The Entrepreneur Forum | Financial Freedom | Starting a Business | Motivation | Money | Success

The Entrepreneur's Forum for learning how to build wealth and financial freedom the Fastlane way!

Say "NO" to mediocre living rife with jobs, ascetic frugality, and suffocating savings rituals— learn how to build a Fastlane business that pays both freedom and lifestyle affluence. Join our forum with more than 70,000 entrepreneurs who are making it happen.
Join for FREE Today
Get the books
Remove ads? Join Fastlane INSIDERS
(Registration removes this block)

My Story


Read Fastlane!
Aug 28, 2007
Round Rock, TX
I'm probably one of the older members on this board. I, like so many others, went through life with my parent's ideology of getting a collegiate education and getting a "good", "secure" job afterward. I actually took a separate road from that and enlisted in the military. After serving 6 years for Uncle Sam, I landed a computer programmer job for a small company. A coworker/friend of mine and I used to always sit around thinking up new ideas for a business, but we never got passed the "dreaming" part. I was getting no where in life, so I decided to go back to school and finish my degree. Three years and a mound of student loan debt later, I landed an engineering position in a well-known, global IT company making more money than I thought I ever would.

Several years into my job, I started realizing I was just a corporate drone with no future to look forward to other than retiring at 65 with what I hoped would be enough money to live off of. It was then that a fellow NBA enthusiast referred me to Robert Kiyosaki's book Retire Young, Retire Rich. I read it three times over a single weekend and kept asking myself why I waited so long to "see the light". I immediately started absorbing everything I could related to Real Estate Investing. Four short months after first picking up the book, I submitted my first offer, which was rejected. I kept making offer after offer, and kept getting rejection after rejection. After about two months and a stack full of rejections, I was seriously thinking of giving up. It was then that one of the offers I made a week earlier was accepted. A 4/2 SFR bought for 75% ARV. I put in about $1k in repairs and got it rented within a couple of months. That was several years ago and I still have the house in my inventory.

I'm not rolling in the dough by any means and am still working for the same large company, but my mindset has truly changed as I'm now looking into other ventures besides real estate to escape the rat race.
Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum: Subscribe to Fastlane Insiders.

MJ DeMarco

I followed the science; all I found was money.
Staff member
Read Rat-Race Escape!
Read Fastlane!
Read Unscripted!
Summit Attendee
Speedway Pass
Jul 23, 2007
Welcome to the fastlane!! Always great to have another RE guy!!!!


Fastane Legend. RIP.
Aug 2, 2007
Palm Beach, FL
Welcome to the fastlane. :)
Don't like ads? Remove them while supporting the forum: Subscribe to Fastlane Insiders.


Read Fastlane!
Aug 28, 2007
Round Rock, TX
Thanks all! Very nice web site and I hope I can help spread some useful advice.


Gold Contributor
Read Fastlane!
Summit Attendee
Speedway Pass
Jul 27, 2007
Washington DC

Post New Topic

Please SEARCH before posting.
Please select the BEST category.

Post new topic

Guest post submissions offered HERE.

Must Read Books...

must read books
Download FREE and share!
Explore books recommended by MJ DeMarco and other members of the Fastlane entrepreneurial community.
Fastlane Bookstore

New Topics

Fastlane Insiders

View the forum AD FREE.
Private, unindexed content
Detailed process/execution threads
Ideas needing execution, more!

Join Fastlane Insiders.

More Intros...