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Grace Agada

 The number one reason why you exist on the planet is not just to survive but to achieve a worthwhile goal. This goal can be your mission, your purpose, or your assignment for which financial freedom is part of it. But to achieve this goal you need the help of other people. Success can begin with your own strength but to create lasting wealth you need the help of other people. Thus, you need the help of other people to achieve your goals in the same way that other people need your help to achieve their goals. And the only way to give or get help is through the act of giving.

Giving is the act of assisting, supporting, or helping others achieve their goals. And giving is essential for financial success. Yet not all giving leads to financial freedom. In fact, a certain kind of giving leads  to financial bondage. Thus, the way and manner you give will determine whether you achieve success or failure.

There are two kinds of giving. The first is cheerful giving and the second is resentful giving. Cheerful giving is the giving that helps  others achieve their worthwhile goals with resources that you are willing to invest, let go or do without. It is called cheerful giving because this kind of giving creates fulfilment. It is giving that gives you the opportunity to participate in the advancement of someone’s destiny. And it is also aligned with the way we naturally want to give. We all agree that each of us need help to achieve a worthwhile goal, thus, we are more open to this kind of help.

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Resentful giving in contrast is giving that is focused on helping people survive. It is targeted at people who for some reasons cannot survive on their own. It is called resentful giving because it creates frustration in the giver. We all agree that everyone at the minimum should be able to take care of their own basic needs. Thus, resentful giving makes you do for others what they should be doing for themselves. In doing this you postpone your own goals and put yourself in a more fragile financial position. Worst of all is that this kind of giving does not produce any real growth or advancement in the receiver. Receivers become perpetually dependent on you and as a giver you lose the reward for giving. The only giving that will get a reward is giving that is done cheerfully. Giving done under compulsion or with a grudge wastes  valuable resources . Yet this kind of giving is what is most common among the middle-class.

The typical middle-class family is littered with this kind of giving as there are more dependents than providers or  breadwinners. We encourage it in our families and cajole or manipulate people to do it just to gain favor with other family members. In fact, our parents are a perfect example of this kind of giving and where this kind of giving can lead you to at the end of your career. If you do not want to end up in the same place as your parents, you must elevate the standard of your giving beyond that of  your parents. Resentful giving does not only delay your financial success, but it also funds and incentivizes irresponsible behaviors, laziness, and entitlement in the family. The best way to give is to give cheerfully.

So, what is cheerful giving and how does one give cheerfully when resources are limited, and receivers are plenty?

The answer is simple.

Cheerful giving is giving that is targeted at helping others achieve a worthwhile goal. It is the kind of giving targeted at people that you have qualified and vetted to be deserving of your help.

To give cheerfully, you must do Four things well.

First, you must be a good receiver. Second , you must give in the right order. Third, you must give for the right purpose. And fourth, you must expand your giving beyond money.

Let’s look at each of these components in detail.

Be a Good Receiver

One of the reasons why people suffer financially is because they are good givers but very poor receivers. To give cheerfully, you must experience cheerful giving yourself. Being a good receiver is about allowing others to give to you. When you experience giving yourself, giving to others becomes second nature. The true essence of giving is not to alleviate poverty or help people survive. But to help people achieve their worthwhile goals. And if you still have big goals to achieve then being a good receiver is the only way to achieve them. Being a good receiver enables other people to invest in your dreams. And this is the only way to turn the act of giving from a one-way unfair situation to a win-win situation that serves you.

So how do you become a good receiver?

To become a good receiver, you need to form upward relationships with high achievers and members of the upper-class. Forming upward relationships is different from forming downward relationships.  And both require different skills. While downward relationships are easy to form and can be managed using money, upward relationships require certain discipline, high standards and protocols that must be adhered to. Also, money is not the major means of helping your upward relationships. Upward relationships need help with the things that money cannot buy and those things that can produce or buy more money. Thus, you need to become a certain kind of person to succeed with your upward relationships. But until you become this person that is magnetic to upward relationships,  you would only be giving to others, and there would be nobody to give to you.

