Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

So much excitement is in the air for tomorrow's opening match with Brazil and Croatia.

Can Brazil handle the pressure of massive expectations? Can they win the World Cup as the host country? Can they play against the back drop of social & political tensions that have sparked since being awarded the World Cup? We will get a taste tomorrow as one of the favorites to win the World Cup will aim to get points in their first of three matches.

Italy and Spain, the teams reflecting my heritage, have drawn very difficult groups. Italy meets England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Spain faces Netherlands, Chile & Australia. My heart hopes Prandelli has Italia ready to play the right players with the right tactics. If they can get out of the group stage, they could potentially escalate in later rounds.

Spain has a very tough group. If they don't get points against Netherlands, they would be hard pressed to get points with Chile, another strong South American team favored to do well. Spain has incredible talent that has dominated the World and European Cup over the past six years. Scoring will be the make or break element for Spain this World Cup. Will Torres & Villa be enough?

Other questions I'm intrigued to see unfold include can the USA perform strongly and get out of their group with Germany & Portugal? Can they underline how much the MLS has strengthened the American game? That would be a historic win for American soccer.

Another question for World Cup 2014 to answer is can Messi & Argentina meet the potential so many fans have about their epic talent? Hailed as the best player of this generation, will Messi perform as he has during the last several seasons with his club team FC Barcelona?

Lastly, will Cristiano Ronaldo impact the World Cup 2014 after having such a prolific year with his club Real Madrid? Will he be top goalscorer for the tournament? He was epic against Sweden in the World Cup qualifying round, with four goals in two games.

My favorite pick to surprise in this World Cup? It would be Bosnia Herzegovina.

Top matches in the first round of the World Cup I'm looking forward to watching?

Spain v Netherlands
Italy v England
Argentina v Bosnia
Brazil v Mexico
USA v Germany

Ultimately, we will begin to watch tomorrow as the World Cup kicks off and plays month long into July to hail the new 2014 Champions.

Viva Brazil!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Football Intelligence for Success from Richard Sherman

Recently saw a Youtube video on NFL player Richard Sherman describing how he succeeded in the 2013/14 season. This specific video interview with star cornerback Richard Sherman surprised me on his attention to detail, how he guards his intentions on field and how he gambles successfully to make big plays.

I would argue that the lessons he talks about his success on field also pertain to success in any profession. Concepts like details, risk & focus are all things we apply at work or personally in our everyday lives and can make us better.

Watch Youtube video Richard Sherman: Student of the Game.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Great Interview with Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank

CNBC recently interviewed Kevin Plank, the founder of Athletic Apparel Under Armour. This American sports company has had fantastic growth and brand recognition since it began its presence many years ago among pro athletes, specifically with their compression shirts.

Kevin Plank communicates confidence, determination, optimism & vitality. I believe this is a large factor in the expansion and success for Under Armour.

Watch the interview with Kevin Plank & Jim Cramer from this past Tuesday, April 29th 2014.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Great Episode from Dan Miller of the 48 Days to the Work You Love Podcast for Friday April 11th 2014

Wanted to share a great podcast episode from Dan Miller's 48 Days to the Work You Love Podcast.

Dan Miller has been producing a fantastic podcast every Friday which answers listener's emails about entrepreneurial ideas, career paths & passion in work.

Dan Miller's consistent message is one of following your passions & interests and having life & work feel undistinguishable.

As a highly educated Psychologist who found his career path unfulfilling, he went into selling cars with a friend, leading into a great adventure that brought him to his success today.

His own story is fascinating which he goes into detail in this recent episode about his life & career path. I found it inspiring and hope you do too.

Listen to Episode Yes, I do have an "education" from April 11th, 2014.

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 !

Wishing you a year full of health, love and prosperity. Summer is closer everyday. Stocks I'm watching for 2014 are TSLA, SCTY & TWTR. World Cup 2014 in Brazil is just 160 days away.

Warmest Regards,

- Ferruccio F. Susin

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bloomberg TV Live Online with Sportfolio & C-Suite

On Sunday mornings, I've been tuning in while I make breakfast to Bloomberg TV Live through their online website. The two programs at that time are Sportfolio and C-Suite. The shows are at 9:30 am and 10:00 am PST. The programs are really great.

Sportfolio goes behind the athletic side of professional sports and investigates the economic side of pro sports franchises, leagues, players, as well as discusses hot contemporary topics & issues about pro sports. Recent episodes have spoken about the latest Fox television deal worth millions for the broadcasting of NCAA Basketball's Big East conference, as well as the current green movement teams are implementing to save money & increase bottom lines through recycling and alternative energy sources for lighting & electricity in stadiums.

