Grant Cardone’s The Millionaire Booklet – How to Get Super Rich

https://millionairebooklet.com/free

Now, hear me out on this one, I know that sharing this seems to go against a lot of my values but it is totally free, there is no cost and despite what anybody thinks about the showmanship of Mr Cardone’s seminars and his demeanour in general, it is undeniable that the man has money and lives the lifestyle that we all are striving for.

I did not actually get the ebook as suggested here but rather I listened to the audiobook on audible and to be honest there is a lot that got me thinking, and a good few challenges to the way most people see money that make sense.

It certainly helped me re-align a lot of my thoughts and as a result changed my path a little, you should give it a read or a listen because taking on new opinions is never a bad thing, if you dont agree then it strengthens your resolve in your own thoughts and beliefs and if you do agree then you have learnt something new and can adjust accordingly.

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So in the spirit of trying new things, I have introduced Coconut oil to my routine, initially as a way to “break my fast” but I then started researching and it turns out this stuff is awesome, it is good for the hair (mine and the dogs) and can keep me regular with bright teeth, but more important is how it programs the body to burn fat for fuel.

I am going to make my arguments in a dedicated post once I have got my science down but suffice to say that according to Strava my pace on the morning walk went from 10 mins/km to just under 9! And to be fair I felt pretty good.

It would appear as well that the Mrs was right and the response to the “Conversation with Mrs” post was good, but I discovered Coconut Oil on my own so I am counting that as one all.

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Appreciation through Contrast

So there was a small issue this morning when embarking for my 5k walk, due to an oversight on my part my headphones were flat, I have to admit that I cannot actually remember when I last charged them and being a gadget freak of course I do not own a wired pair that I could have used in their place.

I decided to set off without the aid of music ( I sometimes listen to podcasts and audio books as well ) resigning myself to a walk that would feel longer and more arduous due to the lack of audio input.

The exact opposite happened and I found that without my normal distraction my mind was looking for other ways to stop thinking about the pain in my quads ( I trained legs the day before yesterday and they are sore, I am in agony ) and I was able to take in the scenery around me, I noticed Deer in a field and Rabbits started to cross the path in front of me, what with the birds singing in the trees it would only have taken a brief glimpse of a Disney princess to convince me I was still asleep and I should get up to go for my walk!

The Silence of an empty road

My point is this, I am a materialistic person, I like things, I like stuff, gadgets and watches, computers and cars, but they are hectic, they are thrilling in some cases and high maintenance in others, but without contrast they become noise, just faceless ordinary white noise, we get used to things too quickly and they lose their lustre, so we start looking for new things, shinier and in most cases more expensive, because there is lack of contrast, if we compare like for like we can only look to increase the value of what we have to effect change, if on the other hand you look to balance experiences with polar opposites your appreciation of both sides becomes exponentially heightened, and you will start to see the added value in each with a fresh prospective,

As an example take a concert, you go and see your favourite artist / band and it is loud and busy, you probably get bumped into frequently, and spend what seems like 90 percent of the time with somebody stood on your foot but I bet you still can’t get the smile off your face, you enjoy it and when it comes to an end you are gutted, it is over and you are on your way home, but when you reach home and sit down with the beverage of your choice you really appreciate the quiet and the stillness, it provides the same pleasure as the concert but in a polar opposite way, the same can be said for pretty much anything in life.

Sorry for the quality, digital zoom

The walk this morning, although it actually took longer, as I say my legs are less than optimal, felt like it went by quicker, it was easier somehow as I had been forced out of wireless headphones and the ability to choose which particular rabbit hole I put my consciousness into and I was forced to look at the world outside my front door at arguably one the most peaceful and beautiful times of the day, so if you are feeling tired or bored with your immediate surroundings my suggestion is to get up and pursue if only for a brief moment the exact opposite of your current environment rather than look to increase your experience of the norm, we grow and thrive on change and adaptation, and popping out to the countryside rather than going on the internet to look for a bigger TV will also help you to achieve financial goals, as it is a lot cheaper.

Again, smash it each day 100%, invest in yourself and before you know it you will wake up where you want to be.

