Posts in category "Personal Development"

Chicago Financial Coach Matt Sapaula Grabs Lunch with Hillary Clinton and President Aquino of the Philippines

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How would you respond if you received an email inviting you to Washington DC for a special lunch with Hilliary Clinton and the President of the Philippines?  I thought I was getting PUNK’D flying to DC and getting pitched to invest in Nigerian gold. When I arrived, it was all pomp and circumstance and finding... Read more »

Divorced Single Mom: 10 Confessions of a Shop-a-holic

Divorced Single Mom: 10 Confessions of a Shop-a-holic
Have you ever had the urge to buy something you KNOW you just don’t need? Then you look back and rethink what you have bought throughout the years and ask yourself, “Why did I need that?” One of the things I love about being a financial coach is hearing and learning through stories of how... Read more »

Easter Bunny Gets Invited to Church: Matt Sapaula Appears in The First Breakfast

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As the swirl of families gets together this weekend, the Easter Bunny is not immune from getting an invitation to church.  So you’ve heard the story about “The Last Supper”…what about “The First Breakfast?” For my rookie acting debut (LOL!), I get to act in City Church Chicago’s church ministry “feature film” in playing a... Read more »
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Personal Finance in a Changing Economy: Don't Be a Fool

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Do you know one of the greatest manuals I use to help gain insight into making Money Smart decisions?  When it comes to managing money, discerning on what opportunities to take advantage of and people to surround myself with, there is no greater book to help me than the book of Proverbs...

Getting in Top Financial Fitness

Getting in Top Financial Fitness
Podcast Powered By Podbean PODCAST from “Outside the Ring with David Diaz“ Are you still backed up on the ropes, fighting for your financial life?  Has this battle with money got you worn out?  Well, it’s time to shake it all off, turn it around and get in top financial fitness.  ON YOUR FEET! What... Read more »

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?

Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
Just like most people are headed to the gyms at the beginning of the New Year’s resolution wanting to hire a personal trainer to get them in the best physical shape, some are wondering how they can get in the best financial shape as well. The same way you are frustrated with diet and exercise,... Read more »
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3 Things I Taught My Teenage Son When He Got His First Paycheck

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Do you remember those days of your first job?  No bills, no stress and all the things you look forward to buying without having to ask mom and dad for money? Empowering, eh? Oh joy. (BTW, as I was writing this onboard a Metra train with my twins, they told me to indent my paragraphs. ... Read more »

New Year's with Kirk Franklin at Willow Creek Community Church

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Each year, our team comes up with a theme for a new year ahead.  It honors the experiences we’ve learned from the year behind us, thankful of both good and bad.  2011 was BREAKOUT – a force emergence from a restrictive condition.  With swagger, we attacked 2011, withstood it’s challenges and finished STRONG.  Instead of... Read more »

#1 Investment You Can Make In Any Season

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What is one of the most profound things you can do before you decide to invest your hard earned money and precious time in anything?  There are no shortcuts to success.  There is no fast path to getting what you want without regret and heartache along the way. The biggest thing you can do is... Read more »
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Don't Run Your Personal Finances Like the Government

Are you looking for a great model to follow when planning your personal finances and household budget?  Well, don’t follow your favorite uncle and cousin.  The US Government AND “cousin” Illinois are terrible at leading the way with how their own financial affairs are managed. While sitting in St. Maarten this past week uploading photos,... Read more »