Top 3 Mistakes People Swamped In (Bad) Debt Have In Common

By Keng dela cruz

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Had met with a number of people asking for help how to go about their finances. Ok to be more specific, how to get out of their 6-digit-debts. Since I shared on one of my posts about helping a friend get out of her 2-year debt issues in 3 short months, it is usual that I get PMs and inquiries about how can they get out of their personal debt battles as well.

So I meet up or set-up a call with them and talk about it; others as far as Canada but mostly here in the Philippines. Some I know from way back younger years like elementary school days, some just recently – brave people who approached me and asked for directions.

How do we go about it? First, I will always ask if they feel comfortable talking about personal money issues on a very open level. Since I am a stranger to them, I am conscious that they might feel shy (nahihiya) or wants to keep things in private when it comes to money handling. Before engaging in the conversation, I make sure I explained the importance of honesty. For the simple reason that I wont be able to see where the money leak (problem) might be coming from and without knowing that, it will be difficult to assess the time duration of the way-out journey.

Summarizing, herbad debte are the top 3 mistakes people swamped in (bad) debt have in common:

1. They do not know (TRACK/MONITOR) their expenses. Their usual peg, “Money just goes through my hands” or “I don’t know where my money went”.

2. IMPROPER use and settlement of credit cards. Most people do not know that their credit card is requiring them to pay 3.5% per month, that is equal to whooping 52% in one year, compounded. You want to challenge? Try to use your credit card to buy “bananas” worth Php100 this month of Sep 2014. Don’t pay for it for 12 months and see how much your bill will be. At 3.5% interest charge, that is Php151.10 by Sep 2015, equivalent to 51% interest payment you have to settle.

With all honesty, I use my credit card for our monthly domestic necessities/expenses. But please take note: I pay the “whole” amount every month on or before due date so there is no penalty(interest) incurred. Why do I use credit card? For 3 basic reasons:

a. Convenience of one-time bill payment (I am all about schedules, saves a lot of time!)

b. Its easier to know (TRACK/MONITOR) what are my expenses (which is number 1 mistake mentioned above).

c. Takes advantage of of cash rebates (I love my Citibank cash back credit card so far).

There are other perks in properly using your credit card. Buying in installment, credible credit history, extremely emergency cases, online buying, cost of money, etc… But the keyword is “PROPER”. If you do not have the discipline, stay away from it. It can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

3. Not enough cash flow or simply said, living beyond their means. If you know how much you are earning, you know how much should go to your tithes, savings and necessities, then you know how much extra you have for spending. While I agree that you deserve to treat yourself, I also strongly suggest, you first look at your numbers. At the end of the day, it will all boil down to two choices: either you live BELOW your means or you EXPAND your means.

So far, most of the people I have talked to have either peace of mind since they passed through the challenge already or are still in the process of digging their own holes. Still they are happy because for the first time, they have seen light at the end of the long dark tunnel (the BAYGON for the creeping creature in their mind that keeps them awake at night).

Hey, we all deserve to have peace of mind and getting out and staying out of BAD DEBT is one happy state that can give you this prize!

#MagnetAkoNgSwerte

#ItsAllAboutPerspective

#ExpandYourMeans

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Lost and Found – You are here!

by Keng dela Cruz

My ultimate winnings of yesterday? 2 things.
1. I started the day waking up beside my mom and dad; had a FULL good night sleep on THIER bed. NOT a usual thing for a 30+ lady with a family and kid of her own (hehehe).
2. I ended the day talking to a friend, solving her financial distress over credit card and budgeting issues. We were so blessed to have finalized her exit strategy from her debts and financial issues, and now looking forward to see what comes after.

And because I had so much blessings (if you know me by now), you know that means MORE TIPS for sharing!!! Kaya today, I wish to share with you a very basic GROUNDWORK if you want to fix your financial situation.

When you have a car and would want to go to a place unfamiliar to you, what will you do? (hehe, for the directionally-challenged people like me, I suggest) Go to waze, type your desired destination and NAVIGATE. But this will only work IF… you have TURNED ON your “location services”. This will show you 3 things.

  1. WHERE YOU ARE.
  2. Which way to go.
  3. Your desired destination.

Same thing when you get lost in a mall; go to the maps of the mall directory. After checking what specific place you want to be, check your exact location showed as “YOU ARE HERE” markings.

Needless to say, it is important for us to know WHERE WE ARE to know where to start. This is also true in finances (and goals in life as well). If you don’t know, and wont give yourself the time to know where you stand, chances are it will be a DIFFICULT journey for you.

So the questioning begins, know 3 things.
What are your Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth?
(Big words? Accounting? Math? Kebs? WAPAKELS?)

Sorry to break it to you friends, these are the language of the financially literate people. If you want to get ahead financially, no other way but to know these terms. Don’t worry, I will try my best to explain in the grade 5 level, since my son is in Grade 5.

