Month End: June Snapshot

This month, I’m so thankful for what God is doing in our lives. My wife had her first job interview since graduating college and she got the job she wanted. She passed the NCLEX on the first try and had a successful interview to get her first job in many years on the first try. God has blessed our new family in so many small and dramatic ways that I can’t help but give Him thanks. This month, I personally decided to stay away from actively selling my Legalshield business and decided to personally focus on growing my wife’s Legalshield business through mentoring and motivating. I still lead conference calls, available I’m to answer questions, and I assist in sharing the product, however I no longer actively sell memberships. I choose to instead be a Legalshield member, and mentor. I’m still active in my other businesses and I’m excited about a new business venture that I’m starting with my friend Blake.

The balance on my Capital One card increased due to a balance transfer to help pay my wife’s debt and take care of necessary expenses. With the extra $500 per month, the additional income from my business ventures, and proper budget management, I’m going to begin to focus on paying on the Barclay’s cards because they have an interest rate of 23.24% vs. the Capital One’s interest rate of 23.15%. The best way to pay down debt is to focus on the debt you want to pay down and find ways to increase income while decreasing expenses. Also, if you can build passive income generating assets you can work toward building wealth. You must act and believe that there is an end you can reach.

If you want to learn more about how I’m increasing my income, while reducing debt or if you want to have someone to discuss your debt reduction strategy with, or if you need a financial check-up, contact me.

Also, learn more about how I use the self-lending principle through Mustard Seed in the mustard seed section.

“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.”

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: STOP WASTING TIME – The Most Motivational Video Ever 2017 from the Video Advice YouTube channel.


June 28, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

When Barbara Corcoran interviewed candidates for her successful real-estate brokerage, she never bothered to read their résumés first. Résumés can be easily fabricated and perfectly finessed, so she didn’t see the point. Instead, she wanted to know one key fact about each potential employee: Was he or she happy? The “Shark Tank” star looks deeply at a person’s personality and drive. Her one interview question which helps her determine if someone fits her company is: tell me about your family. Corcoran says she wants to know about a prospective employee’s parents. How he or she grew up. How someone speaks about family reveals so much about how that person learned to approach challenges. By the time someone is sitting across from you in an interview, his or her perspective is most likely pretty ingrained. “If their family couldn’t give them a positive attitude, there’s nothing I can do that’s going to change it,” she says. From her point of view, unhappy people often don’t reach their full potential. She especially hates complainers, and doesn’t tolerate those who play the victim card. She even has a dramatic way to move on from complain-y entrepreneurs. When she first signs a deal with any entrepreneur, she displays his or her photo on the wall of her office. But the moment she hears that entrepreneur start playing the victim card, she flips the photo over. “They’ll never succeed. Victims don’t succeed,” she says. The words you speak into your soul have power over you. Good words can produce good results, but even deeper than that you need to have faith in your words too. Even if you don’t believe them initially, constantly search for your inner why, and begin surrounding yourself with those who are willing to walk with you. Build a community if you must, but ultimately discover purpose and make a difference. If you fall, then get back up until you climb your personal mountain. Successful investors will invest in you if you have the tenacity and conviction to follow through with your plans. Your words are important, and they will bring life or death.

At just 27 years old, the blogger behind the Money Wizard — who goes by the pen name Sean online — has banked more than $181,000. He’s on a mission to retire early, at age 37. Sean saves 65% of his take-home pay — he earns $80,000 a year as a financial analyst — and still manages to travel frequently. “Probably what’s most driving me [to retire early] — I just want freedom,” he told Business Insider. “So many people get caught up in the race of materialism, thinking that next house or next car is what will make them happy. I think happiness comes from freedom. I just want to be able to do what I want, without financial worry.” He saves automatically each month, putting his money into a 401(k), IRA, and index funds. “Saving off the top,” he said, is the best strategy for socking away money because you don’t miss the cash if you don’t see it in the first place. Sean’s philosophy for building wealth is based on calculating the value of his time in dollars. “Understanding that, at its core, money is a unit of exchange for time … every purchase costs me time — the most limited resource we have,” he said. Before buying something, Sean often calculates the true cost of the purchase, in terms of the time it took him to earn the amount, to put it into perspective. “If I buy a $30 dinner, that dinner is paid for in after-tax dollars and is subject to sales tax. If I’m in the 25% tax bracket and the dinner is subject to a 10% meal tax, that $30 dinner costs nearly $45. After considering the time spent working to earn $45, is the fancy dinner still worth it?” he said. How much is your time worth to you? There’s only 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and 12 months in a year. Try Sean’s exercise and consider how much time at work you must sacrifice every time you buy something you don’t need. Make your money work for you, and learn how to work smart not just harder. Your imagination can create new and wonderful ways to make life better. How can you make a difference? How can you take this difference and place it in a business model? Can this business become an income producing asset? Can the business be scaled? How much money do you need to live? These are all deep personal questions that you should take the time to think about. Once you are done thinking, act and make life happen.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

