“I take home $300k per year from my practice. I’m in my mid-fifties, still putting some kids through school, and I never have enough extra money to invest. I’m behind the 8-ball and concerned about running out of time. My body can’t keep going at this pace. What do I do?”
First and foremost: It’s not about how much money you make, but how much you keep – and what buckets you put it in.
Making more money is not going to make a bit of difference in the situation above.
If you’re not in the habit of first taking a certain percentage off the table and getting it working for you, you’ll never be able to stop trading time for dollars.
If you try to work harder, faster, and longer…lifestyle creep, and even overhead creep in the business, will take over.
You can keep your head above water and provide a good life for your family for a while, but if you have no constructs to get that money working for you, you’ll never get ahead of the 8-ball.
My friend Mike Michalowicz wrote a great book called Profit First, and in it he shares this advice:
“Instead of simply taking sales/top-line profit and subtracting expenses to determine profit, you need to turn that around.
Instead, decide on a definitive percentage of profit.
You can start as low as 2%, 5%, or 10%.
Pull that money out first, and whatever’s left over is what you can afford for expenses.”
Parkinson’s Law says that we will expand the scope of anything we put in front of us.
Whether it’s time, assets, capital, or revenue streams, we’ll expand it to the maximum (i.e. too far) – unless we have some positioning in place to take a certain amount of it off the table first.
Once you pull that profit out, you need to put it somewhere where it will work for you. The number one place I would put it for ROI is back into your business.
Once you’ve maxed out your business, then start putting it into alternative investments.
Don’t abdicate your future by investing on Wall Street.
Start taking out that percentage first, and put it into your business, or other businesses, or Real Estate.
Don’t keep ratcheting up your lifestyle and then trying to outrun it.
Too many people live great lifestyles but then find themselves in their sixties, going into their seventies, with no equity, no net worth – no investments to allow them to slow down and transition out.
Don’t let that happen to you.
To your freedom!
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