What Am I’m thinking right now? Buy some Real Estate dude!

How do I put myself in position to purchase some real estate? I work with and around some of the brightest minds in the real estate business and have gleaned information from their well of knowledge. Savvy investors know trends and are well acquainted with processes that make for successful real estate transactions.
One thing that continues to surface is this notion that you must do it. Don’t over think the situation, be informed and active. “The journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” Chinese Proverb
I read “The Art of the Start” several years ago and learned to just start the process and watch the resources begin to reveal themselves. I started a real estate ventures company and a landscaping business shortly after reading the book and used savings and loans and within the first year the businesses paid for themselves and covered the initial investment.
What am I trying to say? Whatever is on your mind, go for it and watch the resources begin to open up for you and who knows, you may be the next Zuckerberg!

Recession Proof Living

Is there such a thing as living a lifestyle that will protect you against a recession and even depression? I know the answer is to be extremely wealthy or come from a family of wealth. I believe there is a way to live a great standard of life before, during and after a recession and it involves frugality.
Frugality is the quality of being frugal or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness:
“Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.”
Learn to live below your means and stop being wasteful! Some try to live at and even above their means and that is a huge mistake. It will cost you dearly in the event of a recession or losing employment. Consumption with moderation can be a favored ally. Keeping up with the Jones’ will be detrimental to recession proof living.
I’ve been fortunate to earn a sizable income in my work life and had many opportunities to purchase huge homes, big cars and take elaborate vacations, but I chose to help others and save for a rainy day. In no way am I suggesting we do not live a good quality life, but I am suggesting you live according to goals, vision for the future, mission to helping others and yes, recession proof living.
Recession is the act of receding or withdrawing. I can take that in a number of different ways but will let your imagination take you where you need to go after being armed with that definition. Proof is simply evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth. And Living can be defined as active or thriving; vigorous; strong.
Recession Proof Living is thriving when things around you are withdrawing their support because you have enough evidence that being frugal is the truth! That’s my interpretation and I’m sticking to it.
In conclusion, “And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” Luke 12:15

Business in a Social Environment

Over the past several years I have attended a number of workshops, seminars, webinars and the like all addressing this topic of balancing business in a social networking environment. I have learned and gleaned much from these studies. Yes people want to know, like and trust you before doing business. And yes rapport is paramount to having doors open to a strong business relationship that’s mutually beneficial for all parties involved. Notice I said mutually beneficial.
Mutual means-1. possessed, experienced, performed, etc., by each of two or more with respect to the other; reciprocal: to have mutual respect. 2. having the same relation each toward the other: to be mutual enemies.
Beneficial means-1. conferring benefit; advantageous; helpful: the beneficial effect of sunshine. 2. helpful in the meeting of needs: a beneficial association.
No matter what environment we are in all of us want relationships that benefit both parties if we have decent and moral character about ourselves. As a philanthropist I need to work with great organizations that work to fulfill eminent human needs or eminent environmental needs which include the animal kingdom, plant kingdom, the air we breathe and the atmosphere in which our planet revolves. My money, intellectual ability/property and my advice are for the taking if you meet these core needs that I consider of utmost value. How is it mutual if I’m giving to these organizations one might ask? The answer is simple from my perspective; it keeps me on track with my purpose from the heavens. If fine organizations such as the •United Negro College Fund •Boys and Girls Clubs of America •YMCA •Catholic Charities USA •International Missions •InnocentVoices.org •Nurse’s Children Foundation, Inc. don’t exist then purpose in this season for me does not exist. You feel me?
I conclude with this thought; if you have a good product or service that can be quantified as a viable resource that produces a mutually beneficial metrics, any environment to collaborate will work for most astute business people.
Don’t be so offensive when someone approaches you with an opportunity which may take place in a social environment. They may have the next best and trending idea since the invention of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.!
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Enjoy life’s experiences

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss) I’m still grateful for all of the love I have experienced in my life. My 1st wife and I lasted for 15 years and boy was it a rocky journey, yet I’m grateful for the love. I still remember how fond I was of my 11th grade sweetheart and how cool our 3-month relationship impacted me socially for she was one of the more popular girls in my high school. What’s my point you ask? Dr. Seuss said it best, “smile because it happened”.

It is said, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” and I agree with that statement. Without going through those emotions of puppy love, infatuation, desperation, excitement, disappointment, heartbreak and so on and so forth, we would not have run the gambit of feelings that are so critical to human existence and development. It makes us unique in the animal kingdom and more importantly helps us mature into wise old farts. Would you agree with my summation?

I’m almost 50 years old now and recognize the importance of going through these emotions because now I have a wealth of stories to share, experiences to compare and great loves lost. A number of times the emotions were not pleasant and I probably was not very pleasant to be around, but in the end I’m better for it! Keep searching, trying and exploring for a great story will come of it!

Serving

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”(Max DePree)
According to the Holy Bible, “He who serves is the greatest among you.”

Thoughts on Love

Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.’
(Erich Fromm)
Find something you love to do and chase it like an Olympian chases a gold medal. It’s the pursuit of life’s greatness reward, contentment with who you are and what truly makes you happy!

Take some chances

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” (Mark Twain)
I have nightmares sometimes about missed opportunities. Pursuing a dream or opportunity can be scary, but those who achieve greatness overcome those fears. I had an opportunity to purchase an Authentic New Orleans Basket company which made and shipped New Orleans goodies all over the world. I let a friend talk me out of purchasing the company. Said company is flourishing right now as I write this entry. That company would have employed 10 people and taken me around the world every day! Don’t sleep on your dreams and opportunities people.

Write in a journal daily

“All the world is my school and all humanity is my teacher.” (George Whitman)
I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest book “It’s Time to LEAD NOT Follow”. I quote Buddha, Muhammad, teachings of Hinduism among many other ideologies, because the world is most definitely a harsh school without wisdom from those who walked before us and humanity has opened universal ways of thinking for me.

Enjoy Life

“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.” (Peter Shaffer)
”Do You.” Spend life learning, enjoying and cherishing every moment! My experience has been work hard, that’s all the enjoyment in life one needs. Wrong! Work hard true enough, but take some time to “smell the roses”.

Being in College

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” (Anatole France)
I spoke recently at Foothill College for their month long Black History Celebration. I must have done a decent job in 2013 as I was invited back by the Student Council for 2014. The subject matter was Leadership as a Lifestyle and the students were inspired to see opportunity rather than defeat. I believe they were pushed to pursue GREAT THINGS and while doing so to DREAM BIG, PLAN for SUCCESS and above all BELIEVE in THEMSELVES! I love you Foothill and looking forward to the great testimonials coming forth in 2014 and beyond.