Anthony “Tony” Boquet, a native of South Louisiana and a resident of Franklin, TN. For 37 years he has been happily married to Toni Ann. They have two children, Thomas and Tiffany and three adorable grandchildren, Madison, Blake and Tyler. His hobbies include writing and reading, playing guitar, instructing TaeKwonDo and self-defense classes in HapKiDo, and riding motorcycles.
“Bloodline of Wisdom, An Awakening of a Modern Solutionary” Released through Bush Publishing.
A regular contributor in the Christian Family Publications and numerous financial journals and publications
He holds multiple professional credentials bestowed by The American College of Financial Services
St. Philip’s Catholic Church
Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree
The American College Alumni Association
The Society of Financial Service Professionals
Purdue University Professional Management Institute
Adjunct Instructor on Leadership, Ethics, and Insurance related
Financial Planner / Estate Planner
Dynamic Public Speaker
Faith and Business instructor on Ethical and Moral Wisdom
Board Member of various Non-Profit organizations
Business leader for 34 years
Expert witness in insurance related court cases
He is currently a Vice President at The American College
Tony is excited to be finalizing work on his second book.
When you work in a service profession, you are called to do much more than the duties outlined in your job description.
The year was 1988. The place; a little town named Houma, Louisiana. The event, though transformative, would not make the national news or likely even be known by more than a dozen people over the thirty years that followed. However, for the four adults and three children in that little shotgun house; their lives would be forever changed. Continue reading “Life Insurance is for the Living”
We live in a time when campfire stories, legends and myths are no longer the common method of detailing remarkable persons, places or events. For millenniums, leaders have been memorialized through the retelling of their outstanding character traits. In some ways we seem to have outgrown those ancient forms of communication for something better; something more progressive. As a storyteller, I am personally torn in my acceptance of the various forms of modern communications. Continue reading “Millenniums of Storytelling”
This week a pharmaceutical giant learned a valuable lesson; better has its value and it is not always at a premium.
The company’s stock price turned drastically lower; reflecting the same direction the buying customers are saying their latest improvement drug’s price should be going. For years the leader in diabetes drug production has used the successful business model that new and better could be sold at a premium with the end users always being willing to pay an inflated price for this novel combination. To leadership’s amazement, this model seems to have failed miserably on their latest endeavor.
In the clinical trials, it was determined that the new drug showed slight yet consistent improvement in the treatment of the majority of patients; however the price of the drug is not being accepted by the patients/insurance carrier or their doctors. Instead, the end users are finding that with a little more monitoring, the patient’s existing drug treatments can achieve the same results and at a substantially reduced cost. Continue reading “The Unacceptable Price of Better”
History is so important to the human race because it provides us with the experience component of wisdom.It is wisdom that solves our troubles and without history we have no chance of overcoming our future dilemmas before they cause harm. It is through the lessons of history that we come to understand; how the eternal laws can solve these quandaries, create tools that leverage the power of the laws and master the application of the laws through the tools that we create so as to benefit all mankind.
For instance, the first clamps are said to have been developed by the Egyptian around 600 BC. They were made by wedging two boards between large rocks. The wedging force tightly pressed the two boards together so the glue could set, binding the boards as one. This created stronger boards and for ship building, made a leak proof seal between boards.
Much has changed since 600 BC but the uses of modern clamps still solve the exact same problems they were originally intended to solve using the same laws of nature. The Egyptians understood the Law of the Lever; force leveraged by a fulcrum will increase power, creating extra strength.
Boudreaux and his wife, Mabel was having dinner together.
“Boudreaux, I have some news about Thibodeaux’s new baby. It was born today and it is a healthy little boy.”
“May, dat sure is some good news! After dinner we are goin to go over dare to introduce ourselves to their new baby. The Thibodeaux’s must be so proud.”
“Yeah, they are. But before we go I want you to know that unfortunately, the baby was born with no ears so I don’t want you to say something stupid when you see the baby for the first time. You know how you are…sometimes you can say things without thinking first. I don’t want you to say anything about that poor baby’s ears. Do you understand?!”
Which child living among us, regardless of their age, has not read the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”? This story was first recorded in narrative form by British writer and poet Robert Southey, and was first published anonymously as “The Story of the Three Bears” in 1837. It was a time when society still valued right over wrong. Parents looked for every opportunity to teach their children that poor moral character always came at a price.
After many years of research and countless interviews on the topic of wise decision making, this picture sums up my findings nicely.
In the study of the lives of people who openly admit that they had tremendous struggles in their life and through deep personal reflection, we can usually pinpoint the single initial choice that started much of the discord. The pivotal questions that I routinely ask are,
“What other choices did you consider at that moment in time?”
“Did you consider at the time, that one of the other choices would have been the right or even a better choice?”
The first part of this article was written September 30, 2014. Sadly, very little has changed in the nearly three years that have past and if you compare the two articles you will see that I intentionally left much of the original article alone because so little has changed.
Today, Obamacare is dead but its death has not been pronounced. Some would say it is a good law and that we have to give it more time. Others say its failure is due to the insurance companies not wanting to participate in the Exchanges. Still others would say it was just an overall bad law; too complicated, too obtrusive, and too socialistic for the American Republic. And of course, each political party is quick to blame the other for the laws failures. Regardless of which school of thought you personally fall into, it is clear that our national healthcare system is still in the need of repair.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Look at any company’s website, mission statement or recruiting material; one of the first messages you will receive is that they value their people. This is a great sentiment for them to portray because we all desire to be valued…but do they? If they truly do, it will be evident by the experience level of their workforce. Current statistics paint a different picture however. Tenure is down and long term employees are starting to build tenure later in life so maybe, just maybe, our business leaders don’t really get it; despite what they are trying to make us believe.
What a novel idea and a worthy ideal to live by. Upon hearing these words, one probably immediate thinks of our health care professionals but shouldn’t these words apply to each and every one of us, regardless of our profession?
Though written over two thousand years ago, The Hippocratic Oath was born as a vow from a dedicated professional to those whom he served. It is a timeless creation because it speaks to the heart of an ethical truth. It is a fact that when you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to be of help to someone, by proxy you also possess the means to commit unspeakable harm.