SPC Charity: Choose Love for Our Students

Teachers are good people but man do they not make any money!

Often times they have to pull money out of their own pocket to pay for things the School District cannot afford.

We decided to change that!

The DonorsChoose listing link.

Later that day…

We definitely scored one for the kids!

Here is what we got for the kids:

DonorsChoose.org was a little slow (and ~$200 of fees) the goodies arrived!

My students need supplies to support our Choose Love movement, a social emotional program that teaches children how to choose love in all different situations. We need clipboards, pillows, answer buzzers and much more.

My Students

My students are active, fun loving and excited to learn. They love hands on activities that allows them to engage in building and teamwork with one another. They come to class ready to learn and are eager to share their ideas with each other.

We continue to work together to build a community within our classroom that encourages each other to grow and learn from one another.

Its important that all students have a voice and that we as educators understand all of our students needs. We promote a learning environment that builds a culture within the classroom of love and understanding through learning. Every year I am blessed to have a loving and engaging group of students that encourage me to keep learning along side of them.

My Project

Our school is focusing on our Choose Love Movement this year. This social emotional program is encouraging students to choose love in all different types of situations. The program focuses on 4 components, courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. With the materials from this project, I am creating a Choose Love corner for my students to use as a space to express themselves honestly with no judgement or fear.

This Choose Love Corner is helping to “cultivate optimism, resilience, and personal responsibility” in all students.

I really want to encourage my students from an early age, a healthy way to express their emotions. A main focus of the corner will be the rug where students can take their Choose Love journals and share about anything they are feeling both at home and at school. The emphasis of the rug is also about different traits that I am hoping to instill in my students as well. Many of the items will be used by the students to make them feel comfortable sharing things in their journal that they may not feel comfortable talking about.

I am hoping that if we can teach students from an early stage and provide them with the life skills of coping with situations, it will continue to encourage a happier and stronger learning environment for all students.

135 – Interview – Financial Advice from a Broke Millenial with Erin Lowry

Erin Lowry (https://brokemillennial.com/) is the author of Broke Millenial, a book about how to stop scraping by and start getting your financial life in order.
She talks about how she learned about finances at a young age, how she gave up her dream school so she could live her dream life, and how living in New York inspired her to write her book, Broke Millenial.
“Invest your spare change,” may be a catchy line but you really can’t invest your spare change to wealth. It has to be more than spare change.
In the financial world, you are above nothing. Just because you have a college education doesn’t mean that is your way out of financial difficulty. You also need to be prepared to take non-professional jobs or jobs that might be below you.
Just like in any financial goal you have to figure out how to take a high-level idea and break it down into smaller parts. Think of whatever your long-term financial goals are and work backwards to break it down into something that is actually more achievable. A lot of people in their early twenties have beautiful, lofty dreams but no tangible steps on how to get themselves there.
Podcasts are great sources of information.
Saving is important but earning more is bigger. To earn more is a key part of building wealth.
The biggest thing when it comes to feeling in control of your money is that you have to identify what you truly value. Don’t allow other people to dictate where you should spend your money.

Paying your mortgage of in 4 to 8 years with “mortgage rate arbitrage”

Flip the Script on the Banks

Summary: Pay a 30-year mortgage in 5 to 8 years by paying back your mortgage with simple interest instead of amortized interest.

I recently discussed this in my Forbes article here.

Is this something new?

We all know it’s a sellers’ market, with the lack of deals out there and the majority of the Simple Passive Cashflow Podcast listeners looking for something to invest their cash in. Good times, if you ask me. This strategy is nothing new but now the strategies that are, “trending,” like bell bottoms, tights, and neon colors but forgotten. One of these old plays from the playbook is called the Mortgage Equity Arbitrage Strategy also known as, the Australian Banking system.

First off, let’s talk about good debt versus bad debt. Obviously, an 18% interest rate paid on something like a credit card is bad debt. But taking a 4% HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) or loan from your life insurance policy can be good debt. Especially, if you are putting the loan proceeds into AHP at 12%, a MFH Syndication at 20%, a Turnkey rental at 30%+, or another higher risk syndication at 35%+. Just don’t buy jet skis or other doodads with the money… I don’t know why it’s always jet skis as the example. Maybe something to do with the fact that it is a mini-boat, and boats are known as the worse purchase known to man.

