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Being financially independent isn’t for you, it’s for your children

With the cost of education and healthcare rising by the year, it becomes more difficult to ensure that your children will be taken care of.

Becoming financially independent is the most effective way to make sure that your offspring will be covered with education and health costs, no matter the inflation.

Seems like all that I want to do lately, is pump out motivational after motivational posts. And for good reason.

How’s this for a ‘my-seat’s-on-fire’ thought.

As my various web properties blitz their way to the top of the G, my income continues to climb and I’m inching closer to my eventual goal of 30k monthly income. Passively. For the rest of my life.

Then what?

To be honest, that’s all I’ve been thinking about lately.

The next step would be to buy awesome sports car and hang with models all day, everyday, right?

(22 year old delinquent higher output brain says yes, the other part of me is kinda like, ‘nah’)

Truth to be told, it gets old. Real fast. A couple of years ago, 18-year old me would have embraced the idea of getting hammered every second day.

‘Make it rain!’

Not anymore though. I’m getting old.

I wrote this post a few months ago about building your About story. Still absolutely relevant, but mine has changed drastically over the past few weeks:

I wanna be continually creating value for society until the day I crock – whether its helping struggling MLM marketers achieve their income goals or solving world hunger.

Which is why creating enough passive income on the internet is just a stepping stone towards that for me. Killing my future job and achieving financial freedom will free up the rest of my life to pursue the big picture stuff – the things I really want to be working on.

That’s my new ‘why’, and I believe it’s a much better goal than to simply sit on a beach for the rest of my life while my brain turns to mush…

Hey, if complete retirement is still your goal, that’s absolutely fine as well.

I’ve just taken my personal motives and launched them to yet another level.

Speaking of beaches, I just got back from the Australian Sunshine Coast (Sydney).

Sun, beer, beaches, the full lot.

I’m sun-burnt as a lobster now, but who cares. I had an amazing time. Worth every penny – paid for by my new online earnings.

Who knew that a scrawny 22-year old kid like me would be on track towards financial freedom so early in life, right?

It’s amazing what you can achieve when you really put your mind to it – which is a great segue for the topics of the day: Competition and hard work.

I’ve also bought myself a ton of new books lately – just to keep the educational ball rolling.

My new favorite? Zero to One by Peter Thiel, the legendary founder of PayPal. If you haven’t gotten yourself a copy already, do so – its fantastic.

One of the lessons from the book really hit me hard:

All happy companies are different: Each one earns a monopoly by solving a unique problem. All failed companies are the same: They failed to escape competition.

Word. I’ve seen this happen time and time again in the internet marketing industry as well.

Look around, buddy. Millions of marketers promoting the same opportunity – and then there’s little ol’ you. You’re a nobody unless you choose to be different.

See, the reason why my blog converts dollar bills like nobody else is because I’m technically not competing against anybody else.

And with my patented blogging extravaganza formula, I’d love to teach you how to do the same: blow away the competition, solve a unique problem and create a monopoly of your own.

(Did I really just say ‘patented’? Ego alert.)

There’s a reason why I’m the dude getting all the leads and sales compared to some of the other top dogs on G.

Instead, I’m selling my shiny marketing skills.

I’m selling my website creation knowledge.

I’m selling a blogging formula that will rank anything you want onto the top of Google.

I’m selling my support, my knowledge and my mentoring – which is perceived to be incredibly valuable because of the amount of value I’ve given away already.

Differentiation, amigo.

You need to do stand out from the crowd or your business will fail. (which is why I place so much emphasis on picking a suitable niche and providing insane content)

If you’re still on cheerleader mode, stop. Even if you get your blog to the Google mountaintop – the other guys will still chew you up alive.

Which brings me to the other reason why I decided to mention my trip to Sydney in this blog post.

One of my mates (Aussie term for ‘friend’) who came along with us became a millionaire two years ago – at the young age of 22. I managed to sneak a peak into the habits of an actual baller – lucky me, eh?

Although we were technically on a holiday, he was constantly working. Sneaking in a couple of hours of work in the hotel room to GSD, carrying a laptop out to the bay so that he could jot down sudden bursts of inspiration, the whole nine miles.

While I was switched off, semi-drunk half the time and totally not thinking about work (that was the entire point of the trip for me) – the man was just full-on bullet train, 24/7.

(The dude also sleeps like 3 hours per night, drinks a ton of coffee and smokes like a chimney.)

Am I saying you need to do the same? Not at all. But you better be prepared to work your butt off – because success doesn’t just fall into your lap by accident.

Key takeaway for me? My mate didn’t simply luck his way to his millions – it was through concentrated effort and a heap of hard work. Suffer now, reap the rewards later. So bloody true.

I would never have been able to randomly take off to Sydney and have as much fun as I possibly could if it wasn’t backed by months of preemptive hard work and my ability to focus.

I’m not going to lie – it was tough. There were days when I felt like pulling the plug and working on something else. But I pushed through anyway.

Now I’m starting to see the fruits of my labor, and boy the nectar is sweet indeed. So don’t be a lazy little twig if you really want success.

Dude got rejected from a job at KFC 15 years ago – today he’s the richest man in China.

(In case you’ve been living under a rock, Jack Ma is the founder of AliBaba – China’s largest eCommerce portal)

Yet another success story born out of sheer hard work and smarts.

Who will be next?

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