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...

7 Business Insights from a Judges Seat During Miller Coors MUES Business Plan Competition

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VIDEO: Bonus tips in this blog from the other national judges during the competition. This past weekend was a once a year opportunity for young entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas.  A panel of judges from diverse business backgrounds came together on behalf of the MillerCoors MUES competition to award these competitors a shot at... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

3 Things I Taught My Teenage Son When He Got His First Paycheck

Smile representing a sense of value, accomplishment and pride...keep it up champ!
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 »
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! O Holy Night Using T-Pain App

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What does this blog post have to do with personal finance and entrepreneurship?  Absolutely nothing! Just wanted to take a quick break before I go on holiday vacation break to sing you “O Holy Night!” with my newly downloaded T-Pain app on my iPhone 4s.  (Which I’m loving by the way!) I’m not one for... 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 »

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 »
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How to Make Sure You are Financially Healthy

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After all the holiday festivities going on, especially all the EATING during this season, I was joking with friends about keeping a healthy balance with diet and exercise so they don’t have “get back in shape” topping another list New Year’s resolutions. Then someone had to ask a question about being “Money Smart” in their... Read more »