Month End: December Snapshot

This year didn’t end the way I expected, but honestly, I’m not surprised with the results because of the choices I made. I sacrificed my eternal riches, because of my own selfish delusions and decisions. What is the point of being debt free if you have no one to share the victory with? Looking in the mirror, I know I need to make serious and genuine changes not just in my finances, but in my life. A friend of mine has said, “What’s in the darkness, always comes to light.” I need to change my heart, change my direction, and change my life. I’m going to need serious help to live my life as a whole person. I never realized how much my life was fractured until the end of this year.

Looking at 12/31/16, I had $23,785.14 in total debt both in installment loans and credit cards. I’ve progressed to $15,879.20 in total debt, and reduced my debt by $7,905.94 or 33.2%. Honestly, I had hoped to have it paid off by the end of 2018, but after much reflection, I realize that it was an unrealistic goal. I could possibly do it, but it would mean putting my family, body and mind through such an intense stress that I decided to re-evaluate this decision. You shouldn’t allow your debt free strategy destroy your family and yourself. Finally, I believe if you’re married your spouse needs to know everything completely. Not just finances, but your dreams, nightmares and who you truly are.

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.”
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Deuteronomy‬  28:12‬ NLT‬‬
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http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: 10 Minutes To Start Your Day Positively |START YOUR DAY RIGHT | MORNING MOTIVATION | 2018 MOTIVATION from the Be Inspired – Daily Motivation YouTube channel.

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October 21, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-spot-a-liar-champion-poker-player-phil-hellmuth-2017-10

How do you spot a liar? Watch their eyes, says champion poker player Phil Hellmuth.  Hellmuth has made a career out of calling peoples’ bluffs. So far, he’s won 14 bracelets at the World Series of Poker and a total of $21,971,705 at live tournaments. Hellmuth partly credits his ability to read people as the secret to his success. “Success in the game is 70% reading people and only 30% reading the cards,” he wrote in the book “Read ‘Em and Reap,” which he co-authored with writer Marvin Karlins and former FBI agent Joe Navarro. The “Poker Brat” author has picked up one trick to help him get a better read on people’s true feelings — and detect potential lies. It’s a simple test anyone can use, whether you’re dealing with someone bluffing over a hand of cards or a chronic workplace liar. “You can stare at people,” Hellmuth told Business Insider. “It’s super effective.” Being able to watch the eyes dilate or constrict can give you a quick read on what a person is feeling. It is a skill that needs to be cultivated and you should trust your instincts. People have little ability to control how their pupils react to stimuli, which is what makes watching someone’s pupils a great tell. Of course, changes in pupil diameter signal a person’s emotional state — not dishonesty. But if an individual’s words don’t match their eyes, you might want to take note. For example, if your friend gets a call that causes their pupils to contract but they claim they’re fine afterward, something might be off. If you’re in a tough situation and you need a genuine answer, then look the person in the eye and ask a question. Never stop learning and growing and cultivating new skills. New habits will continue to strengthen the brain over time in my opinion.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/earn-passive-income-4-people-share-their-successful-strategies-2017-10-19

