May 2009

A fascinating MIND YO BUSINESS talk show this past Saturday. My guests included Multi-millionnaire William V. Thompson, real estate guru James Gage and the best business/retirement tour operator in central America, Claire Gray.

William is the Proprietor/Author of the Monopoly System retire in five years or less. He easily pronounced numerous reasons why we should choose a part-time business over part-time employment:

> Tax incentives and savings

> Less hours, more pay

>More time to devote to family/hobbies

> Don’t have to worry about lay-offs/firings

> Set your own hours.

William recommended 2 on-line business opportunities we can join that are relatively inexpensive and are operated by a system. They are:  

Jim Gage is an active, 20 year real estate investor and is known as the guru of Lease-Options aka Rent-To-Own housing. Jim has been mentoring me and Saturday gently guided me on how to effectively deal with a Seller who wants to lease me his condo for hundreds of dollars more than I’m willing to pay. Gage says show this Seller the pain. This means: Reality Check. Present the Seller with the hundreds of For Sale and For Rent ads from newspapers and Craigslist.  Let the Seller see how the glut of housing and foreclosures in his backyard have lowered sale and rental prices. The bottom line–don’t be afraid to walk away from the deal. You can find alot of this information on Jim’s website, and now you can go through him to apply for mortgage financing or refinancing. To get to Jim’s site, go to: Remember to sign up for his free, monthly newsletter.

We ventured down to Central America during the 2nd hour of the show. Claire Gray and her husband, Bill, moved from Los Angeles to Corozol, Belize roughly 20 years ago. During this time, the Grays have been writing books and conducting Relocation Tours. A relocation tour is not a fancy word for a vacation. Relocation Tours are designed to assist retirees, ex-pats and business people/investors on how to live, work and/or retire in Belize. The week long tour covers several cities/areas/island of Belize, so you can learn about specific areas, housing, business opportunities, customs, residency requirements, government and the social life.

Bill Gray retired after the February 2009 tour. He now wakes up when he wants, gets his grub on on pineapple, mangos, fresh fruit and eats alot of fish. His busy day consists of working on his boat and (you guessed it) fishing. Claire chimes there’s no way Bill could have retired in the states. Why? The cost of living is so much higher in the states. Some people in Belize can live comfortably off $1,500.00/month. I replied to a recent e-mail from Claire asking her if she needs help with the Relocation Tours, now that Bill is retired?? Someone has to pitch in–it may as well be ME!

OH, no sign of the swine flu in Belize, despite the fact that Belize borders Mexico. Claire claims the Belizean government is pro-active when it comes to disease and health matters. Health care is not a financial stress in Belize. In fact, Claire operates a dental referral business, stating dentists use state-of-the-art equipment, are well trained, and dental work cost a fraction of what we pay here in the states. See for yourself at

As for the real estate market, Claire says it’s a buyer’s market. First, there are only 300,000 people on Belize (the area is roughly the size of Massachusetts), so there’s plenty of available space. Second, the North American economic crunch is keeping many people from buying vacation or second homes on Belize. BTW>> I’ve checked the web and other listings and there are some very nice ocean front homes in Belize going for as little as $185,000.00 US.

That’s all for now. Check back regularly to find out who’s on MYB next.  Expect the MYB Newsletter sometime this summer.




XM Radio, Channel 169

Saturdays 9am-11am [Eastern Time]

(866) 801-8255 Toll-free talkline




The weekend show continues to help you create your Plan “B” tfn.

This Saturday, I’m proud to welcome back an unretired millionaire. William V. Thompson is our guest during the 9am [Eastern  Time] hour. Should you look for a part time job or start a part time business? William will break this challenge down like a chicken wing. Thompson is a former CPA, who retired, then came out of retirement to start his own business, Your Promised Land:

Find out which is a better option, part time job or part time business, and also learn some of William’s cash flow strategies. Saturday on MIND YO BUSINESS.

As usual, James Gage, from Gage Consulting Group hops on at 9:45am. This real estate giant always has a plethora of tips, and continues to mentor Brian in Lease-Option aka rent-To-Own real estate. Jim has saved me numerous headaches, while helping me get a home for myself and off-campus housing for my son, with no major cash out of pocket! For Jim’s bio, go to :




XM Radio, Channel 169

Saturdays 9:00am-11:00am (Eastern Time)

(866) 801-8255 Toll-Free talk line

Prospects will often ask what guarantee or guarantees does/do your business offer. Well, here’s the MIND YO BUSINESS PLAN “B” guarantee.

