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WEALTH

Time is your most valuable asset. Be careful, and prudent about how you spend it. Most of us live paycheck to paycheck and trade our time for money in order to survive. You can change that by educating yourself, taking action, and seeing the full picture of the Game of Wealth before you make the first step.

MONEY IS NOT THE GOAL

Money represents value. It's a tool, not a goal. The more value you can deliver to other people the more money you should get. Focus on problems that you can solve for others and money will follow.

TRY THINGS FIST, 80/20 LATER

In order to know what problems you can, and like to solve - you must first immerse yourself in different things. Try a lot of stuff and work by process of elimination in order to find the one thing you do best.

Congratulations if you've already figured that out and have completed this step!

DEATH AND TAXES

The "only" two things that are certain in life! You should look at taxes as incentives or "punishments" for taking certain actions in life. Make sure you have at least a basic understanding of these incentives and take advantage of the ones most suited to your money situation and goals.

Truth be told, you'll only revisit this step much later down the path, but I had to push it up the rungs as I hope to save you time.

PASSION AS MOTIVATION

It's great if you've found a way to add massive value, but if you hate the process, the work, the job, then your journey to wealth will likely suck. Find a way to enjoy the process, the grind, and you will reach your goals much faster.

ACTIVE INCOME

This is when you actively trade your time and expertise for money. This basically boils down to these broad categories:

1. Sell your skills as a service.

2. Sell something you've made or built

3. Resell a thing you've bought and made better.

FIND A SKILL & MONETIZE

This is where most of us start. Some are born into a skillset while others acquire them along the way. If you don't have a clue which one to pick - start by trying different things and working towards eliminating the ones that require more energy than they give you.

BUDGETING

Ah yes, the dreaded topic of managing your money now that you've got some coming in. Seems that it's because there's almost always not enough of it to manage, is there? This achievement requires strong self-discipline and an even stronger end-goal to master. 

GET A COACH

This achievement is for those who've figured out that they can save years by learning from someone who's already done it. Athletes need coaches to get better - so do you!

MASTERMIND

People you surround yourself with will have a massive impact on you. So choose wisely and deliberately.

DEBT & LEVERAGE

So you've got a skill that's making you coins and you've learned to self manage well enough to have some put away? Great! Figuring out ways to not have to use your own money for purchasing an income-producing asset is using leverage for acquiring good debt. This is the first big secret of wealth building.

PHANTOM INCOME

It's a concept you should understand when using OPM (other people's money). Phantom income is achieved when you save time, money, or both by not saving or spending when you don't have to.

KUNG FU

In China, Kung Fu refers to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. The highest achievement of any active skill is to become a master at it. Naturally, coins will follow as well.

"PASSIVE" INCOME

Now that you've figured out how to earn and save and leverage money for more money, you're ready to put some of it to work, aren't you? Some "passive" income requires an initial investment of time and energy in order to reap the rewards at a later date.

MAKE MONEY WHILE YOU SLEEP

Congrats! You have now employed your money to go to work for you. Is this what true financial freedom feels like? 

8TH WONDER OF THE WORLD

Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn't, pays it."

- Albert Einstein

A GAME OF DOUBLES

Game of Wealth at its core is a game of doubles. The faster you can double your money - the more you'll be able to do with it. Safe is the new risky and risky is the new safe type of deal. It goes without saying that this achievement requires you to figure out a way to cap your risk and maximize the reward in order to double over and over again.

TEACH A MAN TO FISH

In order to give, one must have abundance. You've come so far and experienced so much! Best of all you did not keep all that glorious knowledge to yourself - you've taught others and helped them progress on their own path. Bravo, sir!

THE 1%

Congratulations! You are now in the top 1% of earners. Tough to do on active income alone so it most likely took a combination of both to get here. Now that you're here... what's next?

Here's an easy tool to double-check that you're still in.

Want to see if you've made the leaderboard aka Forbes list?

IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT'S DONE

Somehow, someway you've made it to the top richest 500 people on the planet. Whoa! Black Caviar and champagne on a private yacht to celebrate?

With great power comes great responsibility. Odds are that you've already done a great deal of good to get here, but will you stop here?

TRUST FUND BABIES

"A very rich person should leave his kids rich enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing.”

- Warren Buffet

“We want to strike a balance where they have the freedom to do anything but not a lot of money showered on them so they could go out and do nothing,”

- Bill Gates

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