The Rarest Achievement

It’s pretty rare to get an Olympic Gold Medal, wouldn’t you say? Only 1,210 Americans have received one. It’s unusual to climb Mt. Everest, too: Just 2,300 people have done that. But there’s an even rarer category: The number of billionaires. No more than 1,125 people in the world can claim that distinction.

My friend, Bill Bartmann, did just that. Now keep in mind that this group of 1,125 people includes people who had major help along the way: Many were born with it, inherited it, or had every advantage while growing up.

In the history of billionaires, Bill Bartmann stands alone. He’s the ONLY former homeless person and gang member ever to have made a billion dollars. That’s right, Bill went from eating out of dumpsters and living under a bridge viaduct, to having after-tax, take-home pay in a single year of more than $100 million and being listed as the 25th richest person in America.

Here’s where it gets extremely interesting:

To find out why Bill is willing to coach YOU on how to systemize your success in business.

After all, what can you learn from someone whose daddy died and left him a billion? But it’s totally different with Bill Bartmann: He worked in a slaughterhouse. He was an alcoholic at age 17. And at one point Bill was paralyzed from the waist down. Yet Bill discovered a DIFFERENT way of thinking and acting that enabled him to overcome all of that, and become a self-made billionaire.

After scaling the highest peaks in the business world and getting his fill of toys like $25 million aircraft, what’s Bill up to now? He has one current passion: Showing others his special techniques for overcoming any challenge and being as successful as they want to be.

Do you think Bill might know a few things YOU could use to overcome your own challenges? What if you could get his thoughts on dozens of business topics?

Now you can. Bill is launching a one-of-a-kind online service, called his “Billionaire Business System”. This is not some one-size-fits-all deal. Instead, Bill has built a mentoring tool that provides you with laser-targeted advice on many individual topics.

Are you already running a business but not sure what’s the best way to secure financing for your next stage of growth? Bill covers that topic. Not even sure if business is right for you? Bill has a video session just about that.

In fact, the Billionaire Business System currently has almost two dozen topics, and is constantly growing.

I strongly recommend that you take a look at Bill’s system and see for yourself how it can remove whatever roadblocks are in your way to greater business success. You can find it by going to:

Name me anywhere else on the planet that you can get specific, useful, and comprehensive business-building advice from a self-made billionaire? That’s OK, I can’t think of any, either.

The sooner you have Bill Bartmann in your corner, advising you on business success, the sooner you can sit back and bask in your own dreams coming true.

To Your Achievements,

Ian Howard

P.S. The chances are really good that whatever challenges you have, Bill’s been there, and found a way to overcome them. Let Bill show you how, by taking the easy step of going to


At Last, (well especially in Melbourne) Summer time is finally here in Victoria

So tonight Saturday/Sunday don’t forget to put your clocks forward an hour.  Of course we will loose an hours sleep, but hey the extra hours of daylight to get all those things on the ‘to do’ list done.

About Ian

 platinum-t524.jpgIan Howard is the founder, creator and Managing Director of Creative Business Builders and Business Systems Tips.  An information system and consulting business that shows businesses how to Analyse, Optimise, systemise, and document everything so that they can enjoy more revenue, more profit, more time-off and can increase the sale value of their business.Ian has become a serial Business Builder, Entrepreneur, International speaker and Co-creator of the best selling business manuals the ‘Business Success Mastery’ series. He has been directly involved in the building and transformation of many companies, some being his own, building them from start up to $500,000 plus turn-over in 18 months or less. 

A Mechanical Engineer by profession, Ian’s career began at the age of sixteen when he left school and started an apprenticeship as a tool-maker, designing jigs and fixtures to improve production productivity.  Thus began his interest in ‘there is always a better way to do everything’.Since 2003, through his company Creative Business Builders Ian and his team have consulted with countless businesses both big and small, producing exponential business development and growth for their owners.  Using his in-depth understanding of business analysis, processes, operations & systems and customer service, Ian transformed a diverse array of small, medium and large businesses, their owners and staff..

