Justin Want a Dollar

“When I see money on the stove, I could whip a bowl”. – Justin A. Starks

Money Reign

Money is the subject. To me money is life. Now I am not saying I will sell my soul for it, but it does play a big part in how I see my life headed forward. I do say follow your dream and money will come. Never stress over money to the point that it kills you. Never stress over money to the point you sell out your own kind or the ones you love the most. Always let your purpose be the reason you achieve great amounts of wealth. No matter what you do just make sure it is something you love to do for the money.

Regrets

Don’t let time pass you by or any other hour. Every minute is valuable and you have to know exactly how important every second is to the mission.  Becoming someone with regrets means you wasted a lot of years doing nothing. You were someone who said, “Oh I will do this tomorrow, next week, or when the opportunity is right”. That’s not living at all. That’s what I call dead procrastination.

Foolery behind you

It’s time to leave the foolery behind you and work your magic with your passion. Last week people have died indulging in the foolery. They let the streets or worse situations get to them. If you are the type to let every situation get the best of you then it is time for a change. If you want a dollar you can’t be the same as everyone else and when I say dollar, I mean a huge amount. The type of amount you need everyone in your family to count it all. Stop playing and leave that foolery behind you. It’s time to get a dollar, not another dead problem/partner

Work your Magic

In order to get the amount of money you have always dreamed of, you have no choice but to work you magic. Let go of that comfortable blanket you are always use to and get a new one. Let go of the people who are always there to protect you when you get a baby bruise. Learn how to get up and make your own decisions. We need more leaders, not anymore followers. We can’t keep dodging failures, baby that come with the dream! Time to work that magic and get everything you have always dreamed of. It’s not hard but it isn’t easy. Stop playing and make it breezy!

Doesn’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Never Turn Your Back

Never turn your back, if they stayed down”- Justin A. Starks

Never turn your back on those that supported you since day 1. Your real family, friends, and all above loved ones. As you grow make sure they are growing as well. Doesn’t necessarily mean give them money or any of your possessions but check up on them and see how they are doing. Have a level of respect and show them you do appreciate them sticking by your side along the way.

Many people miss blessings because they turn their backs on the ones that looked out for them when no one else did so. I know sometimes we feel like no one was there but in reality some were and we have to make sure their appreciated.

If they are willing to put in the same hours as you and build a legacy it doesn’t make any sense to turn your back. If the ones who rocking with you are able to put aside differences and make something out of themselves right along with you it doesn’t make any sense to leave them in the wind once you get on. Be someone of character and build the people. Have great discipline and remain humble.

Back Focused

Off Track

Some things can get you off track on your journey to success. Make sure you take time off but never get rid of the mission at hand. Stay humble and remember why you started in the first place. If it’s really your ultimate goal then continue to grow.

Refocus

Staying focused can be hard. We all have a life to handle and our dreams sometimes get put on the back burner until we stumble across them once again. The key is to still feed that dream. Still vision yourself completing that goal and work hard to get it done. Likewise, it’s okay to take a break here and there, but don’t forget to put your “goal cap” back on.

Testimony

Many times I get bored and lose track of time. I sometimes get down on myself because I see no progress. I find myself blaming everything else around me instead of owning up to my crap. I had to learn quickly that I was to blame. I had to learn quickly that I had to change. Once I figured it was me stopping me, I prevailed and seen a drastic change.

Question: Have you ever gotten off track? What did it take for you to continue your journey to success?

Become your inner thoughts

We all have dreams. We all have that 1 next big ideal that’s ready to change how we live life and experience growth. Just as a kid eyes lights up when he says he wants to become a doctor. Don’t we all have a dream? Don’t we all wish in some form or fashion that everything would go our way for the better?

Thoughts will guide you

Every morning you wake up your thoughts guide you. You change every situation. No matter how hard you try you are what you think about the most. In order to change your habits you have to change your thought process. Instead of saying I can’t do it, why not say I can do it. Instead of saying I don’t have time, why not make time. Positivity is the approach that should be made, not anymore excuses.

Better Version of you

What is it you are doing to become a better version of you? What does your inner circle look like? Remember, if your 5 closest friends aren’t making the right decisions than you aren’t either just based on association. I have seen it too many times when a young man follows the crowd and in up in prison or under ground.

Dig Deeper than Before

In order to change your mindset you have to dig deep. Dig deeper than before and create the life you always wanted. It takes much discipline and less procrastination to do so, but yes it can be done. Remember, days go by and dreams will die if you don’t make the corrective adjustments.