Cutting back your spending isn’t the only way to save more. Finding ways to up your income can help you build wealth and hit your goals faster—and it doesn’t have to require a lot of time or effort. You can ask for a raise, pick up a side gig (as nearly a third of U.S. workers are doing now) or consider a third powerful income-boosting strategy. Say hello to passive income—a low-effort cash flow that’s steady, predictable and relatively easy to maintain. Here’s how four people have done it successfully. As discussed in previous blogs, passive income is a misnomer. To create it, you truly do have to put in some form of effort. Whether it’s a savings account or a rental property, there should be some form of time, energy, and even finances put into an asset for it to generate passive income. This article has four examples that can help encourage your imagination. “My dividend portfolio pays me over $1,200 a month.”— Bob Lai, 35, tech product manager and blogger in Vancouver, Canada “High-dividend stocks are my secret weapon, netting me more than $1,200 in passive income every month with virtually no effort. Basically, this means that I’ve invested in stocks that pay dividends to shareholders, so I essentially get a cut of each company’s profits every quarter—100% of which I reinvest. This lets me buy more shares without having to shell out more money, which is a huge benefit when the price ticks up. My strategy did require some initial effort. But while thoroughly evaluating investments—by checking out price-to-earnings ratios, historical dividend growth and company statements—before purchasing may seem like an intimidating task, I actually enjoy it and don’t mind immersing myself in the research. Bob also diversifies his portfolio by investing in ETF index funds. “Passive income pays my bills—and allows me to travel the world.”—Cat Coquillette, 30, location-independent illustrator and designer in Chiang Mai, Thailand “Thanks to some solid passive income streams, which make up about 90% of my monthly earnings, I’m anything but a starving artist. In addition to my illustration and design business, I earn about $7,000 a month via art licensing through print-on-demand companies. These are websites that print your artwork on things like apparel, phone cases and notebooks, then sell the items online. For example, I created a design for a travel mug that sells for $24.99; I get 10% of each sale. This may not sound like much, but it adds up, especially when you submit a lot of designs. I upload paintings both new and old, so instead of collecting dust, my artwork can earn some cash. She also makes money through traditional art licensing, and through online tutorials. I’ve included only two of the four examples. If you know exactly how much your monthly expenses are, and if your passive income becomes greater than your expenses, then you can retire, or at the very least lose your job and still be able to live.  A word of caution, I think it’s foolish to quit your job in the pursuit of acquiring passive income generating assets.  I know someone who quit his job to build a business against my and some wise business men’s council, and I watched his financial life fall apart. He now jumps from job to job and one get rich scheme to another. Your job no matter what it is, it is providing for your healthcare expenses, paying your existing bills, putting food on the table, and caring for your family. Build your assets over time with your job. Before you ever quit your job, know your numbers, have a plan, and surround yourself with good wise friends.

This week, I’ve included KEEP STANDING – Most Emotional Motivation Video EVER – (Don’t Give Up) from the Mulligan Brothers 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

October 7, 2017

Items in italics are direct quotes from the articles below

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/07/disposable_income.asp

Although it is not the only factor in deciding how wealthy an individual is, disposable income does have a significant influence. If you have little or no money after taxes and expenses, then it is hard to save and invest for the future. In this article, we’ll look at four ways you can increase your disposable income. The four ways are get a raise- or a second job, start a business, investing income, and spend less. Getting a raise is one of the easiest ways to increase your disposable income this can be achieved by continuing your education, taking a pay cut in exchange for performance bonuses, and there are other guides that can help you in getting a raise. Another way is to get a second job, however the draw back to this approach as an employee as your income increases you will be pushed into a higher tax bracket. Starting a business is another way of increasing your disposable income. The difference between having a small business vs a job is that with a business you can lower your tax liability. Some of your business write-offs can even be claimed against other income sources, but you have to follow the rules carefully. (See also: Capital Gains Tax Cuts For Middle Income Investors.) The major drawback of starting a business is that there is no guarantee of success or income like there is with a raise or a second job. Starting a business takes a certain type of person, one with the motivation and the ability to handle the details involved in implementing an idea. The time, effort and nerves that it takes to run a business (that has no certainty of success) means that very few people will take this route.

Investing income is considered a form of passive income. This is a misnomer because it does take active effort to create income from investing – you have to research investments, build and maintain your portfolio, etc. – but it is generally considered to take less effort than, let’s say, shoveling concrete day in and day out. Investing income can come from stocks, bonds, real estate, or many other forms. The common theme is that they ideally produce a return on the money you put into them. (See also: A Guide To Portfolio Construction.) Creating income through investing is a process of accumulation. Even if you consistently get a return on investments (ROI) of 20%, if you only have $1,000 in the investment, you will add a little less than $200 to your yearly income after any fees and taxes have been paid (and there is no guarantee of consistent returns of even 10%). Searching for stocks with a history of dividends, sometimes called income stocks, can help create some income now, but it will still not be as rapid in results as a second job. As you put more money in, however, more money comes out in the form of returns. Investing is a great way to increase your disposable income in the long run, but it won’t do wonders for your immediate situation unless you have a huge chunk of capital just sitting around. Investing takes patience, time and discipline (it is also subject to taxation). That said, it is one of the surest ways to gradually add to your disposable income without exerting yourself too much. Finally, spending less will increase your disposable income.  Having a budget and knowing how much exactly comes in and how much exactly goes out and when it goes out is key to setting aside more money for investing. Each of these four steps should be a part of your life strategy. It’s your money and the choices are yours. What is your vision and what is your legacy?

