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 …

Focus on cash flow but don’t get obsessed

  Most people work for 40 years or more before they retire. That’s a long time to commit yourself to building your retirement nest egg. Not to mention taking 25 or 30 years of that to buy your home. Did you ever hear that Bill Gates quote – I think it’s Bill Gates – Might be Tony Robbins… “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” ― Bill Gates or Tony Robbins… Maybe some …

You Only See What you Want To See (and the precious gem hidden in that)

I live in Byron Bay – the place has got a reputation. You ask anyone who doesn’t live here about Byron and they’ll tell you it’s all new-age and full of hippies. What I’m about to discuss is going to make me sound like a Byron, Bay hippy… I call coincidence! I want to discuss the notion of people only seeing what they want to see. That we see reality based on our beliefs and only our beliefs. And I want to present some evidence …

The Universal Cost Of Inaction

I was on a sales call once… By that I mean that there was a guy on the phone trying to sell me something, and he said something that, at the time I wrote off as sales trickery. He said “you’ve got two choices, you can either keep going the way you’ve been going or you can choose something new and get results you’ve never got before”. You’ve probably heard something akin to this before if you’ve been in any kind of wealth or success …