The secret to getting everything you’ve always wanted

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This is not the first time I have shared the following information, nor am I the first person to share it in the first place.  This can be the most important thing you have ever heard; or it can do nothing for you.

The only person who makes it valuable is you.

One of the best ways I have ever heard this concept is the following metaphor.  You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.  Well this is the most clear, clean, healthy water imaginable.  It’s a panacea called the “secret.”  It is the law of attraction:

Whatever you believe wholeheartedly and strive for; you can achieve.

I know it seems sappy; and even utopian.  I understand it is hard to believe. I haven’t always believed it, myself, but trust me; It is very true, you just have to decide what you want, and then take action.

Do whatever it takes to achieve your goals; it’s as simple as writing them down.  Write out step-by-step what you have to do to achieve them.  Then you simply have to do something every day towards completing each step.

Nothing could be simpler once you understand the basics.  Decide what you want, then take action every day to achieve what you want.  If you don’t believe me; take my own life for example.

I didn’t have any drive for a long time;  Bad experiences in my past were affecting me inside and out.  However, before finding out exactly what it was or how to do it; I began following the law of attraction.

I decided what I wanted; which was to take my passion for music and turn it into a career. I wrote out my first step; to record some of my songs and get them on youtube.  Then I did just that (after forgetting I wrote that down – I recently found the piece of paper I wrote that on…);  I didn’t even write down more steps nor did I know exactly what I wanted to achieve at that time.

As soon as I did get my originals on youtube, however, I knew what the natural next step was; get them on iTunes, Google Play, etc.

So I did.  It’s that simple.

Since then I worked on advertising/marketing/promoting; whatever you want to call it; I worked hard; but I enjoyed every minute!   I was working at what I wanted most; I was living my dream; and it’s true what they say;

“Find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

So I worked hard, and eventually I ran into my music managers; I found them, they didn’t find me.  I submitted my music to them, they liked it, and now they advertise all my songs to big companies like MTV, VH1, Hyatt, Starbucks, etc.

They even recently told me that one of my songs is going to be in an upcoming video game created by Matsuko (game name hasn’t been released yet, but it is set to be released in May).

I am not the best musician in the world; on the contrary I admit I am very mediocre; I know how to play, but I am not amazing.  I just put my heart/emotion into my music, and everything I did and do involving it, and things worked out.

The point is I followed the law of attraction:  I believed it was possible, I took steps to achieve it, and then my dreams came true.

I know I had heard the words “the law of attraction” before; but didn’t understand what it meant until recently after a lot of reading.  Find what you want, write out what it is and then write out the steps you need to take in order to achieve it; and then do the steps!

No one except you can change your life; no one except you can make you rich, happy, or a better person.

We only live once; remember any one of us can get run over by a bus later today; or get a heart attack, or maybe a plane could crash on your house… My point is: Carpe Diem; The only time you know that you are alive to achieve what you want is now.

After fear, procrastination is our biggest enemy.

Figure out what you want, then do whatever it takes to go out and get it!

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post where I will talk about being an autodidact and how it can make you much more intelligent, happier, and more successful. – update: this is 2 posts in the future; in my next post I showed a comment I made in a google plus community..

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

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The Real definitions of Assets and Liabilities; and what everyone can do to start being able to obtain more assets.

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The information that I am going to share in this post can exponentially improve your quality of life.  As with anything, however, you must be willing and able to fully comprehend the new information and take appropriate action before anything in your life will change.

First and foremost; figure out what you need, then figure out what you like, then figure out what you want, and finally figure out how to get all of the above NOW! Not when you have the time – the only time you know you have is now (you could get run over by a bus or have a heart attack today)! Write a step-by-step outline that will enable you to achieve all those things that you need, like, and want. I will reiterate: there is no perfect time, you are alive NOW, you have options NOW, if you want to change your life; the only person who can do it, you guessed it: is YOU!

Save as much as possible (minimize all types of gambling, unnecessary spending and all the other “doodads” that are currently in your expenses). If you are living from paycheck to paycheck; your goal is to first make your income higher than your expenses; during this time, and from now on; you should be paying off your debt and looking for opportunities that can provide you with residual streams of passive income.  Eventually you want to make your passive income higher than your expenses; at which point you could quit your 9-5 if you wanted, and work on gaining more passive income and really diving into whatever makes you happy!

We’re only human; Everyone purchases things and participates in activities we know are not the wisest choices…  If you can figure out the minimum that you need to survive: to pay all of your bills and still have enough money left over for cheap food.  You’ll have a better idea of how much money you MUST have coming in; and how much money you can start saving now!

