Are we headed for a Golden Age?

From time to time I dive into Wired magazine for it’s various and sometimes accurate predictions of the future. If you’ve never read it, It’s a tech magazine and covers all things technological. Back in the mid 90’s before most people had ever sent an email (and most were still oblivious as to what the internet really was) wired was already predicting a time when everyone would have a network connected computer in their pockets. Crazy also to think that today’s mobile phones are hundreds …

Are You Making This Terrible Wealth Focus Mistake?

I was reading a book over the weekend about various kinds of real estate investment strategies that people are using to create wealth. It was sort of an eagle-eye view of the investing landscape and an attempt to compare strategies to find the best wealth vehicle. It definitely had a “He who dies with the most money – WINS” flavour about it. So let me ask you what you think… Would you rather spend 5 years going crazy, leveraging to the max and churning through …

Essential YOU test: Should you really be rich?

I got a call from a friend the other day. Apparently he got pulled over late one evening. The cop asked him: “You drinking?: And he replied “You buying?” After they both finished laughing and laughing, my mate called me and asked if he could borrow bail money. …Nah that didn’t really happen… Just thought it was funny. And I didn’t make it about me (which would have been funnier) because no-one would believe that I didn’t have enough to cover my own bail. That’s …

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 …