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Shaking the Money Tree

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SHAKING THE MONEY TREE I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

For many it was known as the mistake on the Lake, due to the unfortunate Cuyahoga river fire and extreme pollution of Lake Erie in the 1960’s from the various auto, steel and chemical plants that poured their untreated sewage into the Lake but for me living in Bay Village on the outskirts of Cleveland the nickname “Forest City” fit even better. Our house was surrounded by forests and swamps a truly great place to grow up.One day I counted the trees in our yard and I stopped at 56. Many were full grown towering over my parents converted farm house build in 1847 by a german family the Krumwheties. The first poem I ever memorized was the famous poem about trees. Trees continued to captivate me as I traveled west and saw the tremendous Ponderosa Pines on the Mongolian Rim and finally as I settled down in Tucson Arizona where palm, olives, oaks and mesquite ruled I became convinced that some of the most beautiful things in all creation were trees. I often noticed while hiking that if you saw a group of trees not to far out surely nearby there would be water either above ground or below ground. On the coast of California I saw tree literally balancing themselves over the cliff. I learned that trees were inherently intelligent they had to be to survive the oldest reported living thing is a Redwood tree, generation, kingdoms and nations have come and gone but trees surely have a lesson for us all. I remember most of my father’s famous sayings; he was a scotch Irish self-educated attorney and had an appropriate quote for nearly every circumstance in life. One of his saying to me to keep me on the thrifty side and to help me become a saver was. “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” The saying was meant for those who figured they could just waltz through life and reach up and grab a few dollars whenever they needed it. It was to discourage idleness and to encourage industry. Literally money can and does grow on trees. When I lived in Fresno California I saw acres planted with almond trees which averaged five dollars per pound retail. I used to go on walk picking citrus south of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix each time I got a ripe grapefruit just hanging over the sidewalk I knew I was saving.25 cents years later when I went into the antique and antique furniture reproduction business I spend thousands of dollars on palletized board feet of knotty alder and pine, I got to the point where I could measure out the plans for tables, armoires, chairs, dressers, and coffee tables and pinpoint the exact cost of the lumber that would be needed for construction. When making items out of quarter sawn oak or Honduras Mahogany it was even more crucial because those woods could cost up to $10 per board foot. Money does grow on trees lot of money on lots of tree. This book obviously is not about planning a real tree and selling the food or the fruit from it or cutting it down and harvesting the lumber. It is about taking a look at your own life. Figuring out what kind of tree you are and what you can grow what you can produce to prosper in this world. Until you plant a tree in your life you will never enjoy the fruits of a harvest. If you don’t plant a tree, cultivate it nourish it you can end up like many other lives –sawdust not good for much except to be used in horse stalls and barns.

But this book isn’t about my career path. When the bands would stop on their tours in Cleveland I would go. It was fun to try to guess who was singing what song. I wanted to play “light My fire” the Doors mega hit and I knew without lessons I would never get it right. dance. it is about how you can find one for yourself. soul mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. When I couldn’t get lessons there I would go over to my friend Rich Reisings house and learn how to play Elton John songs and Leon Russel songs. Later on when I went to college I did the same thing becoming the apprentice of the Largest Concert promoter on the West Coast and going to each and every major show Pink Floyd. Chapter One. It took me months to get it right. How you can find happiness by finding out what you are supposed to be and becoming that person. I used it round the clock for years memorizing the chords and lyrics of my favorite songs. I had a passion for it. skiing but I stuck with it. When Emerson Lake and Palmer did there instrumental version of America from West Side Story I learned it lick for lick.” . The greatest commandment states “Love God with your whole heart. I know they thought we were just teenage groupies but the truth is we knew that by carrying a few cymbals. It was worth every drop of sweat. When Joe Walsh and the James Gang were doing a gig my friends and I would show up early to help them move stuff. We had an old Story and Clark piano and one by one my brothers and sisters begged off their lessons to go into tennis. Your passion defines you. After high school at St. Ohio I would take the bus downtown once a week where I would take blues organ lessons from a record store called the Music Grotto. The first thing I purchased with my Lakewood Country Club caddying money was a record player. amplifiers and drum parts we could get in free and we could even watch the group warm up. Paperback rider. Doobie Brothers.a lot when you are only earning about five dollars a day but worth each and every cent. Edwards in Lakewood. debt free living and abundance when they follow some very simple principles. Robin Trower. wrestling. Peter Frampton and learning the ropes about how the music business worked. The first point is find your passion.It is my firm belief that ordinary people can enjoy success. Hard Days Night. It cost $90. Cleveland was definitely a Rock and Roll town and I decided to go for my dream and become a musician. Clearing your plot I grew up listening to the Beatles on 45RPM records. If Bob Seger was in town I would get their early as well.

