In 8th grade I had a science teacher who encouraged us to be "lifelong learners". She was a little over the top at times but it made me wonder what that actually meant.
The further I got in life, the more I came to realize that learning equals growth. If we're not growing we're dying. Deepak Chopra talks a lot about that.
Looking back I find it funny remembering my 8th grade teacher and her encouragement. I got an A in her class, but my friend that I copied off of barely pulled off a C. I know I wasn't smarter than him, yet in the grade book I was double his GPA.
Who hasn't copied someone smarter than themselves at some point? In the professional world they actually encourage it. They even came up with a fancy word for it: collaborate. If someone smarter than you can save you time and effort, it's more efficient just to go with their solution right? Yet it's punished in school and called plagiarism.
I've applied these collaborative, plagiarizing techniques in all aspects of my life. It's hard to tell me that any little leaguer hasn't plagiarized their favorite pro athlete's stance. Collaboration.
In college I heard another life changing idiom. The professor said he didn't care if we copied off our neighbor and everyone in the class all got the same grade. But he wished us luck when it came time to graduate and interview for a job. Your classmates will be our competition he warned.
That motivated me to actually learn. An inspiration to ration my collaboration. I wanted to be in control of my own success or failure. That way I only had myself to blame or congratulate. No more group projects where the weakest link determines the whole group's grade.
Don't get me wrong, as a college athlete, I understood the importance of teamwork. I also understood that if each team member didn't perform their best, the team suffered.
After college I reflected on lifelong learning and my quest for financial freedom started with Robert Kiyosaki's best seller "Rich Dad, Poor Dad". In his famous antidote he compared and contrasted the typical American, go to college, get a degree, work until you can retire, golf for a few years then die; to the atypical entrepreneur who goes against the grain building their own story, trying and failing and learning from the experiences all while being free of a boss and punching a clock to live an inspired and fulfilled life leaving a legacy behind for generations to come.
I was pumped! I wanted that legacy. I wanted that freedom. I hated my job. I hated that everywhere I went I heard people hating their job.
I'm no different than you. I just decided to actually do something about it. I went to one of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad financial seminars.
Man was I elated to be there! THE Robert Kiyosaki was going to tell me at a free event how I could become a millionaire over night, quit my job that I hated and retire to travel the world and have not a really big boat but a yacht...
Okay Mr. Rich Dad, Poor Dad wasn't even there. His salesmen in suits and henchmen disguised as experts were there and they did light a fire under my ass. I was in awe. I didn't know half the words they were saying, but I did feel passion growing in my chest. Short sales, moving averages, charts and indicators were babbled on about for 3 hours. With each inflection of the convincing presenter's voice I couldn't wait to go out and make money in the stock market. Then buy real estate. And tax liens and whatever else the free iPad came preloaded with all the software to make my dreams come true!
Okay I was captivated. I'm not knocking this seminar at all because without it, I wouldn't be where I am today. But I felt misled. The author wasn't there, the iPad turned out to be some 6 inch POS tablet that if you bought a $200+ monthly subscription you could download the guides and everything to make you a millionaire. But you know what, I didn't even care! I went and bought nearly $1000 of the next step seminars for real estate and stock trading. Click HERE to know what to expect and how to prepare for one of these seminars.
I didn't sleep that night. Not because I was disappointed, but because I didn't hate my job. This seminar awake my inner beast. I was finally alive and knew what I wanted. I didn't want to be rich, I wanted to use my wealth to help others and leave a legacy just like each of the fancy suit presenters did. That night was trying awe inspiring!
The next day I googled every word I didn't understand. Which happened to be just about all of them. I didn't care though, I was finally growing. I was finally learning. I finally knew my purpose.
To grow and help motivated people define and achieve their goals. This is how Efficiency Book started. How could I fulfill this goal as simple and effective as possible?
Life's a growing journey and a year later I have quit my job, became my own boss. Have two stock market accounts with a 25% and 31% ROI respectively and just started trading in the Forex market.
After that seminar I sold that POS tablet for a decent profit. I learned that there was a difference between investing (safe, stable, long-term) and trading (high risk, high reward). Selling the tablet was an investment. It took me 6 months to even get an offer but I waited for the best offer before I parted ways with it. The difference between investing 6 months time for an exchange of a tablet for cash and what a trader does is this: a trader would have traded that tablet for a fair profit, then used that profit to buy several more tablets and keep repeating the process. The risk in trading versus investing is significantly higher, but if each of those tablets sell and you get multiple profits in a day, it can be a bigger reward than waiting to sell one 6 months later.
If you're interested in seeing how I've used the IML Fusion Trader to make me money while I sleep and before I even knew what a Forex was, watch this video here!
Be you, be efficient, help others and grow. Cheers!
Author, Trader, Efficiency Coach