Write A Book – Be An Expert

“Write a book and get recognized as an expert.” How many times have you heard that? Hundreds? Thousands? It is a fact that people acknowledge you as the expert when you have put your knowledge in print. It could be a book, a column, a booklet or a white paper that has been published. If people find what you wrote helpful to them, you become an expert!

The good news is you can write about anything and become an expert. It doesn’t necessarily need to be something you know right now. Yet, I do encourage my writers to write about what they know as it is the easiest way to write your first book. It is important to write about what you know if you are promoting your business and want your clients to recognize you as an expert in your business.

Yet, I have learned from my clients that you can write about what you don’t know and be highly successful at it. Here are some tips to get any writer started writing about what he or she doesn’t know.

1. Have a passionate idea. Some of my clients wanted to do something different: Write a Zen book, a comic book, and produce a positive, motivational rap music CD. These passionate ideas had a thread of relationship to their business, yet they were obsessed with creating these projects. And that is the key: You have to want it so bad that it becomes an obsession. You think about it day and night and you know you will not rest until you do it.

2. Research your idea. Get some basic ideas and resource information by doing research. For many writers this is not fun: Then get a college student to do it for you. Tell the student what information you need to get started. For example, the comic book author would want to see if anything like an educational comic book for adults has been done before in the same topic she has chosen. She will want to check out comic book publishers and their criteria. Also, find some articles on comic book publications and “how to” articles. You can use the Internet, the library, and even the bookstore to get the information you need.

3. Find and ask the experts to help you. “Flattery will get you anywhere,” the saying goes. Experts love to hear that their ideas are helpful. They are willing to help you if you ask. For example, the author who wanted to create a comic book knew nothing about how to do that. She met someone who was a graphic designer. She told him about her dream to create her comic book. The designer was excited about it and showed her his drawings. Collaboration was born to create a comic book. Just keep on asking people who you know that can help you with your idea. The Law of Attraction will take over and in no time you will have the right person to help you write your book. Other ways are to visit networking groups or visit organizations that are related to your topic.

4. Go to seminars or take classes. There are many great writing seminars and classes available to learn more about your subject. We even have Internet online classes and teleseminars we can take without even leaving our house. Learning in an environment with other students is a valuable opportunity to make new like-minded friends. So don’t be a wallflower and keep to yourself. Share your ideas and be actively involved in the class so people will get to know you. Class participants could give you some great ideas for your book, especially if you are writing on a new topic and gathering information for your book.

5. Be an eagle-eye observer. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Read everything with an eagle eye. What are the latest, hottest topics? Do they fit your criteria? Is it something you might want to write about? Start watching TV differently–instead of just for entertainment watch special shows that give you information and news that might perk your interest in writing a book. My rap music CD client wanted to produce a positive rap CD to reach young adults. She began observing Gospel rap musicians and listening to music that had a positive influence. Observe other people’s point of view. Keep your eyes open and watch people in their daily lives.

So by following these five simple steps–passionate idea, research, ask the experts, take classes, and be an eagle eye observer–you can write about what you don’t know. Remember you must be passionate about what you want to write, set up a writing plan, follow the plan, take action and write every day. In no time you will have written your book that makes you the expert.

Copyright 2007, Joan Clout-Kruse. All rights reserved.

Education IRAs and Other IRA Accounts

Most high school graduates are pretty much on their own when it comes to furthering their education, since parents are not able to help due to the increased cost of living throughout the United States. This was usually the case until just recently, when many different programs were developed for aspiring college students to make their dreams come true. Because not all students qualify for financial aid and other programs, they are left to cover the entire cost of their education, including books, lab fees, and living costs.

One program that was recently developed is the Education IRA, which works just like a retirement IRA. IRAs are meant to help people save up for a certain event in their life, like retirement or college education. The Education IRA is meant to help students save up for their college education, unlike other programs, which only offer tax incentives for high education expenses.

An Education IRA is a tax-advantaged saving account program that was created in 1997 by the Taxpayer Relief Act. Anyone is able to contribute to an Education IRA, whether related to the account beneficiary or not. There is a $2,000 maximum limit to an Education IRA, as long as the parent’s earned income is under $190,000. Families with smaller incomes are able to make smaller contributions to the account, and individual filers are also granted the same option for contribution.

An Education IRA is very similar to a Roth IRA, since after-tax money is sheltered in an account to save up for a certain event. The money in the account will remain tax-free as long as all the money will go to education costs only. By setting a savings account up for education costs, a great amount of money can be made by the time a child is ready to continue their education. Education IRAs are best when they are started when the child is young, so they will have many years of built up interest to use for the child’s education.

An Education IRA is a very effective method when trying to get money to put a child through college, since it is earned money rather than a loan. Because all of the money earned on an Education IRA is actually earned and not loaned, there will be no payments to pay back any costs of education. Education loans carry high interest rates and can take years to pay off, but Education IRAs can cover all of the costs without having to pay anything back.