There are ways to help you have more money in your pocket today (as in RIGHT NOW)  Figure out whether or not everything you currently have, or are spending money on; is a need or a want (these are two very different words!).  You may find that you already have all your needs (as a music lover; I couldn’t help quoting the Rolling Stones here),  “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes; you just might find you get what you need.” Whether or not you have heard that song before and whether or not you like it; it has a good point: Usually, people already have everything they need, if not then work on your needs FIRST!

Now assuming you have all your needs: just work on minimizing unimportant “wants” that you don’t have, and selling the things that you used to need or want that you don’t anymore…  If you follow this correctly; you should have more money in your pocket.; which means you are able to save/invest a lot more! NOW Find ways of getting those things that you truly need, then those things you really want.  You should constantly be re-evaluating your needs and wants and continuing to plan accordingly!

Now I would like to talk about the true definitions of an asset and a liability.  In layman’s terms, an asset is something that earns you money, a liability is something that costs you money.  So let’s look at these in a little more depth.  Here’s my favorite example that explains it the simplest.  Your car is not an asset, it is a liability.  You spent money when you originally purchased your car, then you spend money on gas and oil changes, then you spend money on repairs.  when it comes time to sell it; the only way that your car becomes an asset is if you sell it for MORE than everything you have spent.

When you ask the average person what is their biggest asset most will say it is their house.  95% of the time, this is simply not true.  Your house is a liability unless you sell it for more than you spent on it. This means that after your down payment, the sum of the money you spend on your mortgage, your utilities, upkeep/maintenance, and everything else you spend on your house on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis; must be LESS than the amount of money you sell it for, and personally earn off of the sale.

A true asset is your job; you earn more money than you spend on it (you spend money on transportation to and from work).  A true asset is your 401k or IRA (though they are taxable, so when you want to withdraw money be careful; see my last post for an alternative way to invest that is tax-free).  Dividends earned from well-performing stocks are an example of residual passive income; and that type of stock can be an asset.

See the free online game cashflow classic at richdad.com for a fun way to learn how to become wealthy, feel free to contact me at adam@faigen.com if you want someone to play with (who can answer any questions you have while playing it).

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post where I will talk about the law of attraction and how staying positive and making plans can help you achieve everything you have always desired!

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

Finding Happiness, and, less importantly; the new way to invest that is saving lives!

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I promised in my last post that I was going to make this solely regarding my most recent endeavor; venturing into the realm of the financial industry; and looking for and eventually finding what I consider the best investment vehicle in the world.  However, though I will mention the aforementioned information; it is not my purpose in life, and I am definitely not a salesman by nature (just ask my parents).

So I would like to start off with something completely different than what I promised first; because, well, it’s simply more important, and most people believe they don’t have the time to read every blog post, essay, book, or whatever they come across in their daily lives; and though it pains me to say it; they are right!

It is impossible for one human to live long enough to fully study and understand all of the information available to us, especially in this day and age; so it is up to each individual to pick and choose what they do and don’t want to read and learn.

Provided you can find ways to survive while doing so, I highly recommend spending time every day finding, and then doing the thing(s) you love most. “The pursuit of happiness”  for me is teaching, helping people, playing/making music, and spending time with family and friends.  I can’t tell you what makes you happy, but I can give you suggestions on how to become happier in general and improve your quality of life.

Helping others (whether it’s people, animals, or the environment) has been proven to make us happier, and it makes others happier and improves their quality of life too (a real win-win scenario).  Finding a hobby that you enjoy can also be a great escape.  Spending more time with family can be a great stress reliever (obviously some family members more so than others).

My point is: life is way too short to be so caught up in society’s notion that “becoming wealthy through hard work” is the meaning of life. The problem with that type of thinking —other than the cold truth that you can literally work yourself to death; look up the new Japanese word: Karoshi— most people who are truly wealthy and stay wealthy actually didn’t work as hard for as long as you may think to get there, and many are definitely not the hardest workers in the world.

They became wealthy through smart decisions such as minimizing their liabilities (paying off credit cards and other debts for example), investing their money, gaining assets, earning money from multiple sources of residual passive income.  However; they are NOT the happiest people in the world, they are just the wealthiest.  It has actually been proven now that yes, in general people who make $5000 per year are not as happy as people who make $50,000 per year just because the very poor are unable to afford the simple necessities to stay alive; however, the people who make $50,000 per year are almost equally as happy as people who make $50,000,000 per year… Just something to keep in mind.

