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The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco

If Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki is a drug to get you started on the Personal Finance & Investing space, The Millionaire Fastlane is a drug to get you started on the Financial Independence, Retire Early (FIRE)movement via Entrepreneurship. Despite the cheesy title, this is not a book explaining the next Ponzi scheme neither a book on how to get-rich-quick easily. This book is about the principles on how to become a high-speed entrepreneur and craft a business to get you into the “Fastlane”.

The book has 322 pages and a total of 45 chapters. It is a super easy read. If I could summarize it, I would say that everything revolves around the following two core ideas:

  1. The Three Financial Roadmaps to Wealth and that the only way to build wealth quickly (we are talking about 3 to 5 years) is by following the strategies of the third roadmap: The Fastlane
  2. The only way to get into the Fastlane is by being a producer: an entrepreneur, an innovator, a visionary, a creator. However, you can’t just start any kind of business. You must start a business that respects what MJ DeMarco calls The Five Fastlane Commandments.

The Three Financial Roadmaps to Wealth

The three financial roadmaps to wealth are The Sidewalk, The Slowlane, and The Fastlane. Without even knowing, you are right now going down in one of the three paths. Each roadmap contains key mindsets that provide direction and guide actions within them. A few great examples of the distinctions are on how people in those different lanes percept Debt, their own Time, Education, Money, Wealth and Responsibility & Control. 

The Sidewalk is poverty. You are on the sidewalk when you are living paycheck to paycheck. You don’t even know there is anything different other than the rat-race. All you have is debt in the bank. You give no value to your own time, and sometimes you spend hours in a line to get free samples, and you would drive for 2 hours to get a $20-dollars discount.

You spend your free time watching TV, playing video games and complaining about life. You think leaving money in a savings account is a great idea. You believe your house is the greatest asset one can have. Last time you read a book was in school, and you ask “what is wrong?” every time you see someone around with a book. You blame your family, your boss, your company and the government on everything that goes wrong in your life.

“A Sidewalker exists in a state of one-something-from-broke: One album failure from broke. One business deal from broke. One gig from broke. One layoff from broke. On the Sidewalk, you’re always “one something” from being homeless, bankrupt, or back living in your parent’s basement.” 

The Slowlane is mediocrity. You are on the slowlane when you are paying yourself first. You can save a percentage of your gross (pre-tax) and net (after-tax) income. You know you will only be able to enjoy life after your retirement at age 65. You believe that the only way to get rich is slowly relying on the stock market and the magic of the compound interest over many decades. You regret that you were unable to when you were 11 years old because that could have been the only chance for you to retire at age 45. You have a few thousand dollars in your 401k account along with a big mortgage that is going to take another 15 years to pay down. You know the value of your time, and you don’t waste it.

You believe there is a direct relationship between time and income and you know there is selling on your income due to the maximum amount of hours that you can work on a day. You know leaving money in a savings account is not a good idea. Your preferred way of investing is via index-funds with a mix of bonds and stocks. You still believe your house is an asset. You like books and you know they are essential for your growth, but you usually “don’t have time” left on your week to read. The only reason education is important to you is to help you to earn a bigger salary. You still occasionally blame your family, your boss, your company and the government when certain things go wrong in your life.

“Admit that the preordained path to wealth, “Get Rich Slow,” is fundamentally flawed because of Uncontrollable Limited Leverage, weak mathematics predicated on time (Wealth = Job + Markets). Leverage controllable and unlimited mathematics to create wealth. There is no leverage within the Slowlane wealth equation, an equation predicated on time (hourly pay, annual salary, annualized return, years invested). If you can’t control the mathematics that predetermine your wealth, nor accelerate them into large numbers, you can’t control your financial plan. Leverage is harnessed by a system that does the work for you.” 

“The Slowlane is a job: your hard work traded for your employer’s cash. To get rich, you’re told to get stronger (spend money, return to school, and earn more in the job market) so you can lift heavier stones.” 

