Month Ahead

You’re at the mall, it’s the 12th of the month and you want to buy sunglasses. Do you have the money? If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it depends on whether the mortgage will come before or after your paycheck. It might also depend on your checking account balance. This is normal for many people. … Read More

You Need a Budget

I experienced a financial setback that got my attention enough to make some serious changes in my life. I needed to assemble a team that could help me meet my goals. A friend of mine had told me about budgeting software that he had loved that fit with how I liked to budget. I hadn’t taken You Need … Read More


In the last post I wrote about a mistake I made where I focused too much on The Grand Vision and not enough on solving small problems. At the time, I felt that accomplishing The Grand Vision was going to be awesome and would save the world, and would mean that there would be a parade held … Read More

Safety Net

Late last year I began seriously working on improving how we deliver updates to our software to restaurants. One of the most interesting parts about my job is how many aspects of technology become incredibly difficult when you have a frying machine twenty feet away instead of a data center technician in a lab coat. … Read More

Releasing Control

“Thank God we’re in marriage counseling so my wife can finally get her crap together.” A thought that most people have when they enter the marriage counselor’s office. I came into the office that day of Les Carter, with my wonderful wife, ready for some change. I had a list of things. She was this. She was … Read More

Failure Masquerading as Success

When I was a Junior in college, I was on a path to graduate from college debt-free and with a marketable career in business and technology. I had a great job at a fine dining restaurant in downtown Dallas. I had a group of friends that I hung out with regularly. I was growing intellectually, … Read More