DO YOU CONTROL YOUR LIFE?

A lot of angry people out there are trying to control you and even kill you.

I bet you can list at least a dozen people trying to control you right now.

I wrote an article on my email list the other day saying how I was paid up on my taxes for the first time ever but that it made me sick to my stomach. Blech!

Taxes and money are a very emotional issue for many people. Some people wrote me angry letters. In two cases I wrote back, “Please reread the article” and then they reread and apologized.

How come they apologized? Because they didn’t read it. They just projected their own anger onto my article and then onto me. That’s what most people do all of the time. They are sick but they puke on you.

They wanted to provoke a response from me. They wanted to control me.

I have two challenges: not letting people control me, and not trying to control anyone else. When I succeed at these two things, life is pretty good.

The first time I ever made a lot of money, it did not make me free. It cost me my freedom. Before I had money I had a lot of friends, I did what I wanted on weekends and at nights, I had fun.

After I had money I started thinking I needed to make more money. A LOT more money. I started buying things I couldn’t really afford. I felt people wouldn’t like me if I didn’t have these things.

I started lending money out to friends and family in the hopes of “helping” them. I thought people would like me if I “saved” them.

NOBODY will ever remember how you helped them. And you can’t save anyone. This was my first lesson.

My second lesson is that I never really owned anything. When I “owned” a house I became slave to the bank, slave to the government, slave to upkeep of the house, slave to the other people living in the house (my family, who I became afraid would be homeless).

Third, I let money control who I associated with. Eventually I ended up with no friends or family. The people I truly loved at the time, I lost. I still regret it.

I was afraid of consequences. I was afraid to lose “everything” even though I had already lost it.

I sold everything. I had to give up many of my friendships and even many of my family relationships. I disappointed probably everyone. But it was the only way I could get free and start from scratch.

Once I started from scratch I was able to begin the long process of reinventing myself.

I probably own nothing right now except some clothes and some books. And all my relationships, 100% of the people I talk with, are only with people I choose to talk to.

If someone in my life tries to control me because of their own fears and angers, then they are out.

I also try to not control anyone else. If someone does something I don’t like, I can’t control what they think or do.

It’s useless and it’s a waste of my time. I try to change my circumstances so I don’t have to deal with those people.

What if you are stuck in a job and have bills to pay because of past mistakes? You have to work for your freedom then. And it’s an ongoing process. It’s every day.

The key to freedom is Luck. But luck is not magic.

Luck equals 1. Persistence plus 2. Diversification.

1. Diversification means coming up with 1000 ideas and implementing the one or two percent that seem reasonable.

2. Persistence is a sentence filled with failures punctuated by the occasional success.

Coming up with 1000s of ideas means having the energy and creativity to brainstorm.

Energy equals Physical plus Emotional plus Mental plus Spiritual health.

All forms of health are a function of how much you control your own life divided by how much people control you.

When I respond to an angry comment, someone controls me. Anger controls me. Then I spend less time being healthy.

If I’m in an unhappy relationship but afraid of the consequences of breaking it then fear controls me.

If I daydream arguments between myself and a boss or a sister or a colleague or whoever, then anger is controlling me. Their issues have nothing to do with me.

If I let them control me, or I try to control them, then I sacrifice my health. Then I can’t generate ideas. I lose persistence. I get unlucky. I lose my freedom.

Every time. No exceptions. I’d rather be healthy than “right”.

Many people have written about things like “the law of attraction”. The law of attraction is about attracting things in the outside world into your life.

This is fine. But it won’t work unless you control what’s happening on the inside world first.

This is the one thing truly under your control. It’s the only way to choose yourself.

Don’t be the slave. Be the master.

Read More: How To Be The Luckiest Guy On the Planet in 4 Easy Steps. 

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  • Adam Hoek

    I like to think of luck more as 1.preperation, meeting 2.Oppertunity. Do I control my life, I like to think so, but just because I control it doesn’t mean I know how to drive it right away.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      I think you are right. But opportunity then is a function of persistence. Because opportunity means you are at the right place at the right time with the right preparation. You only get there by looking over and over for it.

      • Adam Hoek

        Totally. All comes down to grit.

  • Timo

    You can’t control life. Control is a mirage. Want prove of that? Go to Tacloban in the Philippines and see if you can control s*h*i*t.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Very true. That’s a very visceral example.

