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Early Voting

February 17, 2016 — 1,014 Comments

Early Voting is now underway here in North Texas. As we work to get our careers and personal finance going in better and better directions, taking part in the elections and primaries as a part of early voting is an excellent habit.

Why vote?

Early voting implies Continue Reading…

School as an Adult

December 2, 2015 — 1,131 Comments



Are you considering going back for a degree, certificate, training or some other form of formal program of school as an adult? So was Coach Julia in the fall of 2013. Continue Reading…

Be The Light

February 20, 2014 — 4,266 Comments

Every day we have a choice: Be the light or Be ‘normal’

What ignites your indignation? Use that ignition to energize you to do something. Creating a fire that warms and calls to others. Matt Chandler
What do you do with that? Create glowing purple cows that invite people to ask questions, to revel in their weirdness and to ship their art. Seth Godin
Why do you care? Create that golden circle and radiate the light and blessings you’ve been given from your “why” to your “how” and “who” Simon Sinek
How do you guard your heart? Inside a perimeter of fire, we guard our passions so that our lives stay vibrant and powerful (not dull and cold) Michael Hyatt
What are your best skills/talents? Your skills and strengths only strengthen and purify in the heat of life, in the crucible of decision-making. Deb Ingino
Who do you turn to for encouragement? When you get stuck between a rock and a hard place, and sparks fly, reflect the light of God Promises Financial Coaching

If you and I have money to handle our own needs and share with others, you and I have lit their lives.

If you and I know our strengths, we will know who to team up with to balance complimentary strengths. Then you and I have shined light on large groups of people directly and indirectly.

If you and I keep that spark of encouragement and hope, we will be invited to shine all the more brightly. As an example of wise money management. As leaders in our families. As radical service providers in our careers. When we get our money under control, we turn the mirror of our lives to reflect God’s light outward to others, rather than gathering the light to ourselves and for ourselves alone. Shine, my friends

captain-america-winter-soldier-movieCaptain America grew up in the years leading up to World War 2. He managed money the way our grandparents and great-grandparents managed it. If you wanted something, you saved up cash and paid for it. Credit cards were not an option. Loans were usually made at the local bank with someone who knew you and knew your family. Waiting and working for things you wanted beyond what you needed created character.

Steve Rogers knows what it is like to get beat up by life. He has learned how to work within a team gracefully and loyally. When he discovered his best friend, Bucky, had been trapped behind enemy lines, he immediately went to work enlisting specialists in areas that complimented his own so that the rescue mission stood a chance at success. When Captain America was put in an impossible position at the end of his story (Captain America), he came through with the sacrifice play making sure that the greater good was served at great personal cost.

Habits that Steve Rogers cultivated became the character that he displayed as Captain America. Character predicts destiny. Better tools in your tool belt (education, experience, tools, resources) just make you a better YOU.

When he awoke and joined the Avengers in our present day, Captain America was wise enough to realistically assess the risks as well as the potential rewards of a completely new context. He works hard to give Iron Man a chance to restart the engines. He communicates with the local police department at the end of the Avengers movie to get civilians to safety. He gives the Black Widow a boost to get into position to work with Dr. Selbig. He encourages the Hulk to suit up. Captain America realizes that working off of a plan creates better chances for success and accepts that some things in life are important enough to do no matter who gets the credit for it.

Money is one of the resources that merely makes someone more of what they are. Captain America excels at enduring the long-term fight and watching for the opportunities to leverage wisdom, support other specialists and maximize mechanical advantage. How would your job description change if you showed these same character qualities? Imagine why knowing your strengths and weaknesses would allow you to maximize the right opportunities – not just the opportunities that make a pest of themselves.

Financial Coaching often involves a portion of Career Coaching so that we take care of the short-term “emergencies” while still driving for the long-term legacies.

Hard Conversations

January 10, 2013 — 4,431 Comments
Sharing hard truths is very uncomfortable for many of us.
It smacks of being “mean” and ugly, hate-filled confrontations.
We know something must be said and done about a situation or a problem, and we are quite sure the other person isn’t going to enjoy hearing the truth. Continue Reading…

What’s on your playlist?

September 22, 2012 — 1,090 Comments
What means “GO” to you?

Everyone has something they do that is a signal to themselves that it is time to get down to work.

Is it a special chair?

Do you work in a dedicated space?

What sights and smells focus you on completing the project?

I’m a musician so my soundscape means a lot more to me than anything else. Words of encouragement or wisdom spoken around me winds me up to get to the project finalized – like high octane coffee.

Music ,that I enjoy, works on me like high octane coffee and sugar – I am amped! Ready to go at the project with everything I got.


Here’s the Quitter Conference Playlist:

The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition

NeedToBreathe – Something Beautiful

Angels and Airwaves – The Adventure

The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats

PSY – Gangnam Style

Europe – The Final Countdown

I’d offer these for your consideration:

Israel and New Breed – Rejoice

Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern – Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor

Jesus Adrian Romero – Te Veo

Kirk Franklin – Brighter Day

David Crowder Band – How He Loves Us

Salvador – Aware

The Cranberries – Dream

And yes, on different days my list might include Metallica or Chicago or Beethoven or Monteverdi.
What do you listen to when you need to focus?
How do you make sure your environment is priming you to ship your greatest work out to your most fervent fans?

Quitter Simulcast 2012

September 21, 2012 — 4,539 Comments
Invest the time to define what your “dream job” looks like, sounds like, smells like, tastes like, feels like down deep within you. This investment will always be time well spent.

You can see what others are saying about the Quitter Conference in Nashville (and from the Simulcast sites) by going to and searching for the #QuitterConf hashtag. There is strength in numbers and living an extraordinary life well-fitted to you will challenge others.

Dream big and live it out boldly.

Spiders and haters will bite Continue Reading…

September 21-22, 2012

September 15, 2012 — 1,188 Comments

We’re gathering at Spirit Filled in Midlothian, TX (287 and Robinson St just southeast of downtown Midlo) next Friday evening from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8a – 4:15p

If anyone has accused you of being a Sunday-evening-jerk, you need to come to this conference Simulcast. Jon has information to expand upon. You get a 68 page workbook of additional content. We’re getting lunch delivered on Saturday so that we can continue our good conversations and dream big dreams that recover the passion we lost along the way. Contact to reserve your seat today


I attended the first Quitter Conference in 2011.

I knew it would be fun. I knew I would meet interesting and fun people.

I didn’t expect it to pay off like it has in the last 12 months. Where could YOU be 12 months from now if you had this information and access to the conversations we’ll have next weekend?



Are you focused on what circumstances surround you?

Or are you focused on what lies within you?

Your answer to this question is part of your personal definition of success. Continue Reading…