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I hope this isn't a landfill thread in the making, If so mods feel free to delete it.


but to elaborate the title, For anyone else after reading the book how did your perception of the world change?

To give an example and this is going to sound silly...but I literally began realizing everything is a brand, and how my shopping habits as a consumer reflected the products that constitute my home. Basically every thing I buy is branded by the store I shop at(Target,Kroger) Mainly because it's cheaper and the quality is on par with "name" brands.

I've also gained a deeper appreciation for supermarkets and stores that actually take the time to make sure their merchandise is clean and presented well. I can't even step foot in Wal-mart now because the majority are just dirty and unkempt. But when I walk into a Kroger I see groceries immediately to my right that are neatly organized and color coded and now I understand that when these stores were made the designers intended this of course but I now see how much time and planning goes into many the facets of capitalism we tend to overlook. Overall, I'm just more appreciative of others creations and I've become much less critical.

Anyone else see things in a different light?(INB4 "you sound like a Grade A consumer")
 

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Of course. I think that was MJ's intent behind both books; to get us to see the world and ourselves differently. Today, I was sitting at my desk doing some work, and a mosquito was biting me intermittently. Most likely it would be in the area under my desk, since its a bit enclosed. However, I took those bites for more than a half hour, then I got fed up and decided to act on it. In that moment, I remembered his analogy with the dog that laid on the nail in pain and didn't move. Why? As the story goes, it probably did not hurt enough. My mosquito experience reminded me of that. I could have done something earlier, but I suppose it was not irritating me enough. That's a micro moment and a somewhat trivial example, but it still illustrates how those ideas are like seeds planted. The books cannot be unread, and as such these seeds continue to grow. When my gf is in her job as a waitress (we're reading unscripted together), she is becoming more fueled to build her own asset. Instead of just trying to cope with the boring nature of the job and the slow days, she now sees it as her life and youthful time draining, which it is. Her job is an ongoing FTE as we chart our course out of the script. So those are my two examples and I fully agree with you, our view on many critical things have and continues to change.
 

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For anyone else after reading the book how did your perception of the world change?
That wasn't TMF's intent, but it was Unscripted's. If TMF rocked your perception, wait until you read Unscripted.
 

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After reading the 2 books, I became an idea machine. They seem to spring up everywhere I look. My execution is still bad though. I’m currently looking out for a business to buy and creating an online course.
 

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After reading both books I feel like I can't relate to anyone.
Welcome home :D

Anyone else see things in a different light?
"Help a million people and you'll be a millionaire" Or something along those lines.

What I find stunning about this line is how it pulls you in. Everyone wants a million dollars right?

But what it doesn't say is how rich your life becomes by helping others.

I started out, like many other's, just doing it for myself.

But the more time you spend with genuine people, the happier you become.
 

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I hope this isn't a landfill thread in the making, If so mods feel free to delete it.


but to elaborate the title, For anyone else after reading the book how did your perception of the world change?

To give an example and this is going to sound silly...but I literally began realizing everything is a brand, and how my shopping habits as a consumer reflected the products that constitute my home. Basically every thing I buy is branded by the store I shop at(Target,Kroger) Mainly because it's cheaper and the quality is on par with "name" brands.

I've also gained a deeper appreciation for supermarkets and stores that actually take the time to make sure their merchandise is clean and presented well. I can't even step foot in Wal-mart now because the majority are just dirty and unkempt. But when I walk into a Kroger I see groceries immediately to my right that are neatly organized and color coded and now I understand that when these stores were made the designers intended this of course but I now see how much time and planning goes into many the facets of capitalism we tend to overlook. Overall, I'm just more appreciative of others creations and I've become much less critical.

Anyone else see things in a different light?(INB4 "you sound like a Grade A consumer")
Something that it made me realize was that most companies brainwash you into thinking that you need things that you really don’t need. An example for me would be Apple. I am a huge Apple fan but after reading TMF, I’ve realized that Apple is doing a fantastic job of making so many people believe that their company/products are the best and that they’re made purely for your benefit. I’m not even halfway through the book and it’s already changing the way I think, look at things, and tackle problems that I undergo.
 

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What's really scary is freedom and how enslaved we all are. Me, you, everyone. You can't even leave the damn country without permission.

EVERYTHING needs permission.

Heck, in some places you need permission to grow a garden, catch rainwater, or to build something on your property that is longer X number of feet.
 

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What's really scary is freedom and how enslaved we all are. Me, you, everyone. You can't even leave the damn country without permission.

EVERYTHING needs permission.

Heck, in some places you need permission to grow a garden, catch rainwater, or to build something on your property that is longer X number of feet.
And one of the worst things about it is that it creates a society that lacks initiative. You're afraid of doing something because you're afraid that you need to get permits, that you'll fail to comply with some regulations, etc. Even if you can get a permit, it often takes weeks or months to get it and it's costly and unnecessarily complicated.

I have a list of goals I'd like to accomplish, but I don't act on many of them because I know how terribly frustrating it will be to act on them because of all the permissions I'd have to get (if even possible).

It's sad that the first thing you should check before doing many cool things (particularly those on your own private land) is whether you're even permitted to do it (like collecting rainwater, growing a garden, planting a forest, etc.).
 

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You become aware of everything, from being bombarded of marketing from everywhere or the power of Brand, from actually see the opportunity that some have took to get themselves out of the scripted life also.

Before i wasn't aware of what happens between 9am to 6pm, but when you become a working from home man or R.E Agent, you see a lot of retired entrepreneur enjoying their life, some are young, some are in the 50,60..while some people work all day long.
 

