Commentary

Three Keys To Being Present

Nov 22nd, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Last week I read an article, 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. by Benjamin P. Hardy. Hardy’s point was to get out of survival mode and return to the fundamentals of life. The article struck a chord in me. Especially when Hardy quoted Bilbo Baggins’ observation that we are
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Five Family Discussions for This Year’s Holiday Gathering

Nov 21st, 2016 | By
Jennifer Landon

By Jennifer Landon Contributor The holidays are a hectic time; the onslaught of shopping, gift wrapping and cooking can leave little room for anything else. And yet, the holiday season can be an ideal time for some of those weighty financial conversations you’ve been putting off. Now that everyone’s gathered together, pour a glass of
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Farmers Markets Play Important Role in Idaho Economy

Nov 20th, 2016 | By
Randy Shumway (Submitted Photo)

By Randy Shumway, Zions Bank Economic Advisor November marks the end of harvest season, which culminates in the celebration of Thanksgiving. Amid the sugary pies and turkey bowl games, we shouldn’t overlook the impact of Idaho’s farmers markets, which brought in more than $4.2 million in annual sales in 2015, according to the Idaho Farmers
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Do you have a reality distortion field?

Nov 15th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I consider myself a glass half-full kind of person; I’m always looking for the silver linings in the clouds. Recently I was contemplating the age-old practice of setting goals, when I remembered a lesson learned from Steve Jobs. In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, I learned that Steve had the ability to
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The difference between drive and motivation

Nov 8th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I recently visited with my daughter, who had just completed her basic and phase one training with the Air Force. While I am proud of her for accomplishing those tasks, what really made me proud was not the fact that she did it, but how she did it. Cassidy was always a
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Being comfortable with discomfort

Nov 1st, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough Like many people, one of my new year’s resolutions was to go to the gym more often to work on my rapidly softening body. Unlike most people, I saw the new-year’s resolution failure thing coming and started my resolution a few months ago, so if I failed, I would have a good
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Don’t tell me I’m talented

Oct 25th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough My son is a pretty good writer. Occasionally he lets me read a school paper and I am continually blown away at the quality of his writing, especially for someone his age. Typically, when I finish one of his papers, I comment on how good it is and how he should write
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The intersection of failure and ineptitude

Oct 17th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough While growing up I built a lot of fences. Our life in a rural area with livestock required a lot of fences to be built and repaired. My dad thought it was important that I learn a good work ethic, so he gave me the opportunity to try my hand at building
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Building a Better Mousetrap

Oct 11th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I have been going to the gym for a couple of years now. I like the gym, it is a place of refuge where I can work out my daily frustrations. When I started, I thought I would go to lose weight and change the way I feel. Then, somewhere amidst the
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What do you think about that?

Sep 27th, 2016 | By
Jeff Hough

By Jeff Hough I enjoy playing chess, but struggle with the intricacies of the game. There are so many subtle strategies and scenarios to think through that I get lost and make impetuous moves. Part of the problem is that I have never taken time to study the game, yet I wonder if the real
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