  • http://www.integrativenutritionaltherapies.com/ Melissa, Naturopath/Holistic R

    Oh, I love this! Thank you , thank you!

  • Guest

    My last day at work will be on Friday. From there on out, I’ll be self employed creating software services for various customers. I’ve never been in complete control over my life like that, so it’s a little un-nerving, but I think we’ll do OK once things settle down.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      It’s very scary, Sam. The first day I broke out on my own I was terrified and nobody knew it. I think I wrote about it here somewhere. here it is: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/09/today-you-started-a-business/

    • Life101

      Way to go. I wish you luck. If you are busy with paying clients, you will love it, but your clients will have a good amount of control over you. Better than an employer having control over you, but understand the reality. If you have trouble generating paying work, you will find you are owned by the process of hustling with no guarantees. At least you have more control over how much effort you put into it, unlike many jobs.

  • http://robzie.wordpress.com/ Rob Zaleski

    A pretty powerful piece. Definitely sounds like you’ve gone through a lot and come out better for it on the other side. Thanks for laying it out for the rest of us to hopefully learn from some of the lessons you have.

  • http://www.davidmansaray.com/ David Mansaray

    I know someone who is incredibly unhappy at the moment because her family threatens to disown her if she does what she wants, which is to travel abroad.

    What advice do you have for her so that she can set herself free? She’s scared of loosing her family, but they threaten to cut all ties with her if she doesn’t listen to them and continue to study a masters, which is making her incredibly unhappy.

    I’d appreciate your thoughts and I’ll pass them on to her.

    Thanks in advance, James.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      She has to trust that ultimately she won’t lose her family. Or…if she does, then that’s what was meant to be. They never really loved her to begin with. But let’s see if they love the real her, the one that wants to explore, to break out, to learn, to live. She has to trust herself first.

      • i.bashiron

        I am in the same situation, I have been looking for this answer in the past four year and I could tell you that its really scary for me to lose that special someone… but now I choose to be on my own I can tell that now I can breathe…. thank you James, you lift 100 pounds burden in my shoulder.

      • Renan Piccolo Colombini

        That was one of the most beautiful advices I ever read.

    • Ashish

      This kind of family pressure is very common among Indian families. (I am Indian.)

      You can either choose to live your own life, which may or may not turn out spectacularly well, or you can choose to give in, get the education they decree, marry the person they choose, and be unhappy and unfulfilled forever, and then do the same to your children.

      Don’t live your life in fear. Don’t let other people, even if they are your “family,” guilt and shame and blackmail you into being someone you are not.

      • Life101

        I always find it interesting when people quote figures that say arranged marriages last longer and are more loving than non-arranged marriages. Is there some tomfoolery going on with the stats?

    • Life101

      Call me ignorant about Indian culture, but doesn’t the U.S. and Canada have millions of Indians traveling in North America, going to college, working, etc? Did many of them have to go against their family’s wishes to do so?

  • Dane Nordine

    “1. Diversification means coming up with 1000 ideas and implementing the one or two percent that seem reasonable.

    2. Persistence is a sentence filled with failures punctuated by the occasional success.”

    Nassim Taleb would call these: 1. Stochastic tinkering. and 2. Antifragility.

    Thanks James. Good stuff, as usual.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      “stochastic tinkering” sounds very complicated but I will look for where he says that.

    • Allen O’Leary

      Glad I’m not the only one to notice that connection Dane – I have just finished Antifragile for the second time and read James’ book just before it! They kinda chime don’t they? Though I suspect Taleb might argue that working a desk job and doing something totally radical at the same time would be a valid strategy too – as long as you knew you were pursuing it!

      And thanks James, your book was excellent. I’m leaving my job in 3 weeks, totally crapping myself but kinda suspect I will be ok :-)

  • http://www.Crank101.com/ Vern Lovic

    Sounds quite a bit like my book, Kicking Life’s Ass! Which was dumbed down to, The Ultimate Life. I liked the first one better, but Amazon and other distributors were trying to control me because it had ass in the title. Come on, right?

    Anyway, taking my own advice, I got out from under their control.

    Getting rid of those that want to control you in life is essential. Loved this article, I find you almost always right on with the advice I give in that book!

    Aloha,

    Vern

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      Vern, thanks. I will check your book out. Sounds interesting.

