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RichardMarkRead

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"You're very determined, that will get you places" This is what my Mum said when I was about 5 as she watched complete a model that I'd tried to assemble and failed about 7 times previously.

I felt pleased I'd completed the model and that I'd be called determined which I thought must be a good thing because my Mum was happy with me.

Through the years I have had many people say this to me and after establishing the meaning of the word early on, I saw my determination take me many places even if my skills didn't.

As an overweight teenager, I became determined to lose weight and "fit in". After many disastrous attempts at relationships, I found my beautiful wife with whom I share 4 amazing kids. My two left feet may have made me hopeless at football but when my son showed an interest in Karate and wanted me to join too, my determination led me to walking exhausted from the Dojo several years later with my first black belt.

Yep, good old determination got me places.... except one of the places I wanted to go to was financial freedom and well, so far, determination doesn't seem to want to take me there!

I've tried, heaven knows how I've tried (isn't that a line from a song?) Yep, I had promotions (salary raise and longer hours) I made Company Director (doing everything the owner didn't want to do) and I've started many businesses off and online including an engineering plant that I co-owned for 14 years (disastrous partnership).

All of them ended in failure and, being next to broke, has led me back to working for someone else just to survive. But I'm so determined so how come?

Thankfully, I was recently introduced to The Millionaire Fastlane and, through the book, the reasons why I'm not financially free. Although I wish I'd read it years ago, at least I now know that determination alone was never going to bring me financial freedom.

Trading my time for money, bad choices, repeating my past mistakes and choosing instant gratification too often all led me to failure after failure.

My name's Richard Read and I'm truly glad to be here.

Am I still determined after all these years ... to be financially free?

Yep, you bet! OK, so I've also wasted far too much time and this is not going to happen while I'm a young man (that ship's sailed) but I'll never be too old or too proud to learn and I'm here to offer what I have (even if it doesn't amount to much) and learn what I can as I set about launching a new online business that I will do my very best to ensure it follows all the rules of the fastlane.

I'm very grateful MJ DeMarco and I'm glad to meet you all in the forum.
 

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Hi @RichardMarkRead,

Thanks for your wonderful introduction, and welcome to the Fastlane community forums!

Am I still determined after all these years ... to be financially free?

Yep, you bet!
OK, so I've also wasted far too much time and this is not going to happen while I'm a young man (that ship's sailed) but I'll never be too old or too proud to learn and I'm here to offer what I have (even if it doesn't amount to much) and learn what I can as I set about launching a new online business that I will do my very best to ensure it follows all the rules of the fastlane.
I'm 39 today. Probably 40, but my Dad couldn't win that argument so I've stuck with my Mom's version of my year of birth since primary school. And that's the least of the uncertainties I've had to grapple with throughout my life.

As I look back, there are a lot of things I wish I'd done differently these past 30-something years. But my biggest regrets are regrets of omission, not commission: the words I never spoke, the contract I never read, the journeys I never made, the business ideas I never started, and even the beautiful girls I never pursued because I thought I didn't have a chance :playful:

Luckily, you and I are still here, still alive, still healthy.

The past we cannot change. Tomorrow, for all we know, may be nothing but a grand illusion. All we have is today and now.

What are you doing today, even now, to make your determination to become "financially free" a reality?
 
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RichardMarkRead

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Hi @RichardMarkRead,

Thanks for your wonderful introduction, and welcome to the Fastlane community forums!



I'm 39 today. Probably 40, but my Dad couldn't win that argument so I've stuck with my Mom's version of my year of birth since primary school. And that's the least of the uncertainties I've had to grapple with throughout my life.

As I look back, there are a lot of things I wish I'd done differently these past 30-something years. But my biggest regrets are regrets of omission, not commission: the words I never spoke, the contract I never read, the journeys I never made, the business ideas I never started, and even the beautiful girls I never pursued because I thought I didn't have a chance :playful:

Luckily, you and I are still here, still alive, still healthy.

The past we cannot change. Tomorrow, for all we know, may be nothing but a grand illusion. All we have is today and now.

