Financial Wealth!

Most everyone defines wealth in their own way. Some people define wealth as financial, some define it with family, and others define it with their careers.

All in all however you define it, I’m still a firm believer in financial wealth being a byproduct of your family and your career. If you’ve got a supportive family and a good career, the means of financial wealth will eventually come your way. What you decide to do with it once it comes to you, is really what sets you apart from everyone else.

Some people take it and blow it on a new boat, others take it and spend it on a new fancy car, others nest it away to ensure it’s a cushion for their family, and they keep their head down and spirits up.

Let your financial wealth be a byproduct of the rest of your life, and your life will always be full of the things that matter!

Good Ass Wine!

If there’s one thing that just about all mid-thirties housewives have in common, it’s wine.

No joke, all of our wives are thankfully stay at home moms, which before you judge is no easy task at all. The shit they have to deal with on a daily basis is beyond being reasonable to tolerate, and for some reason they can stick it out and manage.

If you’re looking for some great red wines to check out, look at The Federalist. Great variety, great price, and most of the time you can buy it online for a fraction the price you can get it in stores.

Well worth the money, and it’ll keep the wife happy!

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” -Benjamin Franklin

 

 

Anti-Trump? Eh?…

Kind of odd to see so much back-lash over a President of the United States. As someone who does not particularly associate with one political party or another, I can see both sides of the argument. Overall, it does seem like no matter what side of the argument you are sitting on there are some insanely biased perceptions though which are kind of shitty for us use as our biases.

Let me give you some examples to hopefully stir the pot, for conversations sake from both sides and then a common sense bridge in the middle…

The Lefts: They’re always complaining saying that Trump is a racist money hungry bigot that doesn’t care about the people or the country.

The Rights: Say that trump is a patriot and is fighting for better tax reform, better benefits, and a stronger economy.

Common Sense: Trump doesn’t care what color you are. He has been very active in many civil rights venues in the 80’s and 90’s and we need to put the racist bullshit to bed. He likely has more black friends than you do.

The very person you are going to be bashing for 4 years, could be the same person that promotes tax reform and ensures that you take home more money on every paycheck to benefit you and your family.

All in all he is fighting for the country but is doing so in a light that casts a negative shadow because of his constant Twitter exposure and involvement in the social limelight.

Before we judge any presidency it is important for all of us of any race or ethnicity to judge a president’s term, on the term itself. Not on the days spent, but the close of the term.

I am all about judging idiots that post dumb shit on twitter and use poor grammatical choices, but…. As a person who doesn’t associate with one side or another… I will reserve my judging for another 3.5 years and see the state of the Country.

A little is worth a lot!

As a businessman, business owner, partner, and board member many times it is easy to let your logic get clouded with your own thoughts. 

Many times it is beyond beneficial for you to disconnect from yourself and connect to another. Perhaps take another perspective or take another look at something from someone else’s point of view.

Continually try to instill in yourself to view something from another perspective.

A little bit of respect for someone else’s opinion and the circumstances around someone else’s feelings can go a long way. 

Many times it even provides you with more solidification one way or another!

Irma-gerd!

Currently, if you haven’t heard there’s a little rain storm named Irma that’s ripping a new asshole in the south-eastern United States. Most of the state of Florida was evacuated, and now this little gem has been “downgraded” from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Bullshit. I know. 

As a current Atlanta resident and native to this salad bowl of diversity and shit, there is one thing the south-east has not done well at all. Prepare for natural occurances such as snow, rain, storms, etc. 

A light drizzle of rain stops traffic like a monsoon. A snowflake causes mass chaos like a blizzard. You get the picture.
Atlanta is currently in a state of emergency for the most recent tropical storm Irma that is pounding down on us with rain and wind. It’s laughable to take is sincerely when almost every natural occurance in the south-east calls for a state of emergency because we aren’t prepared to wipe our own asses.

SMH. Pussies.

Labor Day – Who & Why

This past weekend we took our families out on the lake for a nice long weekend to simply cap off the summer in one last big bash. Here in the South though, there is this thing called “fall break”, which is honestly a bullshit school holiday where teachers and student get to take time off before a month and half of crunch time.

While on the lake you see all of the typical individuals you would expect. Everyone there is broken up into these categories…

  • Successful men that bought a family boat for their families to enjoy
  • Men that over-finances a boat for their families to enjoy
  • Rednecks that bought something for themselves to enjoy
  • Rental boaters who simply want to trash what everyone else has worked hard for

Labor day in itself has always been something that I have perceived as a nice break at the end of summer to celebrate some nice grind-time at the office. The first 3 categories of these boaters, i can say in some form or fashion do deserve to celebrate labor day….

