May 30th 2017

I’m trying download a version of Microsoft Office that works on a Mac since my University no longer supports my old version… I dodged a bullet! I have a new MacBook Air and for a moment I got scared I purchased a license that required a DVD drive.. PHEW!

Today was an interesting day. No I did not get lucky and find a random $20 bill laying on the ground but I also did not end up in a sink hole.

I woke up feeling with a high this morning. My family helped me decorate my new place and I felt so lucky to be on my own. Once I got into work it was back to the grind of figuring out how to conquer the business world. I know one day I will figure it out and hit my stride. I am a perfectionist and  while I understand I am new that doesn’t excuse my performance.

See you all tomorrow!

Self Discipline Friday May 5th 2017

Prersonal Habits Did I get it done?
Time Up 7:30
Time in the office 8:05
Time left the office 4:45
Time went to bed 11:30
Book I read
The person I reached out to in my network today
Morning Activities
Did not hit the snooze button no
Up by 5:00 AM no
In the office by 6:00 AM no
Leave office at 6:00 PM no
Take cold showers no
Affirmations to colors no
Gratitude Journal no
Clean Shave yes
Make my bed no
Practice telling people what I do no
Went to the gym yes
Stretched yes
Read 30 minutes Daily catching up on the market/ Financial planning yes
Read 30 minutes Daily outside of Financial planning no
Answer one financial planning question from a client no
Night time activities
Wrote down and verbalized my goals three times today no
Spiritual side Journal and Reflected on the day yes
Prayed for others no
Visualize the man I want to become no
Tracked my expenses no
Clean/ organized car, bedrooms, and counter tops no
Expanded my network no
Limited my swearing no
Limited myself to two beers yes
Wished people happy birthday no
Channeled my energy towards my goals no
Answered Social Security Questions no
Watched TV for less than 30 minutes no
Provided week in review yes
Total 7/24
 

It has been a couple days! While I try and post every day I got a little sick this week so I did not muster up the discipline to make a post. I am really struggling to get up early. I’ve been listening to a lot of motivational videos but I’m trying to find that one dominant reason to say no that voice telling me to hit the snooze button. Lately that voice has been winning the battle but it won’t win the war.

Today at the gym I lost my cross 🙁 I am hoping someone finds it and turns it in! Tomorrow I have a special Olympics event all day and I look forward to giving back!

Self- Discipline Monday May 1st 2017

Prersonal Habits Did I get it done?
Time Up 7:30
Time in the office 8:05
Time left the office 4:00
Time went to bed 10:00
Book I read FP articles
The person I reached out to in my network today
Morning Activities
Did not hit the snooze button no
Up by 5:00 AM no
In the office by 6:00 AM no
Leave office at 6:00 PM no
Take cold showers yes
Affirmations to colors no
Gratitude Journal no
Clean Shave yes
Make my bed no
Practice telling people what I do no
Went to the gym yes
Stretched yes
Read 30 minutes Daily catching up on the market/ Financial planning yes
Read 30 minutes Daily outside of Financial planning yes
Answer one financial planning question from a client yes
Night time activities
Wrote down and verbalized my goals three times today no
Spiritual side Journal and Reflected on the day yes
Prayed for others yes
Visualize the man I want to become yes
Tracked my expenses no
Clean/ organized car, bedrooms, and counter tops no
Expanded my network yes
Limited my swearing yes
Limited myself to two beers yes
Wished people happy birthday no
Channeled my energy towards my goals yes
Answered Social Security Questions no
Watched TV for less than 30 minutes yes
Provided week in review
Total 15/28