  1. Asset – something that PUTS money in your pocket
    In tagalog — DAGDAG PERA SA BULSA.
    (Thank you RK for making this SO EASY to understand!)

  2. Liabilities – something that TAKES AWAY money from your pocket.
    In tagalog — BAWAS PERA SA BULSA.

  3. Net Worth – Assets MINUS Liabilities (real measure of wealth)
    In tagalog — DAGDAG BAWAS, hahahaha!

Its so simple right? Go ahead, open your excel files and start breaking down your assets and liabilities then check what is left on your NET WORTH.

After all, ever since we were kids, our teachers always taught us that the FIRST step to SCIENTIFICALLY solve the problem is???

STATE THE PROBLEM – Because a problem can’t be solved if it isn’t understood.

Have a wonderful Morning to everyone!
Let the blessings pour down to you after ACCEPTING the reality and TAKING ACTION take hold of your life!

#magnetAkoNgSwerte
#itsallaboutperspective
#askmehowIdobusiness

 

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Change fully like a BUTTERFLY!

by Keng dela Cruz

A couple of great chapters in my life has been NEARING its closures, YET bountiful new chapters before me were OPENED already. I cannot agree more to the saying, “What the caterpillar calls the END of the world, the Master calls a BUTTERFLY.”

I remember a story of my good friend of a not so distant past (lets call her Ann). During the time, Ann was longing to take her MBA in a prestigious school (di ko sasabihing Ateneo yun ha, para hindi nyo alam, hehe). Dahil si Ann was a fairly good candidate in terms of performance and reliability sa office, she discussed w her boss her intentions and asked to consider her if there was an opening to take MBA. For 3 long years, she was told “Yes pwede, but there are still seniors who needs to be prioritized.” Faithfully she waited, did her job well and WAITED. Until one day, she was called by the boss and was OFFERED the promise. She was finally granted her request (wuhuuu!) and now going to take her MBA – all expense paid.

So happy her heart was, she encouraged her best friend (lets call her Coleen), who was “lost” at the time, to take the MBA w her. Since si Coleen ay may ‘PINAGDADAANAN” at lost ang peg, doubtful sya. Pagtapos ng maraming pilitan (to the point that Ann offered to pay half of the tuition fees), napa-OO din si Coleen to take their MBA ng sabay.

When all things were set already for the best friends, the DARK clouds ARRIVED! Last minute, sabi ng boss ni Ann, “di ka pa pala pwede this year mag-take ng MBA kase blah blah blah…” For all the reasons being explained, nothing was heard. Aside from the pain in Ann’s heart, she has to address Coleen’s reaction to the UNEXPECTED news. How in the world was Coleen going to take the news? Pagtapos nyang pilitin na mag-MBA, biglang sya yung di pwede? Pano na?

With time working against Ann, she just dropped the bomb to Coleen. Coleen took the news HEAVILY pero wala ng usapan; continued her MBA by herself and left Ann. Masakit? Oo naman, dramarama moments ni Ann yun.

Months passed, Coleen and Ann still met each other regularly, Coleen updating Ann her new adventures in the MBA world. While Ann happily listens to her, she decided, she will also study — on her own. So she bought a lot of books – business and finance-related and started reading them. She also put them into practice and started businesses that eventually lead her to real-life teachers. She failed too (a lot, if I may add) and had her REAL CASH LOSSES in between.

Two years after, Coleen graduated from her MBA and Ann was very HAPPY and PROUD of her and her accomplishments! Ann could not be any happier; she was able to PUSH her best friend achieve SO MUCH! As for Ann, she has her own winnings as well. She had her businesses running and still in the process of learning because she knows, there is NO graduation in the course she took.

Ang pinaka-nakaka “ALIW” sa lahat, Ann was OFFERED the MBA-grant by her boss, AGAIN. Pero this time, Ann politely declined, kase blah blah blah…

In life, we are all striving for BALANCE. Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to it as the “Law of Compensation.” Pwedeng frustrated ka, or sad because of a loss, or disappointed for some reason. During these times, you can immediately search for the counterbalancing POSITIVE ACTION to it.

This is a flawless UNIVERSAL LAW: an OPPOSITE condition must emerge to OFFSET the initial condition. Pwedeng hidden or obvious, BUT IT IS THERE. Creatively SEEK OUT the new direction that will EMPOWER you in a way unlike ever before.

Kaya smile ka na and keep in mind, “When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”

or… isa ka ng BUTTERFLY!

#magnetAkoNgSwerte
#itsallaboutperspective
#breakthroughhuggingmenow
#askmehowIdobusiness

What does it mean to be WEALTHY?

by Keng dela Cruz

After the SUCCESSFUL meeting I had yesterday, catch up with good old friend and PM messages I am getting about difference of being DEBT-FREE and FINANCIALLY FREE, I formally DECLARE, I had a very fulfilling and jam-packed day! VERY BLESSED – yan na ang MIDDLE NAME ko ngayon!