The Fastlane is wealth. You are on the fastlane when your sources of income and your lifestyle are characterized by maximum control and unlimited leverage. You don’t have your income attached to your time. You have full control of your wealth acceleration vehicles. You can build and grow your wealth without depending on Wall Street. 

You can enjoy your life now if you want. You see debt as a tool that allows you to build and grow your system. You know that the most effective way to use the stock market and get the compound interests to work for your is by putting a large sum of money in one-shot instead of a tiny amount every month during decades. You regret that you were unable to start your first business sooner. You own multiple business and income streams. You know your greatest asset, far exceeding money is your own time. You are fully accountable and blame only yourself for everything that goes wrong in your life. 

” Decoding the Fastlane roadmap is as simple as joining the team that is custodian to the decryption key. The winning team is Team Producer. Reshape life’s focus on producing, not consuming. When you reframe your thinking from majority thinking (consumer) to minority thinking (producer), you effectively switch teams and allegiances. Yes, become a producer first and a consumer second. Applied, this means instead of buying products on TV, sell products. Instead of digging for gold, sell shovels. Instead of taking a class, offer a class. Instead of borrowing money, lend it. Instead of taking a job, hire for jobs. Instead of taking a mortgage, hold a mortgage. Break free from consumption, switch sides, and reorient to the world as producer.” 

“To switch teams and become a producer, you need to be an entrepreneur and an innovator. You need to be a visionary and a creator. You need to give birth to a business and offer the world value.” 

“The Fastlane is about building a better system, a better contraption, a better product, or a better “something” that will leverage your work. In the Slowlane, you are the source of heavy lifting, while in the Fastlane, you construct a system that does it for you.” 

The Five Fastlane Commandments

The five fastlane commandments are control, entry, need, time and scale. 

The commandment of control says that a business will only survive in the Fastlane when the owner has control or influence over all aspects of it: brand, customer acquisition, distribution channels, cost structure and so on. If you can’t change your product, your price or influence in marketing decisions, you don’t have control of your business. If you’re running a franchise, you’re not in control. Your brand, methods, and whole business are subject to the franchiser’s business. If you have an affiliate marketing company and all your income comes from Ads on Google Adsense, you’re not in control. Google could change their algorithm to stop displaying your ads, and your business will be over.

“When you control your business, you control everything in your business—your organization, your products, your pricing, your revenue model, and your operational choices. If you can’t control every aspect of your company, you’re not driving!” 

The commandment of entry says that as the entry barriers decrease, competition increases and the road weakens. Easy access roads have a lot more traffic. More traffic produces higher competition, and higher competition creates lower margins for the participants. A classic example of this would be any kind of network marketing business where anyone can create a “company” in 10 minutes.

“Want to know if your business violates entry? The answer is simple: Is getting into business an event or a process? Real business startups are processes, not events. If you’re suddenly in business because you bought a distributor kit, or completed an online form, you’re violating entry. If you’re suddenly in business because you took one or two actions, you violate entry.” 

The commandment of need says that only businesses that solve real-world needs will succeed in the Fastlane. Needs are pain points, service gaps, unsolved problems, or emotional disconnects. According to MJ, ninety percent of all new companies fail because they are based on Founder’s “selfish” internal needs and not on external market needs, violating this commandment.

“Never start a business just to make money. Stop chasing money and start chasing needs. Let me repeat that, because it’s the most important thing in this book: Stop thinking about business in terms of your selfish desires, whether it’s money, dreams or “do what you love.” Instead, chase needs, problems, pain points, service deficiencies, and emotions.” 

The commandment of time says that a business attached to your time is a job. Any company that earns income exclusive of the owner’s time violates the Commandment of Time. To satisfy the commandment of time, it’s likely you need to start a business that uses one of The Five Fastlane Business Money System Seedlings: Rental Systems, Computer/Software Systems, Content Systems, Distribution Systems or Human resources Systems. Those are the most common areas of success for real Fastlane businesses. They are business systems that survive on their own, creating a proxy for your time-for-money trade.

“Not all businesses are Fastlane, and many of them can’t be transformed into money trees. Misled by gurus and life coaches, wannabe entrepreneurs are steered astray under the lure of “Be your own boss” and “Do what you love!” and head down a path of business servitude that is identical to wage slavery.” 

