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Seven Years to Seven Figures: The Fast-Track Plan to Becoming a Millionaire by Michael Masterson

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INTRODUCTION

SEVEN YEARS TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

This is a book about how to create your own, personal retirement fund before it is too late to enjoy it.

In the bulk of this book, I'll profile people who have followed that recommendation. These are real stories about people I've known, worked with, and admired. By reading their stories, you will be able to identify means and methods of increasing your own income and boosting the returns you are getting on your investments. Then, seven years from the time you begin your program to take charge of your future, you too can enjoy the comfort that financial independence brings.

Note: All the success stories in this book are true. Where the individual has requested that we use a pseudonym, the name is marked with an asterisk (*).

HOW LONG ARE YOU WILLING TO WAIT TO GET RICH?

So . . . how long are you willing to wait?

Whenever I ask this question—at dinner parties or seminars—I get the same answers.

Almost no one is willing to wait 40 years. Or 30 years, for that matter. The last time I asked this question at a conference—to an audience of about 350 people—I don't think a single hand went up at 40 years or 30 years. When I asked how many were willing to wait 20 years to get rich, three or four hands went up. It was not until I brought the goal closer to the present—to the 10-year mark—that a significant portion of the audience responded.

Not surprisingly, I have discovered that most people want to get rich as fast as possible and are "willing ...

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