Now I will keep my word and briefly talk about the investment vehicle I have found with downside protection, upside potential, and that actually saves lives; in the form of a new type of life insurance that you don’t have to die to use.  It is a permanent (not a term) life insurance policy in which your investment actually starts to accumulate interest based on the stock market; but unlike a 401k, when the stock market goes down, in this your money does not! So you earn interest (guaranteed 2.5%, currently approximately 8% apy with a cap of 13.5%), and then you have downside protection so you never lose anything you have invested nor any interest you have gained. Another huge benefit; especially for business owners, is that also unlike a 401k and other investment vehicles: this is a completely legal tax loop-hole.

The only catch is to have the tax-free status you can not invest more than 15% of your annual income, any more than that and it will become a modified endowment contract (MEC) and will be taxable.

I have saved the best for last. The reason this is actually a life saver is because while you own this type of policy, if you get very sick or injured, you can actually take money out of the face value of your policy (again completely tax-free) while you are still living.

If you think about it; when you have to go to the hospital (especially for a prolonged period of time), you can’t work, and may even get fired, so you aren’t making that steady income anymore, but you still have to pay all your bills, which your health insurance will not cover.  With this you get a HUGE chunk of money tax-free and are able to use it for anything; from hospital bills like the best of the best medical care that your health insurance may not cover (which can definitely save your life), you can use the money for your mortgage/rent, other bills, food, a vacation, and anything else you want to use it for, because it is your money!

For more information; contact me at adam@faigen.com

If you are interested I am also hiring people to work with (not for) me to sell this.  You can not get fired, there are no required hours and it can be done completely in your free-time.  It also can be one of those residual sources of passive income the wealthy like so much…

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post; where I will talk more about assets and liabilities and give some suggestions of ways to improve your financial situation regardless of whether you are poor or rich, or somewhere in between.

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

Music and Finances

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In my opinion; music and finances are very similar in their close relationships to mathematics.   I believe most musicians will agree with me that during most songs there will be some sort of time-able beat.  Most commonly there is something called 4/4 time where basically you can count to 4 with the beat of any song. Then often after the 4th time you do count to 4; there will be a new verse or the chorus…

Similarly; finances are related to mathematics for many reasons; but most simply because things can get bad very quickly if you don’t keep a close eye on the amount of money you have, the amount you are making and the amount you are spending.

Another way in which finances and music are similar;  they can both imbue some very deep emotions. I don’t remember the exact numbers but if memory serves: more than half of marriages that end in divorce were due to finances; usually from debt and/or lack of income, etc. so obviously not having enough money can at least indirectly cause us to have deep, even painful emotions such as stress, depression, anger, etc.;  Relating this back to music; any avid music listener knows that there are certain songs that completely change our current moods if we are willing to actually listen to and be receptive to those songs.

With music and finances; there are also almost always some uncertainties; hopefully not with your own finances too much, but with the stock market for example, or for someone that works for the government during a government shutdown…. So It’s not always easy to know what is going to happen down the road

When you have never heard a genre of music before, and/or a song from a band you have never heard of is about to be played for the first time, you don’t know what to expect.  But if you listen to reviews of that genre of music or the band, you listen to a couple of their other songs first; you “test out the waters” as it were; you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when you do listen to that song;

Likewise: no one knows for sure where the Nasdaq or the Dow will be in a years time..So you could teach yourself more about finances; learn everything you can about the real definitions of an asset and a liability, why you need to focus on first finding ways to make residual passive income, and making your income higher than your expenses while paying off debt  For example, musicians make royalties off of one commercial or one movie that their songs appear in, and those royalties come in permanently after that (often monthly or quarterly).  Similarly; authors write a book once and permanently earn money each time someone purchases a copy of it..  (Not including advertising/marketing) We never have to do any more work after we finish creating these things which is what makes them passive income….

If you fully understand the information above, and you utilize that knowledge to your benefit: you will have a lot better idea of the different options available to you. Be able to learn all the details about anything you want, and generally be more prepared for the future (anyone can learn anything; for free; now that we have the internet; you just have to take the initiative to go online, and do the research).

The best advice I could give is; keep your current job at first and/or find something that provides a steady paycheck with enough money to survive off of; and try to find ways to earn passive income on the side until you are making a consistant amount of money every month that is (I recommend) at least twice the amount you are making at your steady 9-5; and then you could quit it.  If you don’t have any feasible ideas off the top of your head that will enable you to begin making some sort of residual income;  find something you love doing, read up on it; and start doing it when you aren’t working, you can teach other people that skill, or if it is creating something; sell it!

