Ron Baron on Investing in CEO’s Character

9 years ago Harvey Weinstein wanted the Baron funds to invest in his fledging company. Ron Baron almost did it until he asked people in the industry what they thought of Weinstein’s character-they said he was a (pig-my interpretation) and Baron told him to pound sound.

I like Baron and have followed him for years, he, by the way, is a billionaire, and great stock picker. He mentioned that three of his favorite stock picks are Tesla (TSLA), Vail Resorts (MTN) and Schwab (SCHW). His average investment time in a stock is 10 years-not the usual 10 minutes you see today from a lot of hedge funds 🙂

He likes the character and leadership qualities of these three executives and they have made him a ton of money. When it comes to the infamous Tesla and Elon Musk; Baron says whether he is successful long term or not; his vision has forced Detroit to pursue electric cars-I would agree! Happy investing!

Teens Generate Cash Flow

It’s never too early to learn how to generate cash flow! Take Kaimi Quipotla for example. The 18 year old high school student mostly recycles her apparel using online marketplaces. I’ll wear something twice and then  sell it and buy something new.” “If you’re smart about it and know how to upsell, resell and customize, you can also make so much money.” She started selling items from her closet when she was 13 years old. 

She use and app called Poshmark, for reselling her clothes. I love this entrepreneurship at such an early age!

Here’s another all star: Tyler Rose, 17, started selling clothes online two years ago to earn money to buy collectible sneakers. From his family’s New York City apartment, and with the help of the building’s doormen to handle his packages, Rose and his parents said he made more than $100,000 last year by reselling skateboard apparel and rare sneakers. He primarily used eBay and Facebook but now sells mostly from his own website-smart guy!

Are Keywords Important to Your Online Success?

One of my favorite reads in the SEO world is Neil Patel. Neil makes a lot of money and does extensive research to back up his claims, you should read Neil is your serious about making money online!

Neil recently had a blog post about Do Keywords Matter? Interestingly enough he analyzed two sites: and I’m not that familiar with Magnify Money but Get rich slowly has been around for a long time. As you might expect; Get rich slowly has more backlinks, a great domain authority and more indexed pages by Google, not so surprising. But the new kid, Magnify money beats Get rich slowly when it comes to keyword rankings per page.  Read more »

How to Use Instagram for Cash Flow

Have you ever sat around with friends and or families trying to figure out how to make more money-increase your cash flow? We all have if the truth be told! Lately i’ve been intrigued by individuals who take their current circumstances, embrace those, and share their journey with others on Instagram. Some have been very successful and I thought it would be interesting to share some of those with you; hopefully, it may pique your creative juices!!

RachelToday I want to introduce you to Rachel Jesien. I discovered Rachel on Instagram after reading an article about her incredible work in the New York Post. Rachel had scoliosis as a child and discovered yoga as a way to take away the debilitating pain of scoliosis and literally correcting it for the most part.

Today Rachel has a yoga practice that is devoted to Yoga for Scoliosis and is considered one of the foremost experts in treating scoliosis-pretty cool! I’m fascinated by this woman efforts to turn those lemons into lemonade, as the old saying goes. Today she has a thriving practice in New York and is doing great work for those that suffer with scoliosis.

You may ask yourself why I was interested in Rachel and her work…I have had severe scoliosis for years and walk on forearm crutches as a result of spinal cord damage as a result of having measles as a kid. Honestly, it never dawned on me to learn more about possible treatments for scoliosis-and of the hundreds of doctors I’ve seen over the years! I didn’t bitch about it but I didn’t explore the options that may be available to me.

So for those reasons I choose to celebrate Rachel Jesien and her great work! Do you have a circumstance that you may turn into a great cash flow opportunity while helping so many people? Hopefully this will fuel your creativity to dig deep and find a solution to a problem.

Rachel can be found on Instagram under Rachel Jesien Yoga.  She also has a great Facebook page called Yoga with Rachel Jesien.

If you have a success story using Instagram please let me know, I’d love to share your success!

Bidding Wars for Homes Return

This article on bidding wars for home returns appeared in the Wall Street Journal.Right here in my home town of Denver:

Christina and Kevin Dirks have been searching for a house in the Denver area for four months at prices up to $275,000. They made offers on six homes—and were outbid on each one.

“When we first started looking, you had to pay $10,000 over” list price to win the bidding, Ms. Dirks said. “Then, as the weeks went by, it went up to $20,000. And now it’s up to $30,000 and $40,000.”

Ms. Dirks, a 28-year-old office coordinator, said she and her husband, a 30-year-old merchandiser, hope that as the market slows down this winter, “people will put a halt on being so crazy.”

Bidding wars, a hallmark of last decade’s housing boom, are making a comeback in a number of metro areas across the U.S. But while the earlier wars reflected enthusiasm fueled by easy-money mortgages, the current froth stems from a market short of homes for sale.

I’m fortunately not trying to buy a home right now but this is kind of scary for all those who are trying to buy that home! History tells us that after bidding wars end bad things usually happen….What would you do if you were in this situation; buy or pay outrageous rent until the inevitable happens?


Do You Plan and Earn Your Vacation

Crystal has a blog post this morning talking about planning and earning her vacation this December; a Carnival Cruise! It reminded me of two great lessons hopefully everyone has or is learning.

Plan your vacation and pay for it in advance! There is no better feeling than going on a vacation and coming home with no vacation bill hangover! I once planned a vacation to see the fall colors on the east coast and paid for it in full-it was a fabulous feeling and a great vacation.

The interesting question becomes: how will you pay for this fabulous vacation? I paid for mine by taking some profits I had earned in the stock market. Remember, they aren’t profits until you sell and actually book the profits!

What are your favorite ways to pay for a vacation?

Have a great Monday everyone!

Shout Out to The Skimm

The Skimm FoundersDanielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin are the founders of The Skimm. Skimm is now two years old and their subscriber base continues to explode!

The two met while studying abroad and both had a passion for news. They started working in the corporate environment, as producers for NBC News.They started talking about doing their own thing and the rest is history!! Read more »

Cutting Spending in Washington

I pretty much as disgustedGo Joni!!Go Joni! with all of Washington DC and politicians but this little ad made me smile;)


Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Now Coding

Great article in the New York Times all about teaching seven year olds how to code!  At first, I was kinda shocked;teaching seven years old to code? Then I got to thinking about all the junk I was taught when I was seven years old….maybe teaching a real life skill has some serious merits!

Since December, 20,000 teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade have introduced coding lessons, according to Here’s a cool development: some 30 school districts including New York City and Chicago, have agreed to add coding classes in the fall, mainly in high schools but in lower grades too. And policy makers in nine states have begun rewarding the same credits for computer science classes that they do for basic math and science courses rather than treating them as electives.

I think this is really going to be a game changer in the coming years-I realize not everyone wants to code but what a terrific way to teach something that requires many skills and potentially put money in your pocket. Long live cash flow-what are your thoughts?

Code Cademy

I saw a news clip this morning on CNBC. It featured an interview with the president of Codecademy. What’s really cool about this is the fact that you can take online coding classes for FREE! They have thousands of graduates and talk about getting down to business; Codecademy can actually give you the skills needed to become employed!

Kudos to Codecademy and their great efforts 😉