I get to do some cool stuff.
As a public speaker for six years I got to meet all sorts of weird and wonderful people. It was hard work at times crisscrossing the country, but as a speaker I got to meet a couple of friendly stalkers (I learnt to be careful opening all letters signed in green ink) to former spies, tantric sex teachers, RAF fighter pilots, world class stock market traders and countless other interesting people. I once shared the speaking stage with James Caan and Sir Alan Sugar the property mogul (when asked by a lady for advice for her 22 year old couch potato son he simply advised her to throw him out the house and tell him to make his own way in the world – nobody ever accused of Sir Alan of mincing his words). When I had a bridging finance business, I still remember the time I was on holiday and needed to urgently advance funds for a deal. At the provincial ye olde bank, the man next to me withdrawing his £60 pension nearly fell off the counter when I told the cashier I needed a large 6 figure sum transferred immediately (I suggest you don’t try doing that wearing flip flops and bermuda shorts).
I play bridge (badly) every Tuesday with a bunch of people more than twice my age (you can join up for lessons at www.ebu.co.uk). On Mondays I have lunch with my Rotary club, where most members label my bridge partners ‘spring chickens’ (average age at Rotary is 70). I once got to jump out of a plane with a special forces soldier, a lottery jackpot winner and a retired pro rugby player (followed by a pub crawl I’ll never forget, nor repeat…) Most of the people I hang around with on a day to day basis are financially independent entrepreneurs, working because they choose to, not because they have to. Contrary to what most people think, they are not champagne swilling, perma tanned, brainless swines idling their life away in Marbella… They are highly intelligent, down to Earth, humble, friendly people. I got bored of traveling abroad on my own so I created an adventure holiday business where I got to visit Marrakech, Istanbul, Monte Carlo, and Florence with over 20 like minded entrepreneurs (I kid you not, one of my best ideas came to me half naked in a Turkish sauna chatting to an IT geek from South Africa).
I’ve created all manner of interesting businesses and adventures. Key word: created. No I did not wait for the government or local council to give me ideas or support – I had to find those for myself, or find people who could help me. It didn’t require certificates, NVQ’s or diplomas. It wasn’t easy and why should it be? In fact I like to to do things the other guy finds hard to do. I learnt much later in my career the posh term for this is “barriers to entry”. I just thought at the time, “why compete with other people when I don’t need to?” Yes you need luck, but there are countless people with more and better yet they do nothing with it. So what’s the secret?
I believe it comes down to putting yourself in a work environment that you would cheerfully be involved in even if you were financially independent. You’ll spring out of bed in the morning and work won’t feel like work. In fact you’ll have to pinch yourself occasionally for getting paid to engage in your hobby. The next thing to keep in mind is who you choose to associate with. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better place than the Tycoon Genius Partnership (TGP) and the Tycoon community generally. On the property front I am developing several properties with TGP group members. I have created up a property trading business with people I met through TGP. I have created all manner of other joint ventures, been offered healthy eating advice, learnt how to get my daughter to sleep through the night, had expert Chinese cooking advice etc, all because of involvement in this community. Being part of the Tycoon community, or any similar type of community where you can meet high calibre people is not just smart, it’s essential if you want to grow.
Getting to do cool stuff every day is possible for almost anybody living – we live in one of the most prosperous countries in the world where we enjoy some of the highest living standards imaginable. Where else would it be possible if not here? Some people even figure out how to make their life a profit making opportunity – Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and many others have done just that.
Time runs out quickly – my bridge and Rotary friends tell me that all the time. The time to set things up the way you want them is now. As Warren Buffett says “waiting to do the thing you really love to do is a little like saving up sex for your old age”