My MENTORS always emphasize that the “attitude of gratitude” is an IMPORTANT key to attract the UNENDING abundance of blessings in this world. And they are ABSOLUTELY right. Because of that, I will serve and pay it FORWARD by sharing more life-changing TIPS in life that CAN help you as well.

What does it mean to be WEALTHY?
Can you tell if a person is rich by just looking at him? Well, pwede…

Most people, pag sinabing mayaman, eto ang picture that comes into their mind:
1. May panalong bahay at lupa sa exclusive subdivision (yehey!)
2. May magara at magandang kotse (sports car, why not?!).
3. Di tatak at mahal ang damit pati mga relo and alahas (christmas tree?)
4. Sa Michelin-recognized restaurants kumakain (masarap kaya!)
5. Bakasyonista (hehe, pila tayo dito!)
6. Elitista, powerful at sikat ang palaging taong kasama (who’s who in the society!)
7. Naliligo sa bath tub, hindi sa BAT TAB – (BATyang may TABo; hahaha, maisingit lang!- credits to our lovable Coach GM!)

Yeap, mayaman nga most of the time ang taong would fall under these categories, but NOT ALL of them are. Why? Kase some of them could be FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED, just like many ORDINARY Pinoys.

Wanna know 2 NAKED TRUTHS? Here goes (kapit sa upuan please!)…
1. Maraming mukang mayaman pero HIRAP din pala tulad ng karamihan (hehe, credit card galore!!)
2. Marami din CAN AFFORD to have extravagant lifestyles kase maganda ang sweldo or negosyo (pero pag nawalan ng work or their business fails, PALIT lifestyle ang peg).

Lets face it friends, these people are NOT YET rich or wealthy.
Kaya nga, bago ang lahat, let us DEFINE first what does “TRULY RICH and WEALTHY” mean?

WEALTHY defined: If you can continue to live your DESIRED lifestyle COMFORTABLY even if you NEVER WORK for another day again.

Yeap, I am happy to tell you, you are truly rich and wealthy if you have FINANCIAL PEACE OF MIND.

Not anymore 3 months away from bankruptcy.
No more consolidation of funds for payment of outrageous monthly credit card bills.
No more limits on giving to your favorite charity.
No more WORRIES about scarcity of money.

Ang saya saya diba? Ang the BEST NEWS is, so many people have gotten this peace of mind already. And the path is SO DOABLE. Yeap it may not be easy, but it is DOABLE.

Because of that, may I quote the famous Zig Ziglar,
“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”

Have a BLESSED day ahead everyone!
Dreams do come true — if you WANT TO!

#magnetAkoNgSwerte
#itsallaboutperspective
#breakthroughhuggingmenow
#askmehowIdobusiness

 

Still “No Savings” even when working for the longest time? Know the reason WHY?!

By Keng dela Cruz

Wuhuu!! Ako na talaga ang SWERTE!!! Another business LEAP and more blessings are pouring down. I am still in AWE, how friends, OLD and NEW just approach me and wants to be w me in this JOURNEY for the simply TRUSTING me in what I am doing! Its so much fun learning and EARNING at the same time. Heaven’s BLESSINGS FLOODGATE has been opened, and I am basking in its abundance. The best part? All the people who trusted me are CELEBRATING w so much JOY in our hearts! WUHUUUU!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

For all of these blessings, PLUS your big trust, please allow me to share TIPS on how to BUILD your WEALTH sa kahit anong INCOME RANGE. Yeap, 4, 5 or 6 digits man ang laman ng payslip mo, pwede kang maging 7 digit KEEPER. Fin lit basics (financial literacy) ang tawag dun kaya KEEP yourself INFORMED.

Facts:

  1. 1 out of 10 Pinoys make an effort to save (are you one of them?)
  2. Average Pinoy’s savings is good for only 9 weeks (a little over 2 months away from bankruptcy, ikaw ba yun?). If you get laid off, sick or have an accident (knock on the wood) and unable to work, how far can you go? Take note, what i am referring to are people w average income of Php30,000 ha, so imagine people living on the lower income bracket.
  3. MOST people have endless EXCUSES to justify they don’t savings, hehe. Believe me, their population is BIGGER than the SOLAR SYSTEM!!!

So what’s the MOST BASIC STEP to start going for that 7-digit IPON (liquidity)?
UNDERSTAND these BARRIERS and TAKE ACTION to overcome them.
Then MOVE TOWARDS your pinaka-AASAM na Financial Freedom.

Below are TOP 9 obstacles for your understanding and CONQUERING!

  • 1. Kulang ang sweldo (income shortage)  - “kulang pa nga sa gastos ko everyday yung sweldo ko KENG!”

Hehe ok fine, I hear you loud and clear. My 2-cents-worth-of-thought, we are all born with a BRAIN so intelligent and CREATIVE. And you can use that to increase your MEANS. Try to STOP making excuses and BEING LAZY, then RISE above POVERTY. Being POOR is a STATE of MIND, not status.