There is also the program C-Suite that begins 30 minutes before Sportfolio that is quite good too. The host Jeffrey Hazlett interviews large corporations about making money & the bottom line. It is a very direct style of interviewing and a great exposes on large well known companies.

Check them out if you enjoy Sports Business and Practical Economic Introspective.

Bloomberg Live TV

Bloomberg.com/Sportfolio
Bloomberg.com/C-Suite

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Tim Ferriss of 4 Hour Book Series on Youtube

Been reading Tim Ferriss' book 4 Hour Body recently, as well as viewing some of his video interviews on Youtube.

As an individual who thinks critically on all wisdom adopted in his life, he seems hungry to test everything and experience results, with a goal to finetuning them for efficiency and lifestyle.

Tim Ferriss is inspiring, as he is promoting a future perspective on how individuals can approach work, health and all other essential aspects of life.

Check out this presentation by Tim Ferriss at Chicago Idea Week from March 2013 Testing Assumptions.

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Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting 2013 with Buffett & Munger

Saturday May 4th 2013 held yet another anticipated Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder meeting in Omaha Nebraska.

This year, guest & market bear Douglas Kass was welcomed to ask pointed questions to the Berkshire Hathaway hosts Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, along with a jam packed auditorium of shareholders.

Buffett and Munger entertained questions about the Berkshire businesses, current state of the economy, American politics and many other inquiries.

Popularly known as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett is highly admired for his long term success as an investor.

To read some of Buffett's comments from yesterday's Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder meeting, visit the liveblog from Omaha by Dealbook.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Personal Finances for the 30 Year Old

Interesting article today that I read about what financial habits one should eliminate by 30 years of age. I didn't fail but not in the top %5 either in this 30 point list. Where do you score?

Read article 30 Bad habits You Should Drop by Age 30.

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Happy New Year 2013

Wishing all my Family & Friends Happy New Year 2013! Hoping 2013 will be a year full of excessive health, love, wealth, learning & travel.

Warmest Regards,

Ferruccio F. Susin

Friday, December 07, 2012

Insight into Achievement from GSP

Recently watched this youtube video of champion athlete George St.Pierre and thought I would post it. His insight was great into how he increased his ability to compete successfully by acquiring knowledge through diversifying his teachers & location.

Youtube video is titled "Canadian Superstar GSP Talks Training".

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Visited Tesla Motors Showroom & Sat Driverseat in the New Tesla Model S in Bellevue, WA

Visited with Tesla Motors and saw the Tesla Model S on Wednesday in Bellevue, WA. Located inside the Bellevue Mall on the second floor, Tesla Motors has one of its 14 showrooms around the United States of America.

Located inside the showroom is a new Tesla Model S in white, along with a separate undercarriage which encases the battery.

First impression was inspiring. The showroom was brightly lit, simple, and had a white Tesla Model S beaming at the entrance. Georgous exterior with sleak lines and luxurious curves, the Tesla Model S was wow.

The Tesla representative Diane was first class with service, encouraging us to get in the spacious Tesla Model S. She was extremely informative, giving us stats ranging from charging, distance capability, warranties, production times, as well as costs and options.

Once inside this sexy electric vehicle, the 17 inch display panel with controls, mapping systems, Internet, and rear facing camera was incredible. Truly futuristic yet practical.

Despite not going for a test drive, the Tesla Model S experience was sensational. Highly recommended to visit to see the future of modern vehicles.



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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Negotiation & Crushing Opportunities

Read a great article on an individual who (1) realized an ideal opportunity was presenting itself, (2) negotiated themselves into a potentially optimal position & (3) escalated aggresively into a favorable scenario.

Read the article from Mercenary Trader, via BusinessInsider.com Traders could Learn a Thing or Two from Legendary King of Blackjack

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dr. Brene Brown at TED Talks

Recently saw Dr. Brene Brown's TED talks and thought it was powerful and wanted to share. Her first TED Talk was in Houston in June 2010.

Dr. Brene Brown followed up & expanded on her initial TEDxHouston with this most recent TED Talk below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Success Over Time from Dave Ramsey Show Feb 21st

Listened to the Dave Ramsey Show from Tuesday Feb 21st and thought I would share a great insight he mentioned in the show.

He talked about 25 minutes into the show about success not being a one breakthrough or one specific event. He argued it's an accumulation of successes over a long period of time. He went on to give examples and insight of how over night successes where really lifetimes of successes. He underlined success is everyday successes added up.

Listen to Dave Ramsey's insight on success as an accumulation over time on the Dave Ramsey Show from Feb 21st, 2012.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Buy or Rent Real Estate?

