The Forrest Gump Guide to Becoming a Gazillionaire

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Who taught Elvis how to dance, received the Congressional Medal of Honor, got Nixon impeached, became the world ping-pong champion, built a national shrimping empire, and fathered Haley Joel Osment?

One man: Forrest Gump.

If I could choose one mentor in business, or in life in general, it would be Gump. I don’t care that he’s not real. The wisdom that he conveys is real, and I think we could all learn something from it.

Let’s listen to what he has to say, and I’ll translate his Gumpisms into advice that, if followed, will make you a much more successful moneymaker:

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How Much Money Have You Made Your Company Today?

Would you like a foolproof, guaranteed strategy to get a raise? Well, here it is:

Make your company more money.

The people that get raises aren’t the ones that work the hardest. They’re not necessarily the smartest, either.

They simply become a better investment. What do I mean?

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Top 10 Ways Money Messes with Your Mind

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We’ve all heard that limiting beliefs about money can hold you back. If you’re going to become financially free, you have to replace those beliefs with more effective ones.

But then you’re set, right? Once you’ve adopted a “richer mindset,” you’ll never have to worry about money again?

Actually… you do. You just get a new set of delusions.

We’ve all seen it. You might have a friend that is worried about everyone trying to take his money, or he thinks he’s superior to everyone else because of his income.

Both are ways that money continues to mess with your mind. It’s just as important that you know about them and guard against them, not only for yourself, but also for the people you care about.

Let’s go through the top 10.

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How I Got a Six-Figure Salary Straight Out Of College

Who says you have to be old before you start making the good money?

When I graduated college, I had 14 job offers, two of them for more than $100,000 a year. No, I didn’t go to a prestigious school like Harvard or Stanford. And no, I didn’t graduate with an advanced degree in law or medicine. Although you can very easily receive a six figure salary out of school by completing a mba degree program, I chose a different route.

I had a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. By all accounts, I should’ve been making only about $30,000 a year. Maybe less.

Instead, I took a job with a salary higher than most people achieve in their lifetimes. And I was only 21 years old.

Let me show you how I did it.

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Moneymaking 101: An Introduction to Making More Money

Would You like to Make More Money?

These days, it’s almost taboo to talk about making more money. You’re supposed to think about ways to save more, not make more. Why? “Because it’s easier to control your spending than your income,” says the personal finance community.

You know what I think? That’s a bunch of gobbledygook.

You’re not a mindless drone with no control over how much you earn. You can control your income. It’s just as simple as controlling your spending. You just have to learn different methods and habits to help you get there.

An 8-Step Tutorial to Help You Make More Money

Moneymaking 101 is a tutorial designed to help you understand the basic principles for making more money. Together, they form an entire theory for helping you increase your income.

Warning: these posts are long. They serve as the foundation for this blog, so I wanted to include plenty of examples. If you can’t read them now, bookmark this page so you can get to them later.

  1. Why Being Poor Is like Being Fat (And What to Do about It)
  2. Slave Pays $1,517,433 for Freedom in 2007
  3. Why This Cell Phone Sold for $1.3 Million
  4. The Moneymaking Formula for Math Flunkies
  5. How to Build a Crystal Ball and Predict the Future
  6. The Secret to Turning Anything into Gold
  7. Who Else Wants to Make $5,479,452 an Hour?
  8. Warning: Only Read This If You’re Willing to Change

Warning: Only Read This If You’re Willing to Change

Ever heard the saying, “Money changes people?”

Well, it’s nonsense. Despite its perceived value, money is nothing more than a green piece of paper. It doesn’t have the power to transform a human being.

So what does? Because people obviously change on the road from rags to riches.

I’ve thought about it long and hard. I’ve talked to millionaires, multimillionaires, and even a handful of billionaires. I’ve also examined my own life, searching for the cause of changes within myself.

And you know what? I found it. I know exactly what causes people to change:

Themselves.

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Who Else Wants to Make $5,479,452 an Hour?

How much money would you like to make per hour? $50? $100? $200?

Well… how about $5,479,452 an hour? That’s how much Carlos Slim made last year. His net worth increased by $20 billion in 2006, which is over $5 million per hour, working 10 hours per day.

Sure beats minimum wage, right?

Of course, he wasn’t actually being paid an hourly wage. The companies he owns were making him money 24 hours a day.

But it’s an interesting perspective. Your hourly wage is the most important factor for determining both how wealthy you become and how fast it happens. It addresses the one factor that constrains us all.

Time.

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Slave Pays $1,517,433 for Freedom in 2007

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It’s not… not even in the United States.

True, the 13th Amendment officially abolished slavery in 1865 (although Mississippi neglected to ratify until 1995). It ended slavery in one of its most brutal, inhumane forms: chattel slavery, in which people are treated as nothing more than property.

Yet at least one type of slavery continues to exist, even thrive. In fact, almost every person in the world has been subjected to it, including you.

What kind of slavery am I talking about?

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