What you do with the liquidity from the debt is what really matters. Traditionally, it has been good to go into debt for a college education paying 4-8%… unless you are getting a glass blowing degree… or maybe a psychology degree so you can trick yourself into thinking college was worth it… or Asian studies degree because you are going to have to get used to ramen noodles in your adult life… or a Communications degree to be able to spin your financial reality. Ok I admit, I had a pretty depressing college experience…

 

Other Resources:

Podcast #105 – Jordan Goodman – Affiliate connections + mortgage rate optimization + Dolphin mentality

 

SPC028 – Chris Myles explains the downside to using Helocs to pay off mortgages & a teaser on life insurance

HELOCs in Hawaii

 

Hui Mastermind – Tony Robbins UPW in LA

If you would like to just – soft commit form

We are forming a group mastermind like the last one in Sonoma.

We will be attending Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within (UPW) in Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14-17, 2019. 

I attended it in 2016 and it was the inspiration behind my story in my book.

I’m normally not an excitable person (there is a lot of jumping around and dancing – which I’m not too big of a fan) but this UPW event the real deal!

Lowest prices through November 26th (I am currently negotiating an upgrade one or two levels so let’s plan on buying the General Admission for now)

General Admission tickets-regular price $1095-current price 2 tickets for $1095 or through me only 1 ticket for $547.50

Executive ticket-regular price $1395-current price 2 tickets for $1395 or through me only 1 ticket $697.50

VIP ticket-regular price $1695-current price 2 tickets for $1695 or through me only 1 ticket at $847.50

Diamond ticket-regular price $2395-save $500 through me only $1895 at this time

Diamond Premiere-regular price $2995- save $500 through me only $2495 at this time

Here is the direct link to Tony’s website.

I suggest bringing an accountability buddy or significant other. The worse thing is to come back to normal life without someone speaking the same “language” around you.

I see these motivational events as “baths” which you need to take from time to time. Even if you are someone who is internally motivated, this will take you to another level.

Why join the Hui:

  1. Learn the framework to be happy – best video segment ever
  2. Connect with people like minded
  3. You will leave this event changed – as silly as it sounds “things will never be the same”
  4. This event will be held in a smaller venue (12,000 people) which I was really excited about when I was planning this because it is a lot better environment than the normal sports arena setting where everyone is captive in their rows.
  5. You get to walk on burning coals!
  6. Learn more about the event here – note the LA event is not yet listed

Details are still being formed but we will likely get upgraded one or two levels if we come in as a large group. 

I am also arranging for a Monday decompression meeting to connect with other investors who attended from the Hui.

This event is more for personal development than investing. But it is certainly investing in yourself! After all… getting the passive cashflow is Simple but what you do after is the hard part.

I don’t personally guarantee investments because of course there is always a risk but I WILL guarantee your ROI if you come to this event! Call me and I will share my experience.

See what Tim Ferriss says about this event (last quarter of the end of video)

Reserve my spot (Due by Thanksgiving) – soft commit form

Trust me it’s going to be amazing!

After going in 2016, I made these goals in 2017. Some of which happened so of which I overshot.

 

 

So you are in!

Preparing for your first Unleashed the Power Within Seminar:

1) Come with an open mind.