Question: Are you giving your all or complaining about time?

You have to know….

Going into anything that will better yourself, you have to know from the get go that you are not going to have that much of a support system. When branching off from the majority you have to understand at the door that many unsuccessful dream killers just don’t want you to become a self-motivated dream chaser. It just doesn’t sit well with many people around you.

You will run into dream killers that will do everything in their power to stop you from continuing down the path of success. They want to stop you because they have dreams they were too scared to reach. While all the other little birdies jumped out of their mothers nest, leaving their sweet supportive comfort zone to chase the world, they stayed in leaving their own dreams and dignity behind.

The World around you doesn’t reward unmotivated individuals. Especially us as Black Men. We have to dig deep and be prepared to except ridicule from our own race and others as well. As a Black Man we are at the bottom and need to understand this before we even chase a dream. We have to know there will be many stressful days and nights but we can’t give up pursuing our dreams. We just want have much of support if we don’t do what the majority of the Black Men are doing in the hood; which is going to prison, rapping, gang-banging, serving drugs, being a uneducated fool and many other things that the majority see as the perfect negro. I know it’s hard but your work will pay off if you stick to the path.

As a Black Man you have to know that the world isn’t just going to hand you a pass to success. We have to work 4 times as harder than our oppressors just to be considered valuable. We have to understand that one slip up could cause us 5 times more of a punishment than the opposite race. We see how unfair the prison system is with us within the inner city communities. We know that to be successful we can’t be 40 deep in the club smoking gas toting pistols with negro’s we barely know. Before you even start your own journey it is imperative you know how to continually operate around people who will never value you.

Question: Are you putting in the work?

Pick & Choose your Financial Battles !

Would you rather take out a loan/credit card to steal wealth from your future self & still be living paycheck to paycheck, but be happy with your overpriced impulse buying items or invest in the stock market to profit your future self and enjoy the fruits and labor of your wealth?

Look in the mirror and ask yourself that question. Matter a fact continue to do whatever you were doing, think deeply, and read this shit again. Even your own child could get this right but for some odd reason you can’t.

“Child: 1 plus 1 is 2, 1 takeaway 1 is 0 mama I can’t be left with no money.”

When are you going to understand that managing your income is top priority. No one knows you like yourself. Sure, you can go pay thousands on a financial expert but they are going to tell you what you have been known about yourself.

1. Cut back on spending

2. Set a Emergency Fund

3. Pay off debt

4. Expand and diversify your investments

It’s really that simple. Don’t make this shit complicated. Create a budget and stay on top of your finances. Nobody cares but you. It’s your money you could spend it however you want. Just don’t run to no one else crying about your money problems when you have nothing to survive off of before pay day.

The Art of Sacrifices

“They’ll never acknowledge your sacrifices, only your success.” – Justin A. Starks

Being Yourself

With so much going on around the globe and through social media influences I think many of us have lost our true identities. We watch what we say or how we display our true feelings because of others. Let me be the one to stay this has to stop. If you think about it people don’t care what you do. They will always have things to do and a life to live. By living in fear of what others think you are waisting your valuable time acting as if someone cares. This is why the graveyard will always win in the end because you are scared to live the life you envision within. Being yourself is the true key of happiness. Forget what they think, do you, pick a skill and stick with it!

Staying Committed

A reason why most of us fail in life is because we have to many plans for the same objective. I had to learn quickly that by starting something and switching was not only taking time out of my life but also holding me back, – let me explain. One year I started doing music and was pushing songs, videos, interviews, and etc. Eventually months later, I stopped and pursued something else. Sure, I did what I loved but deep in my mind I quit and pursued something else for security, like a job or another hobby of choice. This eventually took time, money, and MORE TIME out of my life, just to throw it to the side and give up. You have to understand that the mind is fragile and will always protect us. This could be good or bad during the fight or flight response. This is why I say stick to a goal, build, and stay committed. Having one main goal and building is better than 2 main goals and switching back and fourth.

Long Nights, Early Mornings

This one will take some heavy hitting sacrifices. I understand most just won’t grasp this concept of the early bird gets the worm concept or the long nights get the moon light perception, but the key here is you have to put in that work! It’s mandatory if you want to excel and stay aboard the gravy train. Even on days you wake up dreading life, you must continue to push and think of new ways to advance your business. The one thing that gets me motivated is the thought of waking up for a job someone else created. As I sit and think about how they started their business or became successful at their craft, I stop procrastinating and keep my dreams elevated. I get the brain flowing and WALLAH! I don’t give up! It’s imperative you wake up before everyone else and miss sleep to work on your deepest inner thoughts and knock out some goals that only you can see.

