Recently, 35 snuck up on me. It seemed like it was out of the blue, but it wasn’t. Truth is, I had 35 years to prepare for it. I just didn’t do as good of a job as I would have liked to in preparing for it…at all. What can I say? Life got in the way. I had kids, got a divorce, had a house fire, totaled my car and went back to the 40 hour a week grind because of it. That is, until I realized that we are all in charge of our own destinies, and knowing that because of this amazing country we live in, we are all afforded the opportunity to make our own luck. For me, that means retiring by 40, and here is how I am going to do it.
If I have one pet peeve, it’s when people say, “I don’t know how to .” My reply is always the same, “Go look it up on Google, there are a plethora of resources at your disposal.” However, realizing that I am a rare breed when it comes to my own commitment to self-education, I am leveraging my marketing knowledge and launched a content marketing consulting company. Within four days of launching, I had 30 clients, agreeing to pay me $400 a month, and more on the way.
To further showcase my efforts, I monetized my YouTube channels and am creating several eBooks as well – part of my overall strategy. I am teaching this system to others, to leverage myself further. Then, I can sell or dissolve the company in five years for a healthy profit.
Annual income: $144,000+
I Use Real Estate
Recently, I became a team leader for a real estate brokerage; essentially becoming a broker within a brokerage, deciding splits and fees for those under me. So far, with four members on my team, who sell an average of two $200,000 properties per month, I can continue to build and leverage their success, all by teaching them how to be successful.
Annual income: $109,000+
I am Investing in Real Estate
No, before you even ask, let me say, not that flipping nonsense. I will buy low, rent the property out for a year and a day (to avoid capital gains tax) and earn a healthy profit, building up to owning apartment complexes in a few years, putting a property manager in place and raking in passive income for the rest of my life, never having to rely on social security.
Annual income: $596,000+
So, to you, sitting behind that desk reading this, believing that you have to do the 9 to 5 in order to be rewarded with a paycheck, I am here to tell you that you don’t. If a teenage mother of twins, seven year housewife and serial entrepreneur can accomplish all of this in a 12 month time frame, the only excuses you have are those you allow yourself to believe.
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