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Invest with confidence when you have a plan that provides a clear path to permanent wealth. The knowledge to grow your investment portfolio and escape the rat race is here. Give yourself an opportunity at financial freedom and Epic Wealth now. You can’t afford to wait. Don’t lose any more time chasing bad investments!

What You Will Learn About How To Escape the Rat Race:

  • Why the perceived risks of investing hinder people from taking a first step
  • How risk can be virtually eliminated creating a safe path to wealth
  • Why shifting your mindset is the first step
  • Ways to create a long-term plan with the end goal in mind
  • How creating a vision for yourself can get you on the path to wealth
  • Why focusing on small milestones can turn into big gains
  • How organizing your assets is a first step towards leverage opportunities
  • How to put time on your side by acting now
  • Ways to escape the rat race faster through passive income real estate
  • How you can accelerate your journey to wealth
  • Strategies for you to consistently beat inflation
  • How to use debt to your advantage
  • Methods for building a cash flow portfolio that provides Epic Wealth

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Narrator: Now, back to creating your Epic Wealth.

Matt: Money, wealth - those are both very personal issues and the perceived risk associating with increasing wealth with making money often become a hindrance for many people - the risk or the scary part. It stops people from ever taking that first step. I just want you to know, for the most part though, without risk there is no reward for the most part. If you want the reward, you’ll have to take some risks. There is no such thing as a guarantee in life. Nothing is guaranteed. However, risk can be virtually eliminated with education and planning. With that education and planning you can develop a rather safe and comprehensive investment plan of which once in place will establish a clear direct path to your desired result alleviating all fears. You can keep your actions focused on the end result and keep progressing forward.

In today’s fast changing world, I mean things change so fast. Jobs that people are applying for today didn’t even exist five years ago. Stuff changes so fast. I’m saying that because playing it safe is probably the riskiest thing you can do. Risk is the new safe! Now, with the shift into a new mindset years ago, that mindset from making piles of money to creating streams of money, and a whole lot of focused effort, I was able to exit the rat race in less than four years. I was able to create a monthly residual income that exceeded my monthly expenses. Plus, I didn’t have to work. I still work but I didn’t have to work out of the rat race. Now, although I believe anyone can do this, it’s become pretty obvious to me that just most people won’t. I mean my results they are not the norm but they are not extraordinary either, they are just not the norm, anyone can do this. As you take on real estate as your financial freedom vehicle I recommend creating a conservative - create a ten year portfolio cash flow building plan. Go for a ten year plan. Hey, if you knock it out in four years which is very possible - Great! Fantastic! But create a conservative ten year plan. Your plan should begin with the end in mind. As all plans I think should begin with the end in mind. Cast out a vision where you want to end up. Picture it! Then just kind of work your way back to where you currently stand. Then, once that’s established all you got to do is just take the first step and just don’t stop until you get there. That’s how simple this can be. For example, envision ten years from now where do you want to be living? What do you want to be doing? Who do you want to be doing it with? Envision that. Get a real clear mental picture of what that looks like ten years from now, and then just put a monthly price tag on it. What’s it going to run you a month to live that life with that person in that location? Let’s say your vision is going to run you $10,000 per month - that’s your end goal in real estate terms - $10,000 per month in cash flow so that you can live your vision whether you get up and go to work each day or not. You can still work if you want to. You just have the option not to. Just before you reach your $10,000 of monthly cash flow goal, what milestone would you have to have hit? Just before you hit the $10,000 monthly cash flow what milestone do you have to hit? Let’s say $9,000 a month of cash flow, it’s really simple. Just before that, what do you have to hit? What milestone was there? $8,000 a month, and so on. Follow that all the way back to where you currently stand, where you are right now. Let’s say you have zero dollars in monthly cash flow right now, so then your goal is to reach $500 a month of cash flow. That’s it. Forget the rest and focus on just that $500. Then once you get there, you can then set your eyes on the next milestone. For now, focus on the first milestone. This example that being $500 a month of cash flow. All right?

