3 Keys to WA Success You Won't Find in the Lesson Plans!?!?

Last Update: January 10, 2017

I apologize that this isn't a short read, but for those who spend the time it is worth it.

First, let me assure everyone that the missing information you are about to discover is NOT negligence on Kyle and Carson's part; nor is it anyone's fault. It is simply outside the scope of the Wealthy Affiliate focus.

Nevertheless, it is critical to just about everyone's success, whether you are just beginning here or whether you have reached the top 200, 100 or 50.

Second, I do not claim this will apply to every single person in WA...but, if I were to hazard a guess...I would say 80-90%? That's a lot of people...so keep reading.

Third, I don't claim to be the ultimate authority on this and it is not intended to be professional advice on anything...simply one friend to another.

In a recent blog post here at WA, I expounded on why I haven't monetized the TinyHousesForAll website yet, in which I explained that I have a 2 year plan to build the site into a powerful authority, "go to" place on the internet for this "lifestyle".

I appreciate the positive response, but if we are honest, most WA members response to such a post is: "I can't wait that long...I have to have significant income soon!"

I think we can all appreciate that sentiment, as money sooner is always preferable to later, more preferable to less. It is an unfortunate fact that what brings many people to WA is the very same thing which shortens their time here, limits their creative abilities to be their best and eventually results in their failure to reach their goal.

In short, this blog is about 3 keys to WA success you should be seriously taking into account before you have even logged in on your computer! How long do you have to be successful at WA before you will have to quit?

I'm not talking about motivation...I'm not talking about discipline, or talent, or intelligence, or patience, or even persistence. What I am talking about is your life situation...food, shelter, clothing, family responsibilities and bills you must pay!

You do know that nearly all small businesses fail within the first year, don't you? Last I read it was something like a 95%+ 1st year failure rate. This is due to 3 factors:

1. Not enough capital or money to fund the business. WA has already fixed this problem for you, by offering you the lowest start-up costs I have ever seen for any business. You can't have a lemonade stand on the corner for this cheap!

2. Too much capital expenditure up front, resulting in the business not being able to service its debt early on when there isn't much business yet. Again, WA makes this easy because of low start-up costs and no up-selling.

3. Inability to sustain the business model long enough to build an adequate customer base. The truth is most businesses don't open with a lot of fanfare and a rush of eager buyers through the front doors. We only here about the exceptions, and think its the norm. Most businesses are built gradually, especially if you are starting with little or nothing.

WA has done everything it can to make it possible for us to stick to it long enough to make it happen, but honestly, 99% of this one is up to you and me.

We need to do what it takes to still be building our online businesses a year from now...2 years from now, and so on. If your cash outflow is consistently greater than your cash inflow, week after week and month after month, then you aren't going to make it.

Time for a change! Time for real, adult commitment to being a success!

Okay...now that I have explained where I am coming from on this...here are the 3 keys to WA success, not in the lessons:

There are 3 things that eat most people for lunch when it comes to life: automobile installment payments, credit card/loan debt and finally rent or mortgage. This typically accounts for 50-75% of where your money goes each month...so, it just naturally figures that we need to:

1. Own what we drive.

2. Get out of debt (and stay out of debt).

3. Own where we live.

Q: If this was you, today, then how long would you have to make WA a success? A: As long as it took...as long as it took to find the right niche...as long as it took to be the best marketer...as long as it took to build authority, the best SEO, web traffic and lots of loyal customers!

Yes, quitters never win and winners never quit…and, that rule doesn’t change just because you had to quit for financial reasons.

You don’t know my situation! There’s no way!

You’re right, friend…I don’t.But, I do know that desperation is not the mother of success.

Allow me to share with you what we are doing, personally.

We operate on cash only or a pay-as-you-go budget, week by week and month by month. We cut the cards up, and began by driving used cars. Typically, we save up and pay $2,000-$2,500 for a car. Then, we put another $500-$1,000 into making sure it is functional and reliable.

These paid for cars typically last us 3-4 years. We begin putting small amounts away from every paycheck toward purchasing another car, routine car repairs, emergencies, etc. We will never have another auto installment, again.

When you own what you drive (1), you can then focus on getting out of debt (2). We will be out of debt completely…100%...by the end of this year. We don’t do a lot of extra things and put the savings toward that last debt. We are even saving for the WA Black Friday sale for yearly renewal to save even more.