Never giving up

In the early stages of pursuing your deepest dream you will want to give up. You will hear many doubtful words and probably fall in the state of depression as if nothing seems to work out. This stage is perfectly natural but don’t let it for once make you give up. See people want quick success. Something that can hurry up and spark a flame so they could be a huge success story over night. Let me be the one to kill that concept for you. It just won’t happen that fast. Think about it. Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Micheal Jordan, Warren Buffet, Bill Nye the Science Guy, they weren’t over night success stories. They have many talks about defeat and almost giving up, but they didn’t for once take that as a option. Without people like the names I stated above most of us would have a dream in the first place. Train your mind to win. Train your mind to stay focused and never give up. Be the person you see in the mirror when you wake up. Don’t let others tell you “NO”!

The Your Fault Mentality

We have to stop blaming others for not being successful. Nothing works my nerves more than when people make excuses for why they didn’t act on a goal, task, or whatever the case might be. The your fault Mentality will keep you and your little mind in a cage forever until the day you leave this earth. Nobody cares if you don’t become successful so why play the blame game? You aren’t 2 years old anymore. No one is going to come pick you up because you feel. It’s time to get up, walk, and run to your dreams like no other. Don’t continue to blame others, blame the individual in the mirror for not taking ownership of their own life.

The Boss’s Conclusion

All I am trying to get across to you is keep striving the best version of yourself you have ever imagined. Never take the easy way out because we all know life doesn’t work in that order. Life bless the hard workers of the globe not the down and lazy. We have to keep our visions alive and die with what we believe in. We are all unique and come from many roads of life. We are Black Men of America. We have to stand firm and stay strong.

Why I Retired Buying Name Brand Clothing

“Why spend my money with name brand companies who don’t support me or give a flying f*** about my living environment?”

Many years I use to think like every other negro. Buy name brand items and automatically get accepting by the cool kids and cute girls. I didn’t understand as a younger individual the effects and mind games the larger media had on my brain. I seen rappers, actors, and drug dealers with the cleanest outfits so I immediately thought I needed it. I thought this was it! Like it was the key to life. Buy more name brand items and BOOM, I am worth more than my peers and I am better than every one in my lower class community.

It’s deeper than name brand clothing. It’s the meaning of why we buy it and accept it. It’s the power we think these clothes give us a black individual. We think because we associate ourselves with these particular pieces of clothing we are one of high importance. We ask for clothes by brand and barely understand how we are turning against ourselves and becoming inferior to our own black business owners.

Growing up I remember seeing the mom and pop shops that use to get started in the hood. Even at a young age I would say they wouldn’t last long or what the hell is this ugly place in my neighborhood. I remember walking in their store and saying the prices were too much for what they were selling. I would try to low ball their prices and ask for deals. This is the same way we do each other in the Black Community. We are brainwashed way before this point and we don’t even realize it. We pay 1,000 no problem with other races and say 50 is too much when our own kind is trying to sell us something worth substance. If it’s not named brand and of another popular named brand we do not want to be associated with it. It’s sad.

Many won’t understand my logic behind retiring from named brand clothing but it’s okay because they have there reasons. Most of these designers aren’t from my community and don’t give two shits if I live or die, so why would I spend any more than I have too? I would rather spend with my people and watch the money circulate within but how can I when majority are brainwashed and would just put that money right back in other communities.

No Money, Mo Problems (Inspired from… How to Sell to The Negro “1954”)

You spend millions on brands that don’t even support nor care for your community existence” – Justin A. Starks

Quick Glimpse

Yesterday, I watched a YouTube story titled “How to sell to the Negro”, this video opened my eyes and made absolutely all the right sense. One line I vividly remember that stops me from spending my hard earned money to my white counterparts is “The negro people already feel like they don’t belong, by associating themselves in rich fabrics just as whites do, no matter the cost, they would feel of high importance even though they will never truly pass the glass ceiling of wealth as whites in America”. I was devastated to understand this logic! We have to stop paying a high price and thinking a 400 dollar shirt is going to make us feel special. Use that money to buy investments and start a low funding business. We have to develop that economic mindset in order to produce more opportunities within the Black Community.