http://www.businessinsider.com/shopify-citron-andrew-left-business-dirtier-than-herbalife-2017-10

Andrew Left is back at it again. The Citron Research founder tweeted on Wednesday that the Canadian e-commerce company Shopify was a “business dirtier than Herbalife.” He also posted a seven-minute YouTube video outlining his bear case, titled “Citron Exposes the Dark Side of Shopify — The FTC Will Take Notice,” and posted a report to his firm’s website. In the video, Left lays out the big question he has around the company: Outside the roughly 50,000 verifiable merchants working with Shopify, who are the other 450,000 the company says it has? According to Left, many of them are, among other things, influencers paid to promote the company. “Shopify, a company that has mastered the good ol’ get-rich-quick scheme,” Left says in the video. “What’s never discussed by Wall Street is the real business behind Shopify.”  Left set a target price of $60 on the stock which was 49% below the closing price on Tuesday and on Wednesday the stock dropped by 14%. Whether or not his claims are true, when he speaks the market listens and responds in kind. But Left is perhaps best known for his damning October 2015 report that accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of being a “pharmaceutical Enron,” and he helped bring up questions regarding the firm’s accounting and relationship with the specialty pharmacy Philidor.  I’ve included the link to Citron Research here: http://www.citronresearch.com/ If you’re going to increase your knowledge in any asset class, you need to learn from people wiser than you, and trust in your God given gifts. Living in the Information Age, you have full access to as much information as you could possibly want. Carve out a half an hour to a few hours of your day to increase your knowledge and look for scenarios to apply it. Keep it simple, how can I make money, how can I money make money, and how do I repeat steps 1 and 2 to infinity?

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.

This week, I’ve included YOU CAN ALSO BE GREAT” – Elon Musk Motivation – Motivational Video from the Mulligan Brothers 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

Month End: August Snapshot


This month was productive for my wife’s business. My wife’s associate sold a total of 27 memberships, and at the end of August he already had another 5 potential prospects for September. I sincerely believe that he will become one of the most successful Legalshield associates in our state. He’s truly one of the purest sales people I’ve ever met, and his intensity is amazing. It’s because of his efforts that my wife could generate passive income without having to do any sales for the month. At his rate of promotion though, she’ll have to create production herself to ensure that she continues to generate overrides. The secret about passive income is that it does require active work before passive income can be generated. Any business that tries to tell you differently is possibly a scam.  Thankfully with our three sources of income, and her business income, we’ve been able to live and pay down debt. Personally, I’ve decreased the rate of my own personal debt reduction to help with her debt and maintain a standard of living. To be honest at times, I feel overwhelmed. It’s in those moments that I pray and turn to some of my closest friends when I feel I can’t speak to her about my fears. But even when I do, she comforts me. When you’re married to the right woman for you, then she makes you feel like your life is truly complete not just physically but in all areas of life.

She’s continuing to do well at work, and it’s truly a blessing for her to be able to be earning an income in a field of work that she is passionate about and has studied in college for. There are some college students with degrees and student debt who don’t get to fully use their education. Even though we are focused on paying down debt, we are also looking for moments to be generous within our family, and in the world around us. The purpose of being blessed is not just have material possessions, but to also make a difference in the world around you. With the coming weather events, we’re looking to give our financial resources even if we’re not in a financial position to give as much as we want. Remember that you’re blessed to be a blessing. I’m thankful that I have a budget, and income generating assets that can give me the opportunity to help others. I’ll continue to focus on reducing debt with the goal of being debt free.

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.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: ONE OF THE BEST MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOS EVER – BREAK YOUR HABITS from the Mulligan Brothers YouTube channel.

Month End: July Snapshot


This month, my wife started her job. To be able to work in a job that you love, and get paid for it, it’s one of the great blessings in this life. My wife had the opportunity to study and earn a degree in something that she’s passionate about. On the other hand, I have fumbled through life. I originally studied information systems in college, and switched to business administration, because at the time information systems was too challenging for me, and I wanted to graduate college in four years. After I got out of college, I went to work at the Disney Store, and worked many extra jobs just trying to make the ends meet. It wasn’t until I took a change order to a local bank that my life changed. Now I find myself working in the banking industry for over ten years. However, it wasn’t until my mentor, and friend that I consider a brother asked me to read Rich Dad Poor Dad, that I changed how I looked at my personal finances. It’s because of his friendship, that with the Lord’s help I grew to form my framework on how I view finances, and the importance of eternity and legacy.

