A Quote from ET The Hip-Hop Preacher

When you’re passionate about what you do, money will chase you.

Am I Scaring The Money Away?

I look at some of my old IG pics and cringe! Why? Cause I was out here looking pretty bogus appearance wise. Unkept hair, scraggily scruffy chin piece. I really wasn’t trying to make myself easy on the eyes. I see why I never really got far in that respect. A better presentation would have done me a great service. You can look unique and still look good. Pride in appearance attracts money. I look like I was scaring the money away.

Although I felt they were “good enough” at the time, I definitely see why ultimately they should come down. I’m trying to build Tall, Fly and Sexy brand here. I can’t be looking any kind of way on social media. It’s time I really double down on investing in myself from an appearance standpoint. It’s only going to make things greater later.

I can’t be out here scaring the money away man! I got too much going on that needs a financial hand. If I get a 3rd job I doubt I’ll have time to create, so we got to look like we want a payday to come our way. It’s going to be a great year of self investments and better pictures, lol!

All To Be Free By 40

It’s a Saturday night. I’m alone in the house with little to no light on. I’m working on my goals for 6 months, 12 months and even 3 years from today. The underlying theme is, no goal means more to me than financial freedom. I had a great taste of that in my teens and early 20’s. By 40, I hope to taste or already be feasting on financial freedom again.

As I’m prepping my goals. I’m thinking pay off this. Pay off that. Pay this in full with your paycheck. I’m over the days of having next to nothing. I no longer desire the minimum payment or want to explain why I can’t pay today or this month. It’s time I really work at building my new clean slate and paying what I owe before anything else major is purchased.

When I started my goal list, I started thinking of material things I could save for. Then a lightbulb shined and hit me over the head. The lightbulb was put in the work selling your book then get the material things you desire. So I set a goal of the number of books I would like to sell in 6 months from it’s release. If I do my part and the book does the numbers, I will reward myself. I will splurge on that new wardrobe. I will upgrade that iPhone and MacBook. I will stash away for the new vehicle that I desperately need but in no way can afford. It’s only right to do it that way. I have to complete the work then reward myself. Not reward myself because I have worked.

I need to take on a new level of sacrifice and discipline if this is really going to happen. I don’t want to be 40 and still paying the same credit card and student loan bill. That’s what’s going to happen if I don’t buckle down and get serious about my financial freedom though. The writing/typing out of your goals is a great task. It allows you to see what’s in front of you as well as put in perspective what really matters. I went from thinking of all the cool things I can get with money saved to realizing I won’t be cool until my credit score is at least on the 700 block of Financial Freedom Boulevard. Glad to realize that while I still have a few years till 40 to make it happen.

Lessons: Passion Makes Money

I’m fresh off of one of the longest work days ever! Or so it seems. I am unfortunately working a very unfulfilling job just to get by. I didn’t want to end up here, but it’s honestly my own fault. A little over a year ago, I got tired of fighting to be accepted and appreciated in an environment that wasn’t great for me, personally. That environment made me question if I really liked the industry I was in. Did I really care to stay in media and entertainment or could I do “anything” and be happy as long as I made decent money? Those questions were burning holes in my mind a year ago. I took the chance on walking off that job, for various reasons and thought I could start my own media company and “do anything” in route to making money not only to live and provide, but to also fund my upstart company. 12 months removed from that ideology and plan and I can tell you that I was dead wrong.

I should have taken the option of a transfer. Went to a different market and remained in the industry that I truly do have a lot of love for. I know that would have been a difficult conversation for my family and fiance, but I should have at least had it. Then again, it would be difficult to have that conversation when your own mind is doubting you, your situation and your purpose where you currently are.

Sometimes where you are and who’s around you can jade your reality. I doubted myself in my previous surroundings. I had no clue why I would get so much resistance or feedback or sometimes just flat out ignored. I didn’t understand why my passion and willingness to try and fail or excel and be great was never matched with the people I needed it to match with the most. That made me think that I needed to leave. That “this wasn’t for me” and I need to find a realm of likeminded individuals who wanted to prosper. I was right on needing to leave that place. But leaving the game was officially a big mistake. A mistake I hope to rectify before this year is up.

I’ve shut down my media company because I can’t afford the resources or the outsources. I figure before I get in way over my head, walk away and maybe pick it up in a better place at a different time. That leads up to right now. As I search for an “in” back in media and entertainment and receive rejections for other “regular jobs” I’m reminded of many lessons I’ve learned over the past few years.

Everything that has happened in the last year keeps telling me to “Make My Own Door”, but it’s been a battle acquiring the materials. Everything cost. Time truly is money. I’m currently only rich in time so I have a frame built, but it may be time to put the hammer up until I can afford the hinges, deadbolt lock and nice shiny doorknob. Probably need a peephole too.

I’ve learned that passion makes the money. If you don’t love the task you will under perform. Could I be great at this current job and climb the ladder like they want me to? Yes; If I actually liked being there. I can do anything when I sincerely want to. That’s the problem though. I don’t want to to do this. I don’t want to be here. I complained about my compensation quite a few times at my last stable gig. What would ease some of that conversation would be me saying “Well…At least I got a full time job in the industry”. That was enough for me for a long time. Looking back, that would be enough for me right now. This last year has put many things in great perspective for me. I just hope to make good with the new knowledge that I’ve retained.

Live your passion. Work your passion. Your passion will pay. I won’t say how much, but it will. If you can wake up and want to punch in doing whatever it is you do and go home content. You’ve won. I can’t wait to start winning again.