Wealth Update: Rule #18

The last time I saw him he looked terrible. It was the summer of 2007 on the streets of Toronto. Scott R., a personal trainer I had worked with, looked as though he had just pulled an all-nighter. And he almost had been. He’d been up training clients since 5am, and hadn’t finished until 9pm the night before.

On the other hand, I was just out for a relaxing dog walk, having done my morning writing and now had the rest of the day to myself. My lifestyle design plan had given me the freedom to work anytime, anywhere.

Scott R. and I started off the same. We were both struggling personal trainers back in 2003. We both wrote for Men’s Health magazine. Heck, he used to be a model. But somehow I built the life of my dreams while he remains stuck working “for the man”. And it shows in his face…man, does it show in his face. He’s 35 going on 47.

Oh sure, he makes good money. But in Toronto, even with his wife working full-time too, it barely pays the mortgage on an overpriced house that is still a long commute from work, and doesn’t allow him and his wife to actually save and invest money. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in debt.

And then there is the irony…Each day he spends 12 hours teaching run-down executives how to get healthier…all while he destroys his health as a high-priced servant.

He’s like an AA counselor that has taken up drinking.

Compare that to the Lifestyle Design I created.

  •     He helps 50 people a year. I help 350,000 people a year, if not more.
  •     He sleeps 5-6 hours per day. I sleep 8.
  •     I live and work when and where I want. He is at the beck and call of clients six days per week. Wait, I remember he also works Sundays most of the year, too. But only “half a day” (from 10-2).
  •     He has no equity, no royalties, no recurring revenue. He has no wealth. If he falls off the treadmill in the rat race of his life, his family will have no income. I don’t have to work another day if I choose.
  •     He has nowhere to go with this plan…in 5 years, a decade, by the time he’s ready to retire, nothing will have changed. My life, my schedule, my wealth allows me to invest in new, bigger opportunities.
  •     He hangs around the same small-minded co-workers everyday…I spend almost all of my time (work and leisure) around BIG thinkers.

Last night at Dan Kennedy’s Wealth Attraction event, we had the chance to hear from Mark Victor Hanson. Wow. Talk about about a BIG Thinker. He expanded my mind and gave me four pages of notes and ONE massively BIG idea solution to a business problem I had.

Earlier in the day, ol’ Dan Kennedy shared his 21 Rules of Wealth Attraction. As I always do with Kennedy’s rules, I’ll print these out and review one each morning during my Daily Document review. My two favorites, so far, have been rules #18 and #21. #18 states:

“Money responds well to people who own their own universe.”

That’s me. Not Scott R.

And you know, I’m sorry for Scott’s lost opportunity. But he knew what I was doing on the side all those years that we were personal trainers at the same gym. He had the same chance, the same youthful energy, and the same expertise to go after the same online opportunities. Yet he neglected it. He built his cage. A small, tiny, restrictive cage. And he’s into deep to get out. He can’t build real wealth from where he is.

He simply cannot stop working for the man or he’ll go broke. He is stuck trading time for dollars. And he will be for the rest of his life. It’s too bad, because he’s a great, well-meaning guy. But a great, well-meaning guy that looks 15 years older than he really is…because of the lifestyle TRAP he’s in, whereas folks like Mikey Whitfield, Bedros Keuilian, Shawna Kaminski, and myself have all designed our lives to escape the trap.

You have the same opportunity to build a life that escapes the TRAP.

Don’t get sucked in.

Create your own universe. Don’t create your own cage.

The choice is yours.

To your success,

Craig Ballantyne

PS – To get out of the TRAP…

…you need to design your life around your online business opportunity. There is no shortage of ways to make money online, to help more people, to be able to work from anywhere around the world – on YOUR schedule.

You’ll discover exactly how to do this when you join Bedros and myself at our next 1-Day Mastermind. Your next chance is Friday, June 27th, in Orange County, California. We’d love to see you there.

To reserve your spot, email Joan@Keuilian.com

If you want to discover how you can create the life of your dreams, build REAL wealth in your bank account, all while working on your own schedule and helping thousands of people online, then you must attend a 1-day Mastermind with me and Bedros.

See you soon. Until then, think BIG, destroy your cage, get off the treadmill in the rat-race of life, and create your own world.