As we enter into the second year with our WA 2 year plan, we will focus our financial efforts on building our tiny house, so that we can own where we live (3). All the while, our online business is building and growing.

If you are upside down on a car, up to your eyeballs in debt and have a typical mortgage or monthly rent…how much will WA have to make you before you can call it a success?

If you have no car payments, no debt and nor rent or mortgage…how much will WA have to make before you can call it a success?

You might be thinking, things aren’t that tight for me, I’m doing okay. Perhaps so, but what if every one of your WA referrals gave the program 2 years, rather than the typical 3-6 months? What would that mean for your bottom line?

As always, you should speak to financial professionals before making any major decisions, but there are also many video and other online resources to help you organize your finances and provide solutions to the current financial difficulties that are so common in our world today.

I hope this has given you some ideas and encouragement, as this is what we created our tiny houses website for.

I’m following you all the way to success! :)

JChrisA

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amgolf Premium
quitters never win and winners never quit
Don't give up
Keep pushing
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JChrisA Premium
I definitely will, thanks Nattawut! :)
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gbsun Premium
I like this article. It is truthful and doesn't give you any false intentions on a get rich quick business since building a successful business it takes a lot of time and work.
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks...you know the only reason why there aren't more people in WA is that they've been poisoned by the scammers not just in the wallet, but in the mind.

Folks tend to believe they just found "the wrong get rich quick program"...no...the problem is that they found a get rich quick program at all! :)

And now, many won't do WA at all or won't stick with it because it just isn't quick and easy enough.

What they don't realize is that if they made that kind of money, and made it that easy...yes, they wouldn't be getting scammed...they themselves would be the scammers! lol :)
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gbsun Premium
You are totally right! You would not only be getting scammed by the scammer, but it turns you into a scammer too!
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Cindy624 Premium
Thank you JChris,
You have given such good wisdom and encouragement through this post! Taking the time to build something is what I believe in as well. I hope many others will be encouraged by your wise words!

Blessings,

Cindy
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you, Cindy...you are very kind! :)
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Linchi Premium
This was very inspiring, but all too true as to the longevity each of us will have in our journey. Thanks for your input.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you, Linda...always a pleasure to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. :)
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PipCheerio Premium
I really needed to read this right now, no matter how ling ago it was posted. Thanks!
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JChrisA Premium
It certainly has worked for us! Thanks, Piotr...glad it is helpful. :)
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MarkusN Premium
After some deeper reflection, I have changed my views a little from my comment below.

I think it's important to have a "we" mentality instead of a "me" mentality. This is a big challenge for me as I've been used to being so selfish. But instead of thinking abouy my own goals focus on how I can help people more.

I also have a bad habit to always oppose and rebel against everyone and justify my own behaviors even if they limit me. Another thing i'm working on. I just fall back into my old ways easily.

So thanks for reaching out and broadening my horizons!

Really appreciate your wisdom :)
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JChrisA Premium
You're previous comment was in no way out of line, as there is some important truth there...if you end up making a lot of money, which is ultimately possible here at WA, then by all means do with it what you please and live however you will.

My intention was to help people not put the proverbial cart before the horse...in other words live now in such a way as not to jeopardize your ability to keep at doing WA until it pays off.

I hate to see people give up too soon, as each person is unique as are our businesses and websites...who can really say based on these variables just how long it is going to take any given person to get it right?

All I do know it that because there is competition and even though the internet audience is growing by leaps and bounds, at any one moment there is only a set amount of traffic out there spread among all web locations...so, knowing this, how long should it take to begin seriously competing with longer established websites within your niche?

Hard to say exactly, too many variables to predict...some sooner than others, but I know of active members making 3-5-10,000 a month that didn't start making that until they had been here a year or more...so, those who haven't done it yet, don't despair...keep on pushing forward.

In the meantime, live as though WA wasn't going to save you from whatever financial woes you may be suffering from. Have a plan to work toward owning what you drive, getting out of debt and owning where you live...then, when the money finally does start pouring in, you will not become a slave to driving this business the way you were a slave driving to your old job, just to keep paying the warden for the privileage of using the jail cell! :)

There's nothing wrong with some mixing of your two viewpoints together. I get a bit frustrated with those who think they should earn money from the internet, but don't really believe anyone else should benefit...or...that believe only in helping as a one-sided thing...don't benefit in return from helping anyone, because that's a bad thing you have done! Rubbish!!

