Today I want to share with you exactly how I retire at the age of 27 how I did it and maybe how you could do it as well you see I started very early at a young age the path of entrepreneurship I started my first business when I was in high school just with a couple of buddies mowing lawns for people in our neighborhoods that’s my very first business there are three things that I did during this time that allows me to retire young and with higher rich so the very first thing is this I focus on developing what I call high income skills my high income skills skills that allow me to bring value to the marketplace in exchange of money now I define high income skills as skills that could make me $10,000 or more per month you see the first five years of my business career when I was getting started the first five years I didn’t take a single day off I was working 12 to 14 hours a day seven days a week for the first five years while all my friends they were out there drinking drinking and having parties and chasing girls I was fucking working I sacrifice I made a lot of sacrifices I believe if you don’t sacrifice for your dream then your dream becomes your sacrifice so I made a decision I pay the price early on I spent a few years of my life working on myself working on my business doing the things that most people are too lazy to do not willing to do so I could have what most people cannot have the very first high income skill that I develop was copywriting now you might wonder what that is well it’s simply the skill to use words to sell that’s it Prine persuasion or persuasion in print and our words running a one-man advertising agency myself if you watch the TV show man man that’s kind of what I was doing without all the smoking and all that bullshit but I was basically a cocking gun in my early 20s working with companies working with entrepreneurs and I was making 10,000 a month $12,000 a month in my early 20s and at the time I thought he was it was like I felt like a million bucks I thought it was the most money I’ve ever seen and I did that then later on I took that money the income did I earn I put that aside and I started coin called a scalable business now if you want to retire early and retire young one of the most important things that you have to know is noticing identifying trends at a time I went onto the internet I saw this trend on the Internet we’re talking about back then remember Netscape dial-up modem I’m talking about overture for pay-per-click you know good old days you’re watching this young young guys you may or may not even know this but I’m talking about Yahoo for search engines okay Facebook and then later on Google but I’m talking about that so when I got started back then early and I noticed a trend on internet and I was importing collectibles from Hong Kong Bruce Lee collectibles actually and I was flipping them on eBay I was doing affiliate marketing I was doing digital marketing online I was selling digital products before PDF before all these things were even popular software all these things and that’s how my first bucket of money then I took that money and I saw some of those physicists I cash out and I took that money and invest in real estate then my investments are able to support my lifestyle and that’s how I retire at the age of 27 but here’s one thing I’ve learned through that experience at the age of 27 I thought this was my dream I thought I want to get to a point where I don’t have to work anymore I’ll sit in a beach all day and that is going to be it and I did that the first month first 30 days I was sitting on a beach on English pay just to be there every single day right looking at a beach looking at the ocean I thought I have made it you know what all I got was sunburn that’s it you may dream I’m sitting on a beach every day I’m telling you when you could do it I was bored out of my mind I thought this is fucking stupid I work so hard to get here and now I’m sitting on beach doing nothing this is dumb like did I work all like this heart and may all that sacrifices for this like come on because you’ve got to understand when you’re entrepreneur I was going like this every day go go go go go suddenly when you have nothing to do when you cash out when you have investments you’re like okay I guess what else do you do right after 30 days of that I was sick and tired of it I’m like this is a dumbest thing ever so the second month I did something different actually thought you know what I’m gonna I’m gonna watch the movies so at a time I rendered a lot of movies a lot I was watching six seven movies the DVDs stack of them every single day let me tell you something I love movies don’t get me wrong but when you’re watching six seven movies every fucking day you don’t like movies so much anymore believe me okay after 30 days of that I’m like this is again the dumbest thing ever i I just felt like I so lazy I felt like I wasn’t doing anything with my life then I went to talk to my mentor and he said okay Dan he’s what I want you to do I want you to start in other business I said no no I’m not gonna start another business I was killing myself all these years so I could retire you don’t understand I’m not gonna work he said no you’re gonna start outta business I said no I am NOT gonna start down to business he said you’re gonna start another business I said no but this time he said you’re gonna start a business from a totally different place because now you’re made it you could start your business coming from a place of strength coming from a place of abundance coming from a place of something that you want what do you want to create build it around your wor strength build it around your passion because now money’s not an issue you’re not just doing to make money what could you do how could you use all the skills that you’ve accumulated you’ve developed all the business acumen all the knowledge that you have how can you use that to do something great and I thought that I could do so that’s my story that’s how I retire at the age of 27 I don’t know where you’re at in your journey maybe you want to retire young maybe you want to retire at age of 45 55 65 I don’t know where you’re at but what I do know is it’s possible and what I also do know is once you get there there’s always an other step there’s always an other level so don’t wait don’t feel like you have to get to a point where hey you know what I’m gonna spend my whole life doing stuff that I hate so I could get to a point where finally I could do some stuff that I love No enjoy the journey success is a journey not a destination
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Oftentimes people tell me, “You know, I don’t have any money, so I really don’t know where to go. I don’t know what to start, I got to wait to have a lot of money before I begin.” That is the biggest mistake you can make. So let’s say you’re a young millennial or even Z generation come along and you’re saying, “I really want to be financially free but I don’t have any money.” You don’t need a lot of money.