Main Photo by sergio souza from Pexels.

I will Make you a Millionaire

Not overnight (unless you pay me)

Sound Familiar ? Thought so, how many webinars have you been through that are available for a Limited Time Only ? All free of course, all just trying to give you access to a system that will make you millions in revenue each year with very little effort once the initial hard work is done, and Boy oh Boy! you will have to work hard, really hard in fact so hard that the program is not suitable for everybody and most of the people watching the video right now will struggle.

Two very important Points about me.

  1. I am a humanist, I didn’t even know I was one really till I started this blog, you see not only have I been where you are now, I am where you are, both with my physical fitness/appearance and financially, I will not go into what I do for a job but suffice to say it pays just enough for me to know what it must be like to have money without actually having it (Mega Lolz), so as I have wandered further into the world of affiliates and online business Guru’s, Million and Billionaires I have become disheartened, cynical and to be honest a little angry.
  2. I was a sucker, plain and simple and I have looked at this before, some years ago now (25 but who is counting) I looked at several online get rich schemes and had my fingers burnt every time, to qualify this further I will recount one of the times below.

One of the biggest growth industries on the internet

Online casinos were becoming a “thing” as more and more people were prepared to trust their hard-earned to a website, and I along with a lot of others were ready and poised to take advantage of this most lucrative leisure activity, this, however was the time before Drag’n Drop websites and anybody who had even a basic knowledge of Microsoft Frontpage, and an easy relationship with the truth had the jump on all of us, I invested with such a company, the total investment at the time was £100 and I won’t go to much into it but that was a lot of money to me then, and got my page to promote, it was a black page with six Casino Banners on it all with my very own tracking code, the program even came with an easy to follow step by step guide to success that if followed would mean that fortunes would come my way with no effort, one of the pearls of wisdom was FFA pages or ‘Free For All’ and so I diligently used my software to post to these every hour like the manual said, little knowing that links on these things expired in about ten seconds, needless to say I made nothing from Casino Traffic, but I did make some money through the referral program, £50 to be precise, which was really odd as I was not doing anything to promote the referral program as I was chasing the Millions from gamblers, it is not difficult to see what occurred here is it? the guy took the £100 and waited a few weeks and paid back £50, and this, no doubt would have been covered by signing me up to each casino as an affiliate through his link.

Things are different now though right?

No, except the amount of money invested has grown exponentially and the ability of the protagonists to display a picture of wealth has increased ten fold, now, I do not “call people out” there are enough people doing this all over the internet and frankly I have no time for it, my “About” section sets out my intentions very clearly, I intend to investigate the Gurus and self-help masters of the internet and advertise the living S**t! out of everything I can in the mean time, my best case scenario would be a viral blog with a million ad impressions a week and providing help and guidance to every one for free while paying for me to live me particular dream.

We all want to make money, at least those who typed financial keywords in to find the blog or who are running a similar blog, and from what I have seen over the last two days of research the vast majority of these ‘systems’ are nothing more than a global MLM with the main product being to participate in a global MLM, and that is just swell, if you are at the top, the rest I found are simply people pushing tired half-baked ideas to an audience that are trying desperately to change their standing in life and that of their families, and so are open to listening to even the craziest of tired ideas, one I found was basically an online phone book of local businesses (I am sure the internet has already catered for this) with the main strategy being that a person would advertise the service with a phone number that forwards the call to the original business with a message that oddly does not read, “hi we hi-jacked a customer enquiry for you and in the process of being re-directed probably scared them off”, this course was free, but on the off chance you struggled with the vague concept, continued questions of the value and repeated reference to the Bahamas (why are they always working from a beach in the Bahamas ?) then you could pay an undisclosed sum for private mentoring.