2) Make a list of a few limiting beliefs. Everyone has these. Some common examples are I am not achieving what I want because… (I’m to young, too old, never went to college, a woman, I’m brown, I did not come from money). These are the things that subconsciously hold us back.
3) Prepare to tackle your biggest, hairy, huge goals.
4) Tony will bring it. He drops the F-bomb a lot. Mostly for shock value as again it is entirely on purpose. Note: he gives free tickets to some troubled kids and he tries to speak to a lot of the kids in the first few minutes who likely have never have heard him before.
5) Prepare to dance your ass off. Even if you can’t dance/hate to dance/have no legs… You will still want to dance. Get in that “puppy pit”.  For goodness sake… Live like you don’t give a fuck. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Dance because if only it is you trying to do something different.
6) Joseph McClellan will speak on day two and day four.  He is a good speaker too. This is not a 5k seminar so you do not get four days of Tony… Its a fraction of that.
7) Be prepared to show up early and go long. Like 8 am to 2 am long. Stay as close to the convention as possible it will be crazy leaving when everyone else does. Don’t try to skip out. If you are getting tired you are letting circumstances control you instead of your leading your state! It is often in the moments when you are close to your limits that the biggest breakthroughs happen, so don’t sell yourself short.
8) Firewalking is real. I thought it was a party trick when I did it and did NOT get into state. You can do it and you will remember it for the rest of your life. This will be trumped by day 3 transformation evening showcase.
9) Taking your spouse or buddy? It’s good that you will be on the same page when you get back to real life but consider not sitting together for part or all of the seminar. There is a lot of value to connecting with others there and getting outside of your normal conventions.  Don’t be afraid to talk to some people. Volunteers, there are a wealth of information about what’s coming next and what to do. You can be your true self when you don’t know the other person as they don’t know you or have any expectations of who you “should” be.
10) I would take notes and more importantly brainstorm action items and implantation plans.
11) Drink the kool-aide. Be all in. Dance, scream, visualize. Show up on time and stay till the end. Get your money’s worth. Do it! It’s worth it.
12) Tony is on another level in terms of hypnosis that makes NLP obsolete. Go with it.
13) Try to sit in the aisle so you can mix and mingle. This makes it easier to run out for a quick bathroom break. You will have to be in there a little earlier like 30 minutes scheduled to start. Also, try and find the bathroom that no one uses for quicker usage. don’t wash your hands it’s faster… Jk.
14) Read/listen to any of his books or audio program
15) Check out what is on YouTube e.g. his TED Talk
15) Watch I Am Not Your Guru on Netflix
16) Six Human Needs and Triad are the core of his work you can learn more in his TED Talk or on his website
17) If you’re not in the right state, not getting it, not feeling right etc. ask any of the leaders and trainers for help, they are amazing resources and have been through it so many times before so have seen, heard and experienced it all before.
18) Subscribe to UPW Facebook group for the event
19) On day two make a list of things you will Stop doing

What to bring to the Seminar

1) A heavy jacket or even blanker – Tony keeps the room extremely cold on purpose. It’s all part of his magic. Embrace it.
2)  You will be jumping for hours. No heels or dress shoes. The only type of shoes you should be wearing are tennis/keds/flats/basketball shoes. Most people will wear causal or gym type attire.
3) Don’t just bring snacks. Bring meals. I’m talking fruit, nuts, hummus, veggies, crackers, granola bars, etc. If you don’t, prepare to race 10,000 other people to be in front of the food line. Post-mates/Uber eats can be a good healthy option. If you are so compelled fast for the four days – and start the literal cellular autophagy – as you will learn the pain is all in your mind!
4) Notebook

Post-event:

1) Give yourself a couple of extra days after the event to catch up on sleep, decompress, review your notes, absorb and process what you learned and make a plan for how you will integrate changes in your life.  You will be tempted to plan to rush back into “life” straight afterward but to allow yourself to recover and to successfully integrate your learnings you need to give yourself a little time. There will be some discussion on this on the fourth day.
2) Stay tuned… I will plan an event Monday morning or Sunday evening.
I’ll try to get some of the following

Hot hands

Bars
Water
Bags
Jerky
Nuts

Official Event Info

Thursday: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Friday: 8:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am – 11:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
EVENT LOCATION
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
South Hall GHJ
https://www.lacclink.com/
Outside food and beverages are not permitted in the LACC Center
with the exception of sealed bottled water and sealed light snacks.
Light snacks include single-serving items that would be consumed
by one person. For example, granola bars, protein bars, bags of
chips, crackers, beef jerky or whole fruit, etc. Empty refillable water
bottles are permitted and can be refilled on the main concourse at
LACC Center’s drinking fountains. Coolers and grocery bags are not
permitted in the LACC Center.

How to invest proactively in a Sellers market

Since I feel we are in the 9th inning of an 11 inning ball game, I decided to pass on a recent Class-A apartment deal in a secondary market.