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Give in the Right Order

There is a way to give that leads to financial freedom and there is also a way to give that leads to financial bondage. Giving that leads to financial freedom follows the God order stated in the bible. And giving that leads to financial bondage follows another order called society or family order. The God’s order states that you are to give to God first. Even God does not require sacrificial giving from you; he only requires 10% of your income. Next you are to give to yourself. You can only give to others after you have first given to yourself. And the third is to then give to others. Thus, the only way to give cheerfully is to follow the God order. The society order states that you should first give to God. So, both orders agree on who should be given to first even though society still makes giving to God optional. The second person society recommends that you give to is others. And they recommend that you give sacrificially here. And then whatever is left you can then give to yourself. Little wonder society is broken. If you follow society’s order of giving you can never achieve financial freedom or practise cheerful giving.

Give for the Right Purpose

There are only two purposes for giving-The first purpose is to fund the independence of the receiver and the second purpose is to fund the dependence of the receiver. Independent giving is giving that is focused on helping others achieve a worthwhile goal. Goals that create wealth, increase opportunities, open doors, or make the receiver financially independent. Dependent giving is giving that is targeted at helping people survive or meet basic needs. This kind of giving does not produce any tangible result. To achieve financial freedom with speed you must do more independent giving than dependent giving. You must also find high achievers and invest in them. And then you must extend your giving beyond just family members. Investing in family members alone is a sure path to regrets as you do not have all the smart people in your family alone. Thus, your purpose for giving should be to advance human life in general, better your own life in the process, and make the world a better place.

Expand Your Giving Beyond Money

There is only one reason why giving to the lower class leads to financial struggle-it is because most people hinge their giving solely on money. Yet giving at any level can transcend beyond money. But you can only elevate your giving beyond money when you create other currencies that you can give beyond money. The fastest way to create a rich bag of currencies is to form relationships with high achievers and members of the upper-class. When you develop a rich relationship network there are a whole lot of problems you can solve for people without using your money. If you are ever going to achieve financial freedom you must create options for giving other than money.

I think the subtle point I am trying to make in today’s article is this- Your giving should not force you into poverty at the end of your career as it did your parents. If you give the right way you would achieve financial freedom otherwise you would fail.

Perhaps you need help giving and receiving more intelligently, forming richer relationships, and achieving financial freedom. We can help you. Send an email to info@createsolidwealth.com

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Grace O. Agada is the most sought-after financial planning expert in Nigeria. She is a renowned author, financial expert and keynote speaker. Agada  is popularly known as the Predictable Financial Freedom Advisor and her goal is to help working professionals escape middle-class poverty and transition to the upper class. Agada  is the author of three books and possibly the most widely read financial articles. Her articles are spread across seven national newspapers and four of the most popular Nigerian blogs. Agada is also the founder of the University of Wealth, The Rich Retirement Bootcamp, and the Wealthy Business MBA Programme. Agada  has been featured on BBC Africa, Business Day TV, Inspiration FM  and inside Naijatv. And she consults for numerous top organizations, company directors, CEOs, senior executives, and high-Income professionals.

 

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How To Know You Will Achieve Financial Freedom

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One of the wisest things to do early on in your career is to know upfront if you will achieve financial freedom. And to then assess what kind of financial freedom you will achieve and what your chances are of achieving total financial freedom. This is because not everyone that sets out to achieve financial freedom will achieve it.

Research shows that out of every 100 people only 20% achieve financial freedom. And out of every 100 working professionals only 15% will end up in retirement financially free.  The big question is-Where would you be at the end of your career? And what gives you the confidence that you will achieve financial freedom? Thus, the goal of today’s article is to show you some of the factors that will affect your ability to achieve financial freedom. And to then show you how to increase your chances of achieving it if your current chances are low.

But before we begin, let us first define what financial freedom is and what it means to be financially free. Financial freedom is the ability to fund your life from passive income. It is your ability to move from a life that is funded solely by active income to a life that is funded by passive income. To achieve financial freedom, you must separate your physical presence from your income such that your absence is no longer a disadvantage. This means that your income must come regardless of where you are, how you work, and whether you choose to work. This kind of financial freedom can only be achieved when you have investments whose investing work can be completed before retirement and whose cash-flow can last for a lifetime.

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Judging from where you stand and the time you have left, would you be able to achieve this kind of financial freedom? The best way to know is to look at your current life. If 100% of your current life is still dependent on an active income, you still have a long way to go. The only way to achieve this kind of financial freedom is to create a stable passive income that is worth the size of your current income and then transfer your source of livelihood to it. Only then can you achieve total financial freedom.