Research. or fashion magazines. children. construction. libraries. door to door to find real antiques. How can you save for your first car and make the necessary repairs to sell it for more than you paid for it. public service. newspapers. Then if you do find them are you willing to fix legs. Many of these fields will expand more and more as our nation goes through continual population growth. It would be a good idea to look for a mentor or coach with life experience to help you make your decision. Each of these areas have produced bountiful results for those who have chosen them as a career. . They are not that hard to find. most people are willing to talk about their jobs. If your goal is to work with automobiles then you need to ask yourself some simple questions. movies. trucks. Whereas a tree in nature can’t decide where it’s seed is going to land and where it is going to take root you can. singing. cell phones. Do you find yourself drawn to technology. anyone who is polite can get in to see someone to help them make career decisions. what are the best schools to attend can you join a local drama group and get experience working on costumes. boats. You need to chose the soil you want to grow it.What is it you love? How can you harness the very energy within you to work on your behalf. books. performing arts. antiques. automobiles. If you love fashion and want to design. design. medicine. replace handles resilver mirror and increase the value of them After that how do let people know that you have valuable items for sale. What would be the best car to be selling. Can you go back to school and learn mechanics. Each of these represent an area where you can clear your plot and plant your tree. painting. How can you identify a real antique. Is there a dealership or lot nearby that could benefit from your love of cars. (Some things are going up while others are going down>0 What about Antiques. it will never develop the root structure it needs. . What are the steps to clearing your plot. If you plant one in the shade it will never develop to full maturity. swap meets. That is important Trees have to have room to grow. schools. If you plant one in rocky soil or sandy soil. manufacturing. restaurants. are you willing to go to yard sales.

You can accomplish more than any of them can accomplish. 2. the automobile. democratic government but we the living are in a better place to affect real change in our world right now.What about writing for newpapers. Rosanne Cash watched her father and mother perform. The list goes on and on. Why. Mother Theresa. They had an image of being successful . most cannot start with the New York Times but many local papers would be open to a restaurant review person or concert review person and the experience will carry on through life. We can enjoy the achievements of those who lived in the past. it is your life no one can take away your future except yourself. medical innovations. The largest percentage of foreign born resident in the US who have achieved millionaire status are people who have emigrated from India. They see themselves in the mirror of their parents. It is no accident that many times the sons and daughters of achievers become achievers themselves. These questions will establish within a sense of purpose. atomic energy. While you are clearing the ground for your dream career you can still earn money with other forms of work. If I could live anywhere where would it be. If I could be anything what would I be. Abraham Lincoln. How do you clear the ground in your own mind get rid of the obstacles that say I can and get yourself ready for success. John Wayne. They are dead and you are alive. Look at the labor pools in college towns. Some will switch careers choices several times before they find something they are comfortable with. What is it they are really doing? They are clearing away the doubts in their lives they are replacing the “I can’t” with “I can”. You cannot expect someone else to plan out your life. What do I want to be remembered for. What are you going to do with your life. hostesses and call centers. George Bush watched his father in government service. The living always have more hope than the dead. Ask you yourself a few simple questions 1. each thought brings new opportunities no failure is truly a failure no plan is without value but to set out in life and to lack a plan is to plan for failure. That is the good news. Each day. Albert Einstein. Solomon wrote that a live dog is better than a dead lion. Not all of us are gifted leaders but we all need to take responsibility for finding our dreams nurturing our dreams and dedicating the time and resources to making them work. Pope John Paul. You cannot expect someone else to clear your plot. future doctors and nurses work at pizza deliver. The world makes room for someone with a vision and a plan. retail clerks. You are better off today than Henry Ford. When you have a dream a goal you can survive nearly any job because even the most mundane task disappears in the bright light of the future. 3.