Here is my thought process…

First off, Robert Kiyosaki has a saying: “There are three sides to a coin.”
People like to argue that it is either a good time to buy or a bad time to buy. For example, they say that “MFH” is overheated or commercial is getting killed by Amazon and e-commerce. I think these are mental justifications by tire-kickers who are scared to act. I mean really how many of these people are under the accredited status (not sophisticated) or not obtained their “Simple Passive Cashflow number.”
Sophisticated investors still trying to grow live on the edge of the “coin.” They buy deals out of the reach of amateurs due to the amateurs’ lack of network/knowledge. These opportunities are undervalued, with undermarket rents, with value-add opportunity. Sophisticated investors are patient; they don’t stray from standards that force them to get crushed in a market correction. (Cashflow from other investments makes this possible.) They invest following the macro- and micro- trends and don’t gamble on gimmicks such as guessing where Amazon’s next HQ is going or where the hurricanes just drowned a market.
The trouble is that an unsophisticated investor or an outsider (in terms of having a poor network) is figuring out which of these deals transcends the two sides of coin and is on the edge. Stating the obvious (though often ignored by many)… starting out as an investor is going to be slim-pickin’s due to the lack of network. But you have to push through this rough part. You are not able to decode the noise until after a few deals or having someone mentor you.
With that out of the way let’s continue…

Real estate is one of the best risk-adjusted investments out there. In private placements or syndications, we are able to crowd-invest in larger & more stable assets while maintaining control with operators who are aligned in our best interests. By going into a project properly capitalized with adequate capital expenditure, budget, and cash reserves, you are able to remain steadfast through softness in the market where rents stagnate and vacancy decreases.

Pause there. In troubled times what happens?

People lose their jobs and there is a bit of shuffling.

Yea, people need housing, but there will be some vacancy as some people will lose their jobs and be displaced elsewhere.

Following this train of thought…

In a recession, the high end or class A will be hurt the most. It is Class A workers who fulfill much of he discretionary services.  We are already seeing softness in rent by rent decreases in class A of the high-end markets such as Seattle and San Francisco.

For example a once $1,700 one bedroom is now $1,625.

Most deals model for 1-5% in annual rent increases or escalators. Other than the Cap Rate to Reversion Cap Rate truck, this is the second most manipulated assumption in investment modeling.

In this unfortunate but natural event, the A-Class renters will fall to class B housing. Some homeowners will even lose their jobs creating foreclosed investments for smaller investors in the single-family home scale.

What’s happens to the B and C class renters?

It is likely that they will also lose their jobs at higher or lower rates, but that is up to debate. In the same fashion as the A-Class renters, the Class B/C renters will downgrade to make ends meet.

I imagine this similar to a game of musical chairs (where the chairs are getting crappier and crappier). Or it looks a lot like the natural housing shuffle in the summer near colleges with people moving in and out. The landlord/investor is likely to see increased vacancy.

Multifamily occupancy varies from 85-95% in stabilized buildings. Some markets are hotter and some are colder. It is important to use the correct assumptions depending on the markets. For example, Dallas typically sees 92% occupancy while Oklahoma City sees 89%.

One of the reasons we love multifamily is because of the decline of the middle class and the need for more scalable workforce housing. [And those millennials can’t save] The population is increasing too.

 

[I like to use this image cause I make fun of millennials… this is the millennial version… cause they can’t seem to afford (or want) to own anything]

When I travel to Asia (which I see as a more mature society, for better or worse) there is a much larger wealth gap than in the USA.  People are living in cramped apartments or very rare single-family homes. And they are driving a Mercedes on barely enough money to share a family moped. This is the trend that the USA is following.

As with many things, you need to look past the headlines and the general data. Instead of analyzing a whole asset class, as the media likes to do, let’s break down vacancy in terms of classes.

Here are some typical vacancy rates (notice the spread).

Class C 4.5%

Class B 5.0%

Class A 5.5%

Why? Because there is just more demand for the lower class properties cause there is more demand than supply.

Many times the business plan is the be the “best in class.” For example, businesses want to be the best mobile home park or best high end remodel because you attract the richest customers in that niche.

I like to monitor the number of new units coming online because that is your downward pressure. It is rare that new builds are for Class C or Class B.

The micro-unit trend is an attempt to build for Class C and B tenants due to the need. But often the numbers don’t make sense when you have purchased the same building materials and mobilized the same crews to build a Class B asset as opposed to a class A asset.

Let’s go through that Armageddon example again.

Class A will have to drop rents severely and see great vacancy.

Class B and C will see vacancy come up too as people are losing their jobs but should see some absorption from ex-A Class tenants.

Mom and dad will also see some absorption as deadbeat son or daughter move back home.

Shows like Friends and How I Met Your Mother will go on for another decade.