The commandment of scale says that wealth acceleration is limited when your total pool of customers is restricted to a small geographical area. When you violate the Commandment of Scale, you break The Fastlane Wealth Equation. To achieve scale, you must have leverage to increase either reach (units sold) or magnitude (unit profit). Tiny habitats create tiny wealth. Scale is leverage!

“Think big, but think scale and/ or magnitude. Analyze your Fastlane equation and examine the variables. What are your maximum units sold and maximum profit per unit? What is the size of your customer pool? For example, as an author, I have scale, and with scale, the Law of Effection is accessible. Who is my audience? The whole English-speaking world, tens of millions of people! I’m reminded of scale any time this book is ordered from Australia or New Zealand. My upper limit is the world.”

if Retirement Early is something that you are genuinely looking forward, and you feel that all the books out there are presenting the same Wealth Equation again again, “Get Rich Slowly = Get Rich in a Wheelchair when you are 65 or older”, then I can tell you for sure that DeMarco’s book will be different. He is one of the few authors you are going to find that is saying no to Index Funds, 401k, and Real Estate “Slowlane” investments strategies.

His approach might not be for everyone, but from all the books I have read about Business & Money, it is the one that makes the most sense to me now. I strongly recommend reading it even if you have no desire of starting a business.

” Money isn’t attracted to selfish people. It is attracted to businesses that solve problems. It’s attracted to people who fill needs and add value. Solve needs massively and money massively attracts. The amount of money in your life is merely a reflection to the amount of value you have given to others. Ignore this symbiosis and money will ignore you. “

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.

One of the great quotes I loved by as a #investor #mentor #entrepreneur as this is words by #warrenbuffett , and it’s so true . However #humannature makes it hard for us to do this as our #dna states when things are good enjoy when things are bad protect yourself , with finance it’s the opposite that’s needed as this is where the opportunity is , when the market is down it could be a good chance to enter .

investing #bitcoin #crypto #bitcoinnews #trader #market

2020 has been the best year of your life so far

2020 Simply the Best !

Lock and load

2020 has actually been the best year of your life so far .
Why ?
We all faced challenge after challenge, but we adapted, we have overcome and become stronger . As the saying goes what doesn’t kill you make you stronger .

2020 has forced us to grow exponentially
And reminded us what’s important to us.

Don’t take that for granted.

I also found the the bad times give you the best lessons to grow .

Here’s to end of the year and ending on a high

Carpe Diem

I remember learning this phrase in school “seize the day” , only as you get older you realised how important this is .
It encourages you to focus on the :
-Present
-Appreciate the value of every moment in life
-Avoid postponing things unnecessarily,

As every life eventually comes to an end.
This #covid_19 pandemic has bought this back to our mind ,

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

Happy Friday go and finish the goal you set out this week , call that person you wanted to, it’s not to late !

When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t

What you relies that the human body loves to be challenged physical and mentally . We under perform because we do not know our true potential, we don’t know our potential so pushing ourself is the only way to see . We have self-imposed limits hinder our progress although we like to pin the blame for our shortcomings on everything else.

Raising the bar is a sure way to find out what we are capable of.

What I learned is that only by pushing ourselves we can achieve , we create our own reality .

Lock and load

Tony Evans

Monday Motivation

IT’S MONDAY. I’M ALIVE. LIFE IS GOOD. I’M NOT LOOKING BACK. EYES FORWARD. IT’S TIME TO CRUSH MY GOALS.

Life’s all about appreciating what you have while planning on your next move forward . Lock and load

Tony Evans

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

This is an African proverb I’ve read around 8 years ago and I have it in my office .

Why am I bring this up now ?Well we live in a time where there is so much information to absorb, from news , experts , social media etc that one cannot do it !

There comes a time when you have that feeling that the whole world is on your back, you feel the need to know it all and you feel responsible for everything. So what’s happens You become a busy fool you know a lot about unuseful things, this creates problems and frustration .