She received her first paycheck this month, and it was such an exciting moment being able to use those funds to pay down debt. Every penny we apply toward the debt I know will lead us to having even more money in the long run. While we’re looking to reduce our debt and expenses, we’re continuing to increase our income. My wife’s associate in her business, has been doing a phenomenal job at growing his business. Because she is over him, she is receiving the overrides from his production. She can go about her day and receive a deposit without any effort. This example is true passive income. Passive income requires active work on the front end. I’ve made myself available to him 24-7 to continue to ensure his growth, and provide guidance as needed. The most important thing about this situation is that we were friends first before I brought him into this Legalshield business. If you’re not willing to form a relationship with those you work with, then don’t be surprised if you don’t have any results. My friend’s sales approach is outside of the system’s way of thinking however it’s working. I only want the best for him and want to see a day where he earns the six-figure ring. This next month begins 21 days of prayer, and in this time, I will seek the Lord with the hopes of hearing from Him. In your life, take a moment to stop, breathe, rest and reflect.

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.”

Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt

I believe in your journey to….

A Debt Free Me

Here’s this month’s video: CHANGE YOUR HABITS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE – Amazing Compilation (So Inspiring!) from the Be Inspired – Daily Motivation YouTube channel.

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.”
‭‭Deuteronomy28:12NLT‬‬
http://bible.com/116/deu.28.12.nlt
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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.

October 26, 2016

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/12/marcus-lemonis-common-pitfalls-any-franchise-must-avoid-to-be-successful.html

The franchise model has long been a way for companies to rapidly expand beyond what might be possible if they opened every location on their own. But rapid expansion can be just as much of a curse as it can be a blessing if a franchisor rushes into an unproven concept without the ability or the gumption to assist unhappy franchisees in hard times, according to serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis. Four common pitfalls to avoid are: don’t rush to expand an unproven concept, don’t ignore fanchisees, don’t under-equip franchisees, and don’t try to franchise something you’re not passionate about. When converting, a store into a franchise don’t do it until you have a proven model. Your business isn’t to just sell franchisees, it’s to have a model that you can first turn a profit and then build a system around. If you focus on expanding too quickly you could be left with a lot of debt that can’t be paid. When you have someone buy a franchise from you, you are obligated to be available to make sure they are successful. They are investing their money, time, and energy to buy your system, and they’re doing it to replace their current income or supplement income. Franchisees want to succeed. Ensure that you equip your franchisees with enough tools to succeed, and be willing to take in the franchisees input. A franchise is a business system and if that system isn’t working properly then the system will over time fail. Marcus makes a good point when it comes to any business you start, and especially one you want to franchise. “Why get into a business that you’re not excited about?” Lemonis asked. “You just want someone to feel passionate about what they’re doing. If you don’t have passion for it, it’s going to show to the customer,” and ultimately any potential franchisees.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/19/marcus-lemonis-shares-3-simple-tricks-to-increase-your-sales.html

Retailers looking to replicate the efficiency of bigger players like Apple would do well to focus their attention on one key measurement of success, according to entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis. Advising struggling New York-based Bowery Kitchen Supplies on the latest episode of CNBC’s “The Profit,” Lemonis reveals straightforward ways for any merchandiser to improve profits and evaluate its progress. Three simple techniques to increase sales are: develop a merchandising plan, lead with recognizable brands, and simplify the store’s layout. In the case of this business, the company experienced a loss due to having too much inventory that was spread throughout the store, and the products were acquired based off the desires of the owner vs. profitability of each department. A way to develop a merchandising plan is through analyzing sales data and from this data determine what departments are necessary and structure inventory around this data. After identifying the key departments customers appreciate most, Lemonis develops a strategy centered around “anchor tenants” — products meant to boost profits for a entire department by establishing the product offering’s legitimacy. By anchoring a department with well-known brands, you can then add brands that aren’t established with good margins. The final step is simplifying a store layout through clear signage and organization which will make the shopping experience easier for the customer. The more comfortable and visible the experience, the more likely you will generate sales.

If you need a financial checkup you can reach me in the contact me section.

For this week, I’ve included Design Your Dream Life Through Passive Income from TEDx Talks 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