Note: one can argue that class A+ will not be affected at all which I believe is true. That’s why we are trying to invest right to enter that untouchable status.

I remember when I sat through the same economic presentation at work from 2010-2014. The sentiment at the time was that it was going to be an extremely slow recovery. It makes sense that the length between the 2008 recession and now is very long which is why I mentioned an 11-inning ball game.

This is why I took a set back from some pretty Class A deals because I asked myself the following questions:

1) What will happen to the rents if IT should happen?

2) Is the modeled 90% vacancy rate going to get blown up?

Class B and C apartments in strong submarkets will perform best over the long term. If you ensure the loan term is long enough so you don’t get hurt then you should Outlast the bumpy ride ahead.

Beware of the self-destructive behavior of not investing. You know what I mean… are you someone who self-sabotages?

Understand the micro and proceed if the numbers make sense.

I have to admit Class C and B assets are boring but work especially in a seller’s market because 1) they cashflow and 2) have a forced appreciation value-add component to give you levers to pull in tough times.

Again going back to Mr. Kiyosaki’s three-sided coin quote, investors go through three stages.

Stage 1: Go into MFH… Duh (I did well at single-family rentals let me try apartments)
Stage 2: Be a contrarian investor so go into other asset classes most decent investors are afraid or don’t even know about
Stage 3: Do special projects such as Affordable house taking advantage of tax credits or specialized operators (ie take abandoned big-box space like movie theaters and convert to the latest consumer needs)
Experienced investors who were in the downturn in 2008 say its interesting that the sentiment in 2006 was exuberance that it was going to keep going up. Now in 2018 the sentiment is fear… This is a good thing.
Remember that in this market we still have:
  1. Historically low-interest rates
  2. Historically high rent increases (not 8% anymore but still 2-4%)
  3. Historically low vacancies
Things to monitor if you really need to geek out on numbers:
  • 2 and 10 yield t curve. When that crosses you have just-a matter do time. Because its a measure of fear.
  • Automation and AI – huge shifts in jobs. People need to work but technology has been increasing since the beginning of time.
  • Wage growth
  • Bankers prospective: how deals are getting funded and by who (institutional or dumb capital)
There is a saying out there that real estate is location specific. However, when I invest in more stable asset classes its a National market based on the economy both USA and international. When you invest in a micro-economic fix and flips then its location specific. When you invest in commercial assets it’s with more stable tenants and based on the aforementioned larger economy.
A lot of people point to the Yield-Curve as a big indicator. In the end, I do believe that real estate will go down because of consumer instability. But if you have stocks you should sell those before even thinking of lumping it into cashflow type rental real estate.
“The guy not investing right now and hoarding cash (with net worth of under $1M… because if you can live off your cashflow then cool you can do what you want) is just afraid and lacks deal flow. Its like the person who complains that there is nothing to do during the weekend in LA (insert city with a vibrant scene) when in actuality they don’t have any friends (lack dealflow)… and by the no one likes (has a bad attitude and that person who makes excuses”
Doomsday theory: Everyone talks about national debt but we are far far behind debt to GDP ratio that of Japan. When Japan hits the wall lookout. Her is my theory… watch out post-Japan Olympics when they have to let loose the belt (after a holiday period of excess calories). Leading up to a period where Japan has to save face while they are in the Olympic spotlight (and I’m not being racist cause I am Japanese and it is a thing). I don’t have the latest data but Japan is at around 250% where the USA is at 100%.
Household debt KPIs: student debt, car loans, housing debt. Which is why I like these assets that are used by the poor and middle class! #RenterForever

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131 – Takeaways from #FinCon18 and Side Hustle stories

 

Just got back from FinCon2018!

 

What’s that?

A pretty impressive event. Its where 2000 financial bloggers, you-tubers, and podcasts this year gathered around all this money.

In 2006, I started reading financial blogs. Sole of my favorite was getrichslowly, Wallet Hacks, and of course mr money mustache. FinCon started in 2011 with just a couple hundred people.

Real estate investing is a minority. 95% of people are debt adverse and about the 4% rule. Buying cash so so debt. Living small is selfish? Make 150k a year and retire when you are 35…

The Millionaire Next Door book is not the type of lifestyle I would like to live.

A lot of financial advisors which I don’t really like.

I am cool with how it is enough to be happy and content.