Don't lose that drive, my friend, it will serve you well! :)
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MarkusN Premium
Yes I agree with your line of thinking now that I can better comprehend the bigger picture. This takes patience. And anyways patience or money doesn't need to even be the main focus but instead, how can I help people.The more the merrier! The more we serve and work towards figuring that out (will involve some trial/error to learn what works), the more people will support that value with their money in hopes of bettering their own lives somehow. People vote with money. 15 trillion dollars in the global economy. Most of it is moving continuously.

The three pillars of Wealth:
create
share
serve
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JChrisA Premium
Well said! :)
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MarkusN Premium
Well that's one approach although I prefer a different one: exponential growth. My goal is to make 10k per month and live the kind of life I want. I will be free and happy then. There's no greater driver of creativity than despair because that gives us the hunger. I just have to find a way to create massive value. And I also don't have anybody else to support (a family is a terrible investment if building wealth is the goal, at least initially).

The only thing I personally really NEED to spend money on is (for now):

1. Food, clothes, shelter, heating
2. Transportation
3. Computer/internet

That's the ideal and we can obviously scale that as we see fit.

Get rich or die trying. That's my motto.
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
Very informative and great points to follow!
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks, Denise! All the best on your time here at WA! :)
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speedking Premium
Hi there Chris, thanks for the above posting, it is very informative and a correct approach to online marketing. I shall follow those guidelines for sure. Take care, Johan.
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks for taking a moment, Johan. Best wishes for your success here at WA! :)
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TommyK Premium
Hi Chris, I arrived here thinking that I would have an online business up and earing in 3 months and then building it from that point.

As with most half baked ideas I realized that I would need a far greater knowledge of not only marketing and online business but, basic knowledge of how to use a computer. Most would say that was a typical case of not carrying out due diligence and I would have to agree
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The important thing is I am now a lot more relaxed in my approach here at WA, learning daily and having new ideas come to me weekly. I am now in the process of learning as much as possible from building out a site via the Bootcamp before moving onto building a niche site.

Getting clear in my mind what it is I am doing here, was the most important part of the learning along with moving my original goal to a much more realistic timeframe of a couple of years which I can afford to do.

So quitting is not on my menu of desires and achiving realistic goals Is.
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JChrisA Premium
This new plan sounds like a winner to me! Even the full-timers take a while to really start earning.

Best wishes for your success! :)
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TommyK Premium
Thanks Chris, I wish you much success with your online business.
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AidanParle Premium
For what it's worth, I did surveys in MintVine until I made $20. I already knew I was going to join WA. As me Ma (getting all Irish here) always says, 'Where there's a will, there's a way'
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JChrisA Premium
I admire your sticking with MintVine that long! lol I have to admit I have a great dis-taste of the survey sights. I think they are all scams, really...I never promote them as potential ways to make money on line, because I consider it disingenuous...they only want 2 things...your personal information to market to you and resell your info to others for profit...or, they want to know who you work for, so they can sell to them. Once they figure they have what they want, you will have a difficult time squeezing another dime out of them. Good riddance, I say! :)
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AidanParle Premium
Yeah I agree. Like I say, it was a means to an end. I made it all up anyway. Sure aren't I the greatest writer Ireland ever produced don't ye know? Full of stories and imagination
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MKearns Premium
You're the Tiny House guy! That idea rocks! The frugality of it speaks volumes and you are to be commended for promoting it. Do you have suggestions for mounting and transporting them as well? This could do motorhome industry one better. You are well on the road to living our viewpoint and fulfilling your dreams.
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JChrisA Premium
There are a lot of people into the tiny houses on trailers...for many reasons...it is an exploding industry! Our focus is more on tiny houses on tiny foundations, as we are tiny house, big garden people.

As someone who has converted a bus into a tiny house in the past, I can tell you that the biggest issue with that direction is finding a place to park it...RVers know all about this as they have had the same problem for years...it can cost as much as rent to stay in a place with hook-ups and all.

