“You can have everything in life that you want if you just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
I don’t know exactly when it hit me.
I was successfully running a small business for 20 years and counting in rural Missouri, and I realized I would have to be okay with working for a very, very long time.
For then, it was OK.
How Did We Get Here?
My wife, Mary and I are reasonably intelligent people and have done all the “right” things with our money, including working with numerous credible financial advisors to ensure when we do retire, we’d be comfortable and happy.
Yet, after looking at the numbers and assessing our monthly expenditures, the actual amount we’d need to retire and continue living an equal lifestyle meant exchanging my hours for money until… who even knows when?!
Up until that moment, I’d convinced myself I was okay with working forever — but, I knew things had to change.
Our Journey to Financial Freedom
Fast forward two years later. Our passive income had exceeded that of the income we paid ourselves from our business.
We hold title to numerous properties, including some overseas. We are part of joint ventures involving apartment complexes, office complexes, retirement communities, ATM’s, resort facilities, coffee farms, etc.
In addition, we have been private lenders on projects totaling millions of dollars.
What changed? Most importantly, we changed.
We made a conscious decision to take control of our own destiny; and that started with seeking financial freedom.
We decided not to abide by the “norm” based on financial products and services being sold to us. We found a group of like-minded individuals on a similar journey, did our due diligence, and now continuously commit to more learning.
Finally, we had a WHY and we took action. We became intentional in our actions. Getting to this point has been life-changing, and has motivated us to help others find their own path to financial freedom.
If you KNOW these things — we can help you:
Know Your “Why”
Your focus has to be on more than just earning a bunch of dough. Sure, money factors into it, but your motivation has to run deeper than that.
What is your WHY?
It could be to support your family, donate to your favorite charity, or pursue a legacy project. You have to get clear on your purpose: with this purpose, when the inevitable roadblocks arise, you won’t throw in the towel.
Know the People You Are Working With
Do your due diligence about who you’re working with. Your purposes, passions, and goals need to align. Ask questions — lots of them.
The people that you work with will make the deal — not the opportunity itself.
Know Your Number
Set your goal to have an amazing life after you leave the working world. It will act as the blueprint to your financial freedom plan.
There are plenty of tools to help you find your number: http://www.smartassetopportunities.com.
Know Your Money Is Working
No more lazy money! If you have money in financial institutions making less than 6%, you’re getting behind. You need to fix this quickly!
Higher returns are possible, even with ones that are secured by capital assets with reduced risk.
Know You Can Be More Active
Your level of involvement is up to you. You may want to be totally hands-on, or you might prefer to be less active – and more involved with the decision-making and due diligence.
Whatever you’re preference, we can help you.
Know That You Have to Take Action
Sure, we can help you, but ultimately the action has to come from YOU. No one else is going to do it for you.
If you have a WHY, we can help you.