there is a lack of qualified workers. “I am not coming back. prejudice stand in their way. roofing. In many areas of the country builders have to wait for a year just to start building presold homes. They have not let language barriers. Why. their doctors fill the operating rooms of our finest hospitals. they see a land still full of opportunity. yet they persisted in clearing their field and planted for themselves an abundant future. bad neighborhoods.in the USA long before they came here. I was there over four hours to get a check for only half of what I was earning. They know they want to live in the USA. There are plenty of funds in the bank to pay you for your work. Once years after losing my keyboard accompanist job while living in Orange County California I stood in line for my unemployment benefits. There are certain areas of the USA right now where people of foreign descent will congregate accepting jobs in landscaping. skin color. What jobs are they heading here for? Dishwashing. Each year hundreds of bodies are found. What do the people from other countries see in the USA that so many of us living here miss? They don’t see how things used to be. In the future many more will but statistics show us that many of these jobs are being created by USA based international corporations and the profits flow back into the USA. But you decide. window cleaning landscaping. After leaving the window I made an oath. and moving amongst other fields. They will do literally anything to earn money for their own needs and the needs of their family. They don’t reminisce about the “Good old days” when such and such factory was opened and people were working in the carpet mills. We here constant stories of illegal aliens and doing the jobs that nobody wants but does anyone follow they through their career path as they settle in our country becoming tax paying productive citizens. I know I have spoken to many of them.” This is a waste of time waiting for a government handout it has not future I can’t live on it and all I am doing is asking others to support me. Some of America’s largest corporation are headed up by people of Indian descent. It is just flowing to those who are preparing themselves for it. drove cars that were rusting and falling apart. To them where they wanted to live was more important that what they wanted to do. Their children fill the classes of our finest universities. In each and every city in the USA companies stage job fairs begging people to work for them. In Arizona there are reports of hundreds dying of thirst in the desert on the two hundred mile walk to American minimum wage jobs. There is plenty of work to do. carpentry. Where do you want your plot to be? Where do you want to plant your tree. steel mills. The dream of who and what they were going to accomplish was able to sustain them through the hard ships. I used to wonder why so many in the USA would rush to the unemployment line for government help when their factory or place of employment closed down. Yes many jobs have gone offshore. eventually with hard work they find opportunities to chose their careers and to plant their fields. . while in school they lived in substandard housing. pool cleaning. construction it doesn’t matter to them because they have a vision of where they want to live. More and more houses being built mean more and more needs for specialized workers in the construction field. they know there are opportunities here that don’t exist anywhere else and they are willing to do anything to stay here. carpet cleaning. There is not less and less money in the USA each year there is more. auto manufacturing plants.

Our first gig was in Erie Pennsylvania in front of 50. A poor man who works on getting an dream going by educating himself and believing in himself and making steps towards his goal can easily overcome the rich. After being turned down by five or six groups and doing short weekend road trips with others I got a shot and joined a group called the Archers who recorded for LIGHT RECORDS. If you do you will be paid and get referrals and your business will grow. A rich man who doesn’t watch his investment who spends his money foolishly will lose it all. I worked on the tomato harvesting truck throwing out rotten tomatoes with a mask over my face to keep my lungs from ingesting the steady stream of dust I was working to ensure that the bad fruit and the bugs wouldn’t end up in Hunts Catsup bottles. In 1975 I graduated from University of Arizona with a degree in writing but in truth I was a college graduate who loved music. I arrived with my mazda pickup truck my piano. microphone. I left the University of Arizona and that next summer I was recruited for a band that was part of a seminary in Kerman California called God’s Army. Sure society will make it harder if you have a prison record but not if you have your own business. A customer will not ask you if you have been to prison. I found out that they had sent the band up to Oregon to plant trees and earn money for the seminary. . I did the jobs I was assigned to do without complaining. The walls are internal not external. There is no wall that restrains one group from success while granting success to another group.000 people. my amplified. Then the opportunity I had been waiting for came. There wasn’t going to be any traveling. To make ends meet I worked in a hip clothing store. it is a misstatement. Thank God I knew how to sight read music because the band and the singers never got to rehearse we just turned on the instruments and went live. I bided my time. It might not be possible to work for a government agency or a large company that does background checks and requires their employees to have felony free pasts but it is possible and probable that if you have dream a goal and are willing to clear your plot you will also have success. They only want to know if you can do an honest job for them. I was off to LA where I joined a very musical church Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa and began classes in Studio recording at Dick Grove School of jazz. Question is. A song I wrote received favorable reviews in Cashbox Magazine. I was determined to be a piano player. Are you going to give up because some doors were slammed in your face or are you going to sustain your quest to be the best you can be? Are you going to realize that life only comes around once there are no second changes and you have to make the best of each and every day. I had studied classical piano privately and driven up once a week to Scottsdale where I studied jazz piano. or if you have been convicted of a crime.People lament that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer but although there is some truth to this. pa system and all my earthly possessions. I worked on roofs putting on cedar shingles but each night no matter how tired I was I got back to my living quarters wrote songs and planned for my future. I worked on grape picking in the hot San Jauquin Valley summer sun walking mile after mile. shared an apartment with three drummers on top of the Anaheim Post Office and went to auditions.