Simple Potential

The potential to make millions is simple mathematics and is not in any way easy to discount, there are 4.39 billion active users on the internet, if you managed to get just one dollar from .5% of them just once you would have 21,950,000 and that is you done my friend, now that isn’t going to happen but you are many decimal points down before it begins to be something that is not worth doing, after I have no doubt at all that if somebody gave you a riddle to solve and you were guaranteed a million for solving it you and me would be working on that day and night, let alone 21 million! and anybody who says they have a way of solving the riddle you would reward handsomely, and that is exactly what this is, it is a riddle and once the riddle is solved and you find the formula you will make the money, there is no surer thing, but so far all I have seen is people prepared to charge me simply to recite the riddle nothing more.

So we should just give up?

Hell no! never in a million years, as I have said before you and me and everybody else chasing this are fighting for our lives back from a system designed to keep us down and struggling for money, society is set up that way very carefully and meticulously peaking our desire just beyond our reach and then offering us a lifeline in the form of finance, and as soon as you have that you are caught because you find that bit harder to get ahead as your monthly wage gets eaten up by the spending of the rich and powerful on a paupers budget, no moral high ground here I am exactly the same.

OK So what now ?

Fight harder then ever before, stop watching the endless videos on how to make three hundred billion before you go to bed tonight, and realise (as I did) that every cyclical webinar that is for a limited time only is 30 minutes to an hour that you could have been spending creating something of value or working out the best way to start an advertising campaign, or simply getting some sleep so you can better function at work in order to get the money together to start buying your freedom from the government machine.

As always I would love to hear comments or spark a debate below, but most of all know that I am not jumping ship there is freedom to be found in the world wide web, and I want us all to find it, believe me there is more than enough to go round!

Main Photo by Josh Sorenson from Pexels

Feeling Strong ?

Self-help and motivation has become very dear to my heart in recent years and I personally find it comforting that there a lot of people out there that do genuinely want to help, from the big names that fill auditoriums to the YouTube warriors that post incessantly, some with good intentions and morals and some with questionable motives largely found reciting industry standard rhetoric to a backdrop of a couple of piles of cash and some royalty free inspirational music, no names are required as we all have experienced these differing styles and their respective protagonists I imagine many times over.

Something happened to me specifically today, I had a moment of fear, a moment when the slow pace of progress closes round you like a cold encompassing blanket and seems to choke the energy right out of you, where all the carefully thought out plans and schemes suddenly seem unobtainable and you freeze unable to see a way forward.

Fear hits us all, I don’t care who or where you are, male or female, young or old, it is how we deal with it that counts and it is how we deal with it that will determine the pace at which you achieve your goals and in some cases if you ever do.

I have read a couple of books that are starting to suggest that we should maybe try and look for the good in what we have and not try to attain anything more, while this leaves me conflicted I do think it is a flawed and potentially harmful message, I mean people look to these places and people for inspiration and motivation, only to be told to not try to hard and look at the prospect of just being content with what you have, it must be a huge disappointment and for some difficult to recover from.

So here is a little mid-week motivation and each word is not only from my heart but it is fresh in my mind as I have gone through those emotions just today.

Feel strong, don’t question it just feel it look out into the open and just feel strong, remember that unless whatever is your main focus of concern is stood right in front of you with inevitable consequence, you have the opportunity to re-route your path, Think Slow Act Fast easy to say not easy to do when fear grips at your heart strings then climbs like an icicle up through your brain clouding your thoughts and play hide and seek with your emotion, but again stop and look around, things are almost always exactly the same as they were the moment before your fear went into overdrive, so whatever you do slow down your thoughts be methodical and then put those thoughts into action with the speed precision and purpose that only a razor sharp plan of action can command. Smash 100 percent everyday and in every action if you think slow forget fear and push your thoughts through to action with every ounce of strength you have you will move forward there is no two ways about it believe in your self and you are 80 percent there.

There is nothing wrong with being happy with the way things are, we are all searching for happiness and if you find it in getting by then that is genuinely awesome, however if that were the case I doubt you would be reading this blog.

Celebrate your husbands/wives/children and cherish them for what they are, your strength, motivation, the rock to cling to during a storm and the precious cargo you must protect as you set sail to a sunnier, happier less stressful land.

Everything else is just leverage.

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What the hell is going on? For some reason I seem to have completely lost the ability to get up at 4:30 and do anything other than turn the alarm off!

