Hiatus – Off to Chase My Dreams

I will continue to take a hiatus from this blog and crowdCONNX as I focus more fully on writing my second book, The Walls Have Painted Eyes: The Story of the Mural Artworks of Michelle Loughery Building Connections within Communities and People.

In the mean time I hope you all find meaning and purpose in your life, read good books often and takes steps to secure your finances. I know I will be.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 10.44.02 AMWith that in mind I recommend Tony Robbin’s Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom. I am half way through it, have received a wake up call and loads of inspiration and advice from the masters themselves. You can also take my advice and invest in real estate as I have, plus support me on my journey but purchasing a copy of my first book The Bartender is Your Landlord: Why the Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone can Join Their Ranks. 

Take care of yourselves,



Financial Statement Analysis For Successful Investment — Simplistic success

One of the key components of long-term investing is finding strong companies that will have a consistent dependable growth pattern. Proper value investments can be achieved through financial statement analysis of stock(s) you are interested in investing in. Income statement The income statement or profit and loss statement provides details of a companies revenue and…

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Watch “Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki’s Top 10 Rules For Success” on YouTube

If I was to sum this up in one word it would be Bravo! I learned so much about money, Investments, the value of a dollar in this one 16 minute video then in the past 54 years in my life. I never heard the facts about money and investing  presented in this way before. […]


The Book That Taught Me The Most About Wine – A Life Uncorked by Hugh Johnson

I am often asked how I learned so much about wine. I most often answer “By drinking it”. Which for the most part is true. If you want to learn anything you have to go out there and experience it.

The second piece of advise I live by is to search out the best in your field of interest and study them. If you can’t speak with them directly then at least read everything they may have published or what may have been written about them.

Which brings me to A Life Uncorked by Hugh Johnson. I have read many books on wine, four of which were written by Hugh Johnson, but my favourite and the one I learned most from is A Life Uncorked.

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 3.37.46 PMHugh Johnson shares his knowledge of wine, its regions, grapes and culture as he recounts entertaining tales from his life as a wine professional. His prose is is such that it almost transports you to his side, sipping a glass of Montrachet while he regales you with his wit, knowledge and charm, thus allowing for excellent retention. It is for this reason that I recommend this book so highly to new would be sommeliers and enthusiasts.

For the service professional I also suggest carrying around Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book. There is a new release every year.This tiny book is an incredible tool for quick references about wines, regions and grapes. I cannot recount all the times I was able to make the sale sounding both knowledgable and experienced with only his brief notes from this book.




Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki – The Book That Changed How I Understand Money

I picked up Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki on the advice of a good friend who I eventually went into business with. I can say with certainty that Rich Dad changed my life for the better. I will admit though, I hesitated nearly a year before reading it… Like many others I viewed this book as a self-help book with all the negative connotations those who are afraid of change use to keep themselves stuck. I cannot thank my friend enough for breaking me of that habit.

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 9.55.59 AMThe basic understanding Mr. Kiyosaki displays in this quick read is one of assets versus liabilities and how to use assets to escape the rat race. This book is both informative and entertaining. It is by no means a chore to read; as many other financial books can be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels trapped in their job. This is not a guide book with all the answers, but it will give you the boost you need to get moving into a direction that will be both more fulfilling and financially rewarding.

I have read many other books since Rich Dad yet it remains the one that helped me make the greatest change in how I perceived my life and further how I choose to live it.


First Post = First Book

It seems fitting that my very first post should be a plug for my very first book. The Bartender is Your Landlord; Why the Wealthy Elite Invest in Real Estate and How Anyone Can Join Their Ranks is me trying to inspire other regular guys like me to take their financial future into their own hands through investing, particularly by becoming a landlord. This book is not so much a how to as a why to. I hope you enjoy it and begin the process of securing your future today.

Future posts will be anything from reviews of books I have enjoyed, to philosophies, poetry, wine or restaurants I have enjoyed; as well as updates on my future books.

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