Why Isn't Your Financial Planner Retired?

By Mike Johnson

Without knowledge, money can be difficult to earn.

Thatís why itís been so easy to convince you that you must chase, acquire and save money for 40 years before you can retire.

That just isn't true. In fact, I can't think of a more difficult way to achieve financial freedom and early retirement than to work and save and invest for decades.

Retired millionaires know things that your financial planner does not. If your financial planner isnít retired himself, why in the world are you taking his advice?

Maybe itís time to listen to someone who has actually achieved what you want.

Tough Love From a Retired Millionaire

We all start as zeroaires. Then we develop into nickelaires, dollaraires and hundredaires. Many of us become thousandaires. But only five percent of us become millionaires. What do we know that you donít?

1. Money isn't everything but it sure determines the parameters of your life.

2. Donít listen to advice from anyone who isnít already financially independent. They have theory. We have results.

3. Retirement accounts are merely a promise to pay. Theyíre just paper and digits. Theyíre not real money until you receive and spend them. I can't think of anything more risky than allowing strangers to hold your money for 40 years.

4. REAL inflation is 10% a year (ShadowStats.com). Any investment that earns less than that is a LOSER, no matter what the statement says. Despite all your saving, thereís a 90% chance that your retirement accounts are MELTING in purchasing power, not growing.

5. Itís not what you make, itís what you keep. The amount of money is meaningless, what that money will buy is everything. The value of money is constantly changing (mostly losing its value).

6. Money is merely an energy exchange. You are trading value for money. Create more value, earn more money.

7. Become your own expert. Most ďexpertsĒ trying to influence you are only parroting conventional wisdom.

8. Ignore conventional wisdom. Only 5 people out of 100 are millionaires. The other 95 are following conventional wisdom.

9. Time is far more valuable than money. So trading your time for money is a bad trade. 40 years of work to retire? Bad, bad, bad trade.

10. There are many ways to earn income. Jobs are the worst way for a dozen reasons. Youíll keep that job until you make the time to learn those reasons.

11. Every dollar youíve ever earned started as a thought in your own head. Richer thoughts lead to more dollars.

12. Feed your brain by self-education. Your brain is your money machine. If you lose all your money, your brain can earn it back.

13. To gain passive income and financial independence, make it a study. All the how-to advice you need is just sitting there online, in books and in the minds of other millionaires. Read, ask, take action!

14. Your study will focus on learning how to BUY already-existing businesses or income properties that generate passive income. The training will include how to buy them with little money down, or how to buy them using your existing savings. It's likely you already have enough money to BUY your passive income and retire within the next 12 months.

Millionaire Warnings

1. Money doesnít make you a better person. It merely amplifies the character traits you already have Ė both good and bad.

2. Donít get smug or lazy. Everything is temporary. Keep doing what needs to be done to attain and maintain the results you want. Peril can arrive in a heartbeat.

3. Donít trust others to hold your money. They donít care about it as much as you do. Worse, they donít care about YOU as much as you do.

Millionaire Extra Credit

1. Give back. Be a mentor. The second best thing to earning your first million is helping someone else earn theirs.

2. Realize that tough love doesnít mean NO love. Be kind. Be empathetic. Everyone doesnít have the skills, ambition, confidence or mental capacity to become financially free. But if you do, and youíre not using those abilities, youíre living a smaller life than your potential. That hurts you for sure, but also hurts everyone you love and everyone you influence. They deserve better. So do you.

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Mike Johnson made the journey from jobs to freelance writer to entrepreneur to passive income and early retirement. Today he teaches people how to skip right to passive income and early retirement at WorldsBestWriter.com .

Once I learned how to BUY passive income, I stopped chasing the bucks and the bucks started chasing me!