May 29, 2017

What if you had the AUDACITY?

Today, I encourage you to consider what goals you would set if you just had the brash audacity to set them. This is an idea I lifted while reading the book The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone. (Highly recommended if you want to get motivated to explore levels of effort that you haven’t experienced before!) We often don’t set truly ambitious goals because, as soon as we think them, our lizard brain tells us not to bother, we can’t do it. In fact, I’ll be the first to confess that when I want something badly, I’m more apt to avoid going […]
November 7, 2016
For Rent sign in front of a house.

The Simplest REAL Way to Make One Million Dollars

*Author’s note: It is important that I address the fact up front that there are many variables that I’ve left out of this little experiment, not to skew the results, but to keep the math and the concepts simple. Feel free to run the numbers again and include varying interest rates, average costs of selling a home, different average cash-flow, inflation, etc, if you would like. Here’s a simple way to change the trajectory of your net worth dramatically. As many of you know, a few years back I ended my tenure with a country band called Love and Theft. […]
October 3, 2016

Wealthy People Buy Assets–And You Should, Too!

I read a quote the other day in an article on a financial website that said simply, “Making money means nothing if you have nothing to show for it!” Do you know anyone like that? Perhaps they make more money than you, and yet they are strapped, stressed, one plumbing problem or flat tire away from serious financial distress? Maybe this describes you, you can’t seem to make enough, you can’t seem to get ahead. You’re stuck in the hamster wheel! The principle is simple: income and wealth are not the same thing. If you know what you’re doing, income […]
July 11, 2016
What I Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

What Chick-Fil-A Taught Me About Excellence

I’m sitting at a Chick-Fil-A having my mind blown. They are proving to me that you can take whatever it is that you’re doing—in this case, fast food—and find purposeful ways to improve the experience of those whom you’re serving, that you can pursue excellence in any setting, however glamorous it may or may not be. The young guy who took my order—I’m almost positive that he can’t legally drive yet—looked me in the eye, made me feel welcome, and asked me unprompted and very sincerely how my day has been so far. I could hear that he was speaking […]
July 1, 2016

What Could Be Different One Year From Now?

Here’s a question worth asking yourself: What could be different one year from today? What could you do between now and then? What habit could you break? What habit could you begin? What could you learn between now and then? Could you play the guitar or begin to learn French? Could you have the ability to run a half marathon? Could you have $5000 in savings? Could you buy your first home? What could be different one year from today? Are you going through the motions—merely surviving, treading water, staying afloat? Or are you progressing, growing, conquering, learning? I love […]
June 28, 2016
All Debt

A Powerful Exercise in Writing Down Goals

I’m not the first to say it, and I won’t be the last: Write down your goals! Something happens when you make that transition. It’s no longer a daydream or a neat idea—it’s a goal. As I said a few days ago, you need to make that transition from hoping that something comes to pass, to beginning to solve the problem of how it will come to pass. By writing down your goals, you make that mental transition. It’s a commitment of sorts. We are all wired or conditioned, as Robert Cialdini writes, in his book Influence, to place a […]