What is your dream?

By Les Popham

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July 24, 2020

What is your dream?

Driving a Ferrari, perhaps?

Paying off your mortgage?

Telling your boss to shove it where the sun don’t shine?

Running your own profitable business from home?

 

As some wise person once observed, a dream without a plan remains just a dream.

Your dream will only become a reality if you have a plan that leads to achieving it.

If the path to your dream involves making a lot more money than you currently have, you are not alone. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

We’ve all seen the ‘get rich quick’ possibilities – forex, cryptocurrencies, binary options trading and so on. Let’s be honest here – the only way you are going to get rich quickly from any of these is by a lot of other people getting poorer, equally quickly.

Frankly, I think that’s immoral.

If you care to describe your own particular dream, please feel free to add a comment on this post. Doesn’t matter what it is – even ‘solving world poverty’ is allowed.

How do you go about achieving your dream? Making a bigger income is more than likely involved. Let’s face it, if you already had pots of money, it would simply be a matter of putting your wealth to good use.

Ah – I’ll make one exception. ‘Becoming filthy rich’ is not allowed. As many people (myself included) will tell you, it’s not about the money, it’s about how you can use it to help others.

So – you have your own particular dream, and the next step is to devise a plan for achieving it.

Let’s use my case as an example. My dream is to provide for my family, and by ‘provide’ I mean giving each of them a suitable place to live, mortgage-free. They can’t do it by themselves, so it’s down to me.

My family consists of my wife’s 83-yr old father, my wife and myself of course, one single grown-up daughter, and another daughter who has a husband and two small children of her own.

The above includes setting up the aforementioned daughter and son in law with a profitable business.

That’s the dream; now let’s look at the plan. Back in 2016, I had four boxes to tick.

I had retired from my career in oil & gas exploration, and I had insufficient capital to achieve my dream.

So I set up an online publishing company, secured a deal with a well-established internet marketing training company, and set about making the money I needed.

Suffice it to say that, as of today, I have successfully ticked three out of my four boxes, and I’m working on the fourth and final one.

[I’ll be honest here – I do have two extra boxes on my list, but a bit more on that a little later].

Father in law now has a very nice, comfortable retirement flat just down the road, with no mortgage. He can easily afford the upkeep, and even save a fair bit each month. First box ticked.

The single daughter now has a 2-bed house in Norwich, paid for in cash, and again with no mortgage. Second box ticked.

We have helped the married daughter and her husband set up a glamping site with four bell tents, on our land, so they can provide for themselves. That takes care of box number three.

[I’m sorry to bore you with the details, but you need to understand the context of what follows].

My wife and I currently live in the house that the daughter and son in law need – it adjoins the land where their business is located, so the solution is for us to buy another place nearby. The plan is to gift our house and the land to them, once again with no mortgage.

That will tick box four, and complete the dream. Almost.

Coming back, briefly, to the two extra boxes I mentioned earlier, they are secondary to the main objectives, and self-indulgent to boot. First one is a new Land Cruiser for me. My current one is 20 years old, and probably nearing the end of her useful life. She is going to need replacing quite soon.

And finally, my dream extends to buying a narrowboat, so the wife and I can go cruising the UK canal network, safe in the knowledge that the whole family is provided for. What better feeling could there possibly be?

So:

Define your dream.

Make a plan to get you there.

And – the main point of this post –

TAKE ACTION! Otherwise, you don’t get anywhere.

I did it, and so can you.

 

Until next week, my friends, my very best wishes to you and yours.

Leslie

You can find me at https://regispublishing.co.uk

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