  • 2. Galit sa PERA (Poor Spending mannerisms) – Pinoys have VERY POOR spending habits, need i say more? Nasan ka pag SUSPENDED ang pasok at WALANG KURYENTE or ILAN sa 54 weekends ng isang taon mo ay spent in SM? (may attendance sheet ka?) To buy a new bag, shirt, or shoes EVEN IF the last piece you bought was sitting comfortably in your cabinet for the last 2 years, WORN only ONCE or TWICE. (Guilty?)

Hard truth: People are mad with their PESO bills. They HAVE to spend them all off once they have it in their hands. And what’s worse, some even spend what THEY dont have YET using the magical plastic called CREDIT CARD.

All of us are CAPABLE of saving (i would want to use INVESTING but for beginners, i would stick with the basics). Saving and building your wealth is NOT a question of HOW MUCH you are earning, its how much you are KEEPING (and growing).

  • 3. Walang Pasensya (Lack of patience) – kung may nabibili lang sa MERCURY DRUG ng PASENSYA, mag hoard at overdose ka na! Most Pinoys have so short supply of patience on almost all things. All the more, when it comes to saving and growing money. They want to get rich QUICK, di inaaalam mga business dealings and don’t check the credibility of the people they partner with.

Sama na natin ang mga gamblers who are putting their fate on LUCK. Try mo bilangin nakapila sa LOTTO linggo linggo. Kung alam lang nila, may sure way to get their millions by just KNOWING how.

  • 4. “Tsaka na” Style (manana habit – take note, HINDI hakuna matata, hehe parang nag eenjoy ako masyado dito noh? ikaw din?)

Ikaw na ang may perennial “Mamaya na” ang peg. “I want to save Keng, pano ba yan? OR I want to do stocks, I dont know how” (familiar?). Then si Keng, super excited to share how to do it, like SPOON FEEDING. Then it STOPS there. Sayang kase all the knowledge just goes SLEEP MODE inside your precious BRAIN. If only I can literally PULL YOU sa PSE para mag enroll and start your INVESTMENTS, I would do it. You don’t know what you are missing when you say MAMAYA NA. I cannot overemphasize the fact that “TIME is of the ESSENCE”. Cliche, but really, 95% of the people who gets a wake up call says, “SANA dati ko pa alam”. Well, now that you KNOW, I do really pray you DO something about it.

  • 5. “Bahala na” Style (mas matindi to, “KEBER” ang peg!)

We do not get wealthy by ACCIDENT. We STUDY, PLAN and SET ASIDE funds monthly, CONSISTENTLY to make it HAPPEN. It is a deliberate ACT. Your financial future is your RESPONSIBILITY, no one else’s. So please please please, take hold of it and ENSURE to make it BRIGHT ONE.

  • 6. “Ayokong yumaman” Attitude (ito ang dapat BIGYAN ng AWARD! – bigyan ng JACKET yan!)

Really, need I say more? We meet people everyday with this kind of attitude. I don’t really understand if its because they lack self-confidence that they don’t believe they can be wealthy if they want to. Or they simply just want to live a life in scarcity. Or they dont want to try getting wealthier because it scares them to fail.

  • 7. “Resign na ako!” or “This is it!” Attitude – Pinoy families are very close in nature. We are told, we think the same way with the people who surround us, same sentiments, same attitude. As the saying goes, “Birds of the same feather flock together.” Reality check lang, did you ever see a MAYA (yes yung brown na maliit na bird) together with a DOVE?

Growing up in a LESS fortunate community seems to prevent most people from doing something to make their financial state BETTER. Although they DREAM for a better life, they don’t have the DESIRE to go for it. This is very sad and the culprit is none other than their LIMITING BELIEFS. Mind you, this is DEADLY! Again for the simple reason that being POOR is a STATE of MIND, it is NOT a status. Still, for some, its an end-all scenario, as if it’s a GIVEN already that they were born poor and die poor.

  • 8. The curse of FAILING TO PLAN – If you are parents already, please listen closely. This is harsh but I have to break it guys, kaya hold on to your seats.

Parents who failed to plan for their own financial security – sooner or later, you will depend and PRESSURE your children to give you FINANCIAL SUPPORT. Not to mention demand that they take care of the education among many other concerns and needs of their other siblings. Seriously, these demands AFFECT SO MUCH the capacity of a person to save for his own future.

You are NOT special in this case, whoever you are feeling HURT while reading this. Marami tayo, and the point is, we CAN stop the CURSE!!! We can make SMALL steps to financial freedom. And for BIG DREAMERS, these small steps can become GIANT STEPS in time, with the right guidance and education.

  • 9. Low Fin IQ – Citibank survey confirms that we Pinoys have low Financial IQ. Sorry, that is a VERY STRONG statement. Oo, kahit summa cum laude ka pa, or doctor or lawyer or engineer like me (except kung business-minded ang family mo), most of Pinoy’s have low financial IQ. Samahan mo pa ng pride of “AKNY attitude (alam ko na yan!), it is really DEADLY.