The truth is your current active income only has one purpose. And this purpose is to provide you the resources that you need to be free from depending on a passive  income. If you fail to wean yourself off your active income before retirement, there will be unprecedented financial consequences awaiting you in the future.

So, now that you know what financial freedom is let’s see how to know you will achieve it without fail.

There are three factors that will show you if you would achieve financial freedom. And your understanding or ignorance of these three factors is what will determine your financial success.

The first factor is how you interpret your childhood experiences.

The second factor is who you are modelling.

And the third factor is discipline.

How you Interpret Your Childhood Experiences
One of the things that will affect your financial decisions in life is your childhood experiences. Your childhood experiences will affect how you spend, save and what you invest in and prioritize as important. Yet your background and childhood experiences only play a little role in determining your overall success. This is true because successful people come from poor backgrounds, and successful people also come from rich backgrounds. So, no matter your background you can achieve financial freedom. But there is one thing that can determine your success to a greater degree. This one thing is how you interpret your background and childhood experiences.

There are only two interpretations that you can derive from your childhood experiences. The first is a positive interpretation and the second is a negative interpretation. Positive interpretations see the good in your background and experiences and uses this good to propel you towards success. It also helps you make more wealth-creating decisions. Negative interpretations see the bad in your background and experiences and uses this bad to demotivate you from success. It also uses this bad to help you make more wealth-draining decisions. Thus, the most rewarding positive interpretation to have, is to see your background as the reason why you will be successful. And the most negative interpretation to have, is to see your background as the reason why life is hard for you.

A person with a negative interpretation sees themselves as deprived and disadvantaged. The moment they begin working, they will make decisions that drain their income and give them only little room for savings.

For example, they will use their financial freedom money to put their children in the kind of schools they couldn’t go to even though they became successful without going to expensive schools. And even when success is no respecter of school.

They will use their financial freedom money to stock their houses with foods items, that make them feel rich and special even though these foods are unhealthy and will land them in the hospital in retirement.

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They will also create an easy family environment removing any kind of pain, discipline, or delayed gratification even though success requires pain tolerance, patience, and resilience.

The results are children with Queen’s  English, fancy university certificates but with no real skills to help any employer. Parents are having to carry the load of their graduate children longer than necessary.

Children are now sicker, fatter, entitled, and lazy

And worse of all is that they are now more emotionally fragile in a world that requires toughness to survive.

All these have happened because we are trying to run away from our childhood experiences, the same childhood that made us who we are.

Your childhood and background may not be perfect, but they gave you a gift. Today you are the hardworking, resilient, and responsible breadwinner and provider even without  Queen’s English, fancy certification, or unhealthy foods. All these did not fall on you from heaven, they came from your background. Until you begin to see the good in your background and rid yourself of your expensive childhood deprivations and cravings, there will not be any money left to pursue financial freedom.

Successful people never look at their background in a negative way. They celebrate their humble beginnings and use their backgrounds as the motivation to strive towards success. The less material things you need to feel happy, important, and accepted the faster you will achieve financial freedom. Similarly, the more you know why you do the things you do the faster you will achieve success.

Who You Model
The Fastest way to achieve any goals is to find a role-model and tap into these three things-Their knowledge, their beliefs, and their actions. You must learn and model what they are doing, what their core beliefs are, and how they are thinking to get the same results.

The problem is most of us never grew up around wealthy role models. We grew up around the middle-class. This means that without the extra effort and commitment to find a wealthy role model you won’t make it. You must be able to always ask yourself-What will a wealthy man do in my situation and what will a poor man do? And to then ensure that you are making more of a wealthy man’s decisions than a poor man’s decision. Unfortunately, it is easier to model a poor man’s decision than a wealthy man’s decision because poor men’s decisions are easy and poor men are all over the place. But until you model the wealthy man you cannot achieve financial freedom.

Thankfully, you can easily find wealthy role models today. There are several of them online and there are also at least three present at your office 24/7, every day, from Monday to Friday. But rather than connect with them and model them you are busy resenting, hating, or judging them. Only a successful person can show you how to become successful and only successful people can help you achieve financial freedom.

If you keep modeling your middle-class colleagues and the people you saw while growing up, you will end up in retirement dependent just like your parents.

