Monthly Update January 2019

Reintroducing a classic blog trope… This was a regular update I used to blog, through 2016 when I left Shirlaws business coaching to set up Real Estate Grow (what eventually became #RealReach). It was an opportunity for me to share progress towards the Personal Vision I had redesigned at the start of that year. The…

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IN THE MEDIA: 15 Savvy Things to Do With Your Money in Your 30s

Source: Canstar Finance. by Canstar Finance This is a decade where financial decisions can become more complex and costly as you may travel through some common rites of passage, like career changes, getting married, starting a family and buying your own home… International business coach Jacob Aldridge says, ““Our life plateaued, comfortably, the year we…

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How do we split our money each paycheque?

For some people, this is going to be irrelevant, but if you’re in the process of building or reviewing your personal budget then our own example may help. Because we have a mortgage offset account, we’re incentivised to keep all our excess cash in one place. So over the years, we’ve built our own spreadsheet…

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Some Tips for the Graduating Class of 2017

Grow your Real Estate Office through Leadership Revenue Reputation and Wealth

Here in Australia, high school graduates are about to be released upon ‘the real world’. Incredibly, all of today’s grads were born after I myself graduated from high school in 1998. So here are some thoughts from my ‘lifetime’ of experience post-high school. Life isn’t fair. BUT you have the opportunity to make it unfair in…

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Life is Like a Game of Chess

Approach life like a game of chess: 1) Have a firm end goal (like killing the opponent’s King) 2) Have some non negotiables about what’s important in your world (like protecting your own King). Understand that achieving point 1 is impossible if you sacrifice point 2 3) Know that sacrifices must be made – the…

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7 Easy Questions to Start a Conversation

I’m naturally an introvert – it’s taken me many years of practice to be able to meet someone at a party or a networking event and not have it turn into an incredibly awkward silence. I’ve found having a handful of questions helps, and here are 7 of the best. The first 4 are fairly…

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How I Stop Door-Knockers and Telemarketers

Sick of being interrupted? Shut them down! It’s a fact of modern living – and working from home especially – that you’re going to be harangued by the occasional door-to-door salesperson or called by telemarketers. I won’t deny that these can be legitimate business approaches, and indeed that for quality products they’re not necessarily evil.…

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What Insurances should you buy When?

I like being transparent about my financial decisions in life, because I know how much more valuable real-life experience is rather than hypotheticals. Plus, we’re doing pretty well financially on our road to Financial Independence, so I figure I’m actually a good role model. I was recently asked about my insurance situation, so thought I…

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My ‘Real Name’ Policy on Social Media

I probably spend too much time on Social Media: but at least I do it in the open! I’m most active on Twitter and LinkedIn, but also enjoy the engagement of the communities over at Hacker News and some sub-Reddits. One discussion that comes up from time-to-time is the use of one’s ‘Real Name’ versus…

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