We all have started from not knowing all of these things. Kaya naman, at every opportunity, please please PLEASE educate yourself in FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. There are lots of people who are willing to help, attend seminars (like kerygma conference) or financial literacy workshops. Read books, surf the net or ask people who are doing stocks or mutual funds and businesses – why are they doing it, and how? Stick to these kind of people and be totally SHOCKED how workable it can be. Promise, di yan gastos friend, INVESTMENT yan sa sarili mo!

Let me borrow this from a MENTOR when I say “Learning about personal finance does not require a college degree and you DON’T have to be an expert on the subject to become WEALTHY.” At the end of the day, if a person DOES NOT WANT to get wealthy, then he WON’T. Again, being POOR is a STATE of mind and allow me to remind you, it’s so easy TO BE poor, but it’s so difficult to LIVE as one.

Yeap, you can be a 7-digit keeper if you want to. And if you do well in your learnings, the possibilities of ADDING more zeroes in your account is TOTALLY possible.
As the famous Lao Tzu said, “The journey to a THOUSAND miles starts with a SINGLE (deliberate) STEP.

Life is all beauty if your EYES are opened to see its BEAUTY.
What does it take to open your eyes? COURAGE to know the truth and ACTION make things in your life change.

For me? Like a snowball that rolls, it all STARTED small, and has gone BIGGER and BIGGER. This is how I describe the BLESSINGS that has been RUSHING into my life. At first, I thought it was just a FLASH flood, but you know what? God’s ABUNDANCE does not run DRY.

The gameball is YOURS. It has always been.
Take the first STEP, its worth HUGE and HEAPS.
Have a very wonderful day!

 

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#itsallaboutperspective
#breakthroughhuggingmenow
#askmehowIdobusiness

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How I helped my friend solve her 2-year debt in 3 months!

by Keng dela Cruz

Many people ask me how did I help my friend resolve her 2-year debt problem in 3 months. I said its simple.

  1. I asked how much she is earning.

  2. I asked and WROTE down all her expenses per month according to her. The food, electicity, water, baon, transpo, etc.
    By doing this, i now know her lifestyle.

  3. I computed how much falls under the wants and how much falls under the needs.

  4. I proposed a new budget allocation, showing her the target monthly amount allotted for PAYMENT FOR DEBT.

  5. I walked w her journey by literally requiring her to report to me her daily expenses.

  6. I congratulate her every month of our little success.

And voila! We were fully paid after 3 months.

Simple lang diba? Kung kaya nya, kaya nating lahat! You are entitled to be free!
 

#magnetAkoNgSwerte

#itsallaboutperspective

#breakthroughhuggingmenow

#askmehowIdobusiness

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Paano Nga Ba Gumawa ng Pera?

Book Review.

Ito ang isinulat ni Bo Sanchez sa kanyang libro “8 Habits Ng Masayang Milyonaryo

Simple lang ang sagot niya:  Know the habits of creating wealth.

Years ago, may nakilala si Bo Sanchez na mga tunay na mayayaman. Hindi lang sila mayaman sa pera. Mayaman din sila sa sa pag-ibig at pag-mamahal. Kahanga-hanga silang mga tao.

Siempre, napatanong si Bo, “Bakit ba sila mayaman?

Ginusto niyang malaman ang mga sikreto nila.  Kaya inobserbahan niya ang mga mayayamang kaibigan niya. Kinausap.  Ini-interview. Pinakinggan. Pinag-aralan.

Nalaman niya na may iba-iba silang set of habits.  Simple rin pala!

Paano Nga Ba Yumaman?

Ginusto niyang malaman ang mga sikreto mg kanyang mayayamang kaibigan. Kaya inobserbahan niya sila. Kinausap. Ini-interview. Pinakinggan. Pinag-aralan. Simple lang pala ang sikreto nila!

At ginaya ni Bo ang mga powerful habits na ito.  Mula sa pagiging mahirap na misyonero, ngayon ay isa na siyang milyonaryo na may  maraming small businesses, pero 10% lang ng oras niya ang ibinibigay niya sa mga ito.

Dahil naka-auto-pilot ang lahat ng negosyo niya, karamihan ng oras niya ay para pa rin sa ministry niya.

Sa librong ito, matututunan mo ang “8 Habits ng Masayang Milyonaryo”, gaya nang…

  • Finding your Emotional Hunger
  • Lagi Kang Maging Agresibo
  • Gumawa ka ng Money Machines
  • Sticking to your Game

Kapag nakuha mo ang kagawian na ito, makikita mong magiging automatic ang wealth creation. Spontaneous. Systematic. Effortless. Fun!

Basahin mo ang librong ito and change your life forever!