For this week, I’ve included GET UNSTUCK FROM DESTRUCTIVE HABITS – Motivational Video for Success & Studying (end laziness) from Be Inspired YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG

June 21, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

Once as a young man, John Paul DeJoria was homeless. Today, this self-made entrepreneur is worth over $3 billion. The founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Tequila, DeJoria recently gave a speech at the TEDx conference in Los Angeles. A first-generation American turned entrepreneur, DeJoria is an excellent example of achieving the American dream. His personal story and the companies he created are nothing less than inspirational. He is a socially minded business owner who develops brands around the pillars of sustainability, social responsibility, and animal-friendliness. He is also a member of The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic gathering of the wealthiest families in the world who are all committed to donating the majority of their wealth toward pro-social causes. But for DeJoria, that dream didn’t come without a lot of hard work and a resilient spirit. In his TEDx speech, DeJoria discusses how he overcame obstacles in his life and shares a few secrets to gaining an edge on the competition. DeJoria believes in this important attribute: going the extra mile. It’s about working hard. In his speech, DeJoria sums up his point, saying, “Doing what you should be doing, even when no one is watching.” DeJoria has two facets to becoming a successful entrepreneur:

1. Be Prepared For A LOT Of Rejection – Rejection is an inevitable part of the entrepreneur’s journey, especially when starting out. In the beginning, DeJoria suggests that we must not listen to people who doubt our abilities and just keep pushing. More importantly, by being properly prepared to deal with rejection, you will be much less affected by it.

2. Produce A Service Or Product Of The Highest Quality – While some companies worry about generating income over all else, DeJoria believes the quality of a product is critical. “You want your product or service to be so good,” says DeJoria, “that you’re not in the selling business, you’re in the re-order business.”

These lessons are straightforward, and yet they are widely applicable. If you implement them into your life, maybe someday you will reach the level of success Mr. DeJoria has. However, if you do, try to live with his motto in mind.

“Success unshared is failure.” – John Paul DeJoria

Understanding the difference between book value and market value is a simple yet fundamentally critical component of any attempt to analyze a company for investment. After all, when you invest in a share of stock or an entire business, you want to know you are paying a sensible price. Book value means the value of the business according to its financial statements. In this case, book value is calculated from the balance sheet, and it is the difference between a company’s total assets and total liabilities. Note that this is also the term for shareholders’ equity. For example, if Company XYZ has total assets of $100 million and total liabilities of $80 million, the book value of the company is $20 million. In a very broad sense, this means that if the company sold off its assets and paid down its liabilities, the equity value or net worth of the business, would be $20 million. Market value is the value of a company according to the stock market. Book value is the value of the company based on its books also known as the accounting value. Market value has a more meaningful implication in the sense that it is the price you have to pay to own a part of the business regardless of what book value is stated. Due to the importance of this article’s content, I’ve included a lot of the content. It’s worth reading.

There are three basic generalizations about the relationships between book value and market value:

  1. Book Value Greater Than Market Value: The financial market values the company for less than its stated value or net worth. When this is the case, it’s usually because the market has lost confidence in the ability of the company’s assets to generate future profits and cash flows. In other words, the market doesn’t believe that the company is worth the value on its books. Value investors often like to seek out companies in this category in hopes that the market perception turns out to be incorrect. After all, the market is giving you the opportunity to buy a business for less than its stated net worth.
  2. Market Value Greater Than Book Value: The market assigns a higher value to the company due to the earnings power of the company’s assets. Nearly all consistently profitable companies will have market values greater than book values.
  3. Book Value Equals Market Value: The market sees no compelling reason to believe the company’s assets are better or worse than what is stated on the balance sheet.