Though it is usually a good idea to educate yourself in every aspect of any topic you are interested in; do not waste unnecessary time and money on a formal education when all the information you learn in school is available for free on the internet.  You would be surprised how often the richest people in the world take legal “short cuts” like this to save even small bits of money.  Being frugal is the name of the game; the people who are the richest who obtain wealth and then STAY wealthy from then on are the ones with large residual passive incomes, and relatively low overhead; along with the self restraint to not spend all their money on unnecessary liabilities.

For example you could have 10 million dollars in your name, own a small 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo with a minivan (all of which you paid in cash) even though you could EASILY afford the mortgages on 2 mansions and a vacation home, easily lease a couple Lamborghinis, Ferraris, etc. or whatever you wanted to buy, but instead of getting these leases and mortgages the smartest, wealthiest people invest that money into safe investment vehicles instead, and actually may have a mansion or two, but they would be renting out those mansions (a type of residual passive income because they are renting them for much more than how much they are paying on the mortgages/bills each month)..  I am not a real-estate expert; I am just giving an example:  so when you start to get to this level of investing it is a good idea learn from an expert who has a proven track record and you should read multiple books on the subject before making any rash decisions (I do know that renters insurance is a good idea)…

When I am interested in a subject; I read books or watch youtube videos; and talk to and more specifically listen to people more knowledgeable than me in those fields (all of which counts as getting an education in my opinion).  Be aware, however; that one of the best educations you can get is called learning by doing..  Just dive straight in and stop worrying about what other people think or say and learn as you go. There is always “more than one way to skin a cat,” and as long as you are smart about it: it is much better to try and fail than to never try…

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post; where I will go over a new financial product which earns guaranteed interest (much more than any bank will offer in savings accounts or CDs, etc), has downside protection, is completely tax free, and can even save your life!

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

Create your first outline!

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I want to go back and elaborate on something I wrote about in my e-book.

But before I dive right in:

Do you already know your passion?  What do you love doing which you never feel like you are working when you are doing it?  Are you pursuing it?  And if you are: are you trying to find ways to make income, and ideally passive residual income off of it? All I can say to you is this:

There is something that you must understand: you have to have a burning desire if you really want to make things happen; you have to have the drive to get up and do things; be there early and leave late; be prepared and at the right moment, go the extra mile. You can’t keep putting things off until tomorrow; because you may get hit by a bus and die later today!

Many of us have heard the phrase Carpe Diem before; but I strongly recommend really understanding the concept of those words: “cease the day”  Stop procrastinating! None of us may be here tomorrow!  You are alive now, you have options now; what are you going to be remembered for?

So knowing that the time to get something done is now, and the longer you wait and put things off; the more likely that nothing will get done:

Why write an outline?  Because it will solve multiple problems. You will be amazed at just how much you can achieve if you simply break it down into little easy steps that you can do each and every day in order to get anything and everything you’ve always wanted— financially and otherwise — and once you have a step-by-step guide on how to get to where you want to be, not only are you about 90% more likely to actually get there, it surprisingly relieves a lot of stress as you are writing it, and then you experience even more relief and even happiness as you see yourself achieving your goals on a daily basis.

You never know what you may learn about yourself by creating one and sticking with it.  A friend of mine has said on a number of occasions: “How would you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!”  I don’t think that was his quote originally, but it definitely has a point, If your goal is huge or seemingly unreachable; most of the time it is very possible to obtain it; if you work towards it one step at a time.  How would you purchase a Lamborghini in cash when they don’t have enough money to lease a Prius?  One day/step/dollar at a time.

If you already know where you are going, what you want to have, do or achieve; it should make this simple outline creation process that much easier which means you can achieve all your goals that much faster!  If you don’t know your own goals; Just putting pen to paper and starting to write actually will help you to find what you need, want, and have which will in turn give you an idea of the things that you really want which are your goals.  I will give you a good idea of where to start no matter who you are nor how set you are financially.

This is how I recommend creating an outline:

If you know what you want; write it down! That can be the title of your outline;

for example:

      1. My path towards retirement,
      2. or outline towards the keys to my own Ferrari paid for in cash,
      3. or stepping stones towards 5 million dollars
      4. or even  How I am going to afford to buy my own private island;

If you don’t know what you really want, that’s ok; but EVERYONE should be able to do this next step:

Figure out your liabilities

First just put the pen to paper and start writing out everything you know you currently need, that you can not survive without (this usually is referring to things that you have to pay for each month including rent or mortgage, car payments, other bills, the minimum amount you need to survive on food, etc. and since these numbers can and do fluctuate just make your best guess what the maximum you would ever have to pay just to survive the most expensive month of the year..) That is your target total expenses, obviously an important goal is to minimize these; so pay off your credit cards, stop going out to eat everyday, especially if you are living paycheck to paycheck…

Then write down the things that you already own (anything you own outright; that you are not making payments on…) anything that you don’t need, and don’t want.  Sell it!  Have a yard sale, go to a pawn shop, sell them on ebay or amazon or craigslist; that is unwanted junk which could easily be converted into extra money you could be investing towards your retirement!