Self Discipline Sunday April 30th 2017

Prersonal Habits Did I get it done?
Time Up 8:30
Time in the office
Time left the office
Time went to bed 11:30
Book I read Fp articles
The person I reached out to in my network today Grant Cardone
Morning Activities
Did not hit the snooze button no
Up by 5:00 AM no
In the office by 6:00 AM no
Leave office at 6:00 PM no
Take cold showers no
Affirmations to colors yes
Gratitude Journal yes
Clean Shave yes
Make my bed yes
Practice telling people what I do yes
Went to the gym yes
Stretched yes
Read 30 minutes Daily catching up on the market/ Financial planning yes
Read 30 minutes Daily outside of Financial planning yes
Answer one financial planning question from a client no
Night time activities
Wrote down and verbalized my goals three times today no
Spiritual side Journal and Reflected on the day yes
Prayed for others yes
Visualize the man I want to become yes
Tracked my expenses yes
Clean/ organized car, bedrooms, and counter tops yes
Expanded my network no
Limited my swearing yes
Limited myself to two beers yes
Wished people happy birthday no
Channeled my energy towards my goals no
Answered Social Security Questions no
Watched TV for less than 30 minutes yes
Provided week in review
Total 17/28

Today was a cold one here in Wisconsin! I was productive with learning something new for work and got done what I needed so I could watch a little of the Clippers game.

I was listening to a podcast today and I picked up on something interesting. The podcast talked about how your network was similar to your net worth. It hit home to me because right now I moved to a new city and I don’t know that many people. Right now the biggest people I am surrounded by are my business partners and my family members. I am happy with that but it is good to know I can surround myself with other entrepreneurs through podcasts and books.

I’m happy with how things are going since I’m living on my own and I can only get better.

Self Discipline April 29th 2017

Prersonal Habits Did I get it done?
Time Up 6:30
Time in the office
Time left the office
Time went to bed 10:30
Book I read FP aricles
The person I reached out to in my network today none
Morning Activities
Did not hit the snooze button yes
Up by 5:00 AM no
In the office by 6:00 AM
Leave office at 6:00 PM
Take cold showers yes
Affirmations to colors no
Gratitude Journal no
Clean Shave yes
Make my bed yes
Practice telling people what I do yes
Went to the gym yes
Stretched yes
Read 30 minutes Daily catching up on the market/ Financial planning yes
Read 30 minutes Daily outside of Financial planning no
Answer one financial planning question from a client yes
Night time activities
Wrote down and verbalized my goals three times today no
Spiritual side Journal and Reflected on the day yes
Prayed for others yes
Visualize the man I want to become yes
Tracked my expenses
Clean/ organized car, bedrooms, and counter tops no
Expanded my network no
Limited my swearing no
Limited myself to two beers yes
Wished people happy birthday no
Channeled my energy towards my goals yes
Answered Social Security Questions yes
Watched TV for less than 30 minutes no
Provided week in review yes
Total 16/24

My Lord what a day! I really worked on my cooking skills today… I made the finest Mac N Cheese this world has ever seen!

I thought I did pretty well today with being disciplined. GRR the dryer and I got into a bit of a fight though… I was doing laundry and I did not put my clothes away. I know I should I have done this today. I tried writing an excuse but I don’t have none- its on me and I have to be better!

You know I did watch a little bit of the Dark Knight today and while I did count it against myself I did learn some things from it. I find that movie to be very psychologically stimulating.

I made Arnold proud today by going to the gym to work on my power and strength. Oooo speaking of gyms I did have a unique experience. As I made up my mind to make Mac N Cheese tonight, I knew I needed to get some milk. On a side note I did get the milk for free 🙂 Anyway, there is a Planet Fitness right by my grocery store. Since I am new to the area I wanted to see what the gym looked like. As I entered the Planet Fitness, I asked for a tour. To my astonishment the worker did not want to give me a tour. It is a great example of how someone can be a great salesman or a poor one. He had low energy, didn’t ask what I was looking for and catered his conversation to around ipods… “You see that machine over there? That can charge your phone while you work out.” While I found it funny, it was a good learning experience for me.

As I’m writing this I’m sitting by my fire on a Saturday night… I’m getting tired so I’m going to go to bed! See you all tomorrow 🙂

5 Unexpected Reasons Watching TV Shows is Good for you

Story time with Justin Pogo

Wow! I can’t believe I’m writing an article about the benefits of watching TV. Normally the only TV I ever watch is Sports, Shark Tank or Dora the Explorer (My dog Sparky finds Dora so motivating.)