Other Findings:

New investment account that incorporates mobile interfaces and suto-AI. Mint app has click to invest and banking apps have click to refi. It’s a little dangerous.

A cool 5% instant liquidity online savings bank that invests in inventory loans. Let me know and I can connect you with that as I try to do more due diligence on my own.

Liberty health share – religious-based health insurance

Side gigs – consistent theme from high performing growth mindset W2 employees who are not getting fulfillment at their bureaucratic day jobs.

Interviews to follow in video…

Please share this with friends because if you don’t soon you won’t have any friends to have mid-day lunch with when you not doing anything
Interview 1: Michael – Financiallyalert.com –
Interview 2: Spendlessgreen.com
Interview 4: Alex – http://dailyps.com & nguonline.com
Audio only version

Hui Deal Pipeline Club Shareholders & Investors Mastermind


Everyone was encouraged to mingle and specifically sit with a different person on each bus trip and venue switch.

Your network is your net worth… and this will be a “high-target” environment.

We will learn from each other and connect with other high-level investors that you will climb the ladder together.

Some questions that might come to mind is why are we traveling offsite, for so long, and in a bus like little children?

As much as the private bus concept sounds like “captivity” to adults… relationships formed on the bus will be invaluable.

One of the goals of the Hui Deal Pipeline Club was to create a group of investors crowdfunding due-dilligence to find the best means and methods.

Topics covered:

  1. Asset protection
  2. Scaling your portfolio
  3. Roundtable mastermind format

Schedule:

10am meet at HopMonk in Novato
10:00-11 Drive to Buena Vista

11-12:30 Buena Vista Winery – tour, tasting, lunch https://yelp.to/qTKq/9jF7zlz1AQ
12:30-1 Drive to valley of the moon
1-2:15 Valley of the Moon https://yelp.to/qTKq/AezMXT20AQ
2:15-2:30 Drive to highwayman
2:30-3:45 Highwayman Tasting Room https://yelp.to/qTKq/LIPoTCcZAQ

3:45-4:15 Back to HopMonk

4:30-6:30 Dinner and mingle

125 – Living the FI dream abroad with Jeremy Jacobson from Go Curry Cracker

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Pardon the grammar – I’m an Engeneer, Enginere, Engenere… I’m good with math!

________Here are the Show Notes________

Went on normal path. Got a job after college, house, and fixated on paying off student loans.

Aggressively paid down student loans, but motivated by people who retired early.

5 years ago, both quit their jobs, traveling, raising family, and living their dream.

Ruthlessly slashed expenses and saved 70-80% after-tax income.

Max contributed to 401K, IRA, HSA, and after-tax accounts.

Short-term joy = trading years of financial-free opportunity.

Actively chose lifestyle. Traveled internationally by arbitraging where they lived with low living expenses.

Didn’t listen to mainstream advice of owning home. Choosing a renters lifestyle to not get “”stuck.””

Both have blogs and garnered new friendships; not the “”Seattle Chill.””

Finances on auto-pilot. Can work on growing family in Taipei and doing creative things they did during childhood.

Two types of things preventing people from being financially-free: Afraid to take leap to be financial-free and long-term goals to strive towards.

People don’t change minds because you provided info to them; they change when they’re ready.

Visit www.gocurrycracker.com and social media accounts on FB, Instagram.

Open post

Downgrading transportation

I recently was involved in a car accident where my car got totaled (I’m 100% fine which is why you buy Mercedes) but I’m a bit at the crossroads now.

Should I get a…???
A) Bike with Electric Assist
b) road bike (maybe not like this one but definitely no spandex)
C) Electric unicycle

Important notes:
1) My daily commute is under a couple miles
2) I live in Hawaii the weather is perfect
3) I need to interject more activity and vitamin D. I’m getting fat because there is too much good food here.
4) If I need to go somewhere for fun I feel the time savings I would get by Ubering and getting work done will be a huge improvement#time>money – Here is my discussion on trading money for time.
5) I am not a good driver, to begin with, lol

This is my latest experiment to try and go with a combination of an electric bike for my normal commute and Uber (maybe even get the American Express perk card so I can get VIP Uber status). I figure I can always go and get my Ford Raptor if this experiment fails.

I know what a lot of people might be thinking. Oh, another millennial with this own nothing mentality. First off I’m a late Gen X’er (I just look like I’m 20 years old) and secondly my hourly rate these days makes driving a car a little dumb. I’m not really a saver like Mister Money Mustache (most famous financial blogger with 30M subscribers) but seem to be following in his footsteps.