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Your Discipline
There is only one thing that makes a person willing to act, even when they do not feel like it or are afraid to do it-it is discipline. Discipline is the only way to achieve financial freedom. And without discipline you cannot achieve financial success. The reason discipline is important is because success requires tough-level decisions and the commitment to a future that is worth fighting for. Discovering a purposeful future and taking disciplined action is not a fun thing to do. So, most people spend their adult life doing the easy things and postponing the hard things that lead to success. But until you do the hard and high-standard things you will not achieve financial freedom.

Knowing what to do to achieve financial freedom is easy-now you know. Doing what you know is the hard part-and frankly this is what is holding you back from achieving financial freedom.

Perhaps you need help to achieve financial freedom. We are the best to help you. To see if you qualify for our help, send an email to info@createsolidwealth.com.

“Your background is a rich background as long as you learned something from it and this something made you successful.” Grace Agada.

About Grace Agada

Grace O. Agada is the most sought-after financial planning expert in Nigeria. She is a renowned author, financial expert and keynote speaker. Agada  is popularly known as the Predictable Financial Freedom Advisor and her goal is to help working professionals escape middle-class poverty and transition to the upper class. Agada  is the author of three books and possibly the most widely read financial articles. Her articles are spread across seven national newspapers and four of the most popular Nigerian blogs. Agada  is also the founder of the University of Wealth, the Rich Retirement Bootcamp, and the Wealthy Business MBA Programme. Agada  has been featured on BBC Africa. Business Day TV. Inspiration FM. and inside Naijatv. And she consults for numerous top organizations, company directors, CEOs, senior executives, and high-income professionals.

 

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Short-term Vs Long-term Investing – The More Sure Path To Financial Freedom

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There are two paths people take when seeking to achieve financial freedom. The first path is the short-term investing path and the second is the long-term investing path.  If you were to choose a path based on the timeline alone, the short-term investing path will be the obvious choice. But that will be an unwise decision to make. The wiser decision is to ask yourself if there are more important criteria to consider than timeline – and there are. For example, you need to ask yourself – Why am I investing and what end goal am I trying to achieve? You also need to know which of these two investment paths will deliver your desired end results faster? And finally, you need to know the path that possesses the most guarantee of delivering your desired result. Answering these questions will give you a better perspective on which path to choose and follow.

For example, we know from experience that not all shortcuts eventually become shortcuts. Most shortcuts turn out to be longer cuts at the end of the day. So, you need to be sure that a shortcut will end up being a shortcut for you. It is also important to note that the timeline of a thing is not as important as whether you achieve the goal you set out to achieve in the end. Thus, hinging your investment decision based on timeline alone is a short-sighted approach to investing.

For over 12 decades research shows that 80% of working professionals have been matching into retirement with a lower quality life. All of them are investors that have engaged in one form of short-term investing or another . Some have even spent their entire career life investing. Yet, all of them fail to achieve financial freedom before retirement. If short-term investing were really working short-term, it would have been possible to achieve financial freedom within a 30-year work life. But for many this is not so. Thus if you spend your active career life investing in ways that deliver everything else but the ultimate goal of investing, then you have simply wasted your time and pain awaits you in retirement.

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The truth is financial freedom cannot be achieved through short-term investing efforts. Especially when these efforts come with little or no guarantees. But you also do not need 30 years of active investing to achieve financial freedom. You can achieve financial freedom in half the time if you invest in ways that hit financial freedom straight on the head. The more guarantee you can have on an investment path the more likely it is that you will achieve your desired end goal. Investing is thus not a guarantee to financial freedom.  You can invest all you want and still not achieve financial freedom. The only way to achieve financial freedom is to enter the financial freedom path.

So, what is the financial freedom path?

The financial freedom path is the path that leads to financial freedom. To succeed on this path, you need four things. The first is time. The second is money. The third is a plan. And the fourth is investment neutrality.

Time is a critical factor in investing as it gives everyone a level playing ground. With time a person with little resources can achieve comparable investment results like the person that has large resources but no time. Without the introduction of time people with little resources cannot afford investing or achieve comparable results like their richer counterparts.  Thus, if you still have time but little resources, you should leverage  time as time is your greatest asset. The only way to achieve financial freedom with little resources but ample time is to focus on investing for financial freedom and not rush after quick and unstable returns.

Money is also another big advantage if you lack time. With the right size of money, you can achieve financial freedom within a shorter time. But this will only be possible if you have the right plan and follow the right guidance. The right plan is a financial freedom investing plan. And the right guidance is an advisor who themselves have achieved financial freedom. No amount of money is immune to a loss. And despite the amount of money that you have you can lose all of it or tie it down in the wrong investments with the wrong plan and advice. Thus, if you have money, the only other thing that can hold you back is the wrong plan and advice.

