Why Should Rappers Have All the Fun?

25 Jul

So, you guys already know that I work as a financial advisor to professional athletes and entertainers.  I really enjoy what I do, but sometimes, it has unintended consequences.

I speak to lots of kids, and when they find out what I do, all of their concern and attention shifts to “Wow, how much money does [that celebrity] make?” or “What kind of car do they drive?” or “I bet [that celebrity] has a HUGE crib, right?” Now, all of those things are valid questions, especially given that TV has conditioned us to be enamored with the “lifestyles of the rich and famous.” But, focusing on the lives of prominent athletes and entertainers can give our kids an incomplete perception of what success really looks like.  Even worse, it may lead them to believe that if they can’t rap, act, sing, dance, or shoot a basketball, then they may not be able to live the type of life that they desperately want to live.

I mean, these kids can’t really think that “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta”, “UnReal Housewives of Blah Blah Blah” or “Kim and Kourtney Take Acting Lessons” really tells the entire story…do they???

That’s when I had my epiphany.  I realized that as a financial advisor, I have also come into contact with, and have as clients, a plethora of doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects, business people and entrepreneurs that are living fabulous lives.  In fact, many of these individuals live lives that are far more enriching than a number of these celebrities, because of the fact that, due to their inability to manage their money, the average celebrity’s “high life” is short lived.  However, the stories of these wildly successful “non-celebrities” has largely gone untold…until now.

Enter “The Best Kept Secret.”  I’ve developed this online show to expose viewers to individuals that have become very successful in fields other than sports and entertainment.  And I mean REAL success.  Not the sort of “I’m on a reality show, so I will make it look like I’m rich, but my home is getting foreclosed on next week” type of (fake) success.  In the coming months, I’ll introduce you to and tell the stories of people that look like you, sound like you, came from where you came from and found a way to make it big.  I’ll also give you the blueprint so that you can do it to.

Check out the video above which sets the stage for why I decided to put this project together.  When you see the looks on the student’s faces, you’ll know why.  I’m also certain that you too, will enjoy learning how to get closer to living the life of your wildest dreams.

Because after all, why should rappers have all the fun?

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Do you know someone that should be featured on “The Best Kept Secret?” Email me at rob@robwilson.tv!

Special shoutout to @Emmai_Alaquiva, PNC Bank, the Heinz Endowments and Urban Pathways Charter School for getting this project off the ground!!!

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MoneyMonday – How To Freshen Up Your Finances

8 May

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you probably ready to spend time cleaning out the garage, painting and other typical spring cleaning activities.

But, don’t forget that you also have a financial house that deserves to be in order as well.

Here are a bunch of tips to help you spring clean your finances and feel more in control of your financial life.

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How Long Will You Wait to Start Saving?

3 May

Check out this article on retirement planning from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that I’m quoted in.

A few of my thoughts on what to do if you’ve waited to start seriously saving money for retirement.

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By Tim Grant / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Many people have surrendered to the idea that they will “work until they drop,” especially if they haven’t saved enough money to retire. The problem with that strategy is that a high percentage of people who are retired today had to leave the workforce before they planned due to failing health, layoffs and family issues.
Government data show by age 70 most workers have been pushed out of jobs they may have wanted to keep. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2011 only 32.3 percent of men and 18.7 percent of women age 70 or older were still listed on employer payrolls.

Postponing retirement planning isn’t a wise idea, but it is common, says Jane Bryant Quinn, a bestselling author and columnist for AARP Bulletin.

Besides paying bills and putting children through school, “some people genuinely can’t save because their incomes are low, which means they will depend on Social Security when they retire,” she said.

“If you ask retirees what they would have done different, if they had a chance, they say ‘save more money.’ ”
Ms. Quinn, author of “Making the Most of Your Money,” said workers should look at their savings in terms of how much lifetime income it will produce when their working days are done.

“If you saved $100,000 and invested in a balanced stock and bond mutual fund, you can probably take $4,000 a year [4 percent] for 30 years,” she said. “Add that to Social Security and a pension, if you have one, and that’s your retirement income. If you saved $200,000, you can take $8,000 from the nest egg every year.”
Even if someone starts saving for retirement at a late age, it is still possible to accumulate a sizable nest egg, although it will require more heavy lifting.

Rob Wilson, vice president of South Side-based Blazer Capital Management, said a worker age 50 starting at zero can still retire at age 65 with $1 million — as long as he or she put away $3,100 a month with an annual appreciation rate of 7 percent each year.

“By waiting that long to get started, you put yourself behind the eight ball a little bit, but this is something that is achievable if you put your mind to it,” he said, adding that someone in that situation may need to work an extra job, do freelance work or start a side business to accumulate the extra savings.

“At some point, folks wake up and realize they will need to retire at some point and they really need to do something radical or dramatic to get ready for it,” Mr. Wilson said.

Check out the entire article here: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/retirement-happens-even-without-a-plan-685753/#ixzz2SF8U12vF

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It’s Time We Had…The Money Talk

21 Apr

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Movers&Shakers – How this amazing Mompreneur raised $6 million for her babysitting startup

29 Mar

Some people have dismissed Sheryl Sandberg’s message because they think she is too “privileged” to push women to take control of their careers and their businesses.

So, I thought you would like to hear from someone just like you, that is absolutely crushing it in Silicon Valley.

Check out this episode of #Movers&Shakers where I interview Lynn Perkins, the CEO and founder of UrbanSitter about her $6 million capital raise, dealing with doubters, and being a woman in the Valley.

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MoneyMonday – How to Save More for Retirement

26 Mar

A new study states that 60% of Americans have less than $25,000 saved for retirement. Who can live on that?

Check out this week’s #MoneyMonday where I discuss the reasons we don’t save and tips you can use right now to jump start your retirement savings.

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MoneyMonday – Women, Wealth & Sheryl Sandberg

11 Mar

Women face a number of unique challenges when it comes to money, starting with issues in the workplace. Women still make 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, and on 4% of fortune 500 CEOs are women.

So what can women do about this? Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shares a number of her thoughts in her new book “Lean In”

Check out this week’s #MoneyMonday for a few salient points from the book, and my 3 tips that women can implement TODAY to begin taking charge of their success and ultimately their wealth.

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