What are you doing today, even now, to make your determination to become "financially free" a reality?
Thanks for you reply George. Yes, regrets... we all have them but having them can't change anything.

I have started a lifestyle blog from which I am going to blog about various subjects in niches that are very popular. I will, at first, sell advertising on the site and affiliate other peoples products while creating my own.

Depending on the success of the various niches, I will set up individual blogs specialising in that niche and get one to the stage where it is liquidatable (for a decent sum).

Heading for the fastlane....

Wishing you all the best my friend. Let me know how your journey is progressing :)
 
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RichardMarkRead

RichardMarkRead

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Thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like you've got some war stories. What do you think your next project will be?
Thank you for your time sir!

Yep I have war stories, but I guess we all have. I haven't made a great job of learning from mine though
:(

I have started a lifestyle blog from which I am going to blog about various subjects in niches that are very popular. I will, at first, sell advertising on the site and affiliate other peoples products while creating my own.

Depending on the success of the various niches, I will set up individual blogs specialising in that niche and get one to the stage where it is liquidatable (for a decent sum).

Be sure and let me know how things are going for you?
 

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"You're very determined, that will get you places" This is what my Mum said when I was about 5 as she watched complete a model that I'd tried to assemble and failed about 7 times previously.

I felt pleased I'd completed the model and that I'd be called determined which I thought must be a good thing because my Mum was happy with me.

Through the years I have had many people say this to me and after establishing the meaning of the word early on, I saw my determination take me many places even if my skills didn't.

As an overweight teenager, I became determined to lose weight and "fit in". After many disastrous attempts at relationships, I found my beautiful wife with whom I share 4 amazing kids. My two left feet may have made me hopeless at football but when my son showed an interest in Karate and wanted me to join too, my determination led me to walking exhausted from the Dojo several years later with my first black belt.

Yep, good old determination got me places.... except one of the places I wanted to go to was financial freedom and well, so far, determination doesn't seem to want to take me there!

I've tried, heaven knows how I've tried (isn't that a line from a song?) Yep, I had promotions (salary raise and longer hours) I made Company Director (doing everything the owner didn't want to do) and I've started many businesses off and online including an engineering plant that I co-owned for 14 years (disastrous partnership).

All of them ended in failure and, being next to broke, has led me back to working for someone else just to survive. But I'm so determined so how come?

Thankfully, I was recently introduced to The Millionaire Fastlane and, through the book, the reasons why I'm not financially free. Although I wish I'd read it years ago, at least I now know that determination alone was never going to bring me financial freedom.

Trading my time for money, bad choices, repeating my past mistakes and choosing instant gratification too often all led me to failure after failure.

My name's Richard Read and I'm truly glad to be here.

Am I still determined after all these years ... to be financially free?

Yep, you bet! OK, so I've also wasted far too much time and this is not going to happen while I'm a young man (that ship's sailed) but I'll never be too old or too proud to learn and I'm here to offer what I have (even if it doesn't amount to much) and learn what I can as I set about launching a new online business that I will do my very best to ensure it follows all the rules of the fastlane.

I'm very grateful MJ DeMarco and I'm glad to meet you all in the forum.
Welcome aboard Richard!
Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure you are determined to make it financially worth while. I wish you well in your journey. Would like to hear more as you go.
 

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Welcome, Richard.

I'll never be too old or too proud to learn
- anyone who can say that is pretty much guaranteed to succeed.

(FWIW you joined the forum one day before my 61st birthday.
I joined beginning of this week, and couldn't agree more with the words I've quoted.)

Good Luck in all that you're doing.
 
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RichardMarkRead

RichardMarkRead

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Welcome, Richard.


- anyone who can say that is pretty much guaranteed to succeed.

(FWIW you joined the forum one day before my 61st birthday.
I joined beginning of this week, and couldn't agree more with the words I've quoted.)

Good Luck in all that you're doing.
Thank you very much sir and a very happy belated birthday to you :)

Be sure and let me know what you are doing and what success you gain moving forward, I'd love to know.

Have a great weekend!
 

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