      • http://www.Crank101.com/ Vern Lovic

        That’d be the coolest. Thanks James.

    • Jonas Eriksson

      Your book sounds interesting, Vern. I have a novel out called Hollywood Ass. (abbreviation for assistant, but the main character is also sort of an ass, so it’s really me trying to be clever) and I didn’t experience too many problems, except for people thinking it has lots of sex in it (it has some, but not much). What were your experiences around the inclusion of the word ass?

      • http://www.Crank101.com/ Vern Lovic

        I’m not sure it just wasn’t paranoia on my part. I do have many other books at Amazon that all received more attention, more sales. So, I took the lazy way out. I blamed it on the ass.

  • Beijingperspective

    Everything you own ends up owning you…..

    • http://futbolox.tumblr.com/ Fnurgh

      Wow, that’s really deep, that thing you remember from watching Fight Club.

  • Federico

    James: I love your blog. I really do. This post made me realize how I’ve been controlled by other people for so long. Most of what I’m afraid of is money-related, as I can’t leave my current office job fearing I might not make it on my own and pay the bills. Reading your blog makes me feel less nervous and less anxious, but I still haven’t decided to “jump free”. I still haven’t chosen myself: I’m afraid to do it.

  • http://www.byronseyeview.com/ @akaTGIF on Twitter

    Brilliant! Thank you for writing.

  • Rod

    “I have two challenges: not letting people control me, and not trying to control anyone else.”

    “Don’t be the slave. Be the master.”

    So, wouldn´t the last phrase be:

    Don’t be the slave. Be free.

    • http://jamesaltucher.com James Altucher

      be the master of your self.

  • Ginger

    “NOBODY will ever remember how you helped them.” I love your posts. You flay yourself open on a regular basis, and we get to learn from, relate to, and be entertained by your mental and emotional entrails. Whatever your reasons for sharing, you do help. You help me, and I’m sure others. I’m grateful for it. I remember those that help me. So ;P””””’

  • Eric Ross

    Great points. It is how I strive to live my life as well. Most people will never understand your points. Most people are ZOMBIES and believe they are helpless, that they need “GOV” or NANNY STATE, or this or that. Many people have FEAR of success so they stay in their dead end job, making very little and drowning in debt. You can not help such people. You can only try and open their mind up to looking at their surroundings, Red Pill or Blue Pill. But even then, 99% opt to take the Blue Pill, go back to believing in what ever they believe in and allow “FEAR” to control them.

  • Hooty

    JA, I love your blog and your posts always make me think!
    But: The first time I ever made a lot of money, it did not make me free. It cost me my freedom.
    The love of money is the root of all evil! (I kind of like Warren Buffets view of money. While I don’t know him from what I’ve read he does not let money dictate how he lives. But, sees money as a tool to be used to build wealth and enhance the lives of others! But, there are and always will be winners and losers – I once read an article/interview where he said he was probably wired from birth to do what he does!)
    Nobody will ever remember how you helped them. (They don’t need to it is your memories that really count! :)
    I also try not to control anyone else. If someone does something I don’t like, I can’t control what they think or do. (What were you really expecting from those people/relationships?? :)
    Did you re-read your post??? (I) is a pretty lonely WORD! (Balancing your whole world on the letter I can be pretty tricky!! :)

  • fsufootball171

    James, I catch your blog from time to time and I really enjoy the knowledge you share, but forgive me if you’ve discussed or answered this question before: do you practice yoga?

    • Evan Salveson

      He’s mentioned that he likes to do either yoga or tennis as part of his Daily Practice. Not sure what style of yoga, but he recommended Ashtanga yoga to me once in a question I asked.

      • fsufootball171

        Thanks for the reply, Evan. There’s a lot of sentiments in this post that resonate with similar ideas emphasized in yoga.

  • https://effortlesswp.com/ Bharat N.Tekwani

    Nice read.

    But I think we would be better off if we consciously decide who can control the way we think & react in different situations instead of saying no one can control us (which is think is practically not possible)

    We all get influenced all the time by people who surround us, the ads, etc so instead we could consciously decide who controls us via books we read, movies we see, interview we listen to, etc. I think anyone who is about to release a new product would love to get his thoughts & feelings controlled by Steve Jobs or anyone who is about to make an investment would love to be controlled by Warren Buffet.

    for me In a nutshell its about avoiding the negative influence & consciously choosing the positive ones.

