Watch this quick intro video...
Thanks for clicking the link to get to know me better.
We've all got a story with highs and lows, and each one is unique and interesting, some funny, some sad.
Mine's a bit of a roller coaster (promise not to laugh).
So strap yourself in while I let my hair down and open up my kimono...
First, the important stuff (the kinda stuff that friends know):
I'm a husband, artist, kooky serial entrepreneur, investor, trader, freedom warrior, curious truth-seeker, and lover of animals, nature, international travel, historic architecture, American muscle cars, sweet potato fries, craft beer, and chocolate, not always in that order!
I've been married only once, never divorced, and spend more time cooking healthy meals at home with my wife, Chiara than dining out at fancy restaurants.
We live in Los Angeles with our totally spoiled, yet ungrateful tuxedo cat, Martina.
I have no job. No alarm clock. No boss.
I'm not a morning person (even though I like mornings), but every day I wake up and do whatever the hell I want.
My daily commute is 5 seconds down the hallway to my home office.
My neighbors think I've taken early retirement... probably because they never see me "working!"
I'm a West Coast native, born and bred in SoCal.
I grew up in an average, working-class family where both of my parents worked full-time jobs to support my brother and sister and me.
Having been self-employed for most of my adult life, I'm now psychologically unemployable (maybe it's a genetic defect).
My renegadish tendencies came bubbling to the surface long before I was a teenager.
Even as a child I wasn't comfortable with authority (just ask my parents).
During my late teens and early 20's I had run-ins with my bosses and would quit due to 'differences of opinion'.
Realizing early on that I wasn't cut out for a life of financial mediocrity or a 9 - 5 in a corporate cubicle, I did what any ab-normal person in my situation would do: I went into business for myself.
Frankly, the idea of having to conform to cultural conditioning and follow the herd makes me want to hurl.
I actually feel much more secure being self-employed, than working for some a-hole boss who dictates how much I make, what type of home I can afford, what kind of car I drive, when I can take vacations, and all the other settle-for-less shackles that come with being an hourly wage slave.
When it comes to money and what it can buy, I value experiences over things.
Money isn't a prime motivator for me… freedom is.
For me, freedom is something that's been ingrained in my DNA for as long as I can remember.
I caught the entrepreneurial bug early on.
When I was in 5th grade I sold Pop Rocks (remember those?) and Big League Chew bubble gum to other kids on the playground.
But I became a bona fide entrepreneur at the ripe age of 13 when I started mowing lawns and doing weekend weed whacking gigs around my neighborhood.
Know what my big ambition was back then?
To make enough money so I could buy more skateboards and play at the local arcade all weekend-long.
Yup, that was my big 'why'!
But I think I intuitively knew, even back then, that being my own boss was really going to be the only logical choice for me.
While I was in my 20's I looked at all my hobbies and things that I enjoyed doing and asked myself, "Ok, how can I turn these into a career?"
Being the huge car nut that I was (and still am), this simple process of elimination initially led me to a brief stint in the automotive industry.
I loved working on cars, but I've had scoliosis and other back problems since I was 16, so choosing a career as an auto mechanic became a serious deal breaker.
But what it did was it spurred me on to follow my other passion, which was art (more on this in a minute).
For fun, I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family and taking weekend vacations and getaways with my wife, Chiara.
These include long cruises up the coast of California, spending weekends in quaint B&B's, or just getting out of town for the day to enjoy a change of scenery and some fresh ocean air.
We love to travel, so you can also find us gallivanting around Europe.
I don't really have a favorite music genre.
I grew up on basically everything from heavy metal & hard rock, to blues, hip hop, reggae, jazz, ambient, and alternative, so I pretty much listen to it all.
more Mildly Relevant Facts About Me (BUZZFEED STYLE)
#1. Introvert with outgoing tendencies
I'm a Capricorn and an ISFP (aka, total introvert weirdo).
I love connecting with people, but I also love working alone, and am perfectly happy being by myself in the seclusion of my man cave for hours on end for "me time."
I might sound like a total recluse by now, but I'm not. Most people who meet me think I'm an extrovert because I'm a conversationalist and absolutely enjoy talking one-on-one.
But I have a social window of about 2-3 hours. After that I'm drained and wanna be alone again.
Thankfully, I've got a wife who appreciates all of my introverted quirkiness!
#2. Promise keeper
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe your word is your bond and handshakes (even virtual ones) are your sacred Honor.
I feel compelled to tell people the blunt, unvarnished truth, even when it's not necessarily what they want to hear.
