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The Most expensive things in the world…

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A few years ago I was sitting with Frank Maguire, one of the co-founders of FedEx and he asked me a question. His questions was simple, “What is the most expensive thing in the world?” 

The reason this question is important in for entrepreneurs and building wealth is because I have found as important as it is to do the right thing, there are equally dangerous things that you can do that will rob you of becoming wealthy and productivity. Naturally Frank’s question has led to some serious thought over the years. As I have thought about this question I have decided that there is a relatively important list of things that become expensive that most people never think about and that list exposes us to things that cost us money, keep us from making money and most important cost us time. 

I call this list the “most expensive things list”. I invite you to consider the things here and how your current involvement with these things might be costing you money and opportunity.

  1. Excuses – Excuses are essentially lies we tell ourselves to keep us from being accountable. We lie to ourselves to remove responsibility but in the process we also remove our results. Success in creating wealth means that we sometimes have to put ourselves on the line and make things happen even when it requires us to become uncomfortable. The wealthiest people I know find a way while those who are broke stop at finding an excuse.
  1. Bad advice from broke people – It has been said that where you get your advice will determine where you get to wind up in life. The problem that I have observed over the years is that too many people stay broke because they simply get bad advice from other broke people. Sure those people may be trying to help, they almost always have good intentions, but they are just as broke as you are. It’s like a drowning person trying to teach you how to swim. It doesn’t make much sense does it? 
  1. Setting low personal standards – Your standards begin with what you believe you are entitled to and what you’re worthy of. As I have taught wealth strategies around the world it is very common to see people who believe that the most basic wealth strategies are sound and will work – but that they quickly suggest that they will work for other people and not for themselves. It’s almost like they believe that they have some kind of curse that will keep them broke and in poverty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Money itself doesn’t care. If you follow the patterns that create wealth you will become wealthy. There is no luck involved. Raise your standards in terms of what you are willing to do, who you are willing to learn from, what you feel you are worth and how much effort you will put in and you can’t help but see results.
  2. Ego – Most people stay broke because they feel like they already have all the answers. As one of my mentors put it to me when I was a young and smart-alec teenager, “You can be rich or you can be right. You can’t be both.” He then pointed out that if I was determined to hold onto my ego I would get to keep everything that went along with it. That meant everything my ego had created I would get to keep no more. My financial situation was based on my understanding at that point and so if I chose to stay the same my situation would stay the same. Ego is one of the greatest enemies of success.  Choosing to be rich starts with choosing to be teachable.
  1. Procrastination or hesitation – Procrastination is putting on hold something that you know you should do and it has never created wealth or success. If you know what you want you must do it. You must seize opportunities you are seeking. I have seen many many circumstances where deals have gone to the fastest person to say yes. If something is a good deal and a good opportunity chances are very good that others are rushing for the same deal. Don’t miss out because you hesitate. There’s a reason why not everyone is wealthy – and that’s that there are often a scarcity of opportunities.  I also believe the universe is like an echo chamber. If you show up with hesitation everything will show up for you with the same hesitation. If you show up with boldness everything in your life will show up the same way. After having spent time with some of the most wealthy people in the world it has been evident to me that not one of them is a procrastinator. When opportunities show up they move quickly even if they don’t have all the answers.  Another important thought on procrastination. How many wish they would have started buying properties for example when you were in your late teens? So why did you wait? Why are you waiting now?  There is a Chinese proverb that says the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and right now. You may not be able to go back in time to plant the tree but if you don’t do something today you are creating exactly the same kind of regret. One of the properties I bought early in life I paid $55,000 for. This was in the mid-1990s. Today that property is worth around $359,000. I also have wishes and my wish is that I would’ve bought more. You are always going to experience this – but getting started today with what you can do today will at least get rid of a few of these big regrets.
  1. Lack of clarity — perhaps this point is linked closely to the concept of avoiding procrastination. When you lack clarity of purpose or an understanding of how your money will be made you can’t become skilled enough to quickly evaluate opportunities. As a result you miss a lot of opportunities which slows down your ability to make progress and build your wealth. Once you identify your strongest opportunities for creating wealth you must learn ahead of time what you need to do to be able to be prepared for those opportunities when they arrive.
  1. Poor influences – You’ve heard it said that your network equals your net worth. This is certainly true. Not only does this reflect in the people you learn from but even more so about the what people around you expect out of life. If you are surrounded by people with low expectations you won’t create much. If you are in a community of people that are striving to create wealth and excited about it you will do the same.  Like attracts like. If you want to be on fire you best be a log in the fire rather than a spark off in the distance alone trying to stay hot. 
  1. Crappy trades/patterns – Wealth is created primarily through the accumulation of good trades. Most obviously when we acquire an asset that generates cashflow or capital gains that’s a good deal. But these trades start at a more basic level than assets. They start even with the trades of how we prioritize our day and utilize our time. When you allow trivial things to take over your day in exchange for powerful things you don’t create powerful things. Make better trades in all areas of your life. And let’s be honest one of the things that people want is wealth for free. You can’t have it for free. You will have to buy something. You can never save your way to wealth. You can only do it through smart purchases. For example, you can’t collect the rent on a property you don’t buy. You can’t get a dividend on an investment you did buy. You must learn to make smart purchases and trades and that is the only option.
  1. Being a solopreneur – Wealth is a team sport. If you try to do it alone relying on just your own knowledge, money, time, opportunities and expertise you will soon find limitations. You only have so much time, energy, know how and money. Think about the most obvious example of real estate. If you want to acquire a property to start producing cashflow with you will be waiting a long time if you try to pay for it by yourself. You will have to save the entire purchase price of the property and closing cost. Certainly the property will be gone by that time. You must learn and use the principle of leverage if you are going to be successful. You can’t win the gain of wealth playing by yourself.
  1. Lack of know how – This means education. You can only earn what you learn. You can’t implement what you don’t understand. No meet how willing you are to succeed you will never create success unless you add to that willingness a correct understanding of what you need to do. Correct actions not dreams create results. 