Setting up an education IRA for children is very important, because it gives them a chance to go to college and pursue any dream they wish. With the costs of college education rising, it is important to have a plan to put a child through school while they are still young, until waiting until the last minute and having to take out loans or refinancing homes.

It is not necessary to contribute the entire $2,000 each year for each student, and you actually can choose not to make any contributions in a given year. You can contribute to the account each year until the child reaches eighteen years of age, with the exception of special needs children who can receive contributions after their eighteenth birthday. If funds remain in the Education IRA account after the school is paid for, it is subject to taxes and penalties that are determined by the bank. Unlike most other IRA accounts, Education IRA accounts allow you to withdraw money at any time. It is up to the account holder to make sure the funds are going toward education only, since this is what is outlined in an Education IRA.

You can contact your local bank or financial institution for more information on Education IRA or any other type of IRA accounts.

How to Wreck-Proof Your Wealth Plan – Part 2

Creating wealth is as dangerous as stalking a wild animal: if we do not understand everything possible about money and treat it with respect and manage it with great skill it will destroy us as quickly as any beast of prey.

YOUR WEALTH-PROTECTION CHECK-LIST

RETURN OF THE WARRIORS

According to Theun Mares in his book The Return of the Warriors: life is as much about hunting today as it was in the past when men were the hunters going out each day to hunt for food. In those days they took the hunt very seriously. Hunting animals was a dangerous business and if you put a foot wrong you could end up being the food rather than bringing it home. On the other hand if you simply sat at home and waited for the food to appear it very rarely did.

HUNTING MONEY REQUIRES TOTAL DEDICATION

Today we no longer have to hunt for food; we buy it at the supermarket with money. But don’t kid yourself nothing has changed. While we no longer hunt for food we still have to hunt for the money with which we buy it. Sitting at home waiting for the money to arrive is about as stupid as the hunter waiting for the Kudu to politely arrive at the door and accidentally fall into his cooking pot. We have to go out and stalk it.

The hunter leads a disciplined life and is totally dedicated to hunting. The hunter is a disciple of hunting and directs all his efforts towards knowing everything possible about hunting. And stalking money is as dangerous as stalking a wild animal.

MONEY HAS NO MERCY

Creating wealth is exactly the same: if we do not understand everything possible about money and treat it with respect and manage it with great skill it will destroy us as quickly as any beast of prey. Money is a slave and it works for whoever puts it to work. Money will provide the best return to those who manage it correctly and will destroy those who show it little respect. Money has no mercy.

In the same way that a hunter lives the hunt to the full in order to succeed, so we today must direct our full attention towards money if we wish to conquer it and succeed in this arena of wealth creation. Wealth does not fall into anyone’s hands by chance; it has to be captured with patience, slowly and carefully.

GENERATING WEALTH

A Wealth-Generation-Plan or Budget is one in which:

  • You hunt money with dedication, integrity and care.
  • Your target is to get every rand of income to generate another rand. This is the ideal and you may never quite achieve it; but the closer you get the wealthier you will be.
  • Wealth generation and financial security come first; you come second and luxuries come last.
  • Your first target is to stop paying PAYE Tax; in other words to eventually earn an income other than from a job.
  • Your second target is to put seed capital before any other outflow or expense; that is to allocate the very first part of your (after tax) income to investing money in such a way that it will bring back more money – i.e. growing your money. The secret of wealth is acquiring income generating assets.
  • Your third target is to set aside money to get out of debt.
  • Your fourth target is money to meet your monthly financial security goals.
  • What is left will have to meet the balance of your needs and keep you alive and healthy – e.g. food, clothing etc.

WEALTH-PROTECTION CHECKLIST

If we combine wealth-protection, wreck-proofing and Kiyosaki’s three stages of wealth-creation we end up with a 3 stage wealth-protection checklist that will work something like this depending on your needs and circumstances:

STAGE 1 – FINANCIAL SECURITY involves:

  • Setting out your investment philosophy and your investment guidelines which incorporate your lifestyle and financial priorities. Warren Buffett Wealth by Robert P. Miles is an excellent guide.
  • Writing down the broad outline of a Wealth Creation and Wealth Protection Plan (that is divorce friendly!)
  • The introduction of a Wealth Creation Budget with Seed Capital
  • Having correctly structured books of account and financial statements for both personal affairs and businesses – regard yourself as “JB Smith Ltd” and Monitor your WC Budget and NAV monthly and annually with a simple Accounting package
  • Banking right – maintaining a good bank credit rating
  • Maintaining a good credit rating with Retail Stores
  • Ensuring correctly structured tax returns and business activities that minimise taxes and maintaining a good standing with the local Revenue Service
  • Maintaining a healthy Life-style and hospital protection as opposed to expensive medical aid
  • Disability insurance (tax deductible in certain countries)
  • Cost effective Life Insurance for the longest possible term with Future Protection (guaranteed future option on life cover)
  • Funeral Cover
  • A correctly formulated Will
  • Motor Vehicle, Household and All risk Insurance
  • Your personal motor-car-maintenance plan to hold the asset value as high as one can
  • You personal household-maintenance plan to hold the asset value as high as one can
  • Working hard in a job and on your wealth protection strategy
  • Being a Passive investor – still strongly dependent on the guidance of financial experts. A Risk Management Strategy with emphasis on Moderate-risk and Long-term Investments
  • A Personal Book-of-Life that holds all your Insurances, Life Policies, RAs, Assets and Liabilities, SOGW worksheet and Will in one place
  • A Wealth Plan work sheet with a list of assets and liabilities, purchase costs, improvement costs, dates of acquisition etc
  • A Financial literacy Programme and
  • The Science Of Generating Wealth by Wallace D Wattles

STAGE 2 – FINANCIAL COMFORT involves:

  • Retirement Planning and Tax Deferred Retirement Investing that provides maximum tax free income on retiring
  • Estate and Tax Optimization Plan
  • Educational Plan for the kids
  • Running your own business on the side
  • Establishing a mastermind advisory panel which includes an ontological leader coach
  • Paying for your car in 3 years and holding it for 6; i.e. paying off two cars in 6 years
  • Paying your bond in 10 years or less, accessing the bond for cheap finance (especially for motor car and credit card debt), and ensuring via a bond broker that you always have the lowest bond rate
  • Buying pre-owned time share
  • Tax efficient investment plans such as endowments
  • Endowment based holiday plan to fund quarterly breaks annual holidays and overseas travel
  • Dread disease insurance
  • Inter-vivos and business trusts to protect assets where cost effective
  • Medical Aid appropriate to your health condition and family needs
  • Life Cover and Retirement Investments for spouse
  • Optimization of Wealth Creation Budget – maximizing the percentage of money working for you
  • Optimization of NAV growth
  • Strict Cash Flow Management
  • Risk Management Strategy with emphasis on Moderate Risk Investments and risk containment
  • Collective Investments (Unit Trusts/Mutual Funds) and other moderate risk Long Term investments – 10 years or more
  • Emergency Fund – 3 months income in low risk liquid investments
  • Work hard and smart
  • More active investor – taking charge and responsibility for your wealth – less dependent on the decisions of financial experts
  • Wealth protection and wealth creation in balance
  • Financial Literacy Programme continues
  • Experience stage of financial literacy programme – learning from mistakes

STAGE 3 – WEALTH AND EXCESSIVE CASH involves:

  • Active and independent investor – all your money working for you one way or another and achieving your desired ROI
  • Resigned from your job to mange your wealth plan full time
  • Business optimization: business works without you and achieves desired ROI
  • Business Succession Plan in place
  • Buying value business investments or acquiring assets without money
  • Business Investments and acquisitions continue to flourish
  • Acquiring Portfolio Investments – Share Market Investments
  • Refined Risk Management Strategy with a mix of more aggressive investments
  • Diversification of Risk including 20-30% offshore investments
  • Property Investments generating recurring income
  • Working smart and loving what you do every minute of the day
  • Living in your ideal home and driving a cost efficient luxury car
  • No problem you can’t handle
  • Active independent investor and business owner – calls on experts for their expert opinion but makes own decisions
  • Low maintenance recurring and passive income
  • Sustainable creation of excessive cash a daily habit
  • Continuing to learn from active involvement but now with fewer mistakes

NO NEED TO RETIRE

When it comes down to real wealth there are no shortcuts. Creating real wealth takes time. It is a marathon. It takes 15 to 30 years and it initially involves work. So the sooner you begin the better. But the good news is that when you are wealthy you never retire and you never work.

Hard work however is all relative. If you do what you love work is never hard. Warren Buffett at the age of 76 says that he “Tap dances to work” each day. He has a wealth protection based approach to investing that reduces risk to a minimum and optimises income and his system has made him either the first or second wealthiest person in the world.

The rich put immediate comfort and luxuries before wealth. They laugh first for sure, but it does not last, and when it really matters they are crying while the wealthy are having the last laugh.

But those who laugh last laugh longest and with this plan when you get round to laughing you will laugh long and hard because you have your priorities in the right order.

A COACH IS ESSENTIAL

But make no mistake you will need a master mind advisory group and ontological or generative leader coach to assist you to realise this strategy. It is extremely unlikely that you will achieve it on your own. Contact me at Science of Generating Wealth when you get serious about making this a reality in your life. We all have invisible barriers to our success: barriers that we have created ourselves. But barriers that are invisible to us. To dissolve these barriers we need an ontological coach. There is no question about it.