Yet, there are still places where you can find land for 1-3 thousand USD per acre and there are many tiny house communities popping up all over the US...and most other countries have even fewer restrictions than we do.

It is certainly a growth area. :)
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KayLatif Premium
Everytime I think abt car instalment, home mortgage, monthly bills, daily expenses and credit card repayments, I will get anxious and feel real down. To be honest, I have spent lots of money in trying to make money.
My best way of coping with my 'non monetized moments' right now is to just read more blogs, continue with WA courses and count all d small blessings that God bestow upon me so that I dont get overwhelmed and discouraged. Yes I wish I could succeed and earn a lot each mth, but it is not the end of the world for me if it didnt happen yet. My 2 yrs plan is still at its early stage and I really hope I wont give up along d way.
Thank you for d post. It creates awareness that we are not alone in this journey. May all of us be blessed in every little step we take.
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JChrisA Premium
I know the feeling...I have broke things down into many smaller goals along the way...so, even though the 2 yr goals seems very far away, I won't give up because I am also accomplishing smaller goals every day or at least every week.
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sjenkinsjr Premium
I know what it feels like to be in debt, so much so I am now attempting to be a truck driver to try and pay a big portion off. I don't want to be away from home but I hope it will put a big dent in my debt.

I too have wanted a tiny house for awhile now, hopefully that will happen soon but i am not in a rush with Wa or looking for any quick results, i just want to do it right. Not sure if im moving in the right direction but im trying. My only issue is I haven't posted in awhile due to stress and distractions but hopefully I do soon!

Great post, thank you!
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JChrisA Premium
Short-term sacrifice to reach a bigger long-term goal...sounds like a realistic plan to me!

When our debt is completely gone, by year's end, then I plan to up the amount of time I spend on WA, which in turn will lead to more success. Sometimes you can't go directly there...we have to bit-by-bit wrench ourselves free from the old situation.

Keep up the good work! :)
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Wayne66 Premium
Wow, Chris, that's a lot to take in but what great advice! My wife was a CGA for 25 years and I am so glad that we met 20+ years ago. She is so smart when it comes to finances. She is 62 and I am 67, her dad passed away and left us some cash but even before that happened...in the 21 years we have been married we have never made payments on a vehicle or, I think, the RV trailers we have purchased.

Currently, Our vehicles are paid for and, because we were able to sell our old house for a good price and purchase her dad's place in a 55+ complex, for cash, we are mortgage free as well. We a;so try to pay our credit cards off every month so we don't pay those ridiculous interest charges Renovations to the place were all paid for as well. I have to say, it feels real good not to worry about where the money will come from for those things.

I mention all this because if it hadn't been for my wife's intelligence in things financial, we would have experienced disaster. Since we became mortgage-free I was unemployed for most of a year and, just recently, was not working for the last
2 1/2 months while recovering from surgery. none of that would have been possible if we weren't "debt free".

All this to say, I totally agree with you about being debt free. A side benefit is that it takes a lot of stress out of one's life as well.

Thanks again, Chris. All the best...Wayne.

P.S. Sorry about being long winded.
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JChrisA Premium
I'm the one who should be apologizing to you...one good long-winded turn deserves another! lol :)

That's a great testimonial to the power of solid financial planning...most people think financial planning is about hitting it big in stocks and commodities...but, really, you just taught the greatest financial plan that ever was!

Thanks, and have a terrific day!
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Wayne66 Premium
Your blog may have been a little long winded but...you said it the right way and it flowed well. The sad thing is that a lot of people, and governments especially, just don't seem to get that message these days. I could go on but I think you know where I'm going with this...don't want to get winded again.

It was a good blog and everything that was in it needed to be in it. All the best...Wayne.
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lynnsam61 Premium
Great advice! Thank you.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you for taking the time! :)
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TitaWorks Premium
Thanks, JChrisA for the reminder....

Best,
Netta
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JChrisA Premium
I would like to see everyone here succeed...Kyle and Carson have provided all the tools, but can we...will we...provide not only the effort and dedication, but also the time?

I hate to think of all those who quit too soon, especially because of financial pressure.