It could well be linked to this cold I have had now for about a week, it is on it’s way out but still……

I did still manage to do a run/walk at 5:45 for a kilometre and a half, and haven’t wandered into the illness induced gluttony that I would have not that long ago!

So no great revelation today other than I can’t bang on about persistence in the face of adversity and then go quiet on days when I can’t be arsed, or claim I ran a half marathon when infact I was wrapped in a blanket and the only exercise was tapping the screen to post this post.

Onward and upward (albeit whining about being ill and shuffling along to show everybody that I am not well)

Maximum Effort

One of the things that held me back and I can see holding friends and colleagues back is the effort required to effect change, the world today is an on-demand environment where we have become accustomed to ordering now and receiving now or within a couple of days at most, unfortunately that is not how life works, change takes time and patience and that is where the majority of us fall down because we change an aspect of our lives and when that change has not had the desired outcome in a week we start looking around for something more effective or at worst simply stop and give up on our dream or goal, often reasoning that the people who have what we want were lucky or had some advantage.

What we don’t see is that these people may have been working at whatever it is for years, I wanted to share a couple of tips that I used to manipulate my inner narrative and make progress.

Change of Vocabulary

All too often I used the phrase “I am going to try” or “hopefully this will work”, to try something I reasoned was to accept that it might fail, also because you are only trying something you don’t give it maximum effort because you are not invested in it’s outcome, similarly this goes for hopefully while hope is not a negative emotion by any means it isn’t committed it is not absolute and so if it fails it is not such a monumental event.

I spent a long time trying to get back to the gym, trying to get my studying done and trying to stick to a diet, and guess what I wasted years trying, to be honest it was my lovely wife (the woman in the pictures that accompany some of my posts) that inadvertently changed my outlook on it, she joined slimming world and instead of saying I will try and support you by eating the same and following the plan, I simply said that I will support you by following the plan, to date I have lost six and a half stone, this has taken ten months and has led to me being back at the gym and moving toward being in the best shape of my life.

So I began with replacing trying with doing, hope with make it happen and instead of going on a diet, changing my diet, use words that provide a positive course of action as opposed to leaving the outcome to an outside force.

Believe in yourself

Dead easy to say, not so easy to do, and to be fair I more mean trust yourself, I spent so long questioning myself and my abilities that I managed to scare myself into not taking any action at all, if you think about it I imagine that you, like me juggle a million and one things each day just to keep ticking over and maintain the status quo, and we do this without thinking and without questioning if we are able, because we have to do it, my suggestion and what I have been doing is changing my perception of the status quo, accepting and realising the uncomfortable nature of stagnation and staying where I am and using that to move from “I need to change my life” to “I am changing my life because I have to” having to do something, I mean truly having to do something allows us to trust that no matter what the outcome we will do our best and work as hard as we need to, after all if you can’t trust yourself who can you trust?

End each day with an evaluation

Change as I said is slow, it takes time and effort and can be painful especially when playing against our need for instant gratification, it is all too easy to think that you are not getting anywhere or you are not learning a subject because you are not at your end goal, I realised that knowledge and progress compound, they build on what went before, so if your aim is to, say, learn to build a website and yesterday you knew nothing about it but today you know how to structure the HTML to create a page then that is progress and it should be viewed as such, this also follows with nearly everything else we do in our lives, if we want to lose weight and get in shape, each cardio session or each rep moves us further to that goal and it will become easier the more we progress, the brain and body are amazing at adapting to anything we choose to do to, help yourself as I did by allowing it the time to do so, so I now end each day by thinking about my goals and what I have done to move closer to them, being honest some days it is nothing, not a thing and others it is the tiniest shift, and then there are days that all the effort compounds and I move over a mile stone.

The important thing to remember is that if you are not happy with where you are, as I wasn’t it will not change without you doing something different and that takes effort, so if you are putting the effort in then you think it is a worthwhile cause, and if it is worthwhile then it is worth maximum effort, I have stopped attempting multi-tasking and compartmentalised my activities based on the goal I am pursuing and then put everything I have into it, and it is really paying off.