trees which require lots of water and trees which require but little. colleges. They are all different. Chapter Two. there are no two trees that grow and come out identical. toilets mopped and cleaned up. While working I saved my money and put together a band that auditioned for Motown as backup group for Tata Vega the lead vocalist in Spielberg’s Color Purple movie. I simply picked up the future and rebuilt and eventually put together my own band. The right seedling.It is hard to distinguish trees until they start producing their fruit. Your life will never look like someone else’s life. I was living my dream. law. The apple seed or . A closed door is not the end of the journey it is just a note telling someone to go through another door. delicious pecan pies and abundant shade from the hot sun. and different trunk thickness. However when planted. palm trees. Why am I here? If you were to ask the pecan nut why it was here. Hardwoods. You may share the same career as others. Fruit trees when grafted right can bear several varieties of citrus off of the same trunk. I took a part time job working in South Coast Plaza Mall doing janitor work for Salmugundi’s soup restaurant. softwoods. It was disappointing. I scrubbed floors. technology. The end was in sight but instead of panic I had peace. As long as the dreamer is still alive there will be more dreams. government. different root structures. the dream ended when Phil the old keyboard player wanted to return.The gig with the Archers only last 9 months and about 100 performances at festivals. It is because you are truly unique. We don’t always recognize immediately what kind of tree we are. We passed the audition with Berry Gordy’s daughter IRIS but Tata wanted to go on the road with her boyfriend’s band. Though the line of tall Italian cypress or palm trees used in housing or commercial developments may look remarkably similar they are in fact quite different. But my career and love and music didn’t stop there. exotic trees. Each time I feel down or was knocked down I got up. It would say plant me and you will enjoy many years of bountiful harvests. He had left to form another band but wanted back in the Archers we did a few dates together him on piano me on the organ and synthesizer but the group could handle the extra payroll. or arts but your participation and gifting in that calling will vary from each and every other individual The age old question rings true. There are many types and species of tree. They can looks remarkable similar when they are just small seedlings. summer camps and even a few night clubs and concert halls. you may have a calling in medicine. Many would call it a failure. fruit trees. work in the same office as others but each life will be substantially different. recordings and tours. nut trees. I tried and failed. They have a different amount of branches. That is a lesson that should be heeded by someone looking to climb the pathway to personal success.

What am I supposed to reproduce. What is programmed into me by the creator. Mariah Carey and took some small gigs singing at jazz clubs in New York. That you are not a spontaneous creation made with no thought. At the end of each American Idol audition there is always someone disgruntled who is turned away from the competition. Through her manicuring job she met some of the owners of the Phoenix Suns. If you are not fit to be a model maybe you could become a manicurist or photographer. this is not to say that with those characteristics you cannot enjoy sports and even participate in them just that when you examine who you are you can get an idea of what it is you are suited to do. She knew that she could earn money as a manicurist and eventually achieve her goal of being a jazz singer.orange seed would say “plant us and enjoy fresh fruit and fruit juice. She started her own nail polish line and after a few years of struggling put funds into her own jazz album that is sold at Neiman Marcus stores throughout the USA.There is no easy path to success. If you were born with heavy thick hands chances are you were not destined to be a concert pianist. eye color and in most cases your height and hair color as well. But Debbie knew better.” The audience who has just watched this person sing off key dance out of time and give a poor performance wonders about the sanity of that person. What type of work and career am I fitted for.. Her mother was mortified. “You just wait. If you were born frail and thin you were most likely not born for a career in the NBA or NFL. You were made for a specific purpose. They have been programmed to reproduce after their own kind. If you cannot sign maybe you can write musicals and songs for others. When the chromosomes combined from your male and female biological parents they joined to make a unique creation. your skin color. She never gave up her dream she knew she was a singer but she knew the realities of making a living had to be met. Who and what was I destined to be. Your sex was determined. Martha Stewart. she was invited to sing the national anthem prior to a Suns games. atheletic ability and ingenuity. soon after graduating from ASU music school she enrolled in beauty school. I have a good friend from Phoenix Debbie Lipmann.. She moved to New York and started doing nails for Cher. What am I supposed to be. . If you want to make it in the entertainment world then you have to work work work. she knew that music was a long shot. I am a superstar you will see. They usually say something like. Also within you aptitudes were planted giving you intellect. You need to be true and ask yourself. The question you need to be asking is. For those who have unrealistic expectations of their ability this could seem like a restriction. You need to accept the fact that there is divine purpose for you existing.