If you decide that you need to do it all alone it’s going to be overwhelming and frustrated :

What I found is that Listening to what others have to say, as they are going to contribute to your idea. And your idea will then be group’s new idea, and it will grow, contribution by contribution, gaining a strong momentum.

Building a team one can rely on and grow together is key to become successful , as sharing the ideas and the work load will make goals and projects come to a successful conclusion ,

I always say there three sides to every story ,

-your side – their side – the truth !

Building the group around you has a huge positive impact on all aspects

Prioritise what motivates you

I am not the biggest reader but I make a point of reading a business or motivation book monthly. What I found out and picked up a few tips from highly accomplished people like Richard Branson , Warren Buffet , Bill Gates etc , and there is a few things that these Entreprenuer do the same . Here are is one key strategies that a minority of them us .

Prioritise what motivates and give energy to-you:

We all would love to though to be able to take recharging weekend trips, that’s not realistic. However there are plenty of ways to take a break from your weekday routine that don’t involve hopping on a plane, boat or ship 😉 . This could involve everything from having a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast, to sitting reading book , having a drink with friends , there are many ways to relax .

Bill Gates likes to and down on his weekends. “Playing bridge is a pretty old-fashioned thing in a way that I really like,” he said in a Reddit AM session in 2014. “I was watching my daughter ride horses this weekend and that is also a bit old fashioned but fun. I do the dishes every night — other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it.”

Richard Branson takes a slightly more active approach: We read this in The Telegraph that he prefers to spend his Sundays doing more physical things, like paddleboarding, boat racing, and rock jumping.

When you around people for nearly 16+ hours a day , spending time also is something I do really enjoy spending time alone . This can be energising, great time to reflect and meditate on what is important to oneself , looking and add to the goals . A study frond from Harvard’s found that people who spent 15 minutes reflecting at the end of the day had higher levels of performance than their colleagues who did not take the time to reflect on a daily basis.

One key thing I try and do as much as I can , spending time as much as with family , partners, or friends is important, but not necessarily something they have time for Monday through Friday. The weekend is the perfect time to prioritise connecting with your loved one. Ones family is one of the greatest motivation to keep one going during the crazy week and any difficulty that might pop up .

Rule 1 never Be Number 2

There’s a time in all lives when you realise what your calling and you make that decision to follow your life purpose, it feels very personal event. Mine was in collage when I was deciding university and decided I’m a business man not a employee .

When you make that decision its impact will have amazing effects on your life and that of those around you. Why I say that ? As when you because follow your gut instinct on the journey towards greatness , you will effect those that work for you , associated the community you work in .

People will see how you change and grow, and develop that spiritual side of yourself , but be careful as those around us might not want us to grow but say they do . Look at people actions not their words ,

I was bought up you live by example; you set personal etiquette , goals ,standards, as this what the outside world see in you and so that others can be inspired to do the same.

This is a continuous journey you build on these standards as you grow it’s a continuous journey .

I am big lover of history and stupid the great leaders , Winston Churchill , Nelson , Carnegie and the common thread is they never stops learning and is always a student in terms of their own development and discovery of truth and pushing themselves and their ability .

A common saying is being a candle flame in someone’s darkness so that they can find their way out again to the light. And you can show by your courage and strength of purpose that there is no need to be afraid; that everything in life is possible if you only live from your heart.

All it takes to be a leader is your determination to continue your journey.

If your on a path In pursuing success or a better life many things will crop up to stop you pursuing that .

In my experience one of them is the memory and scars of previous failures.⁣

And the thought comes I failed before what will make this time be any different ? Will I be successful ? ⁣

If you have doubt or negetive thoughts then the answer is you will fail , negetive mind never created a positive outcome

Yes you will try but you’ll expect to fail and so you will fail.⁣

All people who start business have failures and success the way you use them determine who you are and what your future will be like , as you learn from previous mistakes, you’ll get closer and closer to the success you desire.⁣

I never see them as mistakes I see them as lessons

Ones past doesn’t equal your future unless you let it.⁣

⁣#business #motivation #entrepreneur #mindset #motivation #lesson #goalsetting

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