Good interview this morning from Reuters via CNBC.com. Investor Rich Arzaga views owning real estate as a rebate and not as a great investment.

Read article As Investment, Renting Beats Owning '100% of Time'.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love & Science

Happy Valentine's Day!

What does scientific research have to say about true love?

Check out this interesting article reposted at BusinessInsider.com entitled...

Here are 13 Scientifically Proven Signs You Are In Love

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Craigslist TV? Yes! & Fresh

Who knew Craigslist also has video content? Apparently yes, and episodes are created with craigslist themes. Not many videos but fresh and entertaining. Watched several recently with chuckles and wanted to share.

Craigslist-TV.com

...and oh yeah, Happy New Year 2012! Set the year on fire baby.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Best Albums Of 2011

With 2011 wrapping up in a couple days, here's a list from Under the Radar Magazine for best music albums for 2011 .

Monday, October 24, 2011

iPhone Ownership Massive During Travels

During my recent travels, the iPhone is so prevelant that it seems other phones do not exist at the moment. It seems their value extends past a certain age group or generation, as I see them used by teenagers, young professionals, middle age and senior professionals in the european countries I´ve recently seen. Their appeal for customization in music, apps and internet raises the question what would potentially eclipse this product in the future? It´s amazing their reach at the moment.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Would You Have a Drink with You TV Commercial Prompts Interesting Self-Reflection

I really liked the latest concept for a commercial by Stoli, where they ask if you would have a drink with yourself. It catches you potentially saying, am I interesting enough or funny enough? I think it makes people think beyond sharing a drink with oneself and also makes you think am I too serious? too boring? which might hit adults harder, as life can be consumed by just work and routine.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Efficient Business Model a Win-Win

Read a great article today about a Wine Distributor that found a way to distribute excess wine from excellent wineries with an efficient concept. The business model helps the winery to sell its entire stock, adds an additional revenue stream to the distributor, as well as provide affordable wines to consumers who would normally have these wines out of reach economically.

Read the article Reaping Profits from Excess Wine by Tom Rotunno at CNBC.com.

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Recent Music Been Listening To


Toro y Moi - Talamak


Justice - Civilization

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Stock Market Charts on Industry Growth & Decline in 2010

Here's a great view by FinViz.com of growth or decline in all the different sectors of the stock market over different time periods in 2010. Nice perspective on hot & cool sectors in short & long term. What will happen in 2011?...

Check out the FinViz.com Charts for 2010.

Friday, October 01, 2010

John Paulson Investing Lessons

Smartmoney.com wrote two articles on investing like hedge fund star John Paulson.

Give the two articles a read:

How to Invest Like John Paulson Part I

How to Invest Like John Paulson Part II

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Auctions & Lifestyle

CNBC.com has a slideshow today 'Second-Hand Luxury' which I found clever. Real estate, furniture, fashion, and various high-end items can be found under-priced due to individuals trying to relieve financial stress they may have encountered since the financial crisis of 2008.

Where to find them? Watch the Slideshow Second-Hand Luxury.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Six Rules from Retired Hedge Fund Star Michael Steinhardt

Read a blog post recently on summarized investment/life advice from retired Hedge Fund star Michael Steinhardt. The six points were:

1. Make all your mistakes early in life.
2. Always make your living doing something you enjoy.
3. Be intellectually competitive.
4. Make good decisions even with incomplete information.
5. Always trust your intuition.
6. Don't make small investments.

To read full blog post with additional notes on each point, visit the Ritholtz.com post.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CBC Radio Interview on Football Fashion at World Cup 2010

CBC Radio contacted me for an interview today on football fashion at this World Cup 2010 in South Africa. I brought some samples of the latest apparel, footwear and the official match ball to their new CBC building in downtown Vancouver.

Check out the interview with Stephen Quinn on CBC afternoon show for July 9th, 2010 in On The Coast.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Cup Eve Truly Exciting

It's mere minutes to midnight June 11th, the opening day for World Cup 2010. The eve before South Africa 2010 has been full of excitement & anticipation for this new chapter in the history of World Cups. So much talent about to face off, so many countries cheering for their team & the collective attenion of the world's entire population fo focused on this beautiful event. The event has brought the world together. Looking forward to an amazing 30 days of history, strong emotions & celebration!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

ITALY TIE SWITZERLAND IN FRIENDLY BEFORE WORLD CUP, AS IN 1982 & 2006

Interesting fact today online about Azzurri friendly in Geneva yesterday with Switzerland. An ESPN soccernet.com article mentioned "though Italy did not shine in a match lacking creativity and scoring chances, the result is a good omen. The Italians drew 1-1 in Geneva against Switzerland in warmups before winning the World Cup in 1982 and in 2006."