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Click each title to check out select commentary from past issues:
HOW TO BE A [RICH] VILLAIN
Contrary to popular belief, constructive criticism is not "bad". If done right, it's constructive — hence the name. Constructive is helpful. Unfortunately, most people see "criticism" of any sort as confrontational. And most people think confrontation is "bad" because it ruffles feathers.
+ Robert Ringer, whose tagline is A Voice of Sanity in an Insane World™, has this to say about that: "I’ve always felt that the saddest way to go through life would be to never even make a ripple. Whether it’s Al Gore or George Bush, Michael Moore or Jerry Falwell, the Dalai Lama or Rupert Murdoch, they all have one thing in common: They make ripples. In fact, they make big ripples."
+ Fellow how-to synthesizer Chris Campbell explains how to make big ripples for fun and profit. But, just remember, it ain't about intentionally seeing who you can upset or make angry. However, it DOES mean speaking straight, direct, and not fearing being different. Worrying about offending people who get their noses out of joint, because they don’t like what you say or do, is just pointless.
~ from MM issue #65 (Oct 01 2018), How To Be a [Rich] Villain
7 LESSONS FROM A CRAZY GENIUS
My fellow brother-in-arms Christopher Littlestone (15-year veteran, US Army Special Forces Officer) gives an excellent 7-point, 7-minute encapsulation of Wallace Wattles' self-purported “scientific” formula for getting rich. The reason I’m putting “scientific” in quotes is for the very same reason that Christopher does a bang-up job of getting to the substance, the heart, of the very abstract-written (somewhat fluff-filled) book that made Wattles famous...
~ from MM issue #60 (Jul 23 2018), 7 Lessons From a Crazy Genius
50 SMART COMPANIES
"Each year we [MIT Technology Review] identify 50 companies creating new opportunities by combining important technologies and business savvy. Some are large companies that seem to be growing ever larger, like Amazon and Apple. Others, like IBM, or General Electric are old-guard giants betting on technology renewal. And the list is full of ambitious startups like SpaceX, which is changing the economics of space travel with reusable rockets..."
+ My bemusement (the head-shaking kind): When I hear excuses like, "Yeah, wish I could invest in them; but they're too expensive." Or, "The price of one share of most of them is even beyond what I've got available to ride their coattails," I often wonder if those people understand long-term value investing.
+ M4 Insider member? Did you know you can use this vendor to buy a gift card, in any amount you wish (valued in shares), in most of the above companies? And, you can use this vendor to easily buy no-commission fractional shares. In short, no excuses. ;)
~ from MM issue #52 (May 07 2018), Young. Dumb & Broke
HUSTLING FOR CASH
Today, more so than ever before in history, there are really NO EXCUSES to MAKE money from your passions and talents. The resources and know-how available are amazing. And, as Gray Bailey points out in this 4-minute video, side hustles can fund continuing education, vacations, or getaways every few months. Whether you're already fully employed or just looking to add additional business income, there's a "side hustle" — a small-time business gig on the side — waiting for you. Cash Miner (CM) is an M4-published premium report (included when you become a M4 Insider member) where we list key vendors that can help you exchange your freelance time and / or talents for money.
+ So, it only makes sense that we add a few other people who ALSO do what we do via Cash Miner: flesh out viable methods for side hustle income. Head over to the CM page (direct link here) and check out the RIGHT SIDE BAR for my personal walkthru of over 100 side hustle ideas...
~ from MM issue #37 (Jan 15 2018), 19 Ways