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This can’t wait!






Most of us know what we need to do to live our best life- whether it’s building stronger relationships with family, improving our fitness and health, or growing our business. Yet the key to improvement or even greatness is to do good today instead of waiting until tomorrow. Yes, even in an ugly mortgage market and uncertain economy. In fact, especially now.

In his private journal which later became known as Meditations Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius scolds himself writing “You could be good today,” he writes, “instead you choose tomorrow.” Instead, he tells himself, concentrate on the challenge or task in front of you like it’s the last thing I’ll ever do.

How can you do good today, like it’s the only thing that matters? You can do it…

With deliberation using your muscle memory of discipline and established personal practices.

You can do it with a sense of urgency knowing that tomorrow, next week, month, or year is not guaranteed.

You can do good today with a sense of purpose knowing the why behind what it is that you do.

You can do it with a clear plan that avoids the mistakes of a haphazard approach.

You can do it with concentration ignoring the endless distractions both digital and organic this life tempt with which this life tempts us.

You can do good today with excellence by establishing and living by the high standards you’ve set for yourself.

You can do it with humility not being concerned about who gets the credit.

You can do good using wisdom to make decisions drawing on the understanding and insights drawn from others and your own personal experiences.

You can do it with justice choosing to treat others with fairness and kindness.

You can do good today with courage by doing the right thing even when it’s intimidating, unsettling, or downright scary. 

You can do it with temperance not taking your actions to the extreme.

This is how you can do good today. This is how we can live our best lives. 


Editor in Chief:
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
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  1. While I do not look on Roman emperors as public servants, neither do I believe THIS emperor did not have some of those tendencies. What a Caesar might believe is a good deed such as building aqua ducts, sewer systems, bath houses, and roads we might consider otherwise when counting the loss of human life in achieving those lofty good, public works.

    Leaving off any reference to the emperor, Shannon’s points are well taken.

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