Hello! My name is Mark Aucamp and like me your probably wondering what authority I have to publish Work From Home Sam Blog discussing ways of Making Money, Saving Money, Network Marketing and Working from Home. Well I have been self employed for the past 23 years and have a lot of experience in the above matters. I have for the last three years been the Editor and Author of Talk Money Blog and twelve months ago I started Money Saving Tips. I have been a Mortgage Advisor and have been successful in network Marketing.
I’ve been fortunate to have earned a fair amount of money in my lifetime and I realised early on in my life was that “Money Was A Game” and you need to know the “Rules of the Game!
Rule Number One is not to make money your God, money is there to enjoy and to make our lives more comfortable.
I was born in South Africa under apartheid rule and brought up in Nairobi in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya. At the time Kenya was under British rule until Kenya was granted it’s independence in December 1964 and Jumo Kenyatta became President. I was fortunate enough to have gone to private schools in Kenya and in South Africa. I suppose you could say I had a privileged upbringing in a corner of Africa.
In the late seventies I took Margaret Thatchers’ governments advice and got on my bike and went to work in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Here the money game was massive and they knew how to spend it big time and they still do! After five Amazing years in the United Arab Emirates I returned to England to continue my further education as a mature student. I achieved a rack of qualifications in Business Finance and Hotel Management. Since 1985 I have been qualifying for my PhD from the University of Life.
After leaving further education as a mature student, I worked as a Hotel Manager for Premier House Hotels, part of the Greenall Whitley Group, for the following ten years. For the past last ten years I have owned a Debt Management business and for the last seven half years I have worked in the mortgage industry as a mortgage consultant, the last three of which I have run my own mortgage company. Doesn’t that sound great – well there was only me, me and me working for me. The reason I never expanded my company was that I did not want the extra responsibility of staff and my income was great without any added responsibility.
Rule number Two is to know when you are happy, strive to live with the least amount of stress…then Enjoy life!
This was all part of my continuing PhD qualification. Actually all joking aside I learnt a lot about money and debt and at one time I felt I was the best qualified person to advise people. What has always surprised me is that I have never been bankrupt and have always managed to duck and dive – this is something that most of us do for most of our lives.
- Next time you drive past the good looking guy or the girl in the fast car of your dreams just think of their little feet.
Many of us know people we believe are successful because they drive smart cars and live in big houses and have lots of foreign holidays. Naturally we believe they are doing really well – after all they have all the trappings of success. However, when you are privileged enough to peel away the layers of their finances, as I have been, you realise that not everybody who looks really successful is. Actually most people are like the ducks on a pond. On top of the pond the ducks look like life is great; but deep under the water that little duck is kicking its feet so hard and so fast just to stay afloat. So next time you drive past the good looking guy or girl in the fast car of your dreams, stop and wonder what their little feet are doing.
Next time you drive past the good looking guy or the girl in the fast car of your dreams just think of their little feet.
Over the last twenty five years we have had it so good compared to any other time in history. The problem is that as we have all started to earn more and spend more things have started to cost more! We all want the best things in life – the best holidays, the best homes the best cars. Unfortunately for many of us we have found ourselves becoming a slave to the banks, the lending institutions and the government – most of us are just ducks on a pond in slavery to the lenders.
Rule number Three is don’t be a slave to money.
Rule Number Four be prepared to take calculated risks when opportunities arise, but always do your due diligence and take informed risks
Rule Number Five be lucky and remember you make your own LUCK! I have often heard people say to me that I was lucky – No I was not lucky I just worked hard and put myself in the positions that I discovered my luck but being in different places. Here’s an example: I hate breakfast meeting and five years ago I went to a business breakfast meeting and met a man that I went on to do £45,000 worth of business with over the next few months. Thats how you make your own luck!
Rule Number Six Just do it! Life is not a dress rehearsal, it’s the real thing.
Rule Number Seven If you fail then get up brush yourself down and try again and again and again. Albert Einstein was a failure. Many of his early teachers thought he was mentally challenged and it took him 1000 failure to invent the light bulb
Remember money is a game. Learn the rules and then play the game on your terms.
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