Take a look at your own life for a moment and assess where you are and the goals that you have accomplished. All of them were  made possible by the plan and advice you have followed before now. While they have brought you this far, they may not be able to take you further. If you have not yet achieved financial freedom, chances are high that they have taken their full course. To move to the next level, you need a new plan and advisor.

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BLastly you need to develop investment neutrality and approach investing from a result-based perspective. Many people fall in love with their investments such that they cannot move away from a bad investment decision or detach from a low performing investment. They fall in love so badly that they are blinded by emotions. Here is some advice, if this is you. You can invest your love in your spouse, your children and your neighbor. If you still have some love left, send some my way wrapped as a gift- I will take it if it keeps you from throwing all that love on your investments. Your goal as an investor seeking to achieve financial freedom is not to love the investment. But to choose only investments that can deliver financial freedom. You must detach your emotion from investing if you will ever achieve success. If you can invest 10, 20 or 30 years of your life going to a job that you do not necessarily love just to pay the bills, you can invest objectively in investments that deliver the right results and forget about your feelings or ego.

You have a 30 year career life, a crawling salary, time that is tied to one source of income and a disturbing retirement gate. You cannot invest like everybody else.  To achieve financial freedom, you must decide to think like the wealthy class. The wealthy class never pursue quick wins or get rich quick schemes. They are methodical, strategic and are the wealthiest people on the planet. If we are to compare results, their results show that their way is working. If you will ever achieve financial freedom, you must learn their ways. The ultimate goal of investing is to achieve financial freedom. Any investment effort that falls short of this goal will keep you in perpetual financial bondage.

If you need help getting on the financial freedom path, we can help you. Send an email to info@createsolidwealth.com

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Grace O. Agada is the most sought-after financial planning expert in Nigeria. She is a renowned author, financial expert and keynote speaker. Agada  is popularly known as the Upper-Class Mentor and her goal is to help working professionals escape middle-class poverty and transition to the upper class. Agada is the author of three books and possibly the most widely read financial articles. Her articles are spread across seven national newspapers and four of the most popular Nigerian blogs. Agada  is also the Founder of the University of Wealth, the Rich Retirement Bootcamp, and the Wealthy Business MBA Programme. Agada has been featured on BBC Africa. Business Day TV. Inspiration FM. and inside Naijatv. And she consults for numerous top organizations, company directors, CEOs, senior executives, and high-income Professionals.

 

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Most working professionals say that financial freedom is their goal. But if they must achieve it, they must do so within their 30-year work career time. Research shows that 80% of them are failing to achieve it. That is after grinding at a job for 30 years. The big question is why?

Why haven’t many achieved financial freedom despite years of hard labour? Why have the many investments effort spanning over 30 years not produced the right results? How can you achieve financial freedom in half the time?

The answer is simple.

You need to do two things.

First you need, to choose the right path. And second you need to close the gap between learning and doing.

1.Choosing the Right Path
People take either of these two paths when they want to achieve financial freedom. The first is the path that leads to financial freedom. And the second is the path that leads to middle-class poverty. While no one sets out to be poor in the end, many fail to make their good intentions come through. This means that you can have good intentions and still end up in poverty. Good intentions are not good enough. You must be able to make your good intentions come through. Almost everyone knows someone who had good intentions that never came through. And for 80% of working professionals this is their fate.

So how do you make your intentions come through?

The fastest way is to enter the right path and then to take the actions that lead to freedom

So, what is the right path and how do you find it?

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You find the right path by taking three simple steps.

Step 1-Choose a Financial Freedom Role Model
The first step to achieving financial freedom is to find a person that has achieved it. If you want to do something you have not done before the fastest way is to find someone who has done it to guide you. The right person for you is anyone who was once in your shoes but has now stepped out onto bigger shoes.

The mistake most people make at this stage is to choose popular success models like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or Dangote. If you do this, you will fail because none of these models were once in your shoes. And a model must be once in your shoes to guide you through that path. These models are all business success role models. And you can model them when you enter the business world. Also, a business success model is 500 times more likely to achieve financial freedom than you will ever dream of as an employee.  So, you must choose a model that has a similar or complementary background.

