Busting The Commercial Property Affordability Myth

I’m walking down the road and I look into a store window and see something that I really like the look of. I know that these things are expensive… like… REALLY expensive. Probably out of my price range… Do I… a) Go in and find out how much it is (knowing that I’m going to be probably a bit disappointed? b) Walk on, go about my business and do something practical with my time? What would you do? Ok, It’s kind of a trick question. …

What Little Kids Can Teach You About Commercial Investing

When we are kids we’re taught to colour inside the lines. When we hit school we’re taught to follow the rules – and the older we get the more rules they impose. When we learn to drive we are taught to drive inside the lines and follow the rules. At high school and University there is a strong push to study hard and get a good job so you can live life according to society’s rules… work hard… pay taxes… get married.. have kids… buy …

100 Years and no regrets? Really? How?

The other day I was watching this video that was a group of 3 centenarians talking about their regrets. That’s a lot of time to look back at the epic journey of a life and consider your regrets… You can cram lot of regrets into a life. You can also cram a lot of genuine wins into a life. The great thing was that these 3 100+ year olds had got to a point where they didn’t really have much in the way of regrets. …

Are Your Assets Wrecking Your Life?

Here’s a description of some investors that you’ve probably heard. It goes like this: “Asset rich… Cash-poor.” We’ve all heard that description, right? I get that having assets is great for a long-term strategy… When it’s time to retire at 65 or 70, you’ll be in a good place… But to me… I believe that it’s the biggest con ever perpetrated on the general populace. It’s like living in poverty in the vague hope that you will be living on easy-street later in life. Die …

Why ‘Thinking’ is Useless for Achieving Success

Where do we think from? Most people would say that it’s the head… Or the brain that does the heavy lifting in that area. Think about thinking for a second and point to where it’s happening and 98.7% of people will point to their head. A few new-agers will point to the heart. The rest will give you a blank stare. For me I can see that the brain does make a lot of noise. Whether that is actually thinking or not depends on whether …

I painted this picture years ago – You’ll never guess where I found it.

I once painted a picture to hang on the wall of the house I was living in. It was a bit of a blank wall and I was feeling artistic. For this painting, I wanted to convey the feeling of warm sunlight pouring through a window. Is not the only painting I’ve done over the years, from time to time I get a brush out and do something interesting with a canvas, … but this one is a little different… over the years this one …

Sex Drive and Success

When I was younger and had more energy than I do now, I did a lot of renovations. I’d work all day at my job then renovate at night and all weekend. I loved it and over the years I’ve done more renovations than I care to remember. I had ‘hustle’ You can get away with burning the candle on both ends when you’re younger. As I’ve got older I’ve found that I’ve still got tonnes of energy – I just need to consider how …

Success doesn’t fall in your lap

Y’know it’s funny. People hear that I retired to Byron Bay and they instantly assume that every day is sipping lattes at a cafe and eating smashed avocado on toast. They automatically make the assumption that I live a life of pure leisure, outsource everything and rarely lift a finger to do any work. I have to admit I am partially to blame for this misconception. The marketing that I put out there, the theme of my book, the story that is told about my …

Mongolian Commercial Property Wisdom… (Kind-of…)

  I’m writing this email on a laptop from the deck of a 45-foot motor boat in the middle of the Mediterranean. So if there are typos – blame the rocking of the boat, not my chunky fingers. What am I doing here? An old friend just bought the boat and needed help piloting it from Alicante in Spain to the Greek isle of Ithaca. So I volunteered. That’s pretty good of me, right? He didn’t have to bribe me or anything… Out of the …

Power Vs Force: Which are you using?

In any machine – no matter how big it is, there will be a spot in that machinery that is effetely a weak spot. The lightest touch can halt that part’s ability to do its job. When that piece performs a critical function, it means that the lightest touch will bring a halt to the entire machine. According to a guy called David Hawkins, this is what he calls the “point of power.” Hawkins did an exhaustive study of this (in a fascinating but very …