bryan Sarff
We start 2019 on the Grill Nation Show with Jason Grill interviewing Bryan Sarff of True Wealth & Company.  Usually, Bryan brings in a special guest.  But in this episode, Jason talks with Bryan about True Wealth & Company, the company's philosophy and strategies for helping "successful people make work optional" !!!
47:40
January 15, 2019
#24 - "Best Of" with JJ Mirabile from Jasper's Restaurant
Happy 2019!  We wanted to start off the new year with one of our best interviews of 2018.  This episode is with the Grill Nation Show on KMBZ Radio.  Bryan Sarff and Jason Grill interview JJ Mirabile, owner of Jasper's Restaurant in Kansas City.
48:23
January 8, 2019
#23 - How to Become a Millinionaire-Living Within Your Percentages!
This is an absolutely outstanding episode for any parents with children that are Millennials. Or, if you're a Millennial, you've GOT to hear this episode of Mission: Work Optional. True Wealth & Company has the formula to help make you a millionaire AND retire early!
24:43
January 1, 2019
#22 - Christmas!
This is a terrific holiday story as told by Bryan Sarff. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all.
04:43
December 25, 2018
#21 - Interview with Chris Kuehl
Bryan Sarff interviews Economist Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. It's a fascinating conversation from a lecture that Chris gives entitled "Finding the Black Cloud under the Silver Lining".
43:10
December 18, 2018
#20 - Grill Nation - Interview with Gregg Amos
This episode is a rebroadcast of the Grill Nation Show from Saturday, December 8th on KMBZ Radio. Bryan Sarff and Jason Grill interview Gregg Amos from Amos Family Funeral Home. It's an interesting look into building a strong family business and growing that business in his hometown of Shawnee, Kansas.
43:37
December 11, 2018
#19 - Business Owner's Blueprint (Part 2 of 2)
In this episode of Misson-Work Optional, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen complete the Business Owner's Blueprint discussion by focusing on taxes, saving and investing. This mission is a "must listen to" for every business owner!
25:20
December 4, 2018
#18 - Business Owner's Blueprint (Part 1 or 2)
In this episode, Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen outline a blueprint for successful business owners. There are 7 pillars to be discussed in this Part 1 of a 2-part discussion topic.
26:52
November 27, 2018
#17 - The 7 Ways to Reduce Your 2018 Taxes....NOW!
Even though it's the middle of November, there are still things you can do now to reduce this year's taxes. Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen take a look at those 7 things that will help you reduce your 2018 taxes before the end of this year.
20:42
November 20, 2018
#16 - Grill Nation - Interview with Lamar Hunt, Jr.
Don't miss this episode!!! Bryan Sarff co-hosts Grill Nation with Jason Grill on KMBZ radio. This episode aired on Saturday, November 10 at 4pm. Bryan and Jason interview Lamar Hunt, Jr. in this very special re-broadcast.
48:01
November 13, 2018
#15 - A View into the Future of the U.S. Economy.
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen take a look at the U.S. economy. Find out what really fuels it and where it's headed on this episode of Mission: Work Optional !!!
25:44
November 6, 2018
#14 - Our Proprietary Process
Bryan Sarff and Brian Paulsen discuss and explain our written proprietary process called the LifeMap FORMula which helps lead you to a work-optional lifestyle and how you can achieve it.
30:47
October 30, 2018
#13 - The 11 Most Irreversible IRA Mistakes, Part 4
In this episode, we cover item's #7, 8 and 9 in the 11 most irreversible IRA mistakes. This is episode 4 out of 5!
30:16
October 23, 2018
#12 - Interview with Mr. Robin Roberts
Entrepreneur Insight: Listen to this very interesting interview with Mr. Robin Roberts, CEO of Central Power Systems & Services in Liberty, MO. Learn about their business and see what Robin feels is a growth industry for his company.
34:40
October 16, 2018
#11 - Grill Nation - Interview with Attorney Pascale Henn
This is a special encore presentation of Mission: Work Optional! It's a replay of the Grill Nation Show hosted by Jason Grill and True Wealth's Bryan Sarff. The special guest is Business Attorney Pascale Henn, one of the premier female business attorneys in Kansas City. This originally aired on 980 KMBZ on October 6th, 2018.
45:19
October 9, 2018
#10 - Shredding the Narrative
With all the negativity in the media surrounding politics, we thought it would be good to share some realistic numbers about the American economy and how wonderfully strong it is because of the power of YOU, the consumer!
27:50
October 2, 2018
#9 - The 11 Most Irreversible IRA Mistakes, Part 3
In this mission, we discuss items #5 and #6 in the 11 most irreversible IRA mistakes.
24:28
September 25, 2018
#8 - Grill Nation - Interview with JJ Mirabile of Jasper's Restaurant
This is a special encore presentation of Mission: Work Optional! It's a replay of the Grill Nation Show hosted by Jason Grill and True Wealth's Bryan Sarff. The special guest is JJ Mirabile from Jasper's Restaurant. This originall aired on KMBZ on September 8th, 2018.
48:40
September 18, 2018
#7 - 11 Most Irreversible IRA Mistakes, Part 2
We cover Items 3 and 4 of the 11 most irreversible mistake made with your IRA. Plus, we re-introduce Brian Paulsen as a regular co-host for Mission: Work Optional.
25:17
September 11, 2018
#6 - 11 Most Irreversible IRA Mistakes, Part 1
This is Part 1 (of 5) of the 11 most irreversible mistakes people make with their IRA's. Today, we cover "Taking possession of money from your IRA" and "Forgetting to name a beneficiary".
21:28
September 4, 2018
#5 - Building Champions - Interview with Coach Rider
Today we visit with Coach Rider - the head coach of the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies - starting his second season and rebuilding the football program. The Huskies are where many of our clients' kids and our kids attend school. We were fortunate to catch Coach Rider and understand the methodology behind his dedication to building fathers, building scholars, and building athletes within the BVNW Husky football program. Go Huskies!
37:59
August 28, 2018
#4 - Do I Have Enough?
We explore the question asked most often about making work optional, "Do I Have Enough?" We walk through a simple formula to help guide you to the comfort, power, and peace of mind a YES answer can provide. And if the answer is NO. Now you know the answer and a proper written plan can be put in place to achieve the work-optional lifestyle you seek.
19:00
August 21, 2018
#3 - The Big 5-0 to Retirement
For many of us, retirement gets serious when you turn 50. We see the retirement train coming and we want to get on that train and not get run over by it. We continue our discussion about the two doors for retirement and share "The Limo Story. "
19:11
August 14, 2018
#2 - Interview with Brian Paulsen
Today we visit with Brian Paulsen. To learn about his transition from the corporate world of IBM to the entrepreneurial world of financial advising. Brian will talk about his love for mentoring his peers, his long and determined road to financial planning, and his dedication to multiple community service organizations in the Kansas City area.
23:58
August 7, 2018
#1 - Defining a Work-Optional Lifestyle
What does Work-Optional mean? Is it realistically achievable?
25:41
July 30, 2018
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