When you find your model, study them, observe what they are doing and earn their mentorship where you can or interview them. Do not make the mistake of modeling their lifestyle. If you do, you will go broke faster than you will make money. The focus here is to model their actions. Observe their mindset, perspectives, and attitude. If you are lucky to work in an organization where the CEO was once an employee like you, then you have the perfect person to model right in front of you every day.

Once you understand the actions, mindset, attitude, relationships, and rituals that are producing the desired results, you need to write them down.

The more actions you take that are in alignment with the actions of your success role model the faster you will achieve financial freedom.
Once you write down what you have observed to be the key success factors, divide them into two categories. First are actions that are easy and those that you like. And second is actions that are hard and those that you don’t like.

Now here is the golden key

The hard actions that you do not like are the keys to your own financial freedom.
Every easy action and admirable life are first produced by difficult and unadmirable actions. If you make the mistake of modelling the easy things you will fail.  You must model the difficult actions that produce the easy life.

Step 2-Choose a Financial Poverty Role Model
The second step is to find a person that represents a poverty role model to you. That is someone that was once in your shoes. But today you pray never to be like. This is the easiest role model to find. And the best place to look are ex-employees like you who are now in retirement.

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When you find your poverty role model, find out these two things about them. First find out what they did when they were at the peak of their career life that you liked. And second, find out the things that their life is about now that you do not like.
Now here is the key.

The things that you like or love about your poverty role model when they were at the peak of their career is the key to your own financial poverty. If you model them, you will end up in the same place.

The same action always produces the same results. If you do not like the end results you must never model the actions.
I know this is a difficult thing to do for most people as some of the actions seem noble. For example, most of your poverty models may have helped a lot of family members, poor people, and sacrificed a lot for other people save themselves. But there is nothing noble about being good to others but yourself. True nobility is about being good to yourself and then others. And this is the only kind of nobility that can lead you to financial freedom.

Step 3: Find Out Who You Are Becoming
The third step is to list the financial actions, mindset, and attitude that you are exhibiting today and compare them first with your poverty role model. And then with your financial freedom model. Who do you look more like and who are you becoming every day? Remember actions lead to results. And the quality and timing of your actions is what will determine your end results. You cannot model poverty and become a success and you cannot model a success and become a failure.

2.Closing the Gap between Learning and Doing
The second thing you must do to achieve financial freedom is to close the gap between what you are learning and what you are doing. The truth is there are more learners in the world than there are doers. That is why poverty is on the rampage. Only doers achieve financial freedom. For example, at the end of this article you will know how to achieve financial freedom. But by this time next year only 15% of you would have taken any action. Knowing a thing will never lead to success and here is why.

Knowing a thing is about learning-a simpler, more passive, and easy to do activity. Achieving a thing is about doing a harder, more active, and more difficult thing to do. The only way to close the gap between learning and doing is to develop and upgrade your discipline.

Discipline is the golden bridge to financial freedom. And if you fail to achieve financial freedom there are only two reasons why. The first is ignorance which will no longer be the case when you finish reading this article. And the second is the lack of discipline which is the most likely to stop you.

For example, most people know what they should do to improve their financial life, but they don’t do it.

They know they should save more than they spend. They don’t do it

They know that they should earn more than one income. They don’t do it.

They know that they should plan early for retirement. They don’t do it.

If you can bridge the gap between what you know and what you do you will be far more successful than you are today.

The difference between the success of any two people five years from now is discipline. Discipline carries more weight than knowledge.

And the one with the discipline to act will always beat the hard worker or the hard learner anytime.

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It’s now up to you whether you choose to be a learner or doer. Whatever you decide, know that it is your life, future security and happiness that is on the line here.

Act now before you are forced to act by pain.

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Grace O. Agada is the most sought-after financial planning expert in Nigeria. She is a renowned author, financial expert and keynote speaker. Agada is popularly known as the upper-class mentor and her goal is to help working professionals escape middle-class poverty and transition to the upper class. Agada is the author of three books and possibly the most widely read financial articles. Her articles are spread across seven national newspapers and four of the most popular Nigerian blogs. Agada is also the founder of the University of Wealth, the Rich Retirement Bootcamp, and the Wealthy Business MBA Programme. Agada has been featured on BBC Africa, Business Day TV. Inspiration FM. and Naijatv. And she consults for numerous top organizations, company directors, CEOs, senior executives, and high-income professionals.

 

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