    P.S. – Just read your article on techcrunch – Ultimate Cheat Sheet for running a business. Loved it. I am glad I found your blog.

  • Rick Deckardt

    Interesting article, still missing a bit of nuance when it comes to living in a society where taxes apply, and you are being controlled by and dependent of society to a certain extent.

    I love your conclusion: “If I let them control me, or I try to control them, then I sacrifice my health. Then I can’t generate ideas. I lose persistence. I get unlucky. I lose my freedom.” — but then butcher it with the last line: Don’t be the slave. Be the master.

    I love to say: “Don’t /let/ it happen, /make/ it happen.”

  • Karin

    Great story. I realised this too now 13 years ago. My husband committed suicide and this started my transformation. Since then I’m so much mory happy and more strong and peaceful. Inspiring how you transform yourself and being so honest. Thank you for sharing.

  • Life101

    When you rent, you are controlled by your landlord for the length of the lease. You are a slave to other people who live in the house, same as owning. You probably own a cell phone, a tablet, a computer, towels, linens, food, hygiene supplies, garbage bags, maybe some furniture, etc. You are still controlled by the water company, electric company, gas company, even if utilities are included in the lease – you still pay the utilities by way of your rent every month, or the landlord goes broke. Not a whole lot changes when you rent instead of own. I paid off my house 7 years ago, and it is amazing for peace of mind. I could live in a bigger house, but this way is better for us. Maybe you hate having a mortgage and the control the bank has on you, but if you truly own a house outright, it is a great way to live.

    • Steven

      You never own a house. Try not paying your taxes.

      • Jack

        Be mindful of tax rates when you buy a house. Some places aren’t so bad. Hate the idea of rent always going up year after year.

      • Life101

        Taxes are a recurring expense. Also, when a house appreciates (hopefully), the owner eventually pay taxes on the gains. If it’s a good house in a good location, the owner should still come out way ahead compared to renting over the same period. Don’t be fooled. Renters pay for the taxes on a property, it’s just not a line item in the rental agreement/lease. No landlord would charge a rent that doesn’t pay all his expenses and give him some profit above and beyond the mortgage, maintenance, and other expenses.

        • David

          “…the owner eventually pay taxes on the gains.”

          If the house is your primary residence for at least 2 of the last 5 years, you will be able to have tax-free capital gains of up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple). So, not only could you make a significant amount of money off the house, but it can be done tax-free as well. Let’s see a renter do that…

          And, it is repeatable. One of my mentors did it five times in a row when his kids were younger. His wife told him she would move as often as he wanted so long as their kids stayed in the same schools. So, he built a house a few lots away from where they were currently living. Finished the house, sold the old one, pocketed about $120,000 in tax-free capital gains, and moved into the new one. About 18 months into living there, he started building the next house one street away. Finished it in about 7 months (now past the 24 month mark), sold the old house, moved into the new one. Repeat, repeat, repeat. He was the general contractor (owner/builder) on each house, so he was able to pocket his “contractor fees” as the GC and the appreciation, which averaged about $185k per house. So, he was getting about $92,500 per year, tax free, on top of his “day job.” That’s almost a million bucks, tax-free, in a decade. Not too shabby just for moving five times. Most renters do that anyway, and what do they have to show for it after a decade?

          • Steven

            Flipping houses is different than what the majority of people want out of a house. Most people buy a home expecting to live in it for the rest of their life.

            If a person buys a house for $150,000 at 3.5% interest for 30 years, they end up paying $92,500 in interest. Let’s just assume $2,000 per year for 30 years in property taxes; that’s an additional $60,000. If the person decides to sell, there are fees. What happened to our equity? If they don’t sell, they’re still stuck with the $2,000 per year in property taxes. Just remember that this only considers the mortgage and property taxes, not any incidental or maintenance costs that homeowners encounter that renters don’t have to worry about.

            Now, let’s look at renting. Let’s pay the same amount of rent as what our mortgage would be, about $675.00 per month (what I pay today.) We are still out the cost of the mortgage (plus interest) but we don’t have to pay the $2,000 a year in property taxes (not to mention certain utility costs that are often factored into the cost of rent such as water, trash, heat.) Let’s instead invest that money ($165.00 per month, $1,980 per year.) After the same 30 year period of time, at a very conservative 1% annual interest compounded monthly, we would end up with nearly $70,000 in cash.