I see a bunch of people strive for a gazzlion apartment units I have been trying to step back and ponder why??? This video captures how I am feeling.

For people going after said gazzlion apartments… cool, but a little weird to me personally. When does the madness end? What is the end game or is it just ego and a big pissing contest – cause I imagine those are a little messy.

Off the soapbox.

Here is what I plan on getting for Costco – the greatest store on the planet with the greatest return policy.

I already bought a helmet, Osprey bag, and this model below. Maybe I can even charge this at work 😉

 

In 2009 I as a young 20-something year old I bought an A class rental and it has been a series of lesser and lesser quality and size of housing arrangements. But is that really important?

I always wanted a Mercedes and got one a couple years ago (with a $500 payment that AHP pays for). But in the past few months, I noticed I was kinda over it. So it was interesting this turn of events happened. As Tony Robbins says “Things happen for you not to you.”

Freedom (FI) is really what’s important to me the most. Not shiny objects or looking cool in front of people you don’t care about (who are going to work at jobs they don’t like).

An excerpt from Kyle Wilson:

Great Lesson From Jim Rohn

In my earliest days as a seminar promoter (prior to launching Jim Rohn International in 1993) I was promoting an event in Dallas. I had booked Jim Rohn for a day long event starting at 10 am and going till 4 pm.

Typically I would arrive around 6:30 am to make sure the stage, room and tables were all set-up correctly and then my team and I would set-up product tables and get everything ready for when attendees arrived. Often people would start to to show up as early as 1-2 hours before the start time.

Well, for this event I was in for the shock of my life. I arrived at the meeting room to find it packed full of people eating a buffet style breakfast! Another event in MY meeting room! What??

I instantly went into panic mode. When I found my event coordinator they assured me everything was okay since that meeting would end by 9 and they could do a quick turnaround by 10.

Well that’s NOT how it works. It takes hours to set-up the room and tables/products plus we would already have guests showing up before the current meeting was even over.

I went into solution mode and asked if they could give us another room. Answer: no – they were booked solid (one of the reasons they tried to sneak this other event in).

Now I’m beyond upset and panicked. My first thoughts were all the expectations of those who had purchased tickets and their busy schedules. And I have to be honest and admit that I then started thinking about all the refunds that were going to happen as a result.Then it escalated to me worrying how all this would reflect upon me with not only the attendees but also the man I had booked to speak, my future mentor and business collaborator, Jim Rohn.

All attempts to find a solution, a fix were exhausted. Now what I faced was how to best communicate this to the folks showing up and how to tell Jim.

Around 8:30 am Jim came strolling down to check in before going to breakfast. I braced myself to share the really bad news.

I humbly and embarrassingly told him I had somehow dropped the ball and allowed the hotel to overlap us with another event. I explained at best we would be able to start at 11 and sheepishly would need to explain what was going on with attendees and ask them to wait. 

I’ll never forget this next moment for the rest of my life. After sharing the bad news and making it clear we were out of options, Jim just calmly looked at me and said, “Kyle it will be okay. It’s not like a good friend died. Now that would be a problem. This is just an inconvenience and I will make it up to them by going longer and making it my all-time, best seminar.” WOW!!

What a paradigm shift! And what an incredible life lesson for me to learn from my future mentor. “It’s not like a good friend just died!” How many times have I since used that line and the real meaning behind it to put into perspective when things don’t go the way I planned or intended.

I will always be grateful for all the remarkable lessons and wisdom Jim passed on to me beginning with the first time I promoted him in 1990, then starting Jim Rohn International in 1993 and up until his passing in 2009. 

This lesson in particular, maybe because it was so early in our relationship, has special meaning and memories and appreciation for my mentor and friend, Jim Rohn.

Networking tips (Just being a decent person)

  1. Giver or Taker part 2

Ex-NBA All-Star gives advice on how to handle the financial and social pressures of celebrity and wealth.

He explains on his voicemail how he wanted people to identify themselves as 1) Addition 2) Subtractor 3) Divider 4) Multiplier. Some of us are unconsciously subtractors and dividers.

The very end of the video, Jalen talks about how to not connect good people with bad people in your network in the “Female Assistant” role.