Now that your plan and milestones are in place what should be the first step? The first step that just about anyone can take regardless of where you want to end up is to first look at yourself and look at your current situation. Take that analysis of where you are right now. Take stock in what you’re working with. How do you do it on time? How much do you have available? How are you doing on knowledge? How much do you know? How much do you need to learn? How are you doing on your finances? What do you work with there? Specifically, look at your finances in this manner: Identify all of your low yield assets or take into account all of your assets. Take into account all of them. Just kind of sort them in order on a piece of paper. Put the lowest yielding asset at the bottom and your best performing asset at the top. So your best performing assets at the top and just kind of work your way all the way down until you have your lowest yielding asset at the bottom. Then your intent here is to move your low yielding asset to the top. Take it from the bottom and put it on the top. Keep doing this until that one that’s at the top right now is actually at the bottom and then you keep on doing it. That’s the essence of where you want to start. You want all high yielding assets on your piece of paper. To get there, you’ll start using working, trading and leveraging your low yielding assets. Use your low yielding ones first. Use those first. Assets such as home equity, that’s a very low yielding asset. 401(k) or other retirement accounts that you may have. Your income, your relationships - they should all be leveraged for optimum return. Now, the majority of financial planners, they rail against cashing out retirement accounts but I’ll gladly and confidently argue that this types of funds can be utilized to successfully collect far greater returns and more quickly than they are getting right now while also quickly recuping anything lost due to early withdrawal fees or tax penalties. I’m glad to have that argument with any financial planner.

The first step of the process: preparing to invest. It typically takes some personal soul searching and I understand you’re human. It almost always requires a change in mindset, a shift in mindset specifically from that of a saver to that of an investor. Stop collecting the piles of money and start creating streams of money. Once you searched your soul and shifted your mindset, and once your funds are available whether they are your funds or your partner’s funds, and investor’s funds, or lender’s funds, or maybe just your own intellectual currency, the ten year cash flow project can now be set in motion.

Now that second step -- The first step is done. The second step is to buy that first property. Depending on the resources you do have available just get your first property. Get that one under your belt. Perhaps two but at least one. Once that one or those two begin to bring in cash flow this money should be reinvested to further the ten year plan. Each time an investment property yields a return whether it’s all of the cash flow collected or the appreciation experienced on the property, or maybe a combination of both, the process can then be replicated, momentum can be built and increased to achieve the financial goals that your vision is made of. Having a clear ten year cash flow plan requires you to stay on the course but most importantly, it’s getting that first and/or second property into your portfolio. Once you get over that hurdle, momentum begins to build, the track begins to level out so to speak. Soon enough you’ll feel the wind at your back. You’ll feel that and you’ll be moving forward. Just get that first one out of the way and the momentum will happen. Now, what I’m suggesting here is not a get rich quick plan. No, that’s not what’s happening here. But rather, it’s a get rich permanently plan. Ten years may sound like a waist down the road but it’s going to be here before you know it. Think about it. Where would you be today if you got started ten years ago? Think about what you were doing ten years ago. Where were you? What were you doing? Who are you with? I mean a decade can fly by, can it? Whether you get started today or not, the next decade is going to happen. It’s going to pass. It’s happening with or without you. The question is where do you want to be financially once it does pass? Or an even more powerful question maybe: where will you be in ten years if you do nothing? If you stay on the course you are currently on, if your next ten years looks the same as your last ten years, where will you be?

Listen, whether you decide to leverage my team at cashflow savvy to do all of the heavy lifting for you, or you decide to leverage someone else’s team, or you decide to build your own, whatever you choose, just get started with what and who you already know. Don’t dismiss this message as one of those feel good moments or one of those that-makes-a-lot-of-sense type moments or in I’m-going-to-get-around-to- that-pretty-soon moment. Don’t let it pass as one of those moments and then fail to take action on it. Don’t let that happen. Regardless of how you got started, just get started. To get started, a good first step would be to go to cashflowsavvy.com to download our investor package. The reason being is it contains a very simple ten year plan laid out in easy to read graphics that anyone can follow. For nothing else, just go get the plan so you got a starting point, but don’t stop there. I mean don’t stop there just looking at the plan. Note the first step in that plan and take it. At the end of the day, we only have a dozen or so decades each to play with. It’s all we got. Likely, a few of those have passed already. Which of those six that you’ve got to play with are you actually going to choose to create your financial freedom? Which decade are you going to do that one then? Now, if you really don’t want to wait a decade to reach your monthly cash flow goal, I get that. Meaning you are determined. How do I get there much faster? I don’t want to take ten years to do this if I can do it faster. How do I do that? Well, I’m going to share with you how to significantly accelerate your journey, how you can accelerate your journey significantly. We are going to do that right after this.

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Narrator: Now, back to creating your Epic Wealth.