            This is not a “my friend” story. It’s math. Verifiable.

          • David

            “Most people buy a home expecting to live in it for the rest of their life.” Expect? Perhaps. But, expectations don’t meet reality. The average homeowner moves every 7-9 years.

            Property taxes? Yep, everyone pays those, including renters. It is part of your rent. What, did you think your landlord was losing money on you? Ha. Sure. Just go on thinking that.

            Your example is flawed right from the beginning when you say “Let’s pay the same amount of rent as what our mortgage would be…” Sure, there are some cities where it is better to rent than buy and rents/mortgages would be the same. That’s why there are thousands upon thousands of articles about whether to buy or rent. But, do you really think landlords all across the country (world) are losing money on their rental properties? If that were the case, there would be no landlords. The large majority of the time, landlords are going to make money off their tenants. That means the tenants will pay ALL expenses on the property, including: mortgage, insurance, short-term maintenance, long-term repairs, vacancy, property management fees, and, my favorite, landlord PROFIT. (Vacancy, PM fees, and landlord profit are three things homeowners do not pay, but renters do.)

            If you are renting for $675/mo, do you really think that is what your landlord is paying on his mortgage? C’mon, unless he is the world’s worst real estate investor, his mortgage is only a part of that.

            Also, since you think people spend 30 years in the same home, let’s consider something else. In 25 years from now, that homeowner will still be paying $675/mo on his mortgage. In 25 years from now, do you think your rent will still be $675/mo? Yeah, right. Is rent the same amount now as back in 1988? Good luck living in a ghetto with your $675/mo in 25 years from now, which will be worth about $340 in today’s dollars.

            And your 1% annual interest on that money you’re “saving”? Inflation is eating that up at 2-3x the rate of what you’re making.

            “It’s math. Verifiable.” Yep, it is. But your assumption are wrong and incomplete. But, by all means, do not let me talk you out of renting. There’s a saying amongst landlords: “Be nice to your tenants, they’re buying you a house!” Thank you.

            I have no problem with renting since it makes sense in many circumstances. Young people should rent. People with unstable jobs should rent. People that aren’t planning to stay in the same area for many years should rent. People that simply don’t have any interest in (or aptitude for) basic home maintenance should rent. Heck, I’ve even thought about selling my house (which I own free and clear) and renting simply so I can travel to a new location once a year or so. But, I know full well that by renting, I am paying extra for the “privilege” of using an owner’s house/apartment. I know the landlord will be making money off me, but the trade-off would be freedom to move at the end of a contracted amount of time.

          • Steven

            At least we can agree to disagree. I don’t mind that I’m “paying the mortgage” for my landlord. Their profits aren’t my concern. I have to look at my personal financial situation, as that’s the only thing relevant to me, and make a decision based upon that.

            In fact, I may someday want to buy a home. But I will not consider it an investment that will pay off in dividends. That doesn’t make sense as the interest and property taxes associated with a 30 year mortgage would put me back at zero if I decided to sell. (Which I suppose there is an argument to be made about being at zero rather than paying rent and just being out that money…)

            There is an army of people out there who tout home ownership as a pathway to riches, and I just don’t see it. That isn’t to say there aren’t benefits, but it isn’t a pathway to wealth unless you’re flipping or property values increase (and after 2008, I think many people may have learned a lesson.)

    • Otaddy

      Good points. I paid off my house recently and it is a great feeling.

      I think the keys to this working are the following: Live below your means, buy a smaller house, borrow as little as possible and pay it off as quickly as possible.

      Unfortunately, most people want to show off to their friends and family and so they buy a huge house, with huge taxes, huge upkeep, etc…they are trapped.

      So many people’s lives would be easier and more peaceful if they would just stop being so materialistic and trying to one up everyone all the time.

  • MelanieOrmand

    Thanks for speaking truth to “the law of attraction.” Brilliance reigns in this piece!

  • Steven

    I have no idea how I ever found your blog, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the only blog I subscribe to that I actually wait for with anticipation. So thanks.

  • Jose Goldberg

    Why do jews have trouble with money?

  • Buckley

    James, every time I read one of your posts I always get inspired and pissed off. There’s always some great nugget of wisdom. And I get angry because it always seems so obvious like it’s something I already knew but couldn’t say. Rock on, James.