Has a very good likelihood of coming to pass.She studied music earned a bachelor degree. Her success as a manicurist and her nail polish line earned her publicity for her jazz album. Other times in the cases of fruit and nut bearing trees they take much longer but the value of those trees can often be enjoyed by more and more as they reach maturity. Do you need the new clothes the vacation the jewelry now. When a boxer is taking a beating his manager can throw in the towel. No matter what kind of tree you chose to plant there is a waiting period for maturity. She hired the best arrangers and saved to make a top quality project. Are you feeling like you thrown in the towel. There is a saying for it in sports. Can you wait till you are a bit older and your career more established? These are choices only you can answer. end it now. . You don’t have to. Her music career was planted 20 years before the first harvest began to produce fruit. Sometimes it happens quickly there are trees used just for providing shade. Do you need the new car now. it is called throwing in the towel. It is a fact of life that “money makes the world go around” If you do not save what you earn to apply it to your career path then you are just delaying your dream even farther. she bided her time until she could do a top quality project. She realized that you can’t compartmentalize yourself. You cannot expect people to hand you a blank checks. As humans we only value what we work for. There fame on the football or basketball field. Parents who do so and create “Trust Fund Children” do so at their own eventual dismass as unearned riches eat a hole in the pocket and soul of even the most educated child. And what we work for with our own heart. You can still get a harvest from your tree. She studied the careers of Cher and Mariah and was able to learn the right things to do. Stop.” He was telling us that the dream we fund that we put our time. Do you need it now. So before you use your hard earned funds to reward yourself for a job well done ask a few questions about your purchase. In life we can either look back on our lives or look to the future. There is nothing sadder than someone who graduates from high school or college with their glory years behind them. money and talent into is the dream that will have our heart. Do you have it in you to plant your tree and wait years for the fruit to mature? Can you wait around to cash in on your talents by making yourself more valuable through education and experience. Do you need something right now ? Are you anxious to get married have children and settle down. their reign in homecoming court or student government being the only lights to warm them for the rest of their lives. “Where your treasure is your heart will be as well. Christ summed it up by stating.

Wouldn’t it be better to invest in your dreams than in another toy. Don’t expect to sell drugs and prosper or swindle people with quick promotional ideas. Honesty cannot be compartmentalized. The way they were earning their funds by doing things that violated their own conscience made them subconsciously want to throw the money away. These tips on growing your money tree only work when you are following all the principles. Don’t work some job under the table and fail to report your earnings to the IRS either. In the same day I could speak with a university student looking for an inexpensive armoire an interior decorator looking for a piece for a client . dates. If you are older contemplating another career you need to ask yourself the same version of those questions Do you need the retirement motorhome or power boat now. Do you need to be spending all your money on dinners. take extra long lunches and breaks steal supplied from your office or store and expect to prosper. Don’t steal computer softwear. Don’t ask for family and friend investors and use their funds for your own personal gain. Fighting for a place in the sun. a real estate agent looking for a few pieces to decorate a new home purchase and even occasionally a cabaret dancer just looking to buy whatever no matter the cost. Bon Jovi sings “It’s my life…now or never. Often when their consciences got the best of them and they decided to quit their career they would call back looking to unload all their purchases. Either you are honest or your aren’t. It doesn’t matter what it is if you have a passion for it – do it. The dancer’s always seemed to have wads of cash. Don’t show up late for work fudge the timesheet. “personal story about concert mentorship with Larry Vallon . You cannot spend a dollar more than once. They were young and went through their funds rapidly. Chapter Three Learning from the big guys. Make sure when you are earning funds harm is not coming to others. downloaded songs and movies and expect to prosper.Do you need the hot girlfriend or boyfriend now.” But when hire for a concert he shows up and gives it his best. What about that restaurant you wanted to open or your consulting business. My antiques business Abba’s Acre Of Antiques was in the college section of town only about a half mile from Arizona State University our furniture was priced reasonably and it wasn’t unusual to get customers from all walks of life. trips or flowers. they spent their money as quickly as they earned oftentimes thousands in a week. But to finance it you will need to make sacrifices. You can nourish your tree with fertilizer or you can poison it with wrong chemicals and kill it’s productivity. A healthy tree can be affected greatly when struck by lighting or poisoned by toxic chemicals.

