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The Unrelenting Pursuit of Dreams: A Marathon, Not a Sprint By Dr. Glen Brown

The Unrelenting Pursuit of Dreams: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Life is a series of sprints and marathons. In my journey, whether it be in the complex world of finance or the intricate maze of human existence, I’ve found that chasing your dreams requires a nuanced blend of speed and endurance. You see, dreams are not caught in leisurely strolls; they’re captured in pursuits that often leave you breathless, literally and metaphorically.

Out of Breath but Not Out of Spirit

My motto has always been, “Chase your dreams until you’re out of breath, then take a deep breath and keep going.” This philosophy stems from the core belief that attaining something of great value often necessitates great effort, often to the point of exhaustion. But what does it mean to be “out of breath”? In my years of financial engineering, executive leadership, and academic scholarship, being “out of breath” represents those pivotal moments when you feel like you’ve given your all, that you’ve reached the end of your rope. It is a mental, emotional, and sometimes even physical state where continuing seems almost unbearable.

The Importance of a Deep Breath

But here’s where the second part of the motto kicks in — taking that “deep breath.” Whether it’s pausing to evaluate investment risks, pivoting a business strategy, or even rethinking an academic thesis, that deep breath symbolizes a moment of respite and reflection. It provides you the space to reassess your methods, realign your objectives, and perhaps, most importantly, revitalize your spirit.

In a way, this “deep breath” aligns perfectly with my guiding philosophy: “We must consume ourselves in order to transform ourselves for our rebirth.” This brief pause is a period of mini-transformation. It’s a controlled burn, a conscious moment where we allow some parts of ourselves to be consumed so that new, stronger elements can rise from the ashes.

The Journey Continues

After taking that essential deep breath, what’s next? You keep going. The race isn’t over; in fact, it’s just begun. Like a marathon runner who’s just conquered a steep hill, you continue the run. There’s more road ahead, more dreams to chase, and greater heights to reach.

You see, I’ve always been committed to the practical application and academic advancement in the field of finance. But beyond the metrics, algorithms, and balance sheets is a world teeming with dreams that require relentless pursuit. And so, in the labyrinth of numbers and life’s complexities, my mantra continues to guide me: “Chase your dreams until you’re out of breath, then take a deep breath and keep going.”


The journey towards achieving our dreams is punctuated by myriad moments of exhaustion and enlightenment. But remember, exhaustion is not the finale; it’s merely a comma in a long, complex sentence. The narrative continues after you’ve caught your breath.

So, no matter the field you’re in or the dreams you’re chasing, when you find yourself out of breath, don’t mistake it for the end. Instead, see it as a crucial juncture—a moment for a deep breath, a moment to renew, reset, and resume your relentless pursuit. After all, the chase is a marathon, not a sprint. And in this lifelong marathon, it’s the balance of tenacity and wisdom that crosses the finish line.

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The Three-Bird Approach to a Balanced Life: Lessons from Eagles, Doves, and Crows By Dr. Glen Brown

In the midst of life’s constant turmoil, it’s easy to lose ourselves, to forget the attributes that make us truly human, and the wisdom that nature offers us freely. As a lifelong observer of both human behavior and the natural world, I’ve often found that the most enlightening insights come when these two spheres intersect. It’s in that intersection that I’ve found a guiding philosophy—borrow the sight of the eagle, the heart of the dove, and the mind of the crow.

The Sight of The Eagle

Eagles are solitary creatures that soar at high altitudes. Their acute vision allows them to see prey and opportunities from miles away. We, too, should aim to have that “eagle vision” in our lives. This is not just about being goal-oriented or focused but about having a vision broad enough to see both the big picture and the finer details. By observing from a higher vantage point, we can foresee potential challenges and opportunities that others might miss.

In my career and personal life, this eagle-eyed perspective has often been the difference between mediocrity and success. Whether it’s identifying a gap in the market for a new product or seeing a friend’s unspoken need for support, looking farther and deeper gives you a distinct advantage.

The Heart of The Dove

Doves are universally recognized as symbols of peace and love. They flock together and build strong communal bonds. While the eagle teaches us to look ahead and beyond, the dove implores us to look within and to those closest to us. When making decisions, we should incorporate empathy, understanding, and compassion—qualities that are inextricably tied to the dove.