#3. Recovering people pleaser
I used to suppress and neglect my needs, wants, feelings and opinions. Had a hard time saying 'No' because I was too worried about other people's feelings.
After a lot of self-reflection and work, I kicked the self-inflicted guilt-trippin' to the curb.
#4. Avid risk taker and speculator
I'm a maximum risk, maximum reward type of person.
Er, let me qualify that. I like to take calculated risks, but I don't like to gamble away or waste money.
#5. Amateur ghost hunter
Yup, ever since I was a kid I've been fascinated by the paranormal and the unknown (ghosts and other weird stuff like that).
In fact, my wife and I have been on several ghost hunt weekends and have had some amazing spirit encounters.
I know, crazy right?
#6. Beetle collector
A childhood obsession gone wild is my interest in collecting beautiful beetles from around the world (strange, I know).
Some of them are the size of a pea. Others are as big as my hand.
#7. Robert Kiyosaki fanboy
I stumbled into a Barnes & Noble bookstore in 1998. Wandered to the personal finance section and picked up this book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
The concepts I learned from Kiyosaki (like what he shares in this video) changed my course, big time.
Found the right mentors, studied up on investing, entrepreneurship, and passive-income-producing assets. The rest is history.
#8. Ambidextrish lefty
Write, throw and bowl left-handed. Cut with scissors, wear watches and use a mouse right-handed.
#9. Die-hard hot-rodder
Lifelong gear head who loves hanging out at local car shows. I geek out on all kinds of cars, and have a fully custom, 1000hp '68 Pontiac Firebird which I've owned since I was in high school.
#10. Slow thinker, single tasker
I'm into doing only one thing at a time, focusing on it to completion, whether that takes hours, months, or even years. I've always been like this, even as a little kid, although I find it's easier to get distracted these days than it ever was before.
#11. Silence seeker
I'm always seeking silence. I don't like big crowds, noisy cities, bars, parties, streets, etc.
Meeting people in noisy places is pointless to me, since I can't understand what anyone is sayin'. Yelling in people's ears ain't my idea of fun. It's another reason I prefer quiet one-on-one conversations.
#12. Happily child-free (not child-less)
I love kids (and enjoy spoiling my three nephews rotten), but I don't want kids... thankfully, neither does my wife.
Today's hustle culture teaches us that there's never enough.
We always need more money, more things, more everything.
And while success in anything requires hard work, what I'm not into is the "hustle 'n grind" mentality Gary V. and Grant Cardone preach.
Cardone's motto is "more with more."
As in, to earn more, ya gotta do more.
It's all about obsession.
Work like a freakin' maniac.
Alienate friends and family.
Age 10 years in the next three.
Lose whatever hair you still have left.
Eh, no thankies!
Doesn't seem healthy to me.
I'm pretty sure science agrees.
Look, if you've got Grant's enthusiasm and super-sized goals...
Go for it.
Knock yourself out.
I give props to the Grant C's and Gary V's of the world.
I respect them for their work ethic and what they've accomplished.
I just can't relate to them.
I'm just an average dude with average energy and only 24 hours a day.
Can't push my 53-year-old body like I used to without it pushing back.
I have no desire to buy a private Gulfstream jet.
I'd rather spend time hanging out with my wife, friends & fam, and our totally spoiled kitty.
Be present and not hafta film or Instagram every moment just so I can use it for marketing.
Know what I mean?
Frankly, at this stage in my life I'm all about working smarter and achieving more by doing less.
After all, the whole goal of leveraging the Internet should be to give you back your life, not take it away.
If you wanna dive deeper and get to know the real me and how I went from being an overworked and underpaid freelance artist to full-time internet entrepreneur, investor and forex trader, then click the button below and I'll take you back in time Marty McFly style...
READ THE UNUSUAL BACK STORY +
Ok, since you clicked I'm gonna crack open my kimono a bit more and reveal some intimate things about myself (possibly more than you want to know) that most people would probably never share with complete strangers about their online journey.
Rather than hiding behind some fake, bullsh*t mask to try and impress you, I'll spare you the charade.
I prefer keeping sh*t raw, real and authentic.
So being wide open and honest here, when I was 6 years old, I had a speech impediment that my mom would take me to see a speech therapist for.
I would verbally trip over my words.
On top of that, I was born introverted and was very shy growing up, which made me feel awkward and self-conscious around other kids.
As a result, I became the quiet guy in the back of the class.
My grade school teachers thought something was wrong with me because I didn't say much.
And forget about talking in front of my classmates.
Any type of public speaking scared the absolute crap outta me.