Matt: When president Nixon took the United States off the gold standard in 1971, that became the economic lynchpin. Today, the world economy can only function and it can only grow if people borrow money. And what this did in 1971, this completely transformed to the strategy of how to create wealth. Everything changed. You see, your savings account at the bank, that’s an asset to you. A very low yielding one but it is an asset nonetheless. It’s a liability to the bank because they have to pay you interest on that account. It costs them. They have to pay you. The only way for the bank to offset that liability and make money is to lend your money out at a higher interest rate than what they are paying you - to a borrower. Got it? So, the world banking system operates on the fractional reserve system which simply put means for every $1 you save in that account, the bank can lend out $10 or $40 as they could in 2004, but they can lend out $10. It’s for this reason the banks love borrowers. They love borrowers. They love when you park your money in their bank because it’s how they make their money. An increase in the fractional reserve that increases money supply. In other words, they can print more money to lend. Conversely, if the fractional reserve is lowered, less money is available to borrow. The economy slows and interest rates go up. Got it? Okay. Yeah, we got it Matt. We got it. Thanks for the banking lesson. But how does that affect me? Good question, I’m getting to it.

With the government’s ability to dictate the amount of money that can be printed, every dollar you save becomes subject to their mandates. With more money being printed and debts unable to be repaid, the dollar becomes inflated and the purchasing power of your savings is destroyed. The more your purchasing power is destroyed in this fashion the less of an asset your savings account becomes. When the rate of inflation exceeds the interest rate that you’re receiving in that savings account, your savings account is no longer an asset. It’s now a liability. The last I check, the rate of inflation is right at 2.9%. The rate of inflation right now is at 2.9%. Now, when was the last time you saw a savings account pay 2.9%? It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen that. Or even a money market account. Knowing what you know now, what I just shared with you, any cash that you have in a savings account right now or really an account of any type, any cash you have in any account or any investment for that matter that’s producing less than a 2.9% return, not an asset. It’s a liability by being there. The inflation rate is gobbling up your money’s purchasing power - gobbling it up daily. All right? So that’s what’s going on. What can you do about it? There’s two things. One, either invest in commodities such as gold or silver of which really just hedges against inflation, meaning it preserves your savings, your cash’s buying power. It doesn’t do too much for growth of your buying power. Now, gold and silver historically they are defense strategies. It’s playing not to lose. Not a whole lot of growth there. Number two, the second thing you do, because you are becoming financially educated use debt, other people’s money to acquire assets. That’s something you can do. Specifically, you want assets that pay you more than what you have to pay on the debt. Sound familiar? Yes. Now you’re playing by the same rules as the bank. You’ve heard the expression success leaves clues. You heard that, right. The bank is giving you a clue. If you want what someone else has, then just do what they do in a manner that they do it. There’s a high likelihood you are going to get a similar if not the same result. So, if you want to get richer and wealthier like the banks consistently do, do what they do. Borrow money at one rate and invest in something that pays you back at a higher rate. Now, you are playing the same game as the banks. Well, you heard the expression the rich gets richer. You’ve heard that one as well yeah? Well, that’s how it happens. That’s how it happens in today’s economy. That’s what our financial world looks like today. All right?

Pop quiz here: what is the difference between a liability and an asset? Well, liabilities take money from you and assets send the money to you. See, most people confuse liabilities with assets. Instead of using debt to acquire assets they use it to purchase liabilities and they just kind of throw themselves right into the fire without -- the long time not even knowing it. If you’re unsure whether something is a liability or an asset just ask yourself these questions: Does it make me money or increase in value? Does it make me money or increase in value? If the answer is yes, then it’s an asset. Does it cost me money of decrease in value? The answer is yes, it’s a liability. If you want to get rich, if you really want to get rich and you want to get rich permanently, you must know the difference between an asset and a liability and how to use debt to your advantage. For example, did you know that the government rewards you for good debt? I mean investors who buy, improve and in a whole real estate get to essential tax benefits. The first one being depreciation. It’s a deduction for the wear and tear on the building. What’s more is if the annual cash flow from your building is less than the depreciation, you can show a loss on your tax return and you can apply it to other income. Ka-ching! You can actually show a loss on paper but a profit at the bank by using debt and the depreciation tax benefit in this fashion. So, that’s one, depreciation. Second, amortization. It’s the cause of borrowing money such as loan origination fees, the points and interest. You are allowed to take this deduction even if the bank loaned you the money to cover the fees. Be aware however. This is really important that while debt can make you very rich and make you very rich fast it can also make you very poor.How do you avoid hurting yourself? This is how you do it. Start small. Learn how to manage real estate. Learn how to manage tenants. Learn how to structure deals. Invest in a little bit of education and then just go deep with each asset before going wide. Start small and go deep. You see? It’s the management of debt that gets people into trouble not the use of it. Debt makes the world go round. The government is here to reward you for using it as long as you use it in the way that they want you to. Using debt in a manner the government wants you to use it is the first way that debt can significantly accelerate your road to creating epic wealth.

Next week, we are going to go over the second reason as to why using debt can collapse the timeframe on your epic wealth journey like no other. It’s been a pleasure. I’ll see you next week as we continue to create your epic wealth.

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