Project 5K!


I am launching one of the largest projects of my professional career, Project 5K, it could mean a 6 figure income for the right person. Knowing what you know today about Starbucks if you had an opportunity to invest 10 years ago would you have done it? I am certain I found something Bigger.

I am excited in my company Organo Gold (OG). I first had the Gourmet Black coffee over a year ago. I loved the taste and felt amazing after that first cup. Organo Gold not only helped me physically but also financially. Financially, I have earned 5 of the 7 ways you can in the business and look forward to the other two. Physically, if you have been following my blog, I have now lost 105 pounds since June thanks to my coffee, capsules, personal development (the foundation of OG), and making a decision. Like OG I have my own 4 Steps:

  1. Make a decision - I made a decision to fit comfortably on a plane because I was challenged to race Ferrari's on the Autobahn in Germany.
  2. Personal Development - Changing my mindset to be happy, healthy and wealthy
  3. Be OG - which to me means being a total product of the product by not only drinking the coffee but also taking my spores everyday.
  4. Changed lifestyle (no diet) - I cut back on or totally eliminated breads, deserts, red meat, and fried food. I can eat those things although I choose not to. I made the change because I didn't ever want to count calories again. If it doesn't look or sound healthy I chose not to eat it. If I want something sweet I have a Mocha or Hot Chocolate.

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The Coffee That Pays 3 - Holton Buggs

Listen to our Executive Vice President of Sales, the number one Income earner in Network Marketing, the Michael Jordan or Ray Kroch of Network Marketing Mr. Holton Buggs explain the genius of coffee, magic of Ganoderma, and power of leadership in my company Organo Gold.

From the Ground To The Cup 3

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Weigh In Update #WootSauce

#OrganoGold #OGP50K - 2/8/2015


Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 – Those are the same shorts
Before 6/12/2014 and After 8/19/2014 - Holding the shorts that I wore in the before picture 🙂

I weighed in Wednesday and didn't update my blog post. I have to say, "#WootSauce" I lost 100 pounds. I weighed in at 280.8 pounds this week. This is a major mile stone and about the halfway mark to my goal of 189. I have to thank my family for their support, Organo Gold for for the awesome products, my Organo Gold Family for their encouragement, and most of all God for His blessings.

I'm proud of the transformation physically, mentally, and financially. This is a huge milestone not only for my health but also my business. I have way less stress and feel amazing. I'm also practicing my golf swing and do a little dance every now-and-then. I am happy and grateful now that I have created a new lifestyle.

I've been asked what foods I miss. I say, "None," because I can eat what I want. There are food I choose not to eat: breads, deserts, fried foods, and red meats. I think I could live a vegetarian lifestyle at this point. Right now I chose not to because I still like chicken, turkey and fish. If I choose to have french fries or something sweet, I don't punish myself like I used to.

Dang, I Look Good!!!!

4 Steps to Weight Loss: TCC Episode 23 -

St. Martin De Porres House of Hope

house of hope bldgChampion a Cause

I first heard of the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope a few years ago from a close friend of the family, Cathie. A few weeks Cathie called asking for donations and support. My mission is to Help Other People Everywhere (HOPE) and took this as a sign. A cause I could Champion.

Interview with Sr. Therese O'Sullivan

I visited St. Martin De Porres House of Hope, located in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, recently and interviewed Sr. Therese O'Sullivan. She talked about the House of Hope and her hopes for the future. The House of Hope is a converted Catholic grammar school to a shelter for homeless women. Listen at

Tis the Season for Giving (Going the Extra Mile)

Less than 62 days to help keep the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope going into the future.

Christmas has come and gone. Tis still the season for giving and still coffee makes a great gift. My goal is to sell 8,000 boxes of coffee to help raise most of if not all the $40,000 needed to keep their doors open. Buy 3 or 4 boxes at 50% of all profits will be donated to the St. Martin De Porres House of Hope.


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A Visit to the Last House on the Block ~ Carol Marin, Chicago Sun-Times


Better Way to Live

I walked to my bookshelves in my office looking for something to read. Since I have been focused on personal development, I found three books by Og Mandino: A Better Way to LiveThe Greatest Salesman in the World, and The Choice. I pulled all three off the shelf and tucked them into my book bag. One day I head out for a weekly coffee meeting to help my business.

The presenter suggested reading A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino's Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By  and talked about each of the 17 Rules to Live By. 

I will be discussing each rule on The Coffee Couch and as blog posts over the next few months. My goal is to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each. Each week I will talk about how I applied these rules.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.


Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.


Save Kids Lives!

Victoria Enmon's Inspiring Story


My son, David, and I are on a mission to Save Kids Lives and we need your help. Our local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

David started his first Extra Life event as a way of doing something good with his nerdy passions of tabletop and video gaming. He learned that his mother, my wife, had spent months as a child in the hospital he is supporting.  Since his first year participating in Extra-Life, that hospital has moved to a wonderful new facility. He has been able to visit it and was inspired to see what they provide for the children and their families. Our family has made this Extra-Life gaming event a fun and exciting experience every year since.

Extra Life

Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon (see her story). Her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Blog/Podcast Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.

Tragically, Tori was lost to cancer in January 2008. Later that year, Sarcastic Gamer launched Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago).

On November 15, 2014, we participated in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds. We went from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! This year we did something a bit different.

We added coffee to the 24-hour video game marathon and created a site where individuals can purchase coffee to continue supporting Extra Life… buy our coffee, Your purchases may be tax deductible since 50% of all profits will go to help Save Kids Lives.

Change Your Coffee & Save Kids – It’s That Simple!


