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Have you met Jean Alerte?

9 May

Have you met Jean Alerte?

I have and the man is on fire! I interviewed him recently at the Latiq Agarde benefit that I was privileged to attend.  As a key note speaker he electrified the room.  We sat down together to discuss, life, leadership, and frozen yogurt.

-When did you begin your entrepreneurial journey?

JA: it began at the age of 18 and has grown and evolved with me.  I am now 31.

What made you write your impressive tome Do Right Do Good?

JA: The goal was to inspire one kid.  One Single kid/teen. That’s it.  And that was prefaced by a young gentleman I worked with who told me “Jean you need to write a book.”  And after thinking about it a while it all came together.

-How long did it take to write Do Right Do Good?

JA: From concept to completion the writing of the book took about 3 months.  It took about a year to complete as far as publishing, cover creation et al.   From its inception it seemed to literally write itself.  It came to me naturally.

-I noticed you don’t sell your book on Amazon, a trend that is quite enormous among new writers-Why?

JA: I donate $10 dollars of every sale to charity.  To sell units through Amazon would cheat those who benefit from these funds.  Every copy is also personally signed by me and shipped by me with a care package.  The personal touch is not only cool but for the young readers it impacts them greatly.  It makes an indelible mark that resonates for them for years to come.

-Do you see more writing in your future?

JA: of course.

-Will you be opening a non-profit such as Latiq to impact even more young lives?

JA: I can see that occurring in the future.

-Recently your newest venture, Brooklyn Swirl, a frozen yogurt stand was featured on Love & Hip Hop, how did that come about?

JA: It was a known favorite of some of the cast and they approached us for filming purposes.  The exposure was great.

-Hiring practice:

JA: I only hire people who live in the same area of Brooklyn where Brooklyn Swirl is located.  It keeps the dollars in the community and builds the economic zone and gives self esteem to the youth I hire.

I could literally write two more pages about Jean.  The son of Haitian immigrants, Jean completed his college education and went on to the finance industry.  He set goals and reached them.  He is literally the definition of follow through.  As an educator I was preach to the young adults I work with that discipline and follow through accomplish more than talent.  Michael Jordan practiced with fervor.  And more to the point he wasn’t the legend from the get go.  He wasn’t above average either.  He worked at it.  Talent helps, but discipline is the key and Jean Alerte may be the living embodiment of it.

Buy the book, donate to the scholarship, eat the yogurt.  If you’re going to support someone he is the obvious choice.



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19 Nov

For today’s article I found myself motivated by an excerpt from the net:

In the words of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

“The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer; it’s by making poor people richer.”
(Read more: http://bit.ly/RP1V65)

Now this I found very intriguing.  In this time of peoples unrepressed loathing of the 1% and the Occupy Wall Street movement there seems to be an every growing desire to rob the rich.  Now I know many people are going to ream me for this but I just can’t get with taking from those who built their fortunes.

The rich pay a vast majority of the taxes. 

The rich give the most to charities and non-profits globally (see buffet and gates).

If we are to simply take what they make, what incentive is there to keep making money and giving it as well?

In my humble opinion it is high time we find a way to incentivize people’s efforts to be rich.  Not everyone will make it, not everyone wants to- but wouldn’t the world be better if we all strived for greater gains?  Imagine if Michael Jordan only wanted single digit stats?  If Ali didn’t want to be the greatest? And what if Steve Jobs didn’t insist on perfection?  I think we would have lost as well.  Add Leonardo da Vinci to that mix to my friends and imagine what profound loss we as a species would have.  And it is in this vain that I exhort you to do as Rubio suggests.

Every economy in the world benefits when there are more wealthy folks or even those with healthy bank balances.  So let’s see how you would get there.