Mabibili mo ang “8 Habits ng Masayang Milyonaryo” at ibank mga libro ni Bo Sanchez sa maski anong National Book Store, or online sa Shepherd’s Voice Publication, or sa KabayanCentral.com.  Maari ring mabili ito sa PICC tuwing Linggo, sa labas ng mga venues para sa The Feast @ PICC.

Kung nais mong mag-aral ng Financial Education, maaring magsimula sa isang FREE Financial Coaching Seminar sa Makati

Billionaire Richard Branson’s Secret is Truly Rich Secret

My friends keep on asking me why I joined the TrulyRichClub and what it means to be truly rich.  I tell them I am not (yet) financially rich, but I consider myself truly rich.

Today, I chanced upon this YouTube video featuring Bo Sanchez, our Favorite Preacher in Blue Jeans, and he relates the secret of billionaire Richard Branson to becoming rich, and I realized it is also the secret to be Truly Rich.

Who is Richard Branson?

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. (source: Wikipedia )

Richard Branson says if you aim for wealth, there are two possibilities:

  • you become poor
  • you become wealthy, but it won’t last because the other areas of your life become very poor and will pull down wealth as well

So what is his big secret? Are you sitting down?  Richard Branson says:

“If you to want to become wealthy,
don’t try to become wealthy”

But I am not a very good explainer.  Let’s just watch Bo Sanchez in YouTube:

In summary, Bo Sanchez recommends:

Enjoy life to the fullest
Experience all the blessings of God
Say Yes! to life, and say Yes! to all God’s blessing
Say Yes! to joy, say Yes! to happiness
Give your life to life and give your life to other people
All the blessings of God will follow, including money, including wealth

Join the Truly Rich Club and enjoy your journey to true wealth!

 

 

 

Why I Subscribed to the Truly Rich Club and Why You Should Too

I joined the Truly Rich Club after I bought Bo Sanchez’ book, My Maid Invests in the Stock Market at National Book Store. I have been stock trading occasionally for many years, experienced the bear market in 2007-2008, and remembered how I agonized over stock picks every time I had cash to invest. I figured I wanted to know how the Club makes its stock picks, so I figured “Let’s give it a try!”

I quickly learned that the Club stock picks are pretty easy to deduce once you enroll in online stock trading platforms, like Col Financial (a.k.a CitiSecOnline until a year or two ago). But I also learned the Truly Rich Club is more than just a source of stock picks.

Friends, I joined the Truly Rich Club for stock picks, but I realized it is just one of the numerous benefits of membership, and numerous reason why one would want to be a member.

There are also events like Wealth Summit 2014.  I can also cite specific things I learned, like:

Perhaps the only “disadvantage” to being a member is the monthly membership fee. For the Gold member this is P497 per month.

But there are simply too many blessing ( at least for me ) that I can’t help but gush with enthusiasm when telling friends ( and readers of this blog ) about my experiences as a Truly Rich Club member. Some of them enrolled in the club using my affiliate link. When people enroll in the club using MY affiliate link, then 20% of all their payments, EVERY MONTH, is credited as my commission. So if am a Gold Member, and I have ONLY FIVE friends who enroll at the lowest membership level (Gold) though my affiliate link, my monthly commission will be equal to my monthly membership fee! To make a long short, I’ve been simply telling people how happy I am, but there are some lucky days like March 1, 2014, when I see payments like:

For Gold – International, xxx paid: 997.00, commission: 199.40, level 1
For SuperGold – Philippines, xxx paid: 997.00, commission: 199.40, level 1
For Gold – Philippines, xxx paid: 497.00, commission: 99.40, level 1
For Gold – International xxx, paid: 997.00, commission: 199.40, level 1

On March 1, 2014, the first day of this month, four of my affiliates paid their fees, and I earned P697.60, more than a Gold Membership monthly fee. So where’s the disadvantage?

I joined the Truly Rich Club expecting stocks picks for a small monthly membership fee.  Today I get stock picks, audio/video educational materials that teach me to be a happier, truly rich person, and many other benefits (did I mention I also receive a daily email signed by “God” ?  And the Club even pays me to enjoy the membership!

These are the reasons why I subscribed to the Truly Rich Club and why you should subscribe too!

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Why did I write this article?

Occasionally, I try to Google the term “trulyrichclub” and a few times, I saw  this entry for “Why I UNSUBSCRIBED to the truly rich club and why you should too

I seem to remember clicking on that entry, and landing in a page where the author basically said it was just a waste of money, similar to insisting on paying tuition after graduating from college. The page also contained links to posts/articles like:

  • why you should give up your broker and switch to Col Financial
  • why you should not follow any list of recommendations, including mine
  • why I stopped diversifying and why you should too
  • why I do not recommend peso cost averaging to the beginner.

At the time, I thought THAT article was a bit toxic and full of negative vibes. Maybe the intent is to be controversial and disagree with everything, perhaps to get Internet search traffic?

The article did have some links to other articles highlighting the growth of the blogger’s stock portfolio ( 40 to 50% in a short span on time).