Then write down any small things that you want but don’t need (like to spend $60 on a meal which you could have bought fresher ingredients from the grocery store that tasted better and are usually more healthy and cost as much as 75% less or so).  Almost everyone has some sort of expensive habits, for example: smoking when you are killing yourself and need to stop or you will end up spending tons more on medical bills…or a gym membership when you can exercise at home using bodyweight techniques and going out jogging, or instead of going out to the movies once a week you could wait a couple months for them to be available for the same price if not cheaper on dvd (and watch it as many times as you want).  You could minimize these types of behaviors and use the excess money to reach your goals sooner…

Now don’t get me wrong; we are ALL human; it is ok to spoil yourself every once in a while; you only live once; however, you need to get into the habit of calculating how much everything is costing you each month; for example: that $5 per day on starbucks adds up to about $150 per month, that’s $1800 per year!

Once you have written down all of the above you should easily be able to create a good first outline that will give you a better idea of what you have, want, and need, what you can sell (or stop doing in order to have more money) and where you want to be.

Now you should be able to figure out at minimum your short term goal if you don’t have one yet,

Then back-track from your goal, how much money do you need to reach that goal? Write out what you’ll need to do step-by-step to achieve that amount.  If you prefer, create your outline moving forwards, write out what you can do each and every day to be on the right track to achieve your goals.  An outline can be changed, the goal can change, a step can be subtracted or added, but ideally it is best to make goals that are achievable, stick to them, and remember that burning desire I was talking about earlier…And when you find something that comes your way, no matter what your preconceived notions are about said item, have an open mind and learn everything you can about it prior to judging. You never know when that may be just the thing you have been looking for.  When you find something like that, which you are interested in; something that “speaks to you” in some way: take that opportunity while you have the chance; don’t live in regret! Have that burning desire to chase after it; you never know: it may be that one thing that will change your life forever.

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post; where I will go over the similarities between Finances and Music.

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen

Finding Your Place

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Hello and welcome!

If you are reading this you may be wondering who I am, what I do, and what I can offer to you personally.  Well before I answer all of those questions (and any other questions you may have, you can always ask); first and foremost I need you to do something for me.  You must purge all preconceived notions from your mind, and concentrate on the here and now.  In order to really learn, to get help, to find something else about yourself and the world; YOU MUST BE WILLING TO RECEIVE that HELP!  We need to have an open mind for anything and everything we experience on a day to day basis; otherwise, the mind being closed; we no longer will be growing mentally and instead we just wither away.  The second we get out of college many of us develop an over-grown ego, which is the start of the death of the mind.  My personal favorite way I have heard someone express this is: “The mind is like a parachute; it only works when it is open.” – I am unsure who first said that; but it is very true.

First bit of advice I can give for free is the topic of this first post (and a song):  Finding your place.  How did I get to where I am now? How did I end up at a point in my life, relatively young, and having achieved all that I have wanted to so far?  Well let me tell you it is not by accident; and I won’t lie; I did work pretty hard to get to where I am today; but I was always doing things at the same time that made the journey here enjoyable.  I found things that I love doing; (playing guitar to start; then teaching guitar to others, etc.)  and found many ways to use those talents to earn money.  (I know this is cliché, but) The point is I found something I love doing, and so “I never work a day in my life”.  What do you love doing?  Is it collecting something? maybe you can buy and sell collectibles for a living.  Do you enjoy knitting or pottery-making, photography, or some other craft in which you are creating something?  Hone your skill and sell your work!  Do you love horseback riding or driving? Do something in which you can offer rides, or (legally) race others and earn money doing that.  There are many options out there; the point is (sorry, another cliché here:) we only live once; why waste your life working a 9-5 making someone else rich, and never going after your goals?  Life’s too short; it really is.  Carpe Diem!   What are you going to be remembered for?

If you are interested; feel free to ask a question or comment on here, and I will do my best to answer them all.  Or if you have something more personal I am happy to give you more personalized help via email: adam@faigen.com

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for my next post; where I will go over how to create an outline and start changing your own life!

Oh, and to find answers as to who I am, what I do, and what I can offer you; you can find some of those answers on my home page @: http://www.AdamFaigen.com  

See you soon  =)

@TheAdamFaigen