“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do work you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

– Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple

I love the above quote and shared it with my oldest daughter, Brianna. She is deciding between two job offers. Four years at Penn State has flown by quickly and for a happy dad, the final tuition bill is paid. Her choice is between large and structured or small with great promise. We spoke last night for about an hour and I hung up with a happy heart.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Life stepped in with a heavy hand this morning. The sales team gathered for their weekly meeting and Jason shared that his father passed yesterday. Emotional, warm, sad, there is not a dry eye in the shop today. He’d been sick but, as you know, it really hurts.

Your firm, as mine, is a family of sorts. The culture matters. How we treat people matters. One of my favorite interview questions is to ask, if they could do anything in the world, what would they do. I ask, what does your heart tell you to do? Not the head, the heart. Maybe it’s a bit corny but what I’m looking for is passion. Put me with smart, driven and passionate people who love what they do. It is nice to create with people you really admire and it is even nicer to be with people that genuinely care about each other.

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Steve Blumenthal

Founder & CEO CMG


Stephen Blumenthal founded CMG in 1992. He is CEO, Chief Investment Officer and portfolio manager at Capital Management Group, Inc. where he manages equity and tactical investment portfolios. He is a frequent speaker and writer on investment strategies and has been featured in various media sources including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Pensions & Investments Magazine, Investment News, RIA Biz and Smart Money. He has been a guest on CNBC, Wall Street Journal Live, and Bloomberg. Mr. Blumenthal is a frequent speaker at industry conferences (NAPFA, IMCA, Index Universe, Opal Financial Group Indexing & ETF Summit and NAAIM) and is author of CMG’s popular investment research commentary. With 30 years of investment management and industry experience, prior to founding CMG, Mr. Blumenthal worked for Merrill Lynch Institutional, Merrill Lynch Retail and Prudential Securities.

Mr. Blumenthal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. He is married, has three children and is active in his community coaching youth soccer.