There’s one guarantee about any home-based business. It’s the Plan “B” guarantee. If you don’t try anything, you’re guaranteed that nothing will change.

>> The commute time to your job ain’t gonna change.

>> The limited time you have with your family– it won’t change.

>> And your current paycheck won’t change.

So, are you married to your job or are you open-minded?





Frustrated because your team doesn’t make the monthly volume? Forget the lectures. They don’t work. The right incentives do work, but can be costly. Just tell your team members this interesting short story, and they’ll instantly understand the value of doing their minimum volume each and every week. The story goes like this:

A young couple, Bill and Mary, went out to dinner about three times a month. This “must do” event cost them about $100 a month. They shared many stories and really enjoyed this time together.

After a few years of dinner and sometimes a movie, Bill and Mary would get up for work, look in the mirror and notice a change. They had gained inches and pounds.

Another young couple, James and Marcia, invested $100 a month into their part-time business.

After a few years of ups and downs, James and Marcia did something very unique. They quit their full-time jobs and retired to travel the world. Now, James and Marcia go out to eat whenever they want, enjoying their many adventures together.

When you finish the story, ask each team member whether they want to be Bill and Mary or James and Marcia? Patiently, wait for their response!





Time for a reality test. In fact, I took the test this week. Here’s why:

My phone and internet service is off, because I’m moving. My tenants have become vagrants and aren’t paying the rent. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars preparing for my own move, and I may not be able to move into my new home for weeks. The car broke down Tuesday, eating more money out of my empty wallet. No phone or internet, I can’t generate income. All this “Streisand” in less than one week. Like being stranded with no toilet roll. WHAT A WEEK!

Well, I could look at life as a failure, which wouldn’t be the first time. There are plenty of legitimate excuses. However, excuses won’t get me anywhere, especially ahead. So what did I do?

I put in some motivational cds/mp3s and listened to learn.

>>For instance, the internet may be off, but my computer still works well. I went through my e-mail list and added 97 contacts to call on for my new networking business. If only 5 of this 97 joins my marketing team, that’s way better than borrowing $10,000 from an investor. Contacts are an expotential resource.

>>When I got the porta crib back (Friday), I drove to the library. Libraries have internet access. Back in touch with the world. I contacted the important folk in my life (family and mentors), planned Saturday’s talk show, reached out to some of the new contacts and worked on this blog.

>>Stayed positive. That’s what the tapes helped me to do. STAY POSITIVE!

So the questions are fairly simple, but you have to be honest with yourself when answering them. Go to the mirror, if necessary. In fact, I recommend a long stare at your mug when contemplating these questions.

1) In your work/business life are you currently a success or a failure?

2) Are you a success or failure by accident or by design?

The fact is most of , yes most of the successful people are successful by design. They plan their work, and work their plan. Most of, yes most of the failures fail by design. They do things and events that may be fun and time consuming, but are unproductive towards achieving their work/business goals.

Most of us, and yes I include myself, will give numerous excuses for not succeeding. Someone else got the promotion, not enough money, the boss doesn’t like me, bank won’t loan me the money, my baby brother peed on the report. Funny, how we pat ourselves on the back for our successes: my lucky numbers hit the jackpot.

Here’s the good news. If we can design our failures, we can correctly design our success. Start by deciding what you want to do, or how much you want to earn to be a business success. Scout for someone who is already doing what you want to do, or earning the kind of bling you desire. Ask that person if they will mentor you. If s/he says yes, then do exactly what they tell you to do. Don’t question their authority, unless you’d be committing a crime or it is strongly against your moral upbringing.You must find the mentor. Mentors are too busy to be looking for you.

Final words on this important subject. “Choose your associates carefully. You can only hope to get what they already have!” Your friend, Charles,  may have your back, but don’t ask him how to be a millionaire if he only earns $65,000 a year. He doesn’t know how to make a million!



Hey, I know I said MIND YO BUSINESS would be back on weekdays around May 4th. Well, May 4th has come and gone. The latest word is the show should be back on Monday-Friday on or around May 18, 2009. Keep your finger’s crossed!