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Five Ancient Principles for Building Massive Wealth

Whether you've known it or not, we've secretly been chatting about an ancient philosophy since The Hidden Green's first article.

It was followed by Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, and many other badass Greek and Roman leaders and scholars. 

And now, unknowingly, it's being followed by you. 

This ancient philosophy is called...

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How to Be 100% Stoked When Quitting Your Day Job

When I quit my job I knew I was going to be just fine. But as my life is, there is always a grandma, a friend's mom or a football watching uncle who—because they care—worry deeply about my decisions.

For me this time, that person was both my mom and dad.

They thought I was crazy. Taking their view, they were right. By society's standard I was the luckiest 26 year old on the planet. Why was I leaving?

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The Awesomeness That Happens When You Focus on Money for Three Years

The last time we talked I told you I was going to take a leap of faith and try out something new. Well a lot has happened since then. I'm going to take these next few posts to get you back up to speed.

This post is about the biggest change that has come about. I quit my job! Here's how it went down.

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You're In The Game Whether You Like It or Not

We were heading to one of those inaugural grown up events, a bachelor party. Along the ride my good friend said something that stopped my mind in its tracks. He said,

"It's like look, whether you like it or not you're in the game. If you're lucky you get 18 years while someone moves you're pieces for you. But after that point, whether you like it or not, you're in the game."

I've been spinning my wheels on his words ever since. Here's what I've come up with: 

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Get Your Everyday Gear Dialed

When you get hungry you shouldn't feel forced to spend $10 at a restaurant for food. When the weather quickly changes you shouldn't need to go buy a $30 sweater. 

You've got to be ready to switch discomfort to comfort anytime its thrown your way. It's your daily challenge to be prepped and ready. Hungry? Boom. You pull out an energy bar. A ruckus happening when you want to sleep? Boom. You pull out your ear plugs. 

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If You're Doing This For Money, You're Doing It Wrong

Going after financial freedom has little to do with finance really. What the pursuit is really about is personal freedom. The financial focus is simply a tool we use to unlock the personal freedom.

I've become super interested in Todd Tressider's blog as of late. Especially his take on happiness. Here's one of his quote's that just totally struck a cord with me this week. 

"Suffering today in an effort to earn greater success and income for tomorrow so that I can relax and feel secure at some future date is insane. I can embrace the adventure that is my work. I do what I can each day without stress but with creativity and joy, and trust the results will be meaningful."
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How to Beat Your Cro Magnon-Like Cravings

Long, long ago a Cro Magnon man walked the earth. One day along his walk he stumbled upon a huge chunk of cooked mammoth meat.

As he looked up from eating he saw a group of wolves staring at him wanting the meat. An instinct triggered in his brain and he went head first back into the meat like a pig jumps into a pile of mush. 

This evolutionary trait that screams "I have to have it now!" inside us no longer help us in a world filled with abundance. 

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The Millennial Slave

Want to enslave a generation? Here let me tell you how. 

Offer people an amount of money every two weeks in exchange for help. Give them a portion of what you make.

Offer them the newest cars. Make it seem like they own them. You could even re-use that "contract" model. Call it something different though. A "lease." Oh, that sounds great!

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The Difference Between an Orgasm and a Workout

"What the hell does the difference between an orgasm and a workout have to do with making money?" You might think.

"Everything." I would say to you....

Here's some awesome ways to switch those pleasure purchases to that deeper, more fulfilling place of happiness. 

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Enough, and Its Relation to Happiness

Make $1,000,000/yr, and live with a lifestyle cost of $950,000/yr? A 5% savings ratio. You will have to work 66 years till your investments will support your lifestyle.

Make $40,000/yr with a lifestyle cost of $15,000/yr? A 65% savings ratio. You only have 10 years of work ahead of you till you're financially free.

And yes, that $1,000,000/yr and 5% savings ratio situation? It actually happens. Mike Tyson had $400 million and went bankrupt, and so have other rich and famous people.

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Answer This: Why Not Now?

Chasing a number for the sake of reaching that number is the wrong way to achieve financial independence. 

The problem with that path is that you are living a means to an end. You are losing sight of improving your present self and situations. What happens when you hit the number is you only find that it didn't actually make you any happier -- it is just a number. 

The way I see now to view the journey to financial freedom is through a lens of "winning in increments."

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