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Lifestyle design is all about living the life you want to live and doing the things that make YOU happy. Maybe working for yourself is key to your lifestyle design...maybe packing lots of travel in is also crucial for you. Perhaps your idea lifestyle involves living near a Starbucks and enjoying as many delicious lattes as you can in a day. Maybe living oceanfront, or camping oceanfront, is more ...

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Gaining Financial Freedom is Easier than You Think

It’s what we all want, right? Of course, “freedom” can mean different things to different people, but I would say a general definition of financial freedom is: Not having to work for income because you have passive income that exceeds your expenses. Sounds exciting! But I think for most it sounds like a very big goal too. Great goal, and you shouldn’t change it, but I think most ...

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When There’s Too Much Traffic in Your Life, Take the Bike Path; A Different Approach for Life and Investment!

We’re a few weeks into 2014 and a lot of us are starting to feel the time crunch.  Work, home, staying in shape, getting our finances in order, making time for family, making time for friends…oh, and remembering to stop and smell the roses from time to time. We’ve got a lot on our plates, don’t we? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Instead ...

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The Power of Passive Income: How to Free Yourself From Your 9 to 5

Do you realize how powerful passive income really is? Do you? I bet you know generally what passive income is, but have you really weighed out how passive income could change your entire life — in ways you likely never thought possible? What would you do with your time if you didn’t have to work a full-time job? The Definition of Passive Income According to Wikipedia (one of my favorite ...

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Forget Balance

Balance is something we need, right? To live a full life, we need to be balanced. We need to have all of our ducks in a row. We need to have a space for everything and everything in it’s place. We should strive for this balance. We should do whatever it takes to get there. Effective lifestyle design is all about balance? Right? No way! Balance is something that ...

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The Zen of Real Estate Investment

Real estate investment just isn’t something you can study in school. It requires skills drawn from all aspects of life: social, life-long learning, research, math, ambition, business savvy and a certain amount of inner peace. Inner peace? Yes. When you buy property, it’s a little bit different from say…buying a certificate of deposit from your savings bank. In real estate, you can more or less safely figure ...

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I’m Going to Nicaragua in June (meet me there!)

It's that time! I've been craving churrasco with chimichurri like no other, so good thing the guys down on the Nicaraguan development I love called to say they are throwing an investor discovery weekend tour in later June! June 19th-23rd to be exact. These trips are a BLAST. I've been on several to meet various investors and I've never had a bad time. These trips are not like those ...

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The 6 KEY Attributes that Affect the Risk Level of a Rental Market

These market factors will directly impact the chance of success and level of risk you are going to take on if you buy a rental property. While you may buy into a market that shows more unfavorable for one or more of these elements, it doesn’t necessarily mean your investment will surely fail, but it may increase your risk. Remember, everything in real estate (and in life, kind of) ...

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