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I've also gained a deeper appreciation for supermarkets and stores that actually take the time to make sure their merchandise is clean and presented well. I can't even step foot in Wal-mart now because the majority are just dirty and unkempt. But when I walk into a Kroger I see groceries immediately to my right that are neatly organized and color coded and now I understand that when these stores were made the designers intended this of course but I now see how much time and planning goes into many the facets of capitalism we tend to overlook. Overall, I'm just more appreciative of others creations and I've become much less critical.
This is one of the biggest things I noticed, which led to me seeing opportunity practically everywhere I turned.

Another thing I noticed was how I had spent my life blaming others for my lack of success, and how poor I had been with money management.

It also made me realise the difference between a fastlane business, and a freelance job, and it highlighted just how much I wasted my youth.

Most of all, it made me realise that I could just go out there and get it, with some good ol' fashioned determination and knowledge.


I hope this isn't a landfill thread in the making, If so mods feel free to delete it.
This actually has potential to be a great thread.
 

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I woke up to the lie of the modern era when I was 13. From that point on I started turning every thought, system or whatever you want to call it on its head. I started by questioning our government, next I came after the religion I grew up with. After that I went against our educational system but there was still something to be questioned. That was money and the answer to that question was The Fastlane Millionaire.

It basically opened my eyes to see how money actually works behinds the scenes. Most of us are used to one face of money, that of consumers. "I want this, money will get me this, working will get me money to get this" that's the thought process we're most familiar with. But the Fastlane Millionaire layed out a different thought process.
 

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After reading both books I feel like I can't relate to anyone.
You can still relate to the higher achievers and other individuals who value process and growth, but you'll need to do more shopping to find these folks.

And spend more time with potential UNSCRIPTED people. You only get to know a bear better by living with it in its cave. :smile:

What's really scary is freedom and how enslaved we all are. Me, you, everyone. You can't even leave the damn country without permission.

EVERYTHING needs permission.

Heck, in some places you need permission to grow a garden, catch rainwater, or to build something on your property that is longer X number of feet.
Sounds like my country....
If you want to set up a food stall at the roadside, you got to have a permit, which is hard to get as well.

Some folks do get the permit, but often through bribes and connections. This requires negotiation and salesmanship, not foreign to Fastlaners, but for the onlookers who can't get the permit, some hateful prejudice is birthed from them.

That prejudice steams into political and racial hate as well, especially when the social media feeds blow up once in a while with state officers confiscating stall equipment and tossing the food onto the road.:eek::eek::eek:

On leaving the country without permission, @MJ DeMarco, does that mean passports don't really have great merits at all?
 

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does that mean passports don't really have great merits at all?
A "pass" port allows you to pass. Without it, you can't leave. How do you get one? You ask the government for permission by completing an application. "Dear sir, may I leave my free range cage for X days?"
 

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Unscripted made me realize that even cash in the bank is not freedom.

It gave me a new realization about cryptocurrencies that I've never had before.

The IRS, the federal reserve, legislation and politics. Government in general.

When you look at a hundred dollar bill and see all the fancy engravings of our monetary system it almost seems like that piece of paper is not really yours. The government can either take it away or hyperinflate it away.

I tried depositing some money into my Mexican bank account and it was frozen because of suspicion of money laundering. They wanted proof of income. The proof? A pay stub from a job:smuggy:. Which I haven't had since I worked at Best Buy.:rofl:

I just thought that was funny. Yup freeze my money then ask for proof of job income LOL. Classic scripted.
 
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It made me realize, that millionaires and even billionaires started from scratch back in the days.

From no prodcut to one product.

From no customers to one customer.

From no dollars to one dollar.

That successful people, most of them anyway, are just.. people. They just work harder and don't whine about things.

That successful people are only an e-mail away. A phone call away.

And the fact that you, and you alone, are 100% responsible for your own life and results.
 

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Unscripted made me realize that even cash in the bank is not freedom.

It gave me a new realization about cryptocurrencies that I've never had before.

The IRS, the federal reserve, legislation and politics. Government in general.

When you look at a hundred dollar bill and see all the fancy engravings of our monetary system it almost seems like that piece of paper is not really yours. The government can either take it away or hyperinflate it away.

I tried depositing some money into my Mexican bank account and it was frozen because of suspicion of money laundering. They wanted proof of income. The proof? A pay stub from a job:smuggy:. Which I haven't had since I worked at Best Buy.:rofl:

I just thought that was funny. Yup freeze my money then ask for proof of job income LOL. Classic scripted.
Oh dear! Did you send in too much money at once?

Maybe if you broke the grand sum up to sending a few grand a month or so into the Mexican account, they would not notice. A bit slow though.
 

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Oh dear! Did you send in too much money at once?
No, I was trying to make money with the exchange rates. It worked for a while, I was making like $200 a day with 30 minute investments. I totally understand how it would look suspicious to a bank. I wasn't upset or anything, it opened up the opportunity to do more research. I stopped doing it for tax purposes and other reasons.

It was just a little experiment. There are huge fastlane opportunities in the remittance financial services space.
 
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No, I was trying to make money with the exchange rates. It worked for a while, I was making like $200 a day with 30 minute investments.
If you had something working with your bank transfers, you seriously should look into forex trading. Very simple trading interfaces, potent leverage, no interaction with banks. And scalable as big as you want to make it. If I still had a strategy that worked, I would be squeezing it for all it was worth.
 

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If you had something working with your bank transfers, you seriously should look into forex trading
It wouldn't work. This didn't involve speculating on whether spot prices rise or fall. Rather it was taking advantage of the interbank rate vs the street exchange rate.
 

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Sure, I've seen things differently since reading TMF. But more importantly, as a father, I find myself teaching my kids differently... the rules and lessons I'm sharing with them are different from the ones my parents shared with me; hoping they don't have to wait 40 years to get on the fastlane like I did.
 

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