I took a shot at getting it on the slate as a new musical launching in London.it never came to pass but I knew I was heding in the right direction and I had talent. Heyman continued to mentor me. In addition to other’s words about you your own . Like those trees on the way up you need a mentor a support group. They were quite encouraging to me. Your words about other and others words about you have a profound effect on who you are and what you are able to accomplish. He commented frequently on how his children like the production and how he personally liked many of the songs. This is the importance of words. Year ago I attended a very large church Phoenix First Assembly we had over 100. One of the staff members saw my frustration at not being able to do more and suggested to me that my gifts and talents had a place outside the church and maybe would even do more good there.000 visitors each Easter and Christmas. “in the beginning “ the book of Genesis states “God said. Many you can find right in your hometown. That is just the way it is. All they need to do is look around them and they can study the example of those trees who are living longer and have managed to climb to the top and enjoy the sunshine. In cycling Lance Armstrong would have been nothing without his team helping to blaze the way for him. He critiqued each and every one of my movie scripts even purchasing the rights to one called SUGAR BABY. Mr.It never surprises me when I drive through heavily wooded areas of central Ohio. They can be the “Word fitly spoken” as mentioned by Solomon. In weight loss people have support groups to encourage them. They don’t fear your success they applaud it. Without sunlight converting the plant growth into chlorophyll the trees would die. Arizona. I help with the programs and assisted the music minister . it was a volunteer position for me but one that I took quite seriously. the best players in the NBA and NFL who are unable to surround themselves with team members of top caliber find their careers soon forgotten. I was surrounded by great singers and production people. I always wanted to do more more more. many church pastors can be quite encouraging and inspiring to your goals. Colorado how many trees are competing for the sunlight. Knowing he had won several Oscars and had produced and financed many legendary films including Passage to India his interest in my musical and writing skills was encouraging and his interest in my children’s series DONKEY OLLIE let me know that there was hope for me as a song writer and a playwright. He encouraged me to think differently. It is better to give up your friends if they cannot believe in you and encourage you on the way to your dream.” You hang out with loser too long and you’ll be a loser. Three that want to survive learn they have to have fewer branches and reach higher. “Iron sharpens Iron. John Heyman a legendary producer and co-owner of Island Records took an interest and sent it to a friend of his who’s show he had just financed. Let their be light” and there was light. Having been in his office I learned he was interested in Modigliani and we had many great conversation about art as well. Where do you find a mentor. A mentor can help you with a lack of self confidence. Well believe or not the world is full of them.. Unfortunately for me the fellow thought introducing a new musical was going to be too much work and passed. Churches have leadership groups with successful people. the next drama I produced we rented out a local high school auditorium made a deal with the drama director and did an original musical production of HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.