*Mind your Business.  Yup- not what your mom said, what Tony says.  Simply put make your own money.  Don’t be a wage slave forever.  If you don’t agree why not simply start a part time business from home?  Extra money in your spare time or a business that sets you free from having a boss is ideal.  The average millionaire was middle to lower class.  It doesn’t always take vast sums of cash to make more cash.  Bloomberg wasn’t born a billionaire but will die one.  He set lofty goals for himself and let his ambition move him beyond simple things.  Id dare say all his dreams have been actualized.  Doesn’t that sound great?  What separates us from him? Nothing. 


Can’t find the time to build an empire?  Just not sure that’s what you want?  That’s not a problem.  Its fine actually.  Simply save and live below your means.  Start out trying to put aside 5% every month.  After the bite of this begins to fade up shift to 7%.  After that 10%.  Your goal should be to stash 20% of your take home every month from now to eternity.  Even after you reach your targeted amounts and goals- save more.  In retirement as well, save more.  The greater your capital cushion the easier you will weather the financial storms and the less stress you will feel.  When you hit a financial curve you will pause and then continue your forward motion.  Imagine not worrying about money, because you have an excess.

Your economic future is in your hands.  Therefore why would you not craft the most amazing, dynamic, wealthy personal economy you can?


In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

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20 to 30 Years to be Rich- I don’t think so. (And you Shouldn’t either)

4 Oct

20 to 30 Years to be Rich- I don’t think so.
(And you Shouldn’t either)

I was watching Coming to America earlier and one guy tells the other to work hard and in 20 or 30 years he Might have what the other guys.
Sorry folks I literally cringed. I was raised to have a great work ethic. I had my first job at 11 and loved it. My parents always worked to put us in better schools and in a home and out of the projects. This is no sob story, understand they lived the American dream for their kids. They made sure we had a leg up. And that was awesome.

Times have changed though.
I hate the idea of waiting 30 years. Hell 20 years is too long. The debate last night only proved this to me. Hang in there folks I’ll make sense of all this.

The concept of school, college, advanced degree,marriages, kids and then the excellent life is a farce. I wholeheartedly believe we were made to achieve and achieve rapidly. School is being sold as the key but a trillion dollars of debt may be suggesting otherwise. I went to college. And my job, my moxy, my business cunning and connections are not related or interconnected to a bachelors degree or advanced degree. Now these things work, I’m not knocking them. I’m merely saying there is more than one way to skin a cat (sorry Peta).

As for the debate the point I’m making is that money is to be made. Romney made loot. Obama cashed in heavy on the book deals and after he leaves the White House I guarantee his speaking engagements will be many and prosperous. See where I’m going. Both men made it to the top. They are both in the 1%. Different avenues but opportunities were made.
This is my intention as well. I will make my fortune. I’m laying my foundation now. I just want it faster. Do not misconstrue me as saying I’m better than these gentlemen, I’m simply saying I can’t wait much longer. I tried the traditional path and learned it won’t work for me. Not all horses are suitable for riding. Some are free spirits.
And while bound by the laws of economics, I know the markets are fickle and that there are always new opportunities. And I will find them.

Never let yourself be told how to get to the top.
Never let others deflate your dreams.
Never say I can’t.
Never be less than you are.
Make every action a moment of gain or of executable excellence.
Every step you take should be guided by a finite goal. If you want to be a teacher- follow the path.
You dream of owning a pawnshop-do it! Intern if you have too (Shout to the recent Heavy Hitters magazine!).
20 years is along time. 30 is worse. Make moves fast, thought out, but fast. When this is your modus operandi you will eat sleep and breathe success. And you will get there sooner. And isn’t that cool? More time to live and less time to work/slave.
Meet me at the finish line.


The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. – Leonardo da Vinci

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Everybody’s buying Gold and Silver. Let them Buy from YOU. Click for details.

30 Jul


Link 9 Jul

Perry: Texas won’t expand Medicaid


President Barack Obama will call on Monday for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 a year, according to a White House official, seeking to spare the economy the impact of taxes going up on Jan. 1.

9 Jul

Obama to Seek Extension of Bush-Era Tax Cuts (via cnbc.com)

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22 May

Broke is not beautiful.

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