There is one group of these boaters who simply are parasites and they always seems to be consistently the same types of people. The rental boaters are typically showing up with a group of about 8-16 individuals to rent a boat that can legally hold 7 people. The result is now two watercraft that have idiots driving them. Now, i understand some of you may be thinking why i call them such things, but when you show up to rent a boat and you’re sucking on a pacifier and you’re in your early 20’s…. You have no leg to stand on.

Typically, on the lake there’s the experienced boaters and then these rental folks who ruin it for everyone who come out rolling on molly with their 1-hitters in their pockets like they’re going to a 311 concert. I can appreciate both of those things, but when those things can cause harm to my family or put my family in danger, you can go fuck yourself.

It seems like every fucking weekend there’s the same TYPE of people showing up to rent boats, the same type of people who do not respect themselves to even begin respecting others, or other people’s property.

If they don’t respect themselves, how the hell can you expect them to respect someone else’s property or be mindful of someone else’s life?

Team Update!

So where the hell have all of us been?!

Traveling and working!

Two of us have been golfing every week for the past few months (which are our jobs) and then the others of us have been stuck in business meetings doing typical work bullshit however both have allowed us to collect a chunk of experiences to share with you!

Work has been decent as of late… typical clients that don’t understand, act like they do, ask questions, you answer honestly, then they try to screw you…. 

When in business did it become normal to screw your business or service provider? Did you know that nearly 5% of small business revenue is tied up in collections?! Not even ACTUAL REVENUE… cash money… Just ass jack clients that don’t want to pay their bills so they cost these companies more money…

Ask yourself what type of client you are being before asking ANYTHING of your contractor or service provider. You will likely change or tune or change the entire path of the conversation….

Think about it!! 

House Calls!

Got a hilarious telephone call from one of my college buddies and had to share it.

Blake is one of our friends who was the ring leader of our party circle. We would do everything together in high school, college, grad school, etc. This guy was literally the co-pilot to all of our greatest fuck ups. Literally.

Blake met a wonderful gal while in grad school and married her. They now have three kids, live in a very affluent neighborhood, and he has a job as a doctor that works on rich people. Literally, he makes house calls for rich people that don’t want to GO to the doctor. Needless to say, with his clientele he deals with a lot of absent minded individuals.

He calls to share a story with me about one of his clients that calls him at 11PM at night screaming because her six year old son is up screaming that his stomach hurts, and she thinks it could be something “more”. Whatever more is…

So, Blake takes the house call and heads over to their house, which luckily is only a few neighborhoods over from Blake. Luckily, his wife is very understanding and allows him to leave for all of these silly house calls. (Many of his clients are public figures, sports stars, etc. so almost ALL of his calls are house calls)

Blake gets to the house, pushes the call box at the gate, and they let him in.

Walks up to the house, and the Mom comes out (with cocktail in hand) screaming at Blake to hurry up and help her son who is upstairs and in lots of pain.

She escorts him upstairs to her son’s room and then leaves.

He finds this boy sitting on the shitter playing his game-boy. The kid who will remain nameless, looks at Blake while still playing game boy and shitting….. and goes “Hey man. I’m fine. I told my mom my ass was on fire because we had Mexican tonight, and she decided to call you”

At this point Blake is dying laughing and tells him “But you mom called and said you were in lots of pain and you were screaming”…..

The kids reply “Yeah, i was screaming at my Game Boy”

 

SMH.

Cut your losses!

Everyone needs to know when to cut their losses.

No matter personal or professional we all have losses that we all need to cut. It sometimes takes us getting our feelings and pride thrown up in our faces, but we need to have it thrown in our faces sooner than later.

In your professional lives if we keep an employee on staff for too long because we like them, we end up bleeding money on someone because we have blind hope that it will work out for the sake of our own pride, as well as the desire to see your employees succeed.

In our personal lives if you are not losing friends, you are not growing. True friends will understand your growth and will be only a phone call away. This is very true and it takes a lot of guts to realize this in our personal lives because our friends and personal interactions are what keeps us centered and bring us comfort.

If you have the same best friends for 10-20 years, you likely haven’t grown. Try to make yourself change and adapt. Change is necessary for growth, as a seed does not stay a seed.