Whether you say you can or can't, I believe you. Because that is how important your own belief level is when it comes to your own life success.
If you're not a millionaire in this economy, the odds are you are struggling. Let's face it: life's expensive. I can't even go to Costco without spending $500, and my family isn't even buying junk – we're buying organic foods, wine, and fresh fish. Being healthy costs money these days, because if you're not paying for good health, the alternative is foods wrapped in chemicals, acidic water, and radiated meats.
Let me tell you a story. In the year 2004, I had crossed the million dollar mark for my first time. Still in my 20s, I celebrated this. And within 3 years, my wife and I were down to our last $25,000. After having made hundreds of thousands of dollars, we made large bets that all crashed and burned. In 2008, my experience in real estate and the devastating fall of my net worth pushed me back into the work force for 2 years. I hated it. Separated from my wife and newborn son, I rose up to get rich not because of greed, but for quality of life. Most people are afraid of losing their job; I became scared to death of ever having one again.
I wish I could say I created a master plan or designed my future and then implemented it, but the truth is I just went all-in with my passion (investing) and connected the dots looking backwards.
The creation of this letter is a result of my own experience in being afraid of becoming poor as a result of an economic collapse in America's middle class. For years, I thought gold was my preservation, but looking back, I realize gold isn't the best preparation for hard times. Your best preparation is following your own passions, monetizing your skills, creating multiple streams of income, and a high belief level that you will achieve all the things you desire.
In 2012, my wife and I saved 90% of our income. 2013 was a year that I will never forget, spending over 120 days traveling with my wife and children, visiting several islands, and even taking a few extended road trips. Looking back and connecting the dots, it's no surprise that the launch of our Smart Money Membership started in 2013, because through a grateful spirit, we started what I believe is the best educational site for anyone looking to survive and thrive in the new economy. Included for the first time ever in a financial publication was a regular stream of extra income ideas, cash flow ideas completely outside of the stock market, specialized savings strategies, and stock suggestions that focused on safety first.
More than a stock picking letter, FutureMoneyTrends.com is a personal finance letter for the new economy.
For us, Dave Ramsey's advice is great on debt, but suicidal on investing. Peter Schiff's advice is great on the economy, but extremely risky by investing with foreign currency. Americans needed an alternative, personal finance source that understood the dire situation the economy is in, but provided investment alternatives to match a real generational paradigm shift.
The end result is what you are reading now: Weekly Wealth Digest published every Wednesday, interviews with top investors and business builders, and a relentless focus on surrounding ourselves with income ideas and high-quality people.