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Money Smart Guy Going Hollywood! The First Breakfast Movie directed by Christian Moffitt

Money Smart Guy Going Hollywood! The First Breakfast Movie directed by Christian Moffitt

Nah, no plans for the West Coast, but who would have thought I’d be in a movie?  God always has His ways…and this time it was to cross paths with Christian Moffitt.  I was introduced to him by Christian Hage of City Church Chicago who discovered him, literally on the side of a street.  This guy is SUPER TALENTED and I couldn’t believe he is only 19 yrs old!

Christian Hage, Pastors Kent and Alli Munsey arranged for a special movie production to be created for last week’s Easter service.  What a treat for City Church Chicago…church was packed Easter morning.  Below is a replay of that production, The First Breakfast by City Church Films.

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Five Reasons Why You Need a Budget Using Quicken or Mint.com

Five Reasons Why You Need a Budget Using Quicken or Mint.com

Ok, I said the “B” word.  Nobody likes the “B” word…people don’t like restrictions, especially financial ones.  Sad to say, a lot of people, especially those in the younger generation, are not taking the time to create a personal budget for themselves or for their families. Whether it is because they feel as if they are too busy – after all, creating a budget and making sure you are staying on that budget does require time and effort – or because they simply do not see any value in using a budget, people who go through life without a budget are working against themselves.

Without a budget, you will never have the urge to curb your spending. You will never say “I will wait until I have saved enough money to make that purchase.” Instead, you will use whatever money you have on hand, and if money is in short supply, a credit card will do the trick. After all, we live in a society that seems to operate under the “instant gratification” rule, and that is something that is very hard to overcome…especially if you have not been denying yourself when it comes to spending money. (Especially money that you do not have!)

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Habits of Millionaires: Warren Buffet’s 10 Rules Posted at Jimmy John’s part 1

Habits of Millionaires: Warren Buffet’s 10 Rules Posted at Jimmy John’s part 1

While having lunch at Jimmy John’s , Warren Buffet’s 10 Rules of Building Wealth posted on the wall made this even more of a favorite spot to eat.  I can’t help but stay motivated and fired up while I eat there!  Not only do I always receive a friendly greeting from the cashier and getting my #12 turkey w/guacamole ready for me to devour in less than 2 minutes…but I get to read the inspiring writing on the walls.

I wonder how many of us have been to a Jimmy John’s and noticed this powerful poster located on all the Jimmy John’s I have been to.  There are plenty meaningful posters all over the place so check them out the next time you go there.

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VIDEO: Rollin’ in Chicago with Real Estate on Radio’s Ron Vergara – WLS 890 AM

VIDEO: Rollin’ in Chicago with Real Estate on Radio’s Ron Vergara – WLS 890 AM

Would you like to accelerate your financial goals, dream towards financial independence and create a lifestlye of freedom and choice by 100 mph?  That can readily be accomplished by surrounding yourself with the right people.  Jim Rohn, Mark Victor Hansen, Anthony Robbins along with the rest of the personal development gurus will tell you that you are a product of your environment.  Choosing your friends, associates and advisors is directly related to the enjoyment, fulfillment and happiness you experience throughout your life.  Here’s a quick peek into one of my Friday afternoons with good friend, Ron Vergara of the Real Estate on Radio Show.

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City Church Chicago: Happy Three Year Birthday!

City Church Chicago: Happy Three Year Birthday!

It was about two years ago, that my friend Jose Rodriguez invited me to watch a play in Munster, Indiana at Family Christian Center, called Jesus of Nazareth.  I had been struggling at that point with many decisions and relationships that I had in my personal and business life.  We took our kid’s there to watch this amazing play during Holy Week and thought it was just another “church play”.  Boy was I surprised!  It had a full on professional production, hundreds of actors, live animals and pyrotechnics you wouldn’t believe.

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City Church Notes: Holy Week – Seven Days That Changed the World Forever

City Church Notes: Holy Week – Seven Days That Changed the World Forever

It used to be I’d carry my Bible, notepad and pen into church.  But due to innovation and technology, everything is conveniently now in my pocket.  Therefore, if you’re sitting around me during service, don’t throw anything at me while I fiddle with my iPhone.  I’m not texting…I’m taking notes!! This week are City Church notes about Holy Week – the seven days that changed the world forever!  Pastor Kent shares that in order to get into heaven, you also have to have a certain amount of notes on file…so here goes.  By the way, I have a special note at the end of this post.  God bless you!!

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Behind the Scenes Footage with Matthew Sapaula on the Garrard McClendon LIVE Show!

Behind the Scenes Footage with Matthew Sapaula on the Garrard McClendon LIVE Show!

Just a little sum-sumthin’ for ya…and yes, don’t let the suit and tie fool ya, I bust out in many corny moments to break the tension! Here’s a short video sharing with you about what goes on behind the scenes from a recent appearance on the Garrard McClendon LIVE show on Chicago’s CLTV.

As you can see, I VALUE your comments from our blog, Facebook and Twitter connections.  Keep them flowin!!

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20 Pearls of Wisdom for College Students and New College Grads

20 Pearls of Wisdom for College Students and New College Grads

Recently, I was asked to speak at Northeastern Illinois University by Edmund Cruz, in the area of personal finance to their students and staff .  They were alert, attentive and eager to learn.  It was a joy to spend some time with them and tune into what is on their minds, as they move into the workforce.

Before I headed out there, I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter to bless these students by sharing their own quick tip of life experiences and pearl of wisdom.  Thank you to my fellow Facebookers and Tweeps! (Yup, new social media lingo!)

Here’s what they had to share and if you’d like to add yours, please drop your pearl of wisdom to college students and new college grads in the comment section below! I will share it this weekend on the next podcast of Money Smart Radio and broadcast of the Real Estate on Radio Show on WLS 890 AM from 10am-Noon, this Saturday.

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How This Laid Off Worker Handles a Major Financial Challenge

How This Laid Off Worker Handles a Major Financial Challenge

As the economy continues to rebuild and small businesses reinvent themselves, laid off workers have had to weather one of the worst economic and financial times of their lives.  At at time where most feel financially isolated and confused, people like Bob and Mary Jo have become more proactive in taking control of their financial future.  A few years ago before the recession, I met them while speaking for a Chicago real estate investing club.  As a financial strategist and wealth-building coach specializing in the specific needs of home owners and real estate investors, I had the opportunity to not only help Bob and Mary Jo weather a personal economic collapse, but brace for a recession.  Sure enough, right after we had met, Bob had gotten laid off after being promised a company pension after 20+ years of committed, loyal service to his company.  No monthly pension income payments, no health insurance, no company benefits as previously promised…Bob was on his own.

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SPARK, Inc. is Hosting its 1st Annual Single Parent Family, Freedom Tele-Summit for Parents and Youth

SPARK, Inc. is Hosting its 1st Annual Single Parent Family, Freedom Tele-Summit for Parents and Youth

Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Tina Fortune via Twitter, as she is a loyal listener of our Chicago-based financial talk radio show.  She regularly listens to our show, especially on our Monday morning episodes of Making God First Mondays.  It is not only my honor to invite you all to her tele-summit that you can participate in the comfort of your home, but an honor to be asked by Ms. Fortune to be a part of her message to single-parent families.  As a single-father myself, I deeply empathize with the challenges of not only making a living, dealing with the stresses of life and a career, but raising up the next generation in our family line…future leaders, entrepreneurs and world changers.

I personally ask that you invite all the single parents that you know to this event and invest in our community, our families and our future together.

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