Screw The Latte!

Feb 22, 2012, Life

I guess it just never made any sense to me. Today I wanted to let out a little rant… I’m all about being financially responsible and living below your means. But this idea that “financial experts” espouse throughout the media about cutting back on things like your $4 latte because that money, invested with 5% […]

I guess it just never made any sense to me.

Today I wanted to let out a little rant…

Starbucks Skinny Latte - The Latte FactorI’m all about being financially responsible and living below your means. But this idea that “financial experts” espouse throughout the media about cutting back on things like your $4 latte because that money, invested with 5% interest, will add up to thousands year from now, I just don’t get.

Of course, I understand that it’s good, sound advice financially, but I think my problem with this lies in the MINDSET they’re indoctrinating people with…I would much rather focus on finding a way to MAKE MORE money AND buy what I want.

Let’s look at the numbers:

$4 Per Day

$4 per day X 365 days per year = $1,460 per year.

So, we’re talking about 1,500 bucks per year, and that’s having a latte every single day of the year, which probably isn’t going to happen anyway. $1,500 is a little bit of money, it will impact many people’s lives…but trying to cut out something you enjoy and want in order to save a thousand bucks is living with a “lack” mentality. And I live expecting, knowing, believing in ABUNDANCE!

I make this suggestion: why not have both? …1000 bucks AND your daily latte. We can teach people to have both if we stop talking about saving $4 per day, and we talk about making $8 more per day instead! Then you have your latte (or whatever you enjoy) AND you’ve saved your 4 bucks per day.

Alas, nobody within the mainstream media will ever do this because teaching you things that keep you in the poverty mindset is what keeps you viewing their stuff and sucked into their control. If you get nothing else today, you must understand this, the mainstream media makes money by planting fear and keeping you under their control, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

Anyway, back on track. Why believe you are limited to your current income? You can make more – even if it’s just part-time.

When I was doing construction and remodeling work full-time, I worked my butt off to make everything work. I constantly had to find more work for upcoming jobs, I worked 10-12 hour days to finish up projects as quickly as possible, and then I would come home at night and spend 5 or 6 hours every night working on my business online.

That’s 16-18 hours per day.

Here’s what my mindset about that was…I earned my latte, dammit!

But, thankfully, because of the power of The Slight Edge, working hard and being disciplined at something that wasn’t always enjoyable at the time, now today I DON’T have to work as hard. But if I had to do it again, I’d get off my butt and do it all again!

Having you been following these financial gurus’ teachings? Why not just focus on making more money instead of cutting things you need or enjoy? What’s been stopping you? What’s holding you back?

They always keep feeding us the same indoctrination and subservience crap …they want all of us to buy into the system of “study hard, get a good job with benefits, retire someday when you’re 65 (or more like 75 or 80 now), invest into mutual funds and 401k’s”

…For what? To die unhappy, broke, and never achieving any of the dreams we had when we were younger?

Wow, sounds fantastic!

There is ONE and ONLY one person you can count on for you and your family’s financial future.

It’s not the government. It’s not your boss. And it absolutely isn’t a crappy push-button software off of Clickbank.

It’s YOU!

Now here’s where some people will go ballistic on me, telling me I’m advising people to go out and blow their money because they can always just make more…go buy the Ferrari and figure out a way to make an extra $350k. Not at all my point. That’s just stupid and financially irresponsible. You have to be wise with your money.

These people would be missing the point of my rant. I definitely take profits from my business and reinvest them into my business and my wife and I do our best to live below our means. I’m not saying make extra money so you can blow it. My main point is you need to get out of the poverty mindset…and poverty is 100% your MINDSET, not your circumstances.

You need to stop buying into the crap the media is selling you. Stop listening to all the whiners and complainers. Stop joining in the discussion with people moaning about and blaming their life on the “economy”. Stop making excuses and placing responsibility for your life situation on others…it’s all up to you.

I’ve seen people come from the worst of situations, having to use the computers and Internet at public libraries to make money online until they could finally get out of there and into a better place in life.

I know there is abundance and opportunity available for every single one of us. Everywhere!

There are more opportunities today than ever before for a person, from any place in life, any background, any education, to make it absolutely filthy rich.

With that said, get off your butt, figure out a plan and just get to work! Always keep your priority in business on providing great value to customers and truly helping other people. If you do so, your rewards and riches will come as a result.

And if you’re just getting started, don’t become overwhelmed. Simply be consistent at doing something everyday. The results and your personal growth will compound until you get to a tipping point where everything seems to “just fall into place.”

If you do that, knowing you put in your work each and every day to make your life a little better, then you can sit back at the end of the day, and enjoy your latte – you’ve earned it dammit!




  1. Vivian LevineFebruary 23rd

    Hi Brent: Bravo! Good blog. Yes, I’d say you’ve earned the right to a latte, maybe even two. I tell you after I get going with my new site, I just might join you(lol). Enjoyed it…looking forward to some more.

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