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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 .

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A lime more umphh in our day

The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”

Happy Monday , love this day as it’s the first day of the week and holds the potential and promise , place a big umph in the start of the week and achieve your goals .

What can one do ?

Do more than just try–try is what children do , achievers delivers Going through the motions and doing the bare minimum isn’t going to give you the maximum results that you deserve.

Put your all into achieving your goals , do the preparation or prepare to fail , after that watch your hard work pay off!

Remember a little more umphh ! Lock and load

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 :
-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 !

Monday Motivation


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

Tony Evans

Keep going no matter how bad things are

A post I posted 3 years ago ,and it’s even more on point this year , always good to remind ourselves.
Keep going.
No matter how bad things are right now. No matter how stuck you feel.
No matter how many times you wished things were different.
Life won’t always feel this way for you. Keep going.

motivation #keepgoing #mindset #successmindset #winningmindset #hustlehard

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 .

Growth comes from conquering the challenges

Conquering challenges

How true is this statement ? True Growth only comes from :pain, difficulty, transitions, heartbreak, and losses . What one finds is growth doesn’t come from stagnation.. growth comes from change , and the ability to adapt or pre empt them.

Change comes from within… and it comes from you , there no magic pill !

Growth happens when you let it.. when you accept, when you want it and are committed to carry out change .

“It’s impossible.” said pride.

“It’s risky.” said experience.

“It’s pointless.” said reason.

“Give it a try.” whispered the heart.”

Take the chance. Life has so many surprises.. when will I sleep next? will my card get declined if i book that ticket, is this all worth it? Will I get that job? Will my business succeed? Will I ever get married? You don’t always need a plan.. sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.

Be open to change.

Be open to self-growth & it will come.

Fear & Greed – Understanding how emotions are driving markets?

What most people forget when starting to look at investing is how much the emotions of fear and greed will play an important role in the behavior of stock / crypto prices , economic statistics, valuations, earnings, and . Short term these two emotions are just as important as any other factors or even more so .

This post will go through the role fear and greed play in the psychology of the market, and how investors can use it to their advantage . One of the greatest investors in the world uses this psychological techniques :

Warren Buffett on Fear and Greed

What is fear and greed?

For as long as investing has existed, it has been clear that price movements are not always rational, they are more emotion playing a key role in the decision making of investors. Of all the emotions that can affect the prices and other assets, fear and greed are the most unique .

Wen greed dominates, investors are concerned with more returns . Confidence is high, and headlines good news. This is also when the prices of riskier assets outperform conservative assets.

When fear dominates, investors are concerned with preserving capital. Investor confidence is low, and headlines of news are bad . This is when safe haven assets like US treasuries,gold , Bitcoin often outperform other asset classes.

How do emotions affect the stock market?

If you look at the price chart of any crypto / stock market index, you are likely to notice that volatility is greatest at major highs and lows. Very often these highs and lows don’t correspond with major changes in the economy or corporate profits either. Increasing volatility is a sure sign that emotion, particularly fear, is playing a part in the decision-making process of traders. Fear is not only associated with downside – the fear of missing out(FOMO) can drive prices to irrationally high levels.

I’ll write part two tomorrow on how to utilise this and

Awaken the Lion

I remember when I was 16 thinking , Why haven’t you started to chase your goals or pursue the life you wish?⁣
⁣Mixtures answers came to mind , Personally I saw it as majority of the time it’s because we worry about what our friends and family will think of them, I decided life’s to short to think like that .

Recently people getting worried about what the social media will say about them .

Now I simply look at things ,

Does this help achieving the goals ?⁣

Or are you just following the herd and doing what society expects ?

Never forget this⁣

You’re a lion.⁣

And a lion never concerns him or herself with the opinions of sheep,
One should always remind ourself of :

-conviction in your own beliefs
-going with your instincts
-sticking to your opinion

One has to remember MASSIVE goals are important but the steps taken to achieve those goals are within everyone’s reach- you just need to learn how.

Lock and load

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