I made friends easily, but I never really felt like I fit in or was one of the "cool kids."
Maybe it's why I can relate to all the weirdos, oddballs, and misfits out there like me who prefer to march to the beat of their own drum.
I used to think my introversion was a curse, but I now see it as just part of my journey of personal growth.
Professionally, I'm a former freelance artist and college instructor by trade.
I fell in love with creating things as far back as I can remember, playing with LEGOs and doodling.
Drawing and painting was something that always came naturally to me.
So after I graduated from college, I launched my career as a freelance illustrator (think Norman Rockwell).
For an introvert like me who craves solitude, being able to make a living as a professional artist was great... at first.
I pretty much designed my days around painting pictures (like the ones above) in my home studio and got to set my own hours.
I got to work for clients like Disney, LA Times Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly.
Even won several national awards for my work.
I was busy all the time.
And that's the problem... I was busy. ALL. THE. TIME.
After 5 hard years of bustin' my hump to meet client deadlines, I was burned out.
I was drained at the end of every day.
To make matters worse, I was in debt up to my eyeballs.
It was scary because I usually had to wait at least 45 days to get paid from my clients.
One time I had a client that was 30 days late and my measly savings were dwindling down fast.
I remember sitting at my kitchen table and being afraid to open my bills.
Once I finally did, I then had to decide which ones I could put off until later.
I basically had to decide between giving up my cable, my phone, or my electricity for the next couple weeks.
It was like playing musical chairs — never knowing which one would be turned off next.
During this rough patch, I'd put on a smile, but underneath the happy facade I was bummed out.
I remember the day I looked in the mirror and didn't even recognize who I saw looking back at me.
I rarely mention this because it's so personal to me, but I'm willing to bare my soul for you because I know other people have been in my shoes.
Cuz the truth is, everyone faces challenges in life.
Maybe you're going through a similar personal or financial challenge right now.
In any case, the stress from being on that financial roller coaster ride for all those years made me feel like a total loser because I wasn't making the kind of money I wanted to.
Ever feel this way?
One day I woke up with a huge pit in my stomach.
I had this gnawing feeling in my gut and thought to myself...
"Is the next 40 years of my life going to be spent hunched over a drafting table for 12 hours a day just so I can make enough money to get by and maybe take a decent vacation every once in a while?"
Sometimes we need our realities rocked a bit.
Our view of the future turned upside down before we become open to other possibilities.
In my situation, something had to give and I knew I had to start looking for a way out.
I needed to find another source of income (like pronto) to supplement or even replace the income from my art business.
Something that didn’t force me to have to be working all the time to meet client deadlines.
THE HUNT FOR NEW INCOME SOLUTIONS
Like a lot of people, my online journey began out of a desire to make more money.
I went online looking for answers – maybe just like you are now.
My whole goal was to make an extra $100 a day and finally be able to take a much needed vacation with my then-girlfriend (who's now my wife).
$100 per day would’ve been enough to cover my monthly nut and allow me to start paying off my debt.
Problem was, after being self-employed for 5 years as a commercial artist, that's all I knew how to do.
I didn't really have many other skills and had no clue about the internet, let alone how to make money with it.
And it wasn't long after that a good friend of mine told me about a network marketing business he was involved in.
At the time, network marketing seemed like a smart way to supplement my art income.
Did I make mistakes?
As a complete newb I spent the first few years running between mad and frustrated.
I did everything I was told to do, which was make out a list of my warm market and then pitch my friends and family.
Do the weekly dog and pony show with the home parties and hotel meetings.
And it wasn't very long before I ran out of people to talk to.
No surprise, right?
At my lowest point, I was one of those network marketing wannabe's.
The type of guy the industry gets rich off of.
The guy that puts flyers on cars in Walmart parking lots and posts signs on telephone poles.
And when those pathetic strategies flopped, I became the guy that buys all the "red hot" leads at $5 to $15 a piece.
Then I spent almost every waking hour grinding away cold-calling strangers and getting hung up on and cussed out.
It was brutal.
I felt like a loser and started wondering what the hell was wrong with me.
With all these negative thoughts swirling around in my head, I wasn't sure if I was cut out for all this 'make money online' stuff.
Truth be told, I kinda just dabbled with things, but I was never 'all in' or 100% committed.
I considered throwin' in the towel and just giving up.
I knew I needed to find a way to automate my income so I could be making money whether I was working or not.
Problem was, I didn’t know how to get the kind of results that would set me free.
Funny thing is, I knew a guy who was really successful online.
I dunno why, but I never thought of asking him for help.
