You can’t hide…but you can “Fortress”
In my last blog I talked about the assault on our income forged by taxes and interest, from payroll, excise, sales and other taxes, to the interest we pay on everything from our home to our latest athletic shoes. These assaults are all part of highly orchestrated systems designed to harness our ability to produce income over our working lives to enrich our financial adversaries.
As I looked for defenses against these systems that would allow me to build financial independence for my family, independence that would last generations, I finally realized that – unless I was willing to move to some barely civilized country – I could not completely avoid being victimized by these systems. But I didn’t give up. I remembered the Roman Empire.
Beginning before Jesus was born the Roman Empire lasted for hundreds of years into the first millennium, conquering and ruling most of what is now Europe as well as the Mideast and northern Africa. As the Romans expanded their territory through conquest, they built fortresses in each new region. These fortresses had one purpose: to help the Romans keep what they had gained. If enemies tried to harm the soldiers or steal their supplies, they would run into the defensive strengths of the fortress and fail.
Sure, some soldiers were killed and some supplies were stolen, but the majority of Roman blood and treasure in each region were protected inside fortresses. I realized I had to do the same thing to protect what I had gained for my family over the years.
I call it “Fortressing.”
That’s what SMARTEST Wealth Systems is all about. I decided that my prime defense against the enemy’s wealth-draining systems was to become as difficult a target as possible. I wanted to incorporate the modern military concept of stealth. So, in some ways my plan was to become a nearly invisible target. Through all this I insisted that every concept be squeaky clean and legal. As I once told my accountant, “I don’t look good in an orange jumpsuit.”
So, several years ago I began putting the “stones” in place to build my family’s money fortress.
My money fortress allows me and my family to maximize the percentage of our income we can use to build financial independence. It also allows us to maximize the percentage of growth from our investments that we can keep. We’ve isolated most of it from the bucket brigade of villains trying to take it away from us.
If we’re going to be the worker bees, we’re going to enjoy the majority of the honey! But I didn’t just want to hide from the villains and their powerful systems. I wanted to build a fortress, so that even if they found me they couldn’t easily take what I had accumulated behind my fortress walls.
I didn’t want to build my fortress from bricks I had invented myself or that were of questionable validity. I’m not an expert in every financial discipline, and I come from very blue-collar roots, so I didn’t grow up watching money being efficiently managed. Who could I look to for some how-to knowledge on building and protecting generational wealth? Who could help me design my money fortress?
I let the wealthy show me how to build it.
I know the term “wealthy” can bring up different images and emotions, and I know there are some rich scoundrels who build their wealth at the expense of others; but I also know there are decent families who have learned to use tools the rest of us usually never even hear of. Those are the people I decided to learn from.
I simply used the wealthy as a study group to see what strategies and tools they use to build their own generational money fortresses.
One of the most powerful fortress tools is also one of the most accessible. I explain it in my book, The Banker’s Secret to Permanent Family Wealth™. You should get it right now, before the price goes up.