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As a multi-millionaire real estate investor and trainer, I’m often asked about getting a financial education. The current schooling system offers no help in this regard, and as a result, most people are economically illiterate. This is in the interest of the ruling class, they need obedient workers who have no choice but to work for them for life. Therefore, obtaining an economic education requires going beyond these traditional frameworks and learning from successful people.
I am a big believer in investing in myself. To this day, I spend a lot of money on education and mentoring. You either pay for your education or you pay for your own mistakes. The latter costs more! You can always learn something from a successful person, and if you want that information in its purest form, you always have to pay for it.
Many people just starting out cannot afford to spend money on their financial education. Others aren’t sure if they even want to make money for themselves, or if they’re better suited to be an employee. For these individuals, there are ways to start an economic education without spending money. I’ll give you three ways to get a financial education in this article.
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1. Online education
The internet is full of people who claim they can educate you about financial topics. Many have something worth listening to, but many repeat what they’ve read elsewhere. If you find financial education online, make sure the person you’re listening to is walking before they speak. Make sure they get rich doing what they teach and they have years of experience too.
For example, if someone teaches you about real estate, consider whether they have experienced a housing market crash, or if they have only been in business during boom times. If someone teaches you to build a personal brand, consider how big their following is and whether they are effectively monetizing their followers. Make sure you’re dealing with real experts and choose the sounds you’ll be hitting a lot.
You can find excellent experts on the Entrepreneur website. Many articles are written by experts like me from the business world. These people are on the road and can offer great advice from their entrepreneurial experience. Keep an eye out for these articles. You can also find plenty of information on YouTube and other social media sites, but keep in mind that anyone can post on social media, so be sure to do your due diligence.
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2. Books and Libraries
Books are a great way to educate yourself on any subject. If you read the book right, you can ask billionaires, leaders of any industry, owners of business empires, and international leaders to tell you exactly how they do it. You can find books written by people who started just like you and did exactly what you dreamed of. It’s a powerful tool, and it’s open to everyone.
If you can’t afford these books, you can get them for free at your local library. Although libraries may be outdated due to the widespread use of digital materials, they are still a great resource for the cash-strapped.
Some books worth reading include screw it up, let’s do it go through Richard Branson and rich dad, poor dad Robert Kiyosaki. Think about where you want to go in life and get to know people who have done it before you. A good librarian should be able to point you in the right direction.
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3. Social events and on-site training
There are many free social events to attend. There you will meet successful people and you will be able to talk directly to them. It helps if you offer to help people with anything for free at the outset so you can learn from them and build relationships.
You will also see many free training events on different business topics. Make sure the company offering the training is reliable and run by real experts in their field. Most of these programs will include the provision of further paid training. However, if you can’t afford an event like this, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take part in a free training day. If the company is good, the free training will include valuable information that you can use. You’ll also be around other people who want an economic education, and it’s a great way to socialize.
If you have success with any of the free training ideas, please contact the company to share your story. They can then use you as a testimonial, which will help their marketing efforts (which is only fair considering they train you for free) and help you grow your brand.
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