It’s important to note that on any given day, a company’s market value will fluctuate in relation to book value. The metric that tells this is known as the price-to-book ratio, or the P/B ratio:

P/B Ratio = Share Price/Book Value Per Share

(where Book Value Per Share equals shareholders’ equity divided by number of shares outstanding)

The author goes on to compare the metric of book value vs market value by analyzing Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo & Co. It’s important to determine whether book value or market value is your metric in making a financial decision regarding a company. My opinion is book value and market value are dependent upon the level of commitment to your investment strategy. If your strategy is to invest in paper assets then book value and market value can play a factor in your decision, but if you are going to buy a company that is publicly traded then there are other factors that you must consider. In other words, the greater the commitment, the more work you should put in to ensure that your investment produces income. Remember an investment should be an income producing asset. If it’s passive income, and that income is greater than your expenses then you are wealthy.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

For this week, I’ve included WHO WILL YOU BECOME? – 30 Minute Epic Workout Motivation Friday from Basquiat Picasso YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG

June 14, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

Americans are famous for using filler words like “um”, “uh”, “like” and “y’know”. On average, we utter two to three filler words for every 100 words we speak. One method to stop using filler words is the clap method. Ask someone to listen to you speak and clap whenever you use a filler word. It will seem weird at first, but you’ll be able to determine how many filler words you use in your daily conversation. The self-recording method involves setting up a camera or cell phone device to record yourself during conversation. The best way to correct yourself from using filler words is by pausing in between each thought. “It is a matter of training yourself to tolerate a long pause and telling yourself that you will not lose people’s attention or respect.” – Paula Statman. People will also use filler words when experiencing anxiety. A good way to manage this anxiety is to shift your focus to helping the audience. Finally, it’s important to practice giving speeches, so you will build your confidence. The best way to communicate your spirit is through your words, and in my opinion the most efficient and effective way to communicate your words is through speaking. Your spoken words can communicate tone in a way that written words can’t. Remember that words are powerful. Words can become flesh.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”

―Margaret Fuller

Want to know one of the “secrets” to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader. One of the best ways to “stand on the shoulders of giants” is to read. We hear it all the time–that the most successful people, our greatest leaders, are people who read constantly (including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett). Reading for leaders is a way to broaden their knowledge, to expand their world view, to gain insight and widen their perspectives. But the secret is knowing what to read. Not every book will get you where you need to be. Here is my list of the top five books you must read if you want to become a more successful, well-rounded leader. The five books are: The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, The 48 Laws of Power, and Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization. Each book is worth reading, however I’ve selected a direct quote from the article regarding the 48 Laws of Power. “When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity. … You cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.” A contrast to the usual “feel-good” tone of most leadership books, The 48 Laws of Power brings a hard-edged ruthless grit based on the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and stories of politicians and other manipulators throughout history. Robert Greene’s “48 laws” focus on making yourself look good, building your own confidence, self-preservation, and winning. Even if it’s a message you’re not entirely comfortable with, it’s one you need to know. It’s important to listen to different points of view even if you may not agree with the point of view. Each of these books, I believe will help draw out the leader in you. Be a servant leader and serve for the greater good of eternity and legacy. Just remember that when you lead you can be the target that gets hit first, so be true to the values you believe in.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

For this week, I’ve included SINK OR SWIM – Motivational Video | You don’t have to face yourself on Friday from Fight it or Accept it YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG

June 7, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

The last week has been pretty incredible for the Maui Brewing Company. The U.S. Small Business Administration named co-founders Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley the National Small Business Persons of the Year. Online media brand Thillist named Maui Brewing Company the best craft brewery in the state. Two of its brews were recognized in the Los Angeles International Beer Competition and four of its brews got medals at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The recent accolades feel great, according to co-founder Garrett Marrero, 38. But what people don’t understand, he says, is how much work went into achieving that success. “I have had the comment, ‘Oh, it must be nice,’ sometimes. And I hear that, from someone and I am like, ‘You know what, yeah, it is nice. We have a nice home, it’s great to run a company like we do and to work with the people we do but the sacrifice that we put in? It meant no vacation, it meant being broke,” says Marrero. “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. And it’s much easier to be on the other side of the fence pointing back at a successful business saying, ‘Oh yeah, that would have been so nice, I wish I would have done something like that.'” Morrero was working in San Francisco in finance when he decided to move to Hawaii in 2004 with his at the time girlfriend and now wife and business partner. In 2005, he started the company as a small brew-pub in 2005. A few years later, the company expanded into retail sales. By 2013, the Maui Brewing Company hit $10 million in sales. In 2016, it did between $12 and $16 million in revenue (Marrero declined to be more specific) and this year, it expects to do $20 million in sales. Currently, it has almost 400 employees. By the end of 2018 or early 2019, it plans to have opened additional restaurants and be employing 700 people. Maui Brewing Company’s success was buoyed by the rise in popularity of craft beer in the time since it opened, says Marrero. In 2005, there were 991 brew-pubs, 354 microbreweries, and 49 regional breweries, according to the Brewers Association, an industry organization. In 2016, there were 1,916 brew-pubs, 3,132 microbreweries and 49 regional breweries. The company isn’t successful just because of the owner’s commitment, its success is because of the commitment from every single employee. When the company sold off its old production space to two couples wanting to launch a start-up craft brewery, Marrero said “”I was very clear, I said, ‘This is going to be the hardest work you have ever done,'” he says.” ‘You are going to cry, you are going to bleed, you are certainly going to sweat here. Just be prepared, this is not going to be easy. You look at what we have today, that’s not the way it was five, six, seven, 10 years ago. If you are not ready to give it 110 percent every day, day in, day out, then running a business isn’t for you.'” In addition to putting commitment into your business, you also to have goals, and believe you will accomplish them. “If you don’t set out with the vision of being successful, you are going to fail,” says Marrero. “We were not willing to quit. The vision had to be focused like a laser in order to really get to where we are.”. Where there is no vision you will perish. Your vision and mission will drive you. If you wrap your vision and mission around the lens of eternity and legacy you will have a foundation that will give you the energy to keep moving forward even if it’s slowly.

Some people may envision the legalization of marijuana as an opportunity for someone like Philip Morris to start selling marijuana cigarettes. It’s much closer to the truth to say that marijuana is showing potential for medical uses, and companies that are developing medical applications for the plant stand to gain in the marketplace. The rush to get in on the marijuana craze has created hundreds of startups. The odds are that many of these will fail. The winners so far are established companies that are adding marijuana to their focus. Even the winners have seen drops in price lately. We have selected four marijuana stocks that have the potential to make significant gains. These stocks were chosen based on their array of marijuana-related products. These products are either in use or awaiting FDA approval. All figures are current as of June 12, 2017. The four stocks to watch are: ABBV, SMG, CRBP, and INSY. AbbVie Inc is a pharmaceutical company that currently has a cannabis based drug on the market. The FDA approved Marinol, which helps alleviate nausea or vomiting for chemotherapy patients. The drug also helps AIDS patients who have lost their desire to eat. This product is not the main product for the company. ABBV has reported increasing revenues in the past four years. In addition, its operating income has been increasing steadily. The company is benefiting from a host of useful drugs, including Marinol. This is a way to play the marijuana trend without incurring 100% exposure to the plant. Scotts Miracle-Gro Company which is known for its lawn and garden-care lines, the company is developing products for cannabis growers and also several pesticides for use on marijuana plants. The author recommends watching this stock rather than buying. Corbus Pharmaceuticals is a stock that has been volatile over the past few years. Resunab, which is designed to treat sclerosis, has had promising trials. The stock has tended to dip just before trial results are announced, then rally when the results are positive. Now Corbus is testing Resunab as a treatment for cystic fibrosis. The pessimism/optimism pattern will continue to play out as this drug is tested yet again. The company has negative operating income, and revenues are close to zero. Corbus is a company depending on the success of a single drug that could make or break it. In my opinion, this stock is a high-risk stock, and if you invest in this stock have a short-term strategy to invest for the capital gains. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is in the process of developing a synthetic cannabis drug to treat childhood epilepsy. This company markets many non-canabis drugs. The company is also developing a spray technology to deliver the pharmaceutical based canaboids. Biotech stocks will normally exhibit volatility. It is best not to invest based on enthusiasm over marijuana, and keep a level head about actual results from drug trials. The pesticides angle is interesting, but such a product would have limited sales until marijuana is legalized nationwide. Know your asset class and focus your asset acquiring strategy to build your investment portfolio.

If you are interested in creating a budget, then contact me for a financial checkup in the contact me section. Also, learn more about the self-lending principle in the mustard seed section.

For this week, I’ve included PROVE YOU CAN DO IT – Motivational video from MulliganBrothers YouTube channel.

“If you think you know it all, you’re a fool for sure; real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

Proverbs 28:26 MSG