I remember thinking how much I disagreed with the remark saying paying the monthly fees is similar to paying tuition after graduating from college.  I thought the remark was equivalent to saying you should get a tuition fee refund after getting the calculus text book on the first day of college, because you already have the material you wish to study.  Maybe that blogger could find lots of people who could pass college calculus by just reading the book without attending classes.

I also remember chuckling at his proud claim of earning 40 to 50% in the stock market.  In a bull market it is easy to make money.  In the bull market after the 2007-2008 crash, I remember buying some stocks at P 0.60/share , and watch it soar to P1.10, then P1.20.  I sold the stocks for P1.30/share, earning more than 110%.   But I felt so ashamed making 110% because I sold for P1.30, since that issue just marched on to P 1.50, P1.70 and past P 2.20.  It has been merrily seesawing for several years, and today the issue is about P 4.00/share.

Anyway,  I thought anybody who lands on the page will find the material so incredible nobody will believe him.

So why did I write this article?

This evening, I tried to Google the term “trulyrichclub” and a still I saw  the same entry.  This time, the URL was no longer clickable and I got a message from blogger.com that access to that URL is not possible.  This means people will still see the title “Why I UNSUBSCRIBED to the truly rich club and why you should too” but never see the page.

I hope that  Google will rank this page “Why I SUBSCRIBED to the Truly Rich Club and Why You Should Too” higher in search page ranking, than that other article.

Let me quickly count some reasons why:

  • the inspiring and thought-provoking Power Talks audio recordings (members get at least one every 15 days) turn my drive to/from work into learning sessions
  • the PowerTalks frequently include “The Feast Declaration” and I am simply energized whenever I hear “I open myself to the unbounded, limitless, overflowing abundance of God’s Universe
  • I receive daily inspirational messages “God Whispers” signed “God”

    February 25, 2014

    Dear Roberto,

    Quit expecting happiness to happen to you. Happiness happens because you choose it.

    Happily yours,

    God

    P.S. Roberto, don’t let outside circumstances dictate your mood. Take control and choose to be happy!

  • I am reminded daily and I frequently experience first-hand Bo Sanchez’ conspiracy theory that God and the Universe are conspiring to bring me blessings
  • I learned “stress free stock investing” by simply following the recommendations in the Stocks Update newsletter
  • I read business articles in the Wealth Strategies newsletter
  • I get thousands of pesos in affiliate revenue every month, much more than what I pay for (my monthly Diamond membership fee is P 1,997 )

Need I say more?

Wealth Summit 2014

Wealth Summit 2014 – Let’s Go To Work!

After the first two days of the Truly Rich Club’s Wealth Summit 2014, we were all so hyped up I just felt I had to share my thoughts with everybody. Bo Sanchez led us and asked us to raise our hard hats, commit to build our financial fortresses, and declare on February 28, 2014, that “Today, we go to work! Today, we make our first step to reach our goals!”

This Wealth Summit 2014 was so much fun for me, as I was joined by my wife, brother and niece (wife and brother in the picture, niece took the picture ). How inspiring was this Wealth Summit? They were pre-selling tickets for NEXT YEAR’s Wealth Summit 2015, and I joined a long line of people clamoring for these tickets! Join me next year, March 6 – 7, 2015 for Wealth Summit 2015!

But what about this Wealth Summit 2014?

Build your Financial Fortress

God’s Complete Blueprint of Success

Superheroes of Abundance – Wealth Summit 2013 last year was so awesome and inspiring I thought it would be difficult to match, but this year’s Wealth Summit was a blast!

My head was swirling with ideas and thoughts, let me just list some rambling notes, which I hope to finetune someday :-)

Brother Bo Sanchez was the first featured speaker, and he talked about the two wolves that eat up your finances:

  • INFLATION, which nibbles slowly but steadily at your savings everyday, at the rate of 3 to 4% per annum, and
  • IGNORANCE, which may lead you to make disastrous financial mistakes that wipe out everything and bury you in debt.

He also talked about the three pigs. People who build their lives on debt are like the first pig who built his house with straws. The house falls with the slightest gust of wind. People who depend on only one source of income and do not save (e.g. single breadwinner, employee ) are like the second pig who built his house with sticks. One serious event can make the house fall. People who build their house with dynamism and who are always learning, growing, and expanding are like the pig who built his house with stone. They survive crisis after crisis, serve others and bless the world with their gifts and the universe rewards the with money and blessing.

AiAi Delas Alas appeared and entertained the crowd with her stories of hardship and difficulties during her younger days, and emphasized the value of perseverance/persistence in achieving incredible success.

Cecilio Kwok Pedro, CEO of Lamoiyan Corporation taught us how to fight the GIANTS. He started by asking us if we were “Happy?” so naturally everybody shouted YES! Then turned it to a joke and asked “Not Colgate?” Mr. Pedro talked about how Lamoiyan Corporation launched Happy Toothpaste and competed with huge competitors and battled seemingly insurmountable challenges. He talked about his employing persons with disabilities turned into an advantage, since they were more focused in their jobs.

