Break the Shackles (Pt 2 of 2)

Last week I discussed the harsh reality that you are not free until you are debt-free.
To continue our theme on financial freedom, I want to give you my 3 key steps to finally breaking the financial shackles that might be restraining your freedom.

I was taught early on that if you can’t afford it in cash, you can’t have it, period.

I use a credit card primarily for tracking and mileage reward incentives, but it is completely paid for each cycle.

I never revolve credit. That’s a fool’s game... GO TO POST

 

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Break the Shackles (Pt 1 of 2)

This week I want to focus on the topic of financial freedom.
Because let’s face it, most of us are NOT financially free.

Let me cut right to it: if you are in debt you are enslaved.

You might not like that statement, but unfortunately it’s true.

If anyone has claim to you by way of debt, you don’t own your own life and destiny... CONTINUE TO POST

 

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How to BECOME Wealthy

Aside from temporary setbacks and extraordinary fortunes of inheritance or luck, if you want to know how people feel about themselves, look at their bank accounts.

MONEY is the greatest measurement of one’s mindset.

This is probably why there is so much emotion and neurosis tied to people’s relationship with money. That is why I say if you want to fix your money problems, get your head examined. It’s your attitude about money that will rake it in or repel it from you. Your money, and your mentality about it is what we are going to focus on in this 2 part series. I am going to help you Look Within so you don’t Go Without.

In the book The Instant Millionaire by Mark Fisher, the old millionaire asks the boy who has sought his advice, “Why aren’t you rich already?”
Hey, that’s a good question to ask yourself.

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The Origin of an Obsession

I have an obsession.
And I know exactly who to blame: my grandmother.

It all started one afternoon shortly after my 8th birthday when my grandmother picked me up from school. This itself wasn’t unusual. My grandmother would often pick me up with an Igloo cooler in the back seat packed with the classic grandmother lunch: sliced fruit, chocolate milk, and a bologna sandwich cut in two, perfect, crustless triangles.

We’d eat lunch in her car in the parking lot of a movie theatre before going in or we’d take it to the Fairyland Amusement Park. I still remember waving proudly to my grandma while riding the Jolly Trolly. Those special afternoons with my grandmother are some of the fondest memories I have of my childhood.

On this particular day, the day the obsession began, while we ate our car-picnic in the parking lot before seeing The Black Stallion, my grandma asked me what I got for my birthday. I told her a new Atari game and $47 dollars in cash. “What have you done with the money’” she asked. “I dunno.” I shrugged. I really didn’t know where the money went. Some went to the arcade. Some went to bubble gum. I definitely spent some on a new Hacky-Sack to keep up with the cool kids at recess. “Well, Darren. It’s time you start keeping track,” said grandma...GO TO FULL POST

 

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Rich Habits

Last week I shared with you the two Money Making Rules that I live and thrive by.
To continue our theme of wealth, I’ve picked my favorite ½ dozen rich habits.

Now let’s create a 30 day Get Rich Campaign:

Just for 30 days, exercise the habits of a rich person.
Just 30, after that you can go back to poor habits if you like, but only for 30… until the next issue of SUCCESS Magazine hits your mailbox, try on these habits.

You in?

Okay… the first habit is: ...CLICK TO READ MORE

Oh and PS… you probably saw the teaser page in the print edition of SUCCESS Magazine, but coming in November will be the release of my new book titled:

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster—Why Now is the Time To #JoinTheRide

I’ve been working on it for over a year and I am really really excited about it.
The main purpose of the book is to help onboard 10 million more entrepreneurs.
You see most new entrepreneurs fail because they are unprepared for the emotional roller coaster they will experience.

So this book warns, prepares and equips them to be emotionally bullet proof.
It also teaches them the essential skills for entrepreneurial success: sales, recruiting (top talent), leadership (culture of performance) and personal productivity.

I think you are going to really love it, but even more importantly I think it is going to encourage many more people to make the leap into entrepreneurship… and not only survive now, but thrive. We’ll be releasing more information soon, but be on the lookout—it’s going to be a fun ride!

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Money Making Rules

When it comes to making money, there are two rules I live by.
Lucky for me, I learned them both when I was 12.

I suppose I was like any red blooded twelve-year-old boy—I dreamed of one day owning a Ferrari. I didn’t deck my bedroom walls with posters of movies, celebrities, athletes or outer space; I had four Ferrari posters—all cherry red.

One day after school I walked into my house to see my dad’s mentor, business partner and former college football coach sitting at the kitchen table with my father. He had seen my small shrine to the Red Beauty in my room and asked, “A Ferrari huh? Have you figured out how you are going to get one?”

“Um, no.” I replied with twelve-year-old feigned disinterest. “Well you better get to work if you want one of those bad boys.” I explained that I was working – I mowed a couple lawns on the street and picked up straggler nails at a local construction site for a penny a piece.

“How much you earning in a week?” Coach asked. “$25,” I responded, bragging.
Coach let out a guffaw. “At that rate, you’ll be a corpse behind the wheel! You need to make more money, faster!”  “But how?” I asked.

The next sentence is Money Making Rule #1 ...CONTINUE READING

 

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The Price of Innovation

Sometimes there is a heavy price to pay when dealing with innovations.

Let me share the story of how I first came to learn the price of innovation…

It was a Friday evening in the summer of 1988, and I was sitting at home waiting for my buddy Chuck to call about our plans for the night when my dad walked in after a long day of selling real estate.

Strapped to his shoulder was a large, black bag I didn’t recognize. At first I thought it was a new briefcase, but it was too bulky. Maybe a new piece of luggage? A trumpet? I’d never seen anything like it.

He walked into the kitchen and set the bag down with a thud on the kitchen table. “What’s in the bag?” I asked. “Son,” he said, his voice filled with pride and zeal, “This,” he placed his hand on the case, “This is the future!”...CONTINUE READING

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