A couple weeks ago I went with my brother and his friends to Tennessee for the weekend to watch the Packers get destroyed by the Titans. While the game was bad, I did manage to pleasantly pass the time in the car for 18 hours by watching the TV show Entourage.

After finishing the series a couple days ago, I realized that I gained a couple of gold mental nuggets on why I think watching an occasional TV show can benefit our lives.

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3 Life Lessons I learned From College

One Sunday morning I saw my friend just released a new book he wrote revolving around making the most out of college. Even though my college experience was not like the American Pie movies, those days were still some of the best of my life. I mean, how couldn’t the time heating up milk creamer in a soda pitcher not be a great story?

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Special Olympics Is Back!

Special Olympics started this week! It was great to get back to volunteering for a great cause. It’s interesting how the other coaches thank me for donating my time but in reality I feel like I get more out of volunteering than what I give to the athletes. I coach the best I can trying to always motivate and encourage but I always end up learning more than I teach. The part that always gets me is that I will often go to practice after work with many different things on my mind.

I always walk out of pracice feeling refreshed and ready to look at life in a new way. The daily things we take for granted such as walking, talking and being able to make simple movements often get tossed under the bus for things we think that are more important but in reality are pointless.

While I’m happy I am able to help make a positive difference in other people’s lives, I am grateful that I am able to help share my knowledge on sports with some awesome athletes!

The Couple on a Bike Ride

Story time with Justin Pogo

 The other day after my lunch break I was driving into my parking lot at a fast & furious pace of 15MPH. As I put my foot on the break petal to let him know who is boss, I looked over my left shoulder. There, on the beautiful sunny July day, I saw a 60 year old married couple joyfully pickpocketing a couple of 3rd graders for their lunch money. Just kidding.

What I actually saw was a couple riding their bikes down a bike path. Now before I tell you the rest of the story, I have to let you know I was really working on my discipline skills that day. Just like how whenever I see a fire alarm, since I know I’m not supposed to pull it down, the Albert Einstein in me really makes me want to. Well, in this situation Adam Sandler’s movie, Big daddy popped in my head. It was the scene where he taught his 5 year old son to put a stick in a roller bladers path so they would fall down.

Being the good Samaritan I was, I held back from putting a stick in their way and just observed to see if I could learn anything from them.

 A couple of seconds later my brain got churning. Seeing the couple ride the bending path got me thinking how in life we really have so little room for error with our time. Seeing that older couples made me realize that at one point they were in my 23 year old shoes thinking they had all the time in the world. They at one point were worried about the future and you know what, they still probably are. It’s just that their worries maybe have changed from will I ever get married, will I get a job, to how long will I live or is my doctor going to tell me I’m healthy?

 So that’s why I wrote this today. I want to start writing more. I’ve always liked creating things. In high school I made successful YouTube videos, in college I created a student organization and now I want to write. Even though I am very happy with what I do during the day, I want more out of life.

 I want to be able to look back and when I am old and grey to see how I was in my 20s or what my mindset was at that time. I want to be able to compare what my Snapchat Score was when  I’m 23 compared to when I’m 90 (My math guestimates it will be over 23,500,000 and will have unlocked every item)

 So what did I learn today? Well, besides the fact that knocking people off their bikes may have a slight positive correlated to back problems, it’s that life is short and that even if we have a goal in mind, pursue it like there is no tomorrow, but just enjoy the ride.

 On a side note, if you are thinking of bike riding more I compiled a list of the most common answers I found to the very intensive, detailed survey I conducted on bike riding.

The three top reasons males go on bike rides

1.        To burn off steam after losing an important Pokemon match

2.        Their wife or girlfriend took their car away for forgetting to put the dishes away

3.        They’ve always secretly wanted to wear biker spandex and wanted to see what it was like

Cheers! To having keeping the journey fun!