Skip to main content

Money & Shout Outs

I have wormed my way into is The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D. and William D. Danko Ph.D. This book dives deeply into the psychology, habits, and financial discipline of millionaires. I am halfway through chapter two and here are a few observations I'd like to share:
  • Most millionaires set financial goals and build the discipline to accomplish each.
  • Most millionaires aren't big spenders. In fact, wealth has absolutely nothing to do with materialism nor consumer spending goods and services.
  • Most millionaires budget, tightly. That's because they have cultivated good financial offense and defense...
  • Financial offense is income generation. Most affluent households have incomes higher than the US average which was, at the time the book was written (1996), $30,000. Financial defense is being frugal. 
  • Most non-millionaires and high-earning, low net worth Americans are on a non-stop earn-spend cycle. Saving, budgeting, wisely investing, and being frugal are four weapons to combat consumerism and low net worth.
I have special shout outs to three people who impacted me thoughts and observations over the last week:
  • Lebron James: Man, great choice. I think it's wise to go back home and strive to win for your home community. As John Maxwell wrote: Learn- Earn- Return. You've learned how to be a champion in Miami, you earned two titles in Miami, and now you return home to take apply those lessons to your native community in Northeast Ohio. Great choice. I applaud you.
  • Donald Lawrence: Your album 20 Year Celebration: Vol. 1 Best for Last is a masterpiece! Every song is Bible-based even with the Scripture references beside song titles. Wish more artists would do this. Thanks for lending your gifts to the Lord! 
  • The Apostle Paul: For being obedient to the Holy Spirit and writing the book of Romans. Anyone wanting to learn the basis of salvation, God's righteousness, and the God-established plan for mankind's salvation should read it.


Popular posts from this blog

The Synth Sounds

I am excited to share that my first jazz project is nearing completion. (Also why this is my first post this month).

Other than piano, you can definitely expect to hear sounds of 1980's and 1990's-era synthesizers filtered throughout the upcoming album.

I admire the newer sounds we have today, but none of them quite replicate the original, synth-led sounds of 80's and 90's music.

In my opinion, 80's and 90's sounds present the perfect crossover of analog and digital mixes that were limitless in use and expression.

It is no wonder that modern synthesizers today still draw inspiration from 80's and 90's technology. It was simply some of the most innovative audio machinery ever created.

No shame here. Expect 80's and 90's vibes to come your way in my upcoming project.

Stay Tuned!!!

A pile of my module racks from the 80's and 90's used and simulated on my upcoming jazz album.

CFC Youth Day

CFC Youth Day was nothing short of remarkable.

Children, teenagers, young adults (my generation) sang, danced, praised, and worshiped God with passion, love, joy, energy, and sincerity.

We led, both, the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services and the LORD ministered through us in His own powerful way.

I am very grateful to have preached at the 10:00 AM service. (Came from 2 Timothy 1:7).

Something amazing happens when we move ourselves out of the way and allow the LORD to communicate His Word through us. He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. And when you summarize the meaning He brings to life, you realize that all the of the glory belongs to Him.

The reality of God's presence gives life, and everything we involve ourselves in, brand new meaning.

God's awesomeness was displayed in a monumental way today. A flame was kindled in our youth and the church as a whole.

Today was special.

Big thanks to everyone who helped make today such a great success, you know who you are!



Last night, the very last night of our NYC vacation, my parents and I attended a jazz show at the legendary Birdland.

GRAMMY nominated jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson was in the house.

Before I go any further, I must give kudos to Allyson and her band consisting of Miro Sprague (piano & Rhodes), Jeff Johnson (upright & electric bass), and Jerome Jennings (drums). They were great!

Allyson's clear voice and the band's musical prowess made for a top-quality performance. There is no room to doubt: everyone on the stage last night were professionals.

Being at Birdland is an experience, if anything, because of its rich history in providing a venue in entertainment-rich Manhattan for jazz artists and musicians.

This is the same Birdland that George Shearing wrote "Lullabye of Birdland" about and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Mel Torme, Erroll Garner, and Nikki Yanofsky later sang …