For the past 30 years, he has been a business owner, consultant, operations manager, Business manager and innovative leader.  Applied the concepts of Systemisation and Reverse Engineering to allow businesses to work seamlessly, with less cost and grow exponentially, opening up new revenue and profit opportunities.

As a  Specialist, business exponential growth consultant, Philanthropist and an in-demand international Speaker.  Ian has addressed business savvy audiences – sharing his success strategies with companies and associations throughout Australia.

To contact Ian or ask him a question simply visit

Retire Young Retire Rich

This story from Robert Kiyosaki, of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame, puts into perspective what is required, and clearly states that a 5 to 10 year time frame, regardless of your current starting age, is all you need to achieve financial freedom.

Robert writes:

The following is the story of how my wife Kim, my best friend Larry Clark and I, began our journey from broke, to rich, to retired in less than 10 years. When Kim and I started, we were nearly out of money and filled with doubt. We all have doubts. The difference is what we do with those doubts.

In December 1984, Kim, Larry and I were on a skiing holiday. At night we would discuss our plans for the future. Kim and I were on our last few dollars and Larry was in the process of building another business. On New Years Day, we tried to set some goals. Larry wanted to do more than just set goals for the coming year, he wanted us to set goals that changed our lives.

“Why don’t we write a plan on how we can all become financially free?” he urged.

I had talked about it and dreamt about it. But the idea of being financially free was always in the future, not today.

“Let’s write it down,” Larry said. “Once we write it down, we have to do it, and we’ll support each other on the journey.”

Kim and I looked at each other doubtfully. “It’s a good idea but I think I would rather just focus on surviving for the next year.”

“Come on,” said Larry. “Let’s go for freedom. I don’t want to spend my life working just to pay bills. I want to live. I want to be rich. I want to travel the world while I’m young enough to enjoy it.”

I recalled the words of my rich dad: “The biggest challenge you have is your own self-doubt and your laziness. It is your self-doubt and your laziness that define and limit who you are. It is your self-doubt and laziness that deny you the life you want.”

It was time to choose. “OK, let’s set the goal to be financially free.” That was New Year’s Day 1985. In 1994 Kim and I were free. Larry went on to build his company, which became one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies of the year in 1996. Larry retired in 1998 at the age of 46 after selling his company.

How did we do it?

It’s not about how we did it. It’s about why we did it. From 1985 to 1994, Kim, Larry, and I focused on rich dad’s three paths to great wealth:

Increasing business skills
Increasing money management skills
Increasing investment skills

The why is because I wanted to challenge my own self-doubts, my laziness and my past. It was the why that gave us the power to do the how.

My arguments against Larry’s idea were things like: “But we don’t have any money”; “I can’t do that”; “I’ll think about it next year, or once Kim and I get settled”.

Rich dad had told me: “Whenever someone says something like ‘I can’t afford it’, or ‘I can’t do it’ to something they want, they have a big problem. Why in the world would someone say ‘I can’t afford it’ or ‘I can’t do it’ to something they want? Why would someone deny themselves the things they want? It makes no logical sense.”

My own whys

  • I was fed up with being broke and always struggling for money.

  • I was tired of being average.

  • My parents had struggled under a mountain of bills.

  • Most painful of all, my beautiful wife Kim was in this financial mess because she loved me.

  • Things got worse for us before they got better. Kim and I lived in a car for about three weeks after our money ran out.

So things did not get better just because we made the decision to retire rich, but it was the reasons why that kept us going.

Rich dad used to say: “If you want something, be passionate. Passion gives energy to your life.” Passion is a combination of love and hate. “If you want something you do not have, find out why you love what you want and why you hate not having what you want. When you combine those two thoughts, you will find the energy to go get anything you want.”

