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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.


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.


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?

Overcoming and Empowering

“Some days I be like screw it all, then I recoup and press forward.” – Justin A. Starks

When you feel alone

Most days when we are so busy doing for others we forget that we have problems in this hectic world as well. This could cause a mental breakdown and be painful to your mission. Sure, I get it, we have to be acquired to have good people skills and look out for others, but that doesn’t mean throw your own feelings in the closet. By doing so, you are setting yourself up for failure. Learn to express your feelings and vent to people in your life who cares for you.

Learn to prioritize

Work, work, and work is all we know when we hear our alarm clock in the early morning. We spend so much time getting ready for a job most of us barely love, instead of working on our ultimate success plan. Learning to prioritize has helped me tremendously. Before hand, I would always tell myself I didn’t have time or I was too tired to accomplish anything I knew I had to work on in order to grow. I had to drop that toxic mentality and put my ideas on the agenda and stick to my plan.

Accept the challenge

We tend to run from a challenge. If we don’t step in the game we will never know how to play and just be a lost soul on the roster. No matter how bad it may seems or frightening, accept the challenge and prosper. Sometimes when I have a new challenge on the table for the grabs, I take a deep breathe and openly accept the position. I don’t run, I look at it as a stepping stone for improvement. Sometimes I complain and get frustrated, but I also tell myself it will all pay off. It never hurts to step up and try even if you are going to fail. Who cares! Keep it pressing and learn. That’s how you grow.

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Never Hang with People who has No Goals!

“Your closet friends reflect you, don’t be that guy”. – Justin A. Starks

Growing up we meet people. We meet people who we were once close friends with and even treated them like if they were family. Over the years we part ways and some friends still remain in ones life because of the memories they have shared . Can’t speak the same for most, that’s why they are not around no more.

Some say people come and go for a reason. Which is true to some extent, but not entirely true. People come and go because of our desire, passion, and will to succeed. Our goals push us towards new crowds in spite that these new people have the same mindset as us. If you have a goal, I honestly say you should be surrounded by the ones who could help you reach your full potential, not waist your knowledge.

Hanging out with “Tommy and the Boys on the Block” who like going too prison & smoke weed is not going to help you any shape or form. Not saying all pot smokers are bad, but the ones who smoke and don’t do anything with their lives are awful for your wellbeing, if you are one your way to become somebody successful. It’s time to listen to mama when she told you since a kid that every one isn’t your friend or family. If your mama never told you then you have to really deviate who your true friends are.

It’s really a time and place for everything and cleaning out your closet isn’t a bad idea at all. Stop giving your time to people who isn’t doing nothing with their time. Eventually their wasted time become your new problems. You have to understand most people can’t keep up with your pace and have to be left behind. Old friends will feel a certain way but forget them if they don’t understand you are on the path of success. It doesn’t make any sense at all to hang around and stay!

Question: Have you ever had a friend that wasn’t good for you? What did you do?

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.

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Scrolling your life away

“Too much time is spent scrolling your life away on social media sites.”- Justin A. Starks

Since my space and other various social networks was invented, we have been giving too much of our precious time, giving away our time. These social media platforms are making us react in a while different fashion. Most of us are now hiding our true identity just to impress the public. It’s like going viral is all we care about inside the community. We sing, dance, fight, and even commit murders all over these social websites. It’s a shame how many individuals I see just want to become rappers thinking it will gain them instant fam, women, and infinite wealth. I don’t think social media is helping the community but instead harming the community.

Bye Bye, Time

Americans spend on average a total of 2 hours on social media a day. Let’s say you aren’t promoting a business for monetary reasons. Let’s just say you are scrolling down your time and posting pointless selfies. This means you are just a consumer to a world full of marketers and producers. These marketers spend billions of dollars on ads a year just to control your brain waves and behavior. In fact, you are just another individual who doesn’t know what to do with your own time so social media gives you something to do. By the way, those two hours in a lifetime equals up to 5 years in 4 months in a single lifetime. Wow! That’s bonkers!

Spend more time building

Just imagine everything you ever wanted going down the drain because of this wild urge to constantly feed your social media addiction. Some claim they could get off at any giving time and do something else, but let’s be truthful and understand that is a lie. We have to start capitalizing off of our time spent on social media and build a brand.

Don’t be another follower

Everyday you wake up the first thing you do is grab your phone and scroll your morning away. Let’s say you woke up and put that same energy towards a dream of yours. Woke up early to do a workout and read some pages out of that book you always wanted to accomplish. Woke up before work and mowed the yard your wife has been nagging to you about all week. Just something else instead of tumbling time down these timeless social media websites.