And lastly as a bonus thought one of the most expensive obstacles to wealth are the stories that people tell themselves that keep them broke. Perhaps this can be an expansion on the first point of excuses. That’s really what stories are. You can’t tell yourself stories about why you aren’t good enough, why something won’t work or why you can’t participate. If you are committed to becoming wealthy you have got to make a clear decision that this is what you will do.

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1 simple step that will put you on the road to financial freedom

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What does your financial freedom look like to you?

I often ask this question at my seminars and the responses I get are often as follows:

“I’d like spend more time on vacation.”

“I’d like to live in the house of my dreams and drive the vehicle of my choice.”

“I’d like to quit my job and spend more time with family.”

Although these answers are nice – they are not correct.

Financial freedom is not about what experiences you will have and how you think you will spend your day to day life.

Financial freedom is an exact number. How much exactly do you need to meet your obligations each month.

When you passively achieve the exact amount of income you need so that all your obligations and expenses are met you are financially free. Does this make sense? That monthly amount is your obligation or prison. So once you have attained it passively it’s no longer your prison. It’s satisfied without you.

The problem for most people is that they can tell you what they want (The experience) but they can’t tell you what it takes to make it happen.(The exact number) If your goals are specific and clear they are attainable and near. So if you want to be financially free how much money exactly do you need to have coming in passively each month.

Here’s an example:

If your monthly bills are as follows: (I know this is not a reflection of most peoples bills. But its an oversimplified example)

Mortgage $1250

Utilities $239

Groceries $250

Car payment $249

Gas $100

Total monthly Commitment: $2,088

So your financial freedom is actually $2,088. If you can build a passive income stream that replaces whatever you a re doing to get to $2,088 then you have achieved your financial freedom.

Naturally this is oversimplified. And of course, your financial freedom number will change based on your needs and situation. Once you have achieved a passive income that covers your necessary obligations you are financially free. The next step is to move onwards up to financial abundance which is something that is rarely discussed. Financial freedom is important – but financial abundance is where life really begins to change.

More on this later…

By the way, knowing your financial freedom number is just the beginning. Knowing how to get there is where things really get interesting. If you’d like to come out to one of our events near you go to http://www.MillionaireTrainingSystems.com

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Millionaire Training Systems coming To Calgary and Vancouver

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Millionaire Training Systems coming to Vancouver August 26th.

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Things I learned from a Billionaire that made me Rich

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How are you Spending your money?

Things I learned from a Billionaire that made me rich (Part 1)
By Douglas Vermeeren

Over the last decade I have had the opportunity to spend time with several millionaires and billionaires. As I made the movies The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment, The Treasure Map or doing research for some of my books I have had the opportunity to extensively grill these financial superstars about how they got to their financial independence. I have learned a lot. In fact, as I have applied many of the lessons that they have shared I have been able to create abundance and financial freedom in my own life.

Several of these lessons have made it into the projects as described above but of course how can you possibly share everything in one project? It’s impossible. Probably the most comprehensive outline of what I have learned so far was published in my book with Jay Conrad Levinson, Guerrilla Millionaire – Unlock the secrets of the self-made millionaire or in my Dummies book – Self-Made Millionaires for Dummies. However even those books are incomplete as there are many things which I learned and continue to learn from these mentors that shape my financial life regularly.