  • http://www.makingitanywhere.com/ Mish & Rob

    Exactly. Own less stuff. Live wherever you want to live. Spend more of your time doing what you want to do, If anyone disagrees with you, don’t waste time getting angry or trying to convince them they’re wrong.

    You’ll always be controlled by the government, or “the man” or whatever…but who cares? Arguing that you’ll never have complete control is just an excuse for not claiming the emotional control that you *can* have.

  • ScoopingOprahDotCom

    So true, James. Thank you for reminding me that no one ever remembers how you help them. I sometimes forget how much I loathe having to adapt and adopt and adjust and accommodate and compromise and sacrifice, all for what? A sacrifice, to be a sacrifice, must be the exception, not the rule. I must remember to keep asking myself, “What would I miss if I severed this relationship?” Usually, absolutely nothing. If you have to spend all your time “relating” to someone while you’re with that person, it’s not worth the time and trouble. Thank you, again.

  • http://phatmare.com/ Marcy Criner

    In 1996, I declared bankruptcy, sold everything I owned, and took a job teaching in Thailand. It was one of the most difficult but liberating things I’ve ever done. Stripping away all the ‘owning’ leaves you with only yourself. Always choose yourself!

    • Life101

      I hope you are investing wisely for your golden years. A house is a forced investment. Some older people have more equity in their homes than in investments. Own a good house for 40 years, and you could have something worth several hundred thousand dollars or more. Some day you can sell it, move to a small condo in the south, and enjoy life.

      • Capn_Mike

        Ah, the ol’ trap!

      • Angela Liscom Clayton

        On the contrary, thanks to the housing bubble, I bought a house in 2006 that will probably never be worth what I paid for it again. That’s just the mortgage. We’ve also paid another 15% on renovations over the last 8 years, and we’ve had numerous expensive repairs: plumbing that flooded, two broken air conditioners, pool pumps. Add to that all the preventive maintenance costs: termite and pest control, lawn care, pool care, tree trimming. If we had rented a nice condo instead, we wouldn’t have to pay for most of those things but we’d still have access to the same amenities without the worry. When we rented our house out, their costs really only covered the mortgage amount (based on the going rate) so as the owners we still had to cover all maintenance and repairs on our so-called asset. It’s not a good investment. Maybe it was for grandma. Not now.

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    Hi James,

    Learning how to keep people from controlling you is one of the most liberating feelings there is (It’s often avoiding said people). But letting go of the thought that you can control most everything else is even better. It only took me 40-some years to figure this out ;)

    Did all your activities over the past week (heck, yesterday) all go according to plan? Maybe, but most likely, not. (For an extreme example, look at Timo’s comment)

    That’s why I like your persistence plus diversification model. It’s the best defense for the chaos, chance and everyday events that alter our course, daily.

  • http://fundless-sponsor.blogspot.com/ Capitalistic

    Very accurate post. Sometimes we have to lose what we own, to gain what we want. Let go of negative elements in order to attract positive elements.

  • Gustavo Orrego

    Thanks for all you share, it is so motivating, every day after I let my work to start a New life I come here and ever i found a treasure to my life. Best for you.

  • Tzipporah

    I don’t want a lot of money. I’d just like enough to eat and have a roof and heat and healthcare for myself and my family. But although I’m really great at 2 or 3 different things, nobody is hiring for those things anymore. So instead I get to be paid very little for doing things I dislike that I’m not very good at. Whee.

    • Frank Gimsdale

      Then change things up. I have a business that I stated many years ago. What we do as a company today, is far different from where we started. If I had simply stuck with what I knew or what was the easiest path, I would be long out of business. Like James, I am from the IT world where knowledge that is worth hundreds of dollar an hour today can be worth very little a few years down the road. And by the way, I have nearly every employee that was with me when I started the company, still with me today. They changed with the company. Smart people can always adapt.

  • Darrin

    Thank you.

  • http://www.investfourmore.com/ Invest Four More

    I just found your blog and love your attitude about changing yourself and not letting others control you. I do own 8 rentals and my own houses, but it is not for everyone. You should never buy a house just because you are supposed to and it is what is expected. It is awesome once you realize you can control everything you going on in your life.

  • Mattpkp

    You can help people, don’t let James tell you can’t.

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    Great advice.