Then one day, I got an email from him that said…
"Hey, if you need my help with anything, just ping me!"
So I shot him a quick text:
"Hey man, I'm stuck. Can we talk?"
About an hour later I got a reply:
"Sure, I can talk now if you want."
So, we hopped on the phone and within 10 minutes my new mentor told me what I was doing wrong and exactly how to fix it.
After I got off the call, I felt like Indiana Jones discovering a long-lost treasure.
I had no idea what to expect, but I took my mentor's advice and did exactly what he told me to do.
My mind was blown by what happened next…
Almost immediately, I had people wanting to join my business.
But even more surprising, I had a bunch of people joining my business without even talking to me (this continues to happen on a daily basis by the way).
The very first week I started to implement my mentor's strategy I made $7,790 in commissions...
I was happier than a two-peckered puppy at a Bark Park.
I still remember it like it was yesterday.
After years of failure and struggle, I finally cracked the code to making money online.
Best of all, for the first time in years, I felt free.
I had my first $100k year in 2001 and never looked back.
I don't tell you this to brag or boast - that's not my style.
I just want to show you what's possible.
Cuz I'm NOT any smarter than anyone else.
I'm NOT luckier than anyone else.
And there's NOTHING special about me whatsoever.
Heck, I got straight B's, C's and D's in High School.
I'm not unique. Just weird.
There's plenty of people out there that have done this.
All I've done is modeled people that were smarter than me and it worked.
So if an introverted goofball like me with no prior internet marketing experience can do it, so can you.
The thing I love about having an online business is the FREEDOM it provides.
The care-free-drop-everything-fly-to-Venice lifestyle it can give you.
Some days I may only work an hour or two.
Since I set my own schedule, if it's a beautiful day out, I'm not going to miss enjoying it.
If a buddy of mine spontaneously calls me up and wants to go out to lunch, I'm usually free to go.
Bottom line: my online business gives me the freedom no 9 - 5 job could ever give me.
By no means am I saying that everything in my life is hunky-dory.
It's definitely not.
I still have to deal with chronic back pain on an almost daily basis.
However, all the setbacks I've had over the years put me on the path of reinventing myself.
And because of that, I now have the money and time freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want and with whomever I want.
Looking back, I'm grateful for all the challenges I experienced.
They helped me to build character and who I needed to become in order to handle success when it showed up.
Honestly, my life would've stayed sucky if I hadn't gone through the dark periods.
If you're going through a hard time right now, just know that you're not alone and that this too shall pass.
Life is never as hard as it feels in the moment.
The hardest part is dealing with the bullsh*t stories we tell ourselves about what we're going through.
Anyhoo, that's me; unfiltered and vulnerable.
A not-so-squeaky-clean, weird little human being with his fair share of spectacular faults and failures.
Ok, I'm not sure if anyone actually reads this far on an 'about me' page like this.
I doubt it... but if you have, high five!
You get some extra brownie points.
Listen, I don't believe we meet people in our life by accident.
They're meant to cross our path for a reason.
If anything I've said has resonated with you in some way and you realize that it's no coincidence you're on this page, congratulations!
We're probably more alike than different.
Which brings me to you...
Because if you learn anything from my story, I hope it's this:
You deserve to be free.
At the very least, you deserve to become the greatest version of yourself in spite of what others may think is possible.
So, what's next?
I'm so glad you asked.
Now that the cordial get-to-know-you stuff is out of the way, let's get down what I can do for you...
It's likely that you haven't got the financial part of your life sorted yet (been there, done that!).
Failing like a drunken monkey was my specialty (actual footage of me below)...
Maybe that's you right now.
Just floating along, hanging on by a thread, trying to not to fall from 1,000 feet in the air.
Maybe you're making money, but you're strapped for time.
Maybe you don't even have your own online business or part-time side-hustle yet, but would like to.
No matter what you're struggling with, I believe in you.
Whatever your reason, I'm here to help.
I want to show you how I turned it all around.
I believe what Ralph Waldo Emerson said and do my best to live by this principle:
It's my motivation and what gets me out of bed every morning.
Nothing brings me greater joy and personal satisfaction than being a part of someone else's journey and seeing them improve their life because of the advice and mentorship I've given them.
The millions I've generated online pale in comparison to the thrill I get helping others experience positive results, quit their day jobs, and live the lives they deserve.
I'm your passive income ideas go-to guy.
I'm here for you as both a guide and as a friend.
Ready to say YES to a new life with more success, wealth and freedom?
If so, check out how we can work together and bridge the gap between where you are right now to where you wanna be.