We’ve all heard of the Bo Sanchez’ maid who invested in the stock market, but how many have heard of Edward Lee‘s experiment with his driver Gildo? Edward Lee, Chairman of COL Financial said he told his driver that if Gildo will invest P2,000/month in the stock market using the Truly Rich Club Stock Averaging Method and stock picks, Edward will match it with another P2,000 (or P4,000/month in investible funds). Gildo started in July 2011, investing P3,000 to P5,000/mo for 31 months. He started buying BPI every month beginning in July 2011, switched everything to Meralco in January 2013 (and buying Meralco every month). In June 2013, he switched everything to Megaworld and bought Megaworld every month. After putting in approximately P132,000, by Feb 26, 2014, his portfolio was worth P240,720.

Gildo earned closed to P110k in 30 months! ( Disclaimer: this is not a guaranteed result, but his buying and selling were done following the TRC strategy of regularly buying below “buy-below” price, and selling when reaching “target-price” ). The results are much better than expected, but spectacularly illustrate the “Turtles Always Win Blueprint” of stock investing.

Edmund Lee, President of Caylum Trading Institute showed the “Rabbits Can Win Too Blueprint” as he explained the day trading side of the business. While stock day trading can potentially earn much more than stock investing, it is much more difficult and exciting. Traders sometime stay out of the market vs stock investors who just keep on buying.

Johnlu Kua, Chairman and Owner of French Baker entertained us with his “Magic of Uniqueness Blueprint” as he related how he differentiated himself by being the very best French Baker, specializing in quality and delicious breads ( not cakes ).

Dr. Larry Gamboa, real-estate guru and best selling author of Think Rich Pinoy, led a discussion with Sha Nacino and Aileen Santos, not about real-estate, but about “Money out of Thin Air Blueprint” or monetizing ideas by writing books, public speaking, training, seminars and online selling.

Noel Arandilla and Joen de las Pinas deciphered insurance and explained concepts in very simple layman terms, then taught us to solve one of life’s greatest mysteries: how much insurance should one get? They proceed to advise us that the cheapest is term insurance. They cite the ironic fact that many people spend more on car insurance than life insurance.

We listened to Randy Manaloto as he narrated the story of how he found a dilapidated piece of property in Makati, and converted it to a money machine. We were then inspired by the story of Maves Angeles‘ journey from being an NPA (no-permanent-address) informal settler hounded daily by threats of demolition and ejection, to the being a homeowner securely sleeping in her own bed, to being a property developer helping people achieve their dreams. ( Maves Angeles was my second favorite speaker, next only to Rex Mendoza )

Marco Victoria declared that one can sell anything on the Internet and using creativity, do viral marketing for free. Marco makes shoes and sells them online. He also sells cars! ( I have to make my friends in KabayanCentral.com talk to Marco! ) Jay Castillo related his passion of blogging about his personal education in real estate turned his flagship website ForeclosurePhilippines.com into a money machine

Paulo Abadesco gave a technical presentation on how non-techies can create their online presence by using pre-built tools for ecommerce.

Jomar Hilario, Internet Marketing Guru, started the “Work from Home Blueprint” by asking “Who is Jomar Hilario?” then proceeded to interview people he helped become Virtual Assistants, work from home, earn dollars (like OFWs, but from home), and spend more time with their families.

Dean Pax Lapid led a panel of fellow serial entrepreneurs, like Jun Toreja of Toreja’s Construction and Supply Corporation and Ronnie Siasoyco of Trion to discuss the “Create your Army of Businesses Blueprint“. Ronnie is probably the most techie accountant-by-training entrepreneur in the world ( he designed the modern digital electric meters installed in most new houses ) .

My favorite presenter was Rex Mendoza, CEO and President of Philamlife, and numerous other ventures. He is a brilliant speaker who always deliver his lectures with such fire and passion one wonders if he is berating his captive audience, or simply exhorting them to achieve greater heights. He talked about experiencing a breakthrough in our jobs/business via the “World Class Mindset Blueprint“. He introduced basic concepts and explained them in very simple terms. Brilliant, inspiring, hilarious… ( I’m running out of adjectives ). Mr. Rex Mendoza is my financial superhero!

All throughout the event, we were assisted by super friendly ushers in white hard hats and construction worker attire. We were energized by joyful worship led by preachers and a world-class band. Have you ever been to a financial seminar with hosts and audience jumping up and down with joy while singing praises to the Lord? I was particularly amused when during one of the prayers, Mike Vinas used “after the ROE’s (return on equity) and ROI’s ( return on investment )” and “praise the Lord” in the same sentence.

Friends, I hope you also Join the Truly Rich Club and like me, be blessed and inspired!

I am a Diamond member seriously considering moving up the ladder to Platinum member. ( but that is the subject of a future post )