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Dan Weedin
Retirement Lifestyles
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~ George Bernard Shaw

My wife Barb and I went to see Paul McCartney perform live at Safeco Field last year. I can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my life. I knew that this was probably the last time I would have a chance to watch a former Beatles member perform live. McCartney was 71 years old at the time and I doubted Seattle was going to be a destination spot for future events. Barb and I enjoyed watching Sir Paul regale a packed house on a beautiful summer night for nearly three hours without a break. Three hours! This included three encore performances alongside former members of Nirvana, all easily half his age. Just a few weeks ago, I watched the CBS special of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. McCartney was there with the other living member of the band, Ringo Starr (who is older than him.) They put on an amazing show. At 72, McCartney probably can’t even spell “retirement,” nor does he want to. read more »


In the NFC championship game last month, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dropped back to pass on the very first play of the game. He was flushed out to his left by a San Francisco 49ers defensive player and in attempting to make a pass, fumbled the ball. It was recovered by the 49ers and led to an early lead for the opposing team.

Wilson ended up playing a terrific game and helped lead his Seahawks to the win and a trip to the Super Bowl. He was asked about the fumble in the postgame press conference and he responded, “Sometimes an athlete needs amnesia.” read more »


The most important, critical, and volatile asset any organization has is the human asset. That’s right, good old “Human Capital.” Any way you call it, your employees are the lifeblood and face of your business. They are costly to hire and train; can be a challenge to manage; and often can be the source of overwhelming conflict and drama.

On the flip side, they are also the cause of prodigious organizational success through championing customer retention and satisfaction; expert skill; loyalty; community service; enhanced reputation, and so much more. It’s the proverbial “double-edged sword.”

The Human Resources department has the important (and often unenviable) task of assuring that more of the “flip side” emerges. When working with humans, that can be a challenge. read more »


Hola. Me llamo Dan Weedin. Como esta usted?

Okay, that’s NOT the bilingual I meant, but I wanted to take this brief opportunity to show off and grab your attention.

Being bilingual is critical to your success as an executive, business leader, entrepreneur, and sales professional. Unfortunately, most of you only speak one “language,” and in so doing leave others confused and money on the table. Allow me to explain…

Coming out of the insurance and risk mitigation world, we have our own special jargon. We like to talk about exposures, hazards, perils, exclusions, redundancy, and coinsurance. We reference ITV, ACV, BI, RC, BOR, and DIC. It’s clear to us, but gibberish to normal people. Unfortunately, I’ve watched professionals in my industry use terms and acronyms like this when speaking with current and prospective clients. read more »


I spent one season in track. I was an eighth-grader at North Whidbey Junior High in Oak Harbor. I had just finished basketball season and I couldn’t play golf until my freshman year, and I needed something to do. Track and being bored were my only options. I chose track.

I was capable of running, but when compared to others in a straight-out 100-yard dash, I was slow. The coaches put me on the 880-yard race, which was the equivalent of being sent of to Siberia on the track team. The 880 (yes we were still “yards” in the late 1970s) as it was called, was an agonizing eight laps around the track. We ran our endurance race while all the other cool stuff was being done in the field. This race was obviously not a sprint; it was more of a grind. It was akin to shoveling sand because the strides are fairly short, yet if you keep with it, the laps add up. read more »


I need professional help in saving and investing my money. What I enjoy is spending money. If you’re like me, that’s exactly why you go through all the gyrations of estate planning and wealth management. Yes of course you want to leave money to your estate and to charity, and so do I. Yet my goal is for my wife and I to have resources available to do all the things that we want to do in our golden years — travel to exotic places, play golf at the best courses, and eat at the coolest restaurants!

The professional you work with is skilled in helping you create that wealth and have money to do what you want. What he or she can’t do for you is ensure that you are in any condition to enjoy your nest egg as you want. That is up to you. read more »


As you are reading this column, students aged 5 to 17 are getting ready to shake off the frivolity of summer and descend into school hallways for another year of reading, writing and applied technology. As a member of my local school board for the past four years, a former high school basketball coach, a volunteer, and a parent of two daughters that matriculated through the system, I have a pretty good insight into the workings of student life. From my surveillance, I posit that we as business leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs would do well to observe the average third-grader as a source of inspiration on how to run our own businesses and careers. read more »

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Last month, I noticed a strange looking sore right below my dog’s right eye. Captain Jack is a Jack Russell terrier and not prone to complaining (unless he is hungry or a menacing rabbit has entered our property). The sore was bleeding a little bit, very puffy, and scary for his owner. On closer inspection, it appeared to be more of an abscess. We thought he might have been bitten by something. A hasty trip the next day to the veterinarian was the next step.

Dr. Craig Adams at the Poulsbo Animal Clinic is Jack’s physician and quickly diagnosed a different problem. Our feisty canine had broken his tooth on something and through that tooth had developed an infection. The infection went up through the cheek and manifested itself in the sore we saw. Dr. Craig was quick to point out that this was a pretty tough dog. If it were one of us humans, we’d be out of our minds in pain and begging for surgery. read more »


I was recently on a trip back in Rhode Island to spend a day with my professional mentor and my business mastermind group. As our day came to a close, we found ourselves out by his swimming pool, overlooking his beautiful lake filled with turtles, fish and birds, and smoking a nice, fat cigar. Peaceful.

As I enjoyed sitting in this spectacular setting, I found myself watching the burning end of the cigar. In order to light it, I needed three things — fuel, heat and oxygen. Without one of any of these, the cigar doesn’t light.

In your business, you also need fuel, heat and oxygen. Without any of these three, your business won’t work effectively and will cause you much anxiety, loss of time, and loss of money. But since we’re not talking about cigars here, allow me to explain. read more »

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