You have the greatest gift on earth: time and compounding. When they asked Warren Buffett, “What made you a wealthy man?” He said, “Good genetics, time and compounding.” So what does that mean? If you could commit at 19 years old to just put $300 aside, forget the $1,000, yes, you can invest $1,000, but what you want is consistency. Let’s say you put $300 a month aside. It might sound like a lot to start with, but you’ll get used to it. You get it so it’s automatic deposit, let’s say it goes straight in the market. And the market over 100 years has gone up 10 percent over recent years, let’s say 8 percent compounded. If you take the lower number, the 8 percent and you only go to twenty seven years old and you stop, you’ve put in roughly $38,000 into that. It’ll grow to $million dollars. That’s the power of compounding. You put a little in and you got a huge return because you had time. If your best friend comes in and says at twenty seven, when you stop investing, “I’ve never done this, I should do it.” And they put 300 dollars a month in every year ’til they’re sixty five have less money because you have a little more time.
They’ll have $million dollars. Still not bad. They only put $150,000 in over a lifetime and they got $million. Pretty good deal. That’s what compounding means. You’ve got to get in the game. You’ve got to become an owner, not a consumer. That will change your life. .
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Is it possible in this day and age to become a millionaire? Or perhaps the better question is: why would you want to become a millionaire? I mean, in the media today, millionaires—and billionaires for that matter—are often not depicted in the best light. Characters like Scrooge McDuck or the always supremely evil C. Montgomery Burns come to mind here. And of course, right now in real life, we have the ever-present Donald Trump as one of the main poster boys for the super wealthy. So, I suppose, with that kind of media influence hovering over us our entire lives, it’s not surprising that most of us have a fairly negative view of the super wealthy, and many really do not want to become a part of it. Especially since the majority of us don’t personally know anyone who’s super rich, we don’t have anything to really balance the scales, and all we really have to draw upon is what we see in the media.
And that’s really unfortunate because there are a lot of really great, wealthy people out there. But most of them are not in the public eye, and even the ones that are, like Bill Gates, don’t get as much media attention as someone like Donald Trump does. And as a result, there are a lot of misconceptions about millionaires and the wealthy in general. Hey guys, Daniel here from Next Level Life, and it recently occurred to me that I’ve been neglecting a huge part of what it takes to have that next level life that we all dream of, because whatever your dream life is, you need to have the financial resources in place first to be able to live it.
So with that in mind, I’m going to be starting this new series on my channel, covering various topics in the field of personal finance. And as you can see by the title of my first video in the series, I wanted to talk about a simple plan that, if stuck to, will practically guarantee your future millionaire status, as well as take a moment to really define what a millionaire is and is not. Because, believe it or not, even for the average American, it is possible. No, you know that possible is too soft a claim because it’s more than possible. In fact, if you follow a few simple steps, it’s almost guaranteed. Don’t you believe me? Well, hopefully over the course of this video as well as the rest of my personal finance videos that will be coming out soon, I’ll be able to convince you. So without further ado, let’s get started. What is a millionaire? A millionaire is simply someone who has a million-dollar positive net worth. Meaning, after subtracting debts and other liabilities and expenses, they have a million dollars worth of stuff leftover between their cash, their house, and all their other assets.
That’s really all there is to it. It has nothing to do with how much money you make. It has nothing to do with what type of person you are or how well-known you may be; it simply means that your assets are valued at least 1 million dollars greater than your liabilities. But how can the average American get to that $100,000 in positive net worth in their lifetime? I mean, at $100,000,000, that’s 6 zeros. I’d imagine that most of us have never written a check with more than three zeros. Unless of course you bought a new car or house with cash, and if that’s the case, kudos to you, you may not even need this video because you’re already probably well on your way to that million-dollar net worth. Now, I said that if you follow a few simple steps, you will almost certainly reach the million-dollar mark.
Let’s find out how. Well, I did a few calculations and found out that over the course of the last 40 years, the S&P 500 has returned an average of % per year, not including dividends. Now, technically speaking, past results are no indicator of future returns, but until we see the future returns, this is the best we’ve got to go off of. So assuming that over the next 40 years the market does roughly the same as it has since 1978, you could invest $2 per month over the next 40 years and become a millionaire. Again, assuming no dividends Now, 261 dollars may seem like a lot, but when you break it down, it’s not even $10 a day, and there are lots of ways to save money. You can cut cable, or go down to a lower internet speed, or not eat out quite as often, or use coupons when you’re shopping for groceries, or you can do none of those things and instead find a way to make a little bit of extra income.
Maybe you start mowing lawns or shoveling driveways on the side; maybe you start selling old clothes that you don’t need anymore online; or if you’re young, you might be able to start teaching people how to use social media better. You’d honestly be amazed at how many people would pay you to do that. There are a ton of options out there; all you have to do is pick the one or maybe a few that work out the best for you and start your own journey on the path to becoming financially independent. Now there are a couple of things that I want to clear up before ending the video for those of you who are a little bit more analytical in nature. That percent is the geometric mean rate of return that the S&P 500 has had since 1978, according to Yahoo Finance. All I did to get it was go through each year and look at where the market was in September, because as of the recording of this video, September just ended.
Then I put them all into the Excel spreadsheet and calculated the return. And I think the reason why we hear so many different rates of return thrown around by financial gurus is because of the inflation effect. I’ve heard gurus say that you can expect to earn anywhere from 6 to 10% per year in the market. And depending on what time frame and type of average you use, any of those numbers could be true. For example, if you go back to 1978 and use an arithmetic average, the average return on the market would be about percent per year. Inflation is generally assumed to be about three to four percent, so if you adjust for inflation, your realized return would be somewhere in that 6–7% range. If you don’t adjust for inflation, of course, you’re looking at a nearly 10 percent return. So there you go—there’s a simple formula for retiring with the amount of wealth that most of us would consider to be rich.
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