My Story Part 4: When Success Is Just The Start

"Success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, it's about what you inspire others to do."

In July of 2017 my path to purchasing my first property came to completion. Stepping into my condo for the first time was like the last step up the mountain. I never thought a freelance musician could accomplish something as "normal" as buying a home. 18 months prior I set out to prove that creatives can thrive. I thought it would take much longer, yet here I am writing this blog series...

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My Story Part 3: When The Slow Process Snowballs

"It's a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up."

My mother gave me "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson right around the time my bank account showed a $67 balance in 2015. That book ignited a flame that would change everything. I went into a learning frenzy. I was always into self-development in other aspects of my life, but not financially. Over the next 18 months I consumed a wide range of books, podcasts, online education tools and started taking action.

Frustrated with...

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My Story Part 2: When Hitting Rock Bottom Feels Good

"When you've hit rock bottom the only way to go is up."

In May of 2013 I earned a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies and my performing career was just beginning. Stints with Aretha Franklin, Korn, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and an ever expanding discography as a sideman highlighted a promising start to my career in music . I was happy with my progress and learned a lot about the music industry from those experiences at the national, regional, and local level. Soon after...

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My Story Part 1: When Hard Work Doesn't Pay Off...

"There is no substitute for hard work."

-Thomas Edison

Born in Plano, raised in Richardson, TX my childhood was relatively care free. I loved to skate, play hockey, camp in boyscouts, and play the violin, piano, and saxophone. Growing up I used to naively say to myself "wow my life is perfect" as I watched friends go through hard times. My time would come... 

My father was the president of Elkins Institute Dallas where he taught students business, work,...

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