The Catch

What’s the catch for this blog you ask? It’s all about using your time wisely. It doesn’t make any sense to sit around and scroll your life away. That time could be used investing in what you love! Do something you love and share your tactics with the world. Just don’t be another user, be someone with substance that could possibly turn the world into a better place. A better place with your vision leading the way. Don’t let someone else vision control your life.

Kill thy Interest, Grow thy Wealth !

The Explanation!

Let’s say you took out 10,000 with a 5.29% interest rate.

Yearly, that loan interest is 529$. If your loan accrues interest everyday that’s 1.18 per day, total of 44.08 a month.

Say your monthly payment on the loan is 31 dollars a month. You are not paying a single penny towards the principle! THAT’S CRAZY! It’s like PacMan in reverse steady yummy yum away at your hard earned pay! Oh, the Horror, the Agony, the PAIN!!

You may think that loan is going down but once you check your account balance, let’s say 5 years, it grew a extra 2,700; leaving you devastated and more stressed out.

The Objective

The objective is to pay more weekly instead of monthly to get rid of the debt. By doing so, you are created a gap to only put more towards the principle. This will help you pay the loan off super fast and enjoy your hard earned money. This is a technique you must conquer especially if you already don’t make a lot of money.

The Routine

You have to set a routine. I will pay this week, this day, this hour of the day! It only makes the process easier for you. It gives you a hint of sunshine at the end of the tunnel quicker than what you had. Paying off loans could be a pain but with a great scheduled plan you could be debt free quicker than you think. Stick to your routine and get it gone.

The Goal

Congrats! You have successfully paid off your loans and are at a standstill with what to do next with all this money. Well, let me give you some wealth building pointers. Just how Interest was working about you, it’s time for interest to totally work in your favor! Yes, you heard me correctly. Through investing in the Stock Market you could grow your money at a spectacular rate. Let’s say you put the same amount each week or month you had going towards your loan, now switched in your investing account; that makes it easier because that’s money you never spent on yourself. The end game is so phenomenal after paying your debts.

The Ending

If you come from a lower class income you don’t have time to play around with your debt. This has to be the first thing you think about when you wake up and when you go to sleep. You have to find ways to knock this debt out quicker. The government or nobody else owes you a penny and isn’t going to lend you a helping hand. You have to get up, make something happen, and make way more than the monthly payments. Write it on paper in all caps, “I WILL PAY THIS LOAN OFF, I WILL BEAT THE INTEREST”! Until goal is complete you have no time to get 8 hours of sleep. Continue working and putting your mind to great use. Pay that debt and reverse it to build wealth too.

Question: Are you paying close attention to your debts interest accumulation!?

Step Up to the Plate and Bat Success!

"I'm to tired, I'm so stressed, I can't do it…. said then most unsuccessful people ever." – Justin A. Starks

In order to step up to the plate and become successful you have to do you. In order to do you, you have to understand everybody isn't going to be pleased. You have to understand the majority is going to look at you as stupid and unaccomplished. I sincerely believe this is a test of faith. This test of faith will make you want to give up, throw your dream away, and leave all you have worked for on the table.

Goal Oriented

Remember, successful people have goals, unsuccessful people don't. This is why majority works for the top 3 percent. No matter what outlook you bring in this world the objective is to keep that momentum and continually push. Excel beyond measures and make sure your goals are aligned. Keep these goals to yourself and continue to add on way of how you could successfully meet these goals. Without goals you are lost. It's crucial you have a vision and understand your plan of action.

Don't Quit

Remember, successful people don't quit. They don't give up when times get hard. They remain positive and openly find ways to adjust without getting upset. They find it in themselves to outwork the situation. If the top successful people in the world only worked when he was having a wonderful day then he or she wouldn't have been so successful. The point of it all, is you have to continue working through the bullshit. You have to work hard everyday and remember why you even started. You will thank yourself for not quitting when you finally have your break out season.

Question: Are there times where you gave up on yourself? What did you do to overcome that?

Uncle Sam (Stealing All Your Money Vs. Saving All Your Money)

Uncle Sam who, Uncle Sam two, Which Uncle Sam are you – Justin Starks


You either will Let Uncle Sam (Stealing all Money) continue to rip you off in taxes or learn how to save more (Saving all Money) and develop better strategies to stop paying so much in taxes. This is a game played by the rich very well. Through investment vehicles they learn very quickly that dodging taxes is the way to go to accomplish and prosper in a wealthy life. I will describe some simple methods you could stop paying so much in taxes and what I did to receive tax cuts in the previous year that I wasn't even aware of until I filled out my taxes and new to still very new to investing. Please be advised that this is my experience and my experience only, thank you.