I guess that would be the one thing that we could talk about in this article: The importance of continual learning.

What you learn will always determine what you earn. The bottom line is that if you don’t understand principles about how to use and grow your money you can’t use that principle. I remember sitting once with Frank Maguire, who was one of the co-founders of FEDEX, in a shopping mall having an Orange Julius. As we sat there having a conversation he asked me an interesting question. His question: “What is the most expensive thing in the world?”

HIs answer, “Ignorance. Ignorance is the most expensive thing in the world. Because it costs you money, keeps you from making money and costs you time which is the most expensive thing because once its gone you can never get it back.”

If there is one thing that I have observed more than any other attribute among the wealthy is that it their desire to understand and learn everything they can about the issues they are involved in.

I once sat in Bill Farley’s living room and observed this situation first hand. For those who don’t know Bill he was the former CEO of Fruit of the Loom and at one time an owner of several other companies and brands that most people would know. Brands like Anaheim Citrus, Acme Boot Co., and at one time was a partial owner of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. So we were spending some time in his living room when his assistant along with a few team members came in to discuss a few pressing business issues.

They asked him a few questions which most people would have simply answered and moved on. But that’s not what he did. He took a moment and talked with the group gathering their thoughts, expertise and opinions. Now armed with all the facts and possible solutions which they had brought forward he rendered a decision.

That day I understood that the best way to create wealth in a company was to be sure to use your assets which included the brains of those around you.

In my personal business dealings with him I found that he always operated in a similar way. He would always have other experts involved in gaining answers to areas where his experience was limited. Every effort was focused on gathering insights before an action or decision was taken. But having said this I want it also to be clear that in no way did he, or anyone else I observed doing this, ever take a long time to make a decision. They never became victims of analysis paralysis or over analytical processes. They quickly gathered what they needed to know and then pulled the trigger and got it done.

Surrounding yourself with the right people is a powerful way to learn. Naturally this can be done by attending classes, seminars, networking events, charity events, fund raisers and gala events where you have access to new mentors or coaches. These kinds of activities or events are also brilliant locations to meet people who are interested in creating the same financial situations that you crave.

It may be tempting to say that you a re broke and that you can’t afford a ticket to attend such events. However, I have found if you only stick to the least expensive events you will only be connecting with others who are broke. In order to make friends and form relationships with those who you can learn from, you have to go where they go. And a $10 breakfast meeting generally won’t do it.

Not too long ago I had lunch with Bill Bartmann. You may know Bill, he was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 1997 as one of the 400 richest men in North America. At the time Forbes estimated his wealth to be between 2.4 and 3.5 billion dollars. As we sat down he simply ordered a burger, fries and a coke. One of the best lessons that he shared with me over our lunch was to always invest a portion of my income back into developing myself and learning as much as I could about my industry and business.

Money comes to those who understand it and value it most. Innovators become wealthy. But you can only improve on what you already understand. It’s like learning how to play basketball. You can’t do a trick shot until you’ve learned to dribble. Basics come first. And one of the reasons so many people are broke is that they haven’t even gotten a grasp of the basics.

So get learning! Learn everywhere you can and from everyone you can! Put a plan in place to start dedication a portion of your income to growing yourself and your bank account. The more you learn the more you will truly be able to learn!
About Douglas Vermeeren
Is there a pattern that rich people understand?

Are there clues that they leave behind that anyone can apply to become financially free?

Douglas Vermeeren thinks so. Over the last decade he has conducted research into wealth creation, financial freedom and the lives of top achievers in this area. He believes that there are a handful of hidden keys and concepts that are keeping people everywhere from creating untold wealth and abundance in their lives. Without these missing elements, no matter how hard they work, or how valuable their business ideas are or even how much they save for the future MOST PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE RICH!

Douglas Vermeeren is the author of Self-made Millionaires for Dummies, Guerrilla Millionaire, Millionaire Wisdom and The Millionaire Frequency. He is regularly featured on CNN, FOX, FOX BUSINESS, ABC, NBC, CTV, CBC and Create Wealth Today. He is the movie maker behind The Opus, The Gratitude Experiment and the new film on Wealth Creation, The Treasure Map. http://www.MillionaireTrainingSystems.com

Millionaire Training Systems coming to Vancouver

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What you understand about money determines what doors you can open to make more. Will you open the door to more on July 11 in Vancouver?

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