It is not a mistake I am here.words about yourself matter as well. They will choke off your future. I am a person made in the image and likeness of God. No absolutely not. Rather than waiting for a mentor to find you or to make a path for your future take the first steps toward you path right now. I am unique in all the earth and on that day when I stand before Jesus and the Father God I will hear the words that were spoken about Christ be spoken about me. Take action over your circumstances to bring yourself the mentor you need. disease. I will avoid those who seek to harm me with their negative words.___________(fill in name) my beloved Son/Daughter. Mentors can provide some. “I do matter.” “I can’t afford to go to school. I renounce every word spoken about me that I won’t amount to much. Yes you will have mentors come to you but you need to be proactive and use your own words to bring them to you. “well done. homelessness.” “I will never amount to anything. God made me for a purpose and that purpose is to do His will on this earth and make this earth a better place for all. is it really God’s plan for America to descend into a third world country with ravishing soul destroying unemployment. God will open up doors for me to be a __________. If you lack the self-confidence and assurity. God made me and I have a purpose. One has only to look around the world. Come into my kingdom which I have prepared for you for you were faithful in the small things I gave you to do now I will put you in charge of greater things. If you have unrealistic expectations they at can help bring you to the ground and help you find the steps from your present life to the life you want to lead. deserted towns. “I don’t matter. They will steal your resources by saping you of energy and clouding the wisdom and insight God has promised to bring those who seek wisdom. What can swing the pendulum one way or another two things. hopelessness and drug addiction. Fill in these sentences and each and every day repeat these sentences outloud until you see their results in your life. God will provide the finances and lead me to others who will assist me in this endeavor. Replace them with simple statements.” “nothing good will ever come from my life>’ “no body will ever want me. deserted factories.” These are life changing words. I believe that the good work for which I have been created will come to pass. Although I have not discovered all my talents and gifts I know I like_______________ (fill in the blank) I believe God can bring me a mentor in this area to help me excel in whatever talents he has given. Are you guilty of saying any of these negative words. Words and actions and it has to start in the personal realm. I will avoid bad company. I chose to hear God’s calling as planted in my heart. Look around at the result they have brought to your life. poverty. Take there bitter roots out and away from your tree. abandoned children.: .

Favorable doors are open to me what was impossible to me is possible because God will alter my future and direct me according to his wisdom and plans. Stan Moger is a good friend of John’s. You need to be prepared for when you do meet your mentor or mentors. I will bring good into the world. Not all mentors are going to be so high profile like the one I met. To tell their child after they struck out at bat in a little league game. fabrics and create something unique.” “God will bring me the finaces to get the education and wisdom I need.“I will accomplish God’s purpose in my life and He will be please with me. discover additions to accounting software packages. They will come from every walk of life. Show it to someone whom you admire and get their advice prior to traveling to New York or Paris to meet the designer of you dreams.” I continued to visit John in New York for years and sent him over seventeen different scripts he critiqued each and every one of them. they may give you a little time. John’s eldest son David whom he raised and mentored was the producer of the Harry Potter movie series that earned over one billion dollars. That is what a mentor does.” “My gifts will open up doors in this world and my services and talents will be in demand. They share their wisdom and encouragement. books expose your self to the resources available in you own hometown or university library.” They are your fans before anyone else. It is what Father’s were created to do and to be. There are piano players and writers whom I admire a lot. His story lines are interesting his character development is natural and . The human spirit is remarkable resilient. you are great. I love the writing of John Grisham.Don’t worry if they poured poisonous chemicals on your roots and stunted your growth. If he has recipes published or dishes you like then learn how to make them by yourself now. Do you want to be a chef. “Nice try. hostess and look for opportunities to talk to the person. They have many people projects and requests to deal with on a daily basis. Yes. and be mentored by someone who’s cooking you admire. read books on the latest technique. You want to be an accountant. I know you can do it next time. If you are alive and reading this you can still be the money tree that God wants you to be.. “ To tell their daughters. Believe me it is a small world the person helping me now with our Donkey Ollie DVD’s a children’s television program Dr. It is important to know as much as you can about the path you wish to take prior to meeting your mentor. Read up about accounting. you are beautiful no wonder everybody likes you how can they help but to like you. Their time is quite valuable. Don’t go to the mentor knowing nothing. If it is art then learn as much as possible purchase a DVD educational series. You are the student they are the teacher. Don’t worry if your own parents weren’t like that and didn’t speak positive words over you. You have to approach them on their terms. If you wish to be clothing designer then learn about sewing. When you meet him or her make them a plate and ask him/her to sample it. he mentored his son who became a great success. Successful people have a problem unsuccessful people don’t.” “I will grow to be the tree that God want me to be and produce the fruit that God wants me to produce. They may give you a lot of time. Often times they don’t have enough time to accomplish what they wish to accomplish. get yourself hired as a dishwasher.