I’ve often found that the most sustainable decisions, both professionally and personally, are the ones rooted in empathy and kindness. Whether it’s taking the time to listen to a distraught friend or allocating company resources for the well-being of our employees, the heart of the dove reminds us that compassion is a form of wisdom.

The Mind of The Crow

Crows are known for their intelligence and adaptability. They can solve puzzles, recognize human faces, and even hold grudges. The crow’s wisdom is one of resourcefulness and resilience. The crow reminds us that intelligence isn’t just about accumulating knowledge, but about applying it in a practical, adaptable way.

I have been in situations where neither the eagle’s sight nor the dove’s heart could offer a solution. In those moments, it’s the crow’s resourcefulness that has saved the day. It might be a creative workaround, a new partnership, or a pivot to a new strategy. Whatever the case may be, thinking like a crow has often meant the difference between failure and salvaging a difficult situation.

The Harmony of The Three

The eagle, the dove, and the crow each offer a different form of wisdom. Borrowing from each allows us to lead balanced lives—lives where we can see far, feel deeply, and think wisely. I’ve often found that incorporating these traits has not only enriched my life but has also had a ripple effect on those around me.

In conclusion, nature offers us profound lessons in how to live a balanced, fulfilling life. So, the next time you find yourself at a crossroads, take a moment to borrow the sight of the eagle, the heart of the dove, and the mind of the crow. The path that lies ahead will almost certainly be the wiser for it.


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The Telescope of the Mind: Harnessing the Power of Vision

Title: The Telescope of the Mind: Harnessing the Power of Vision

As we navigate the vast expanse of our personal and professional lives, we need a powerful tool to guide us through the unknown, and that tool is vision. I’ve often referred to this idea in saying, “Vision is the telescope of the mind, illuminating the stars of possibility in the galaxy of the future.”

Just as astronomers rely on telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos, we must rely on our vision to reveal the possibilities that lie ahead. Vision grants us the ability to see beyond our immediate circumstances, to map out trajectories that lead to unseen opportunities, and to pursue goals that may seem distant and elusive.

A well-defined vision serves as a beacon, shedding light on the potential paths we can tread, the summits we can scale, and the milestones we can achieve. Without vision, we risk wandering aimlessly in the darkness of uncertainty and the haze of indecision.

At Global Accountancy Institute, Inc. and Global Financial Engineering, Inc., we believe that each individual possesses a unique vision, a distinctive perspective that can uncover innovative solutions to complex financial challenges. In the world of finance and investments, a vision is not merely an abstract concept; it is a tangible asset, an intrinsic force that propels us toward success.

Yet, vision is not static; it is dynamic and ever-evolving. It must be nurtured, sharpened, and adjusted as we accumulate knowledge and experience. Just as a telescope must be calibrated and focused, our vision must be refined and aligned with our evolving understanding of our capabilities, our aspirations, and the world around us.

As we stand at the precipice of the weekend, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your vision. Look inward and ask yourself: what stars of possibility are you illuminating? What galaxies of the future are you eager to explore? In the silence of introspection, you might just hear the whisper of your vision guiding you towards the next step in your journey.

In the grand scheme of the universe, each one of us is an explorer, armed with the telescope of vision. Let’s gaze into the galaxy of the future with anticipation, not trepidation. Let’s use our vision to guide us on our journey, illuminating the path, and opening up new frontiers of possibility.

As we consume ourselves in our journey of transformation and regeneration, let us never forget that it is our vision that lights the way. So, grab your telescope, focus on your stars of possibility, and let’s move boldly into the galaxy of our future.

About the Author:

Dr. Glen Brown is the President & CEO of both Global Accountancy Institute, Inc. and Global Financial Engineering, Inc. With over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting, he leads organizations dedicated to bridging the fields of accountancy, finance, investments, trading, and technology.

A visionary with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Investments and Finance, Dr. Brown’s expertise spans a wide range of disciplines. As the Chief Financial Engineer, Head of Trading & Investments, Chief Data Scientist, and Senior Lecturer, his commitment to practical application and academic advancement is evident.

Dr. Brown believes in consuming ourselves in order to transform, attaining spiritual enlightenment, transformation, and regeneration. His philosophy guides his dedication to innovation, personal growth, and the pursuit of excellence in the world of finance and investments. He continues to foster a culture of innovation and success, offering cutting-edge solutions to complex financial challenges.