For example, I would create the following list:

Being rich
Being free
Buying anything I want
Expensive things
Having other people do what I don’t want to do

Being poor
Being required to work
Not having what I want
Cheap things
Doing things I don’t want to do

So sit quietly to find and define your loves and hates. Then write down your whys. Write down your dreams, goals and plans on becoming financially free, retiring early and retiring as young as possible. Once it is in writing, you may want to show it to a friend who will support you in achieving your dreams. Take a look at this paper with your dreams, goals and plans on a regular basis. Talk about it often, ask for support, be willing to continually learn, and before you know it, things will begin to happen.

I have heard many people say: “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” That statement has some truth to it. But what money does do is buy me the time to do what I love and pay other people to do what I hate doing.

Be inspired by this story and you too can become “financially free!”

This article was inspired by and originally sourced from Wayne Mansfield’s The Maverick Spirit, I encourage you to have a look at the website and subscribe.

Three Powerful Words

Try using these three little but Powerful words in your communications in 2008   

Sometimes we simply say too much, and more often not enough. Here are a collection of words that can add value to your communications, plus fun and meaning to your life and relationships. The source of these remains a mystery to me but these three-word phrases can enrich every relationship.

So, I challenge you to put to use, as often as you can, these three little but very powerful words:

I’ll Be There

If you have ever had to call a friend in the middle of the night, to take a sick child to hospital, or when your car has broken down some miles from home, you will know how good it feels to hear the phrase ” I’ll be there. “ Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we’re truly present for other people, important things happen to them & us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually. Being there is at the very core of civility.

I Miss You

Perhaps more marriages could be saved & strengthened if couples simply & sincerely say to each other “I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells partners they are wanted, needed, desired & loved. Consider how ecstatic you would feel, if you received an unexpected phone call from your spouse in the middle of your workday, just to say “I miss you.”

I Respect You / I Trust You

Respect and trust is another way of showing love. Its conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal. If you talk to your children as if they were adults you will strengthen the bonds & become close friends. This applies to all interpersonal relationships

Maybe You’re Right / I am Wrong

This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions. The flip side to “maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting maybe “I’m wrong”. Let’s face it. When you have a heated argument with someone, all you do is to communicate your point of view or opinion, albeit right or wrong. They, or you, will not change their stance and you run the risk of seriously damaging the relationship between you. Saying “maybe you’re right” can open the door to further explore the subject, in which you may then have the opportunity to get your view across in a more rational manner.

Please Forgive Me

Many broken relationships could be restored and healed if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults and failures. A man should never be ashamed to own up that he has been in the wrong, which is saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.

I Thank You

Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.

Count On Me

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people. Those that are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends. When troubles come, a good friend is there indicating “you can count on me.”

Let Me Help

The best of friends see a need and try to fill it. When they spot a hurt they do what they can to heal it. Without being asked, they pitch in and help.

I Understand You

People become closer and enjoy each other more if they feel the other person accepts and understands them. Letting your spouse know in so many little ways that you understand them, is one of the most powerful tools for healing relationship. This applies to any relationship.

Go For It

We are all unique individuals. Don’t try to get your friends to conform to your ideals. Support them in pursuing their interests, no matter how weird they seem to you. Everyone has dreams, dreams that are unique to that person only. Support and encourage your friends to follow their dreams. Tell them to “go for it.”

I Love You

Perhaps the most important three words that you can say. Telling someone that you truly love them satisfies a person’s deepest emotional needs. The need to belong, to feel appreciated and to be wanted. Your spouse, your children, your friends and you, all need to hear those three little words “I love you.”

So to all my family, friends and the people I haven’t met yet…

I Love you

This article was inspired by and originally sourced from Wayne Mansfield’s The Maverick Spirit, I encourage you to have a look at the website and subscribe.

Welcome to 2008 the year of Easy Prosperity

I haveian-2.jpg it on good authority that in chinese the number 2 stands for Easy and 8 stands for Prosperity! So ther you have it 2008 will be your year of Easy Prosperity!  I know you are thinking, “what about the two zeros?”… Well that’s going to be the size of my eyes when the money starts flowing from my new websites and Eftpos terminals. Which are currently under construction by Joe Mathews and his team at Seoecom and should be up and running by mid January.

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