Tax Breaks with the 401K

While filling out my tax form for the 2016 year, I ended up saving some money on the back end, which made me an very excited man. That following year I was contributing about only 5% towards my 401K at the time. By having my deferred account open, which was my 401k, I didn't know my contributions wouldn't count what I made throughout the year, until I witnessed the tax benefit it gave. This was huge because I was actually encouraged to save more and more for the following 2017 year. This is a great way not to pay taxes and put your income to work. They are basically telling you to save more and take care of your finances.

ifts of Love (Charity)

Another great tax benefit was giving to charity. I didn't know that making a contribution to hospitals or for a cause was a tax break. Meaning you could donate to something you are truly passionate about and that monies is not counted towards your income. This will be written off as a gift and you will receive a nice gift when it come towards your taxes. They always state that giving back 5 to 10 percent of your income will open up many doors to your life. It may seem like a lot of money but don't think about that. Think about the lives and people you are helping. In order to be a great servant with your wealth you must be willing to help others in need. This will help you get rid of your selfish ways and prosper.


In conclusion, these are two simple ways you could be awards tax breaks and possibly earn more money in your tax returns. Their are many other ways to get great tax benefits but these are the two I know anyone no matter the income could accomplish. Remember, the government wants you to save and be a entrepreneur.

Question: Where these tips helpful?

Don’t Make Cense Sunday’s: Level Up (MegaMan Edition)

"Nobody to blame but yourself if you don't level up" – Section8Investor

Level Up !

In order to live the life you always dreamed of you have to level up (boss up). Doing the same thing and living amongst the same individuals who care nothing about your outcome or aspirations is going to keep you down and depressed all of the time. It really makes no Cense to stick around and become the dummy of the century. Also, it doesn't make any Cense to let others close to you bring you down. You say they are your friends but they only knock you down every time you come up with a great idea. How is that any good for you and your future self? It isn't and it's time to level up and do exactly what you were brought into this World to do and that's to lead and become better you ever imagined. Change your circle, sacrifice your time, and work harder than ever before. Never be so worried about what others say that it brings you down. Never be so caught up in people (what they're doing) that it uses all of your energy and keeps you unfocused.

Going all the way in !

I like the saying from legendary Grant Cardone, which is called The 10X rule. Off the back we know 10 x 10 comes out to be 100. This number is way greater than attempting to do it 1X and going back to the original number, which is 1! You maybe the only who believe in your vision but if you all in 10X you will succeed every rip of the way. You will start unlocking new doors for yourself and find yourself meeting/teaching people all over the world. Everyone isn't meant to go where you are going, so it's imperative that you stay on the road and take those who are serious about your passion just as you are and leave the snakes in the old blender on the counter back home in the slums.

No Setbacks !

Remember, on any road you will never be applauded by the things you didn't pursue but you will be when you step closer and closer to success. It is completely up to you to keep your head held high, buckle all the way down, and level the f*ck up! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and leaving your dreams on the table because the majority want accept you with open arms. It's time to excel and hit the gas. Time to level up and show the world but more important to show that face in the mirror. It doesn't make cense not to level up and take the chances needed to ensure greatness!

Don’t Make “Cense” Sunday’s: 20 Something 

“You’re only 20-29 once; make sure the years are accounted for” – Section8Investor 

Right now in your 20’s you have an advantage. You have the advantage of coming up with the million dollar idea. You have the advantage of investing in those dreams and watching it all grow before your eyes. 

In your 20’s you have to understand there is no times for games. Well, maybe a couple games but honestly not any. These are the time you fail and fail hard! These are the times you find yourself as a human being and go all out ballistic with your goals. Many others will down play and hate on your vision but don’t let those 30, 40, and even 80 year old life regretting individuals get to you. Follow those who you want to become one day. 

In these roaring 20’s you have to build your platform. You have to solely become committed and know this is what you want from yourself. Some may not know what that is at such a young age but I be damned if you don’t find out what that is before it’s 30 to late. Try many things out but don’t get caught doing so when you find out that passion. Stick with it and rise to the top of your expectations, not others. 

These dreams, goals, and aspirations should be the things you would die for. Knowing you whole heartedly would sacrifice everything just to make this shit happen no matter what goes down. No other human being on this Earth should be the reason you give up and stop short of your goals. Every one has 1 set of 20’s. Stay down until you come up and go after those damn dreams! Now is the time! It doesn’t make Cense not too. 

Question: Do you have regrets and wish you could’ve took a different approach in your 20’s? Do you have a game plan for your 20’s? Please, share and explain. I am all ears!