Thank you for your kind words, Netta. :)
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Marcel92 Premium
Great tutorial. Thank you
Marcel...
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you, Marcel! :)
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Marketboom Premium
Sound advice for a quick turn around. I own my vans and car, have no debt and trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat for some land and shelter. This post should get some folks to take that bull by the horn and change their financial destiny
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JChrisA Premium
That is my hope, Thank you. :)
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AussieJeff Premium
If you want to get rich quick, it's simply not going to happen! You will bounce from one online program to another until finally, you give up.
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JChrisA Premium
Absolutely true, Jeff! Taking people's money for nothing in return may not be the worst thing the scammers do to people...they also set them up for life-long failure.
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Radka Premium
Great blog. Thank you
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks, Radka...been to Toronto and Oshawa...nice places. :)
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rflagler Premium
Very good lesson. Too bad that most of us don't heed this advice until we get old, in a bind or just dive into something blindly and blindly keep going until we get to a dead end and realize we should have put more thought and planning into whatever we're embarking on. I wish I had listen to this age old advice in my youth, I would be doing much better now.
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JChrisA Premium
You are not alone...but, WA is a great place to make things right! :)
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startouched Premium
Absolutely!! Getting out of my car payment is one of my first goals. I am doing a tiny thing by paying a little extra toward the principal with each payment, it isn't much, but it is more than what I could earn on a savings account at a bank, so why not do it? I can remember when my hubby and I got married some 30 years ago, his dad told us, if you will just put $5 away per paycheck and not touch it, you will be in good shape in 20 years. I am not sure about what good advice that would be these days in this political upheaval that we live in, but I do know that if you pay more than your minimum payment, you are going to be much better in the long run. Excellent advice and motivation for moving forward with your personal goals.
-Kathy
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JChrisA Premium
There are a lot of ways to go about applying these principles...one that I find the most helpful is to determine, at least minimally, where you would like to be in say 3 or 5 years...then, look at where you are, and trace steps backwards from the goal to the present reality.

What this does is tell you the least steps you must take to actually reach those goals. For example, if you discover that your extra payment falls short of getting you there, then at least you are armed with the necessary info to make a decision...do you adjust the goal down to fit your current reality? Do you sacrifice more now to get on track to the goal?

Every person must decide what they can or cannot do, will or will not do to reach their version of success.

Putting away money is great in principle, but we must be savvy enough to realize that the US dollar for example, has lost over 95% of its purchasing power in the last 100 years...most of that was lost in the last 50 years.

The old compound interest example simply doesn't hold up in the face of the economic reality of inflation. On the other hand, I can remember my brother and I when we were little boys getting rolls of dimes from the local bank and sifting through them to find the all silver dimes being phased out at the time...they were just another dime back then...check out and see what they are selling for today on ebay and calculate that percentage versus a 95% loss.

Anyway...thanks for stopping by and best wishes here at WA. :)
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stevecox Premium
Every subject matter expert on person financial stability agrees with what you just wrote (in one form or another).

Fantastic advice, how many will take it?
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JChrisA Premium
Great question Steve...you know, real financial knowledge hasn't been taught in the schools for over a hundred years, if it ever really ever was...can't blame teachers, as they are just humans beings, too and it wasn't taught to them either.

Our world, countries and communities are only as strong as the information the average person has access to...how we have managed to keep these financial experts from teaching any of the kids from so many generations, I don't know...they should have been teaching every class! lol :)

Thanks for the comment!
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stevecox Premium
Spot on with all your points. I wish I knew how we could change that scenario!
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JChrisA Premium
Well...without going to deep down any rabbit holes, if everyone were to learn and practice sound financial principles, I have to believe it would rock the current financial paradigm.

I also think it is safe to assume that those with most of the wealth and power would prefer this current model to continue, and having all that at their disposal, that most likely the current scenario will continue...at least for most people.

But, for those willing to study and learn these things, there is huge opportunity being among the minority who are willing to break free from the status quo, by simply following a different set of financial rules than those taught in the university of television! lol :)
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stevecox Premium
You DO have the answer after all ! Thanks Chris !
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DreamAngel Premium
Great article!
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JChrisA Premium
Thanks! Hopefully it will provide inspiration and ideas where needed. :)
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MPollock Premium
Great way to save and achieve.
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JChrisA Premium
Thank you for taking time to look at it! :) Sometimes success is about more than just changing our source of income.
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