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Author: Barko Financial

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Detach from the constant noise of the financial world and focus on what's Essential - family, purpose, and recreation. Tommy discusses financial and life strategies you can use to essentialize your life.
48 Episodes
Here are 5 easy pro tips to take better photos with your phone from a very special guest, who happens to be a Professional Photographer.
Sleep.  It's awesome.  We discuss some little known benefits and give 6 tips to help you cultivate this hidden super power.
Be Intentionally Thankful this year with our "W5" goal setting process. In addition to enjoying family time, relaxing travel and great food, use this season to reflect and prepare for 2020.
Recreation is Essential.  Prioritize and cultivate "play" for your family and friends with these suggestions.
No matter your current season of life, we should all be striving to clarify our purpose.  Here are 3 keys to help unlock and identify yours.
Kids vacationing with grandparents can be a win-win.  The benefits are far reaching for everyone involved, and on this episode, we discuss some tips for making it a little easier.
Ever wonder what we do all day?  Hint: It's not like the movies. We reveal a little of the day to day at Barko Financial and discuss the most difficult and most rewarding aspects of being an Advisor.
The research is in —>  Optimistic people live longer!  Here are 4 tips to cultivate optimism in your life and make it happier and (hopefully) longer.
Use these 3 Productivity Tips to remain focused and boost productivity in either your Personal or Professional Life.
It’s important to ask the right questions before partnering with an advisor.  On this episode, we answer all 7 of the "Interview Questions" recommended by Dave Ramsey and Chris Hogan: What do you love about your job? What services do you provide clients? What is your investment philosophy? How will we communicate about my investments? How do you get paid? How will you measure and evaluate my investment performance? Can you tell me why the last two clients you lost stopped working with you?
The Dow recently set (another) record, closing at 27,359.16.  Curious what should you do?  With the market's near all-time highs, it's crucial to keep emotions in check and remain focused on your objectives.  Here is some timely perspective to help identify the essentials.
There are some basic aspects of financial life that everyone should have a good handle on.  We've made some of our powerful financial tools available for free because we believe everyone deserves access to them.  On this episode, we discuss three key features and explain how anyone can take control and start using them now.
Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!


Wishing you a fun and safe 4th of July!  Here are a few fun facts about the holiday just in time for conversations at the family BBQ.
Traveling this summer?  Here are 5 tips to help you get by with just a carry-on.   Air travel is stressful.  While some stress may be unavoidable, like the long lines at security, other sources of stress, like dealing with luggage check-in and baggage claim, can be reduced.  If you think checking in luggage for your two-week vacation is inescapable, think again.  We discuss some ideas to help you get by with just a carry-on and by-pass the hassles (and fees) of checking in luggage.
Obsolete by 2025?

Obsolete by 2025?


Technology is moving fast and likely won't slow down.  We consider a few everyday things that could be on the way to obsolescence.  Join in for this episode and consider the possibilities with us.
Tommy read 3 really good (dare we say essential) books in 3 weeks and discusses the highlights and how they were indirectly connected.  Tune in for our first Essential Reading book review!  Authors: James Clear, Cal Newport, and Laura Vanderkam.
What About Dave Ramsey??

What About Dave Ramsey??


We get a lot of financial questions.  A lot.  One of the most frequent questions is something like "what do we think about Dave Ramsey" and "do you agree with his financial philosophies?"  Want to know where we stand?  Have a listen.
Summer is almost here and for many folks, that means V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.  Here are two destinations to consider now and to definitely put on your "Life List."
Slavery still exists today.  In this episode, our chat with Brian Russo, the founder and Executive Director of EHW, is both inspiring and heartbreaking.  Listen to learn the vision of EHW and then visit to join the movement.  Eye Heart World is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and has roots and resources right here on the Gulf Coast.
Use this four-step framework to build your personal legacy.
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