I ran occasional errands. Chick Corea. At Big Surf I MC over 10 bands for eight hours giving away prizes telling jokes to the audience. Emerson. Roger Williams I watched from back stage and studies how they approached the keyboards. People everywhere like to be recognized. They were the premier West Coast promoters. I learned his tricks by observation and made them my own. Billy Joel. . Heyman. as parents we love when our children mimic us. I wasn’t designed to be a copycat or a clone but if someone has perfected something that you want or want to be then learn it make it your own. From him I learned the Vangelis composition “Chariots of Fire. If a group was touring it would surely be playing for one of their events. You started the show on time and no matter what the performer wanted you got it for them. Some of the best times in my life have been as the promoter and MC of concerts. Steely Dan.unassuming but my likelihood of being mentored by someone who has sold two hundred million books is slim. If they weren’t happy then your audience wasn’t going to be happy either. I worked hard getting the promotion out and worked hard making sure the performers were happy. As recently as last year I MC’d a show at Grand Canyon Universtiy with Jars of Clay. Doobie Brothers. Doobie Brothers. I kept out of the way sampled the back stage food and learned what rock stars were really like. I couldn’t expect them while they were preparing for a concert to give me advice so I did the next best thing I watched and listened. they like to share what is inside them. Prince. There is a saying that copying someone is a sincere form of flattery. Lawrence Welk. . It is true. No but my life was better for the experience. Did I get paid for it. So I learn what I can by reading his stories and then I come up with my own stories using the same techniques that worked for him. I went to each show. director of Wolf and Rissmiller Concert. Larry taught me something valuable. The experience paid off after I graduated I went to work for Maranatha Music in Orange County and was instrumental in producing a Knot’s Berry Farm show and Anaheim Convention Center. You booked them into a smaller hall. helped with small details and got to talk a real behind the scenes look into the music business. The value of promotion. while attending university in Tucson Arizona I arranged for a girlfriend to introduce me to Larry Vallon. To learn more about music I became a piano tuner for local concerts.” I never performed it quite as well as he did but I played it over 2000 times while I sold pianos out of my garage and in the back of my antique store. It helped me immensely One of my favorite pianists was Roger Williams the classically trained pop star of the piano who regularity performed at the Sun Dome. Huey Lewis. Prior to meeting Mr. Linda Rondstadt. I had a great time and I think the audience did as well. Elton John. I remember meeting Peter Frampton. Lake and Palmer. Steely Dan. how they moved their fingers over the keys how they phrased the compositions. You didn’t book an up and coming artist in a big venue or you would lose money. You needed to do an event people wanted to come to. You just have to give them a chance on their own terms and turf. I studied how he worked with the groups. It was in my heart to do and I got to do it. Wayne Newton. Pink Floyd. Lionel Ritchie.

. Chapter Six: Sharing the harvest. New Orleans raising the wage to 20 for nearly any worker “sleeping in your car to make ends meet. widows. Refusing to rent an office turning the garage into an office. Our commitment to prisoners. Recognizing the trends.000 homeless people in LA. Moving away from destructive forces. Investing in billboards. Some orchards outlive their usefulness. Shopping for envelopes and paper at swap meets and 99 cent stores. Chapter Seven : Planting. People do careless things which causes lots of disaster. Moving to a better neighborhood. “Story about rip off with Dave and my near brush with prison. Running commercials about Car Angel on Rave America making a connection with the Dream Center and meeting David Crawford internet guru. sick prisoners works supernaturally in you favor. world vision children. pruning and germination Some trees take longer to bear fruit to reach maturity. Get a clue Move. 50. Reinvesting what we had to grow more. Helping others is the key to success. Realizing that you will never go broke if you always give away your last dollar. Learn from the illegal aliens they go where the jobs are. Prison books to instructional books. Going without health insurance salary. If your roots are down deep and you distance yourself from others you can survive a forest fire.” Chapter Five :Nourishing the root ball. They are only made to last so long. The Donkey Ollie plan 15 year children’s museum 3D animation Chapter Eight Setting a value on your tree. Chapter Five: The first harvest. Not only can you survive but you can have yourself transplanted no matter how old you are or how big you have grown.Chapter Four: Surviving the forest fire . Examples of car donation to boat donations. “ Personal story about Rave America and sleeping in the car while filming Club Vegas. Why are so many Americans staying where there is no work and no opportunity. Helping the poor. 75 percent of kids in Baltimore don’t graduate from high school. mercy ships. Sometime the trees around you are dry no moisture.

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