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Midnight tonight starts NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month), which means all nighters and copious amounts of coffee. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I want to throw another challenge out there, to drink 30 cups of healthy coffee at the same time. That's about $1 a cup which is less then . Take the LLE out of CHALLENGE and you have CHANGE. Our slogan is CHANGE YOUR COFFEE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Snowflake Method

This year I'm trying something new, the Snowflake method. I recommend How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
by Randy Ingermanson and ordering Snowflake Pro for Mac or PC. I found the book extremely useful and fun to read for a how-to book. The software is also amazing and easy to use with built in lectures and notes. I loved reading the book and creating a a project to work on while following Goldilocks on her journey to write a novel.

My Project:

Journey of a Soul: a spiritual novel about one mans journey through death and back again.


Coffee and Positive Social ChangeThe Coffee Couch Logo

I know a few people in Africa that have been affected by the Ebola and friends who have come back to the states not affected. I understand the severity of the epidemic and see the government’s reaction to it by restricting travel in and out of West Africa, as well as setting up facilities to treat the disease. This also means that health organizations and hospitals need to create and implement strategies to contain and treat patients (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). I like to think outside the box and look at alternatives, which is why I'm excited to own my own healthy coffee business.

My coffee company, Organo Gold, just opened up in Nigeria and the response to having Ganoderma Lucidum, infused in the coffee, helping many people has been overwhelming. Nyishar (2013) suggested that Ganoderma is an adaptogen and has many health benefits, especially helping the immune system as well as many health benefits like cancer. I am glad that the herb in my coffee is helping people feeling better from the effects of Ebola. The study I would like to see happen is to see what the actual effects that this miraculous king of herbs could do against it.

It is amazing what an impact on social change that could make. Not only would it help with health but also add to economic growth. It has made a difference in my life by no longer taking allergy medicine and losing almost 80 pounds, as well as providing a source of residual income. Organo Gold is all about creating positive social through personal development and helping people change their money. Who knew coffee and positive social change went together!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, October 27). Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure. Retrieved from

Morand, S. (2012). What is ganoderma? Retrieved from

Nyishar, P. (2013). Health Benefits Of Reishi Mushroom. Retrieved from


Organo Gold

The Beginning of My Dissertation JourneyThe Maroon  Bells

It all started in 2005, while I attended DeVry working on my masters in Network and Communications Management with an emphasis in eCommerce. During that time, while I was working on my masters, a friend of mine, Ron born in Thailand, and I started translating the FDA handbook from English to Thai. We met at his computer store on the Southside of Chicago frequently. We completed the project at the end of 2006. The Thai government paid for us to go there as a thank you for doing this project.

My buddy had connections at a university there. Long story short, they invited me to share my knowledge from not only my masters degree but also one of my previous jobs programming touch screen kiosks. I gave four presentations, in Thailand, on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok. It was because of this experience that I decided to get my doctorates degree. While there, I also consulted with the university on kiosk designs to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens from the various provinces. It was exciting sharing my knowledge and expertise. Now I want to do more of it.

In 2008, I decided to enroll at Walden University where I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Information Management Systems. As of the writing of this section, I’m in the proposal phase of the dissertation process. My Prospectus and Dissertation committee were approved by Walden. All my classes and KAMs have been completed which means I'm finally ready to get the dissertation done. Now the real journey begins.

Bolker (1998) suggested that you own your dissertation and responsible for getting it from conception to birth; you get there by whatever process works for you. It is by sharing my journey through the dissertation process and beyond, that I can help you get through yours. I am in service to you and will help any way possible.


Bolker, J. (1998). Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising, and finishing your doctoral thesis. USA: New York, NY.


Why I Decided to Write This BookThe Scholarly Way

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process. I'll be looking at best practices, risks, risk mitigation, personal development, health, faith, and how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

I have never been the best student in traditional learning environments. It wasn't until I went to DeVry University and Keller Graduate School that I realized that I excelled in courses that were hands-on. I always thought I had a learning disability. In high school I had counselors that suggested that I'd never get into college, especially after my ACT scores came back.

My ACT's we dismal a whopping 13 and even worse the second time. The one thing I had going for me was my passion for technology and the way the mind worked; even though I didn't see my first computer until my sophomore year in college. I got a minor in psychology and became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 1988.

In 1991 I left my father-in-laws investment firm and opened my hypnosis and wellness center. Seven months later I lost that and was forced to go back to work in the real world. During that time I was also the first hypnotist that I knew to own a computer. I then went back to school in 1993 part-time at DeVry where I got my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems.

I received my Masters Degree in Network & Information Management focusing in e-Commerce from DeVry University. The focus of my studies were online collaboration, social networking and database management. I decided to get my doctorates degree after giving presentations on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, I consulted with the university on a kiosk design to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens faster from the various provinces.

This experience has changed my life. That is why I decided to write this book.

Remembering 9-11

Remember 9-11

I remember on September 11, 2001, I was in the teachers lounge at St. Christopher's in Midlothian. The TV was on when the first tower went down. There was dead silence. The Principal jumped on the PA to announce what had happened. Our mission was to keep all the children safe.

I remember the confusion, sorrow, and anger, especially in the days and weeks that followed. I remember the sacrifices made by citizens, firefighters, and police officers. I remember friends going to New York to help. I remember how unified we felt as a country.

Most of all, I remember at the school getting a list of those who were lost and pulling a name or two off the list. Then we pray for their safe journey to heaven and bless and comfort their families. BecauseI live in St. John Fisher Parish, the name I drew was by no accident, John Fisher. Somewhere I still have the 3x5 card I drew, but I don't need it to remember because I pass by the church everyday.

Bless and Protect

For John R. Fischer, 46, New York City Fire Department, World Trade Center and and all those lost, click here to see a list. For our soldiers, in all branches of the military, who fight to protect our country. For the Firefighters and Police officers who sacrifice to serve and protect. For all our world leaders to find a means to create world peace. For all of us to help others before ourselves.