rowing Up Black

In addition, growing up in the Black Community I have seen directly and mentally the effects and still do how materialistic items are valued and how we love to crowd the streets on a Good Payday Weekend. We need to understand our monies can no longer go to these white corporations. They already set shop all through our neighborhoods since after slavery and are taking our wealth while putting us to work for little to nothing underpaying us and telling us they aren’t hiring. It’s imperative we learn how to build wealth and create jobs for ourselves. Also, White America own 78 percent of the wealth in America that’s why we have no economic say so when it comes our own hiring process, careers, or living conditions. We need to get more educated faces in these seats to look out for our kind just as they do themselves.


o Economic Power

Understanding this will hopefully lead you to handling and seeing money different. This is not an racial letter, this is the true facts that we need to wake up and see here in America. We have 11 times less of net Worth than Whites and just under 3,000 dollars short of Hispanics. We are in last place when it comes to wealth, that’s why higher officials like The “Higher Ups” (No Names) even call your black ass lazy when it comes to “Handling Money” on National TV!! If he thinks that and say it so proudly just imagine what other leading officials think of you. It isn’t like we aren’t making money, hence that we made 1.1 Trillion dollars as a whole but we don’t have a strong financial literacy. We don’t see the bigger picture. That’s why these rooms will continue to be filled with white liberals and conservatives that only persuade you to vote for them and feed you bullshit. They don’t care about your Black Community. Our community have been the same from every presidency no matter democratic or republican. Seems like it’s only getting worse by the century. We have to build our communities and thrive, not give in to a life of poverty and die.

Question: Do you truly understand you control your wealth?

Stay home with Mama, Drop that Debt Comma

“Why rush into a struggle you are simply not prepared for”– Justin A. Starks

Before I get started I assume that many of us are in debt no matter the lifestyle situation. I will talk from my experiences and living conditions. Meaning, I will be talking from the lower class of the 99 percent. Also, staying home longer with mama doesn’t mean become lazy and don’t work towards building wealth. You should be doing the complete opposite and making a change to your financial situation so you could possibly become better off when you fly out of the nest with your wings still intact.

No Kids, Stay Home

If you are just graduating college and have no kids what’s the rush?? Don’t be so eager to do what the majority are doing, which is rush away from home. There is so much we still have to learn after college when it comes to handling real life. We think we know it all but we just don’t. Staying at home a couple more years could help you more than it could harm you. Once graduating college you will have student loan debt and a little tad bit or a bunch of consumer debt. My ignoring the “You broke, you stay with your mama” or the “you are a little boy, you still stay with your mama”; you are really setting yourself up for better success financially than your peers.

Few More Years, Never Hurt

It’s simply crazy how a few more years back home after college could help you out tremendously after just a couple of years. While staying at home you don’t have to pay so much in rent. That money could possibly be going towards your student loans in a whopping fashion. Instead of struggling trying to pay bills moving in some apartment with some chick, you could be on your way towards a 0 student loan balance. Right after you earn that 0 loan balance, I suggest you still don’t rush to move out and collect other various forms of debt. I suggest putting that money straight to work in an aspiring business, stock market or real estate. Let’s see if you could own a home rather than rent it. Let’s see if you could invest more into your investment vehicle rather than rush into the struggle that America vigorously lies to you about since the ages of time.

Pick a Struggle

I want you “the reader” to analyze yourself and pick a damn struggle. Let’s play it out! You are either 1 going to be complaining about your own space or 2 not having enough money to survive on your own in this cold world. Either or you will still beg mama or a family member for money. You are still going to take out more debt helping America deliberately go further and deeper in debt. We have to ultimately pick our struggle and go with it. Who cares if your friends call you pathetic stay at home mamas boy? Who cares if chicks say no once they realize you stay at home doesn’t have your own transportation. When did society say I need a car to get the cute girls? When did society ever say I need my own place to smash chicks and be this incredible super hunk of chocolate? Well I will be extremely blunt with you now. In order to become financially free you have to do everything your peers aren’t doing. That’s staying home with mama, getting a extra income, self educating yourself, and etc.! You have to be doing everything the majority isn’t doing! What’s okay for them isn’t okay for you. You really have to understand and grasp this concept before it’s too late, which if you are alive it’s never too late!

Million Dollar Conclusion

This may be a little to overwhelming for the majority but you aren’t the majority and I see you want change. Every millionaire I study have a totally different concept rather than the one America sell you every day. It’s not easy but it isn’t hard. You have to take control of your patterns and brain waves. Don’t rely on the world to save you (Government, President, Credit Unions, & etc). You have to stay focused and if you aren’t well it’s time to get focused.