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For those of you that aren’t familiar with Mark Homer, he is a very successful property investor based in the UK. Over the past decade or so him and his partner, Rob Moore, have made their fortune buying, selling, refurbishing and renting property of all kinds.
Mark’s book “Low Cost High Life” details his childhood experiences that gave him the mindset for success, the lessons learned along the way and the advice for anyone else to replicate.
These are the lessons I gleaned from it, some I already learned from other authors but they bare repeating as that is how we learn best – repetition.
1. Always make sure you get more value than you pay for. IE: Don’t pay market price for investments if possible – reduce the risk
2. Learn to balance creating money and time equally in order to enjoy the independence true wealth brings.
3. Do not spend earned income on luxuries – it should only go in to either; living, saving or investing. Buy luxuries from passive income.
4. Understand the business you’re in as much as possible, it helps you remain passionate and spot opportunities. Temper your emotional urges with this knowledge to make rational decisions.
5. Get good at local property before considering overseas property. The laws and best practice may well be very different.
6. Networking events grow your network and that can be your best route to JVs, finance, expertise and latest investor trends.
7. Model those you admire that have been successful and made the mistakes. When walking through a mine field it’s best to follow someone else’s footsteps.
8. For maximum productivity stay fit and healthy. This will provide the energy and clarity of thought you need to focus and work effectively.
9. Put systems in place for everything, then manage the systems.
10. Keep 6-12 months operating cash at hand – ALL the time!
11. Invest for cashflow FIRST, and capital growth second.
12. Tap into the market’s perception of value in order to increase your price.
13. Get a PA asap.
I finally got around to reading the famous Robert Kiyosaki book: “Rich Dad, Poor Dad“.
As a way of helping me remember books I’m going to start blogging my top tips from each starting with this book. So here are the 7 principles that stand out for me from this book…
#1 Pay yourself first
At first read this seems a little selfish but what Kiyosaki is talking about is paying yourself first before your mortgage, your bills, your debts etc. BECAUSE… that will give you the mindset to think more creatively about money so that you CAN pay everyone else. He doesn’t advocate not paying people – just make sure it’s YOU first.
#2 Get your money back quick
When investing in an asset Kiyosaki advises looking to get your initial investment back as soon as possible so the only amount left at risk was any equity or growth that asset achieved in the meantime. That way what’s left IN the deal is actually free money.
#3 Let assets buy luxuries
Pay for the luxuries in your life out of money earned passively by your assets. EG: Let the rental income from any property you own (for example) pay for your holiday or car payments. You should never buy luxuries with earned money, because any excess ‘earned‘ money should be put into buying assets that create positive cashflow.
#4 Model your heroes
Identify who your heroes are and why. Then learn as much as you can about them and what they did to become the people you admire so much. Copy their process if you want to be like them, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
#5 Give away what you want most
Sounds counter-intuitive right? What Kiyosaki means is: identify what it is you want the most and learn to ‘give‘ that to others. What you want then finds it’s way back to you. You want more people to smile at you – smile at more people. In order to start a fire you must first give away a flame.
#6 Learn to teach
And he doesn’t mean study how to teach, he means continue to learn all your life and then share (teach) what you learn with others. Only by teaching something do we get the deepest understanding of it.
#7 Don’t work for money
Most people work for money but if you want to be truly wealthy get money to work for you. Unfortunately the education system doesn’t teach that, so you have to find your own teachers and learn from them. The good thing is… they’re everywhere, in plain site.
That’s my top 7 take aways from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – no substitute for reading the book yourself which I urge you to no matter where you are in your life. It’s never too late to become wealthy.
Hope that helped – share with others if you think it did and keep an eye out for further book summaries.
PS: If you’d like a free pdf copy of my book: “Do You Hate Your Job?” just email me and I’ll send it right over.