Happy July 4th, 2012

Are you using all your free gifts to be Financially FREE?

Centuries ago, people left their crowded, heavily taxed, highly structured society and the endured the hardship of ocean travel to land on the shores of the new world. Once here, they pushed across untamed landscapes and pioneered a way of life in a land that came to be known at the United States of America.

The symbol of OPPORTUNITY

The Europeans who settled in America didn't import every aspect of their old ways of life. They came here because the new world offered a new opportunity that they didn't have in their homelands – freedom and opportunity.

While other countries remained steadfast in their social expectations and hierarchies, millions of people flocked here because to them, "America" meant that they could achieve whatever they wanted to achieve.

We still live in the land of opportunity today

Even today, in spite of the economic troubles and higher-than-usual unemployment in the US, there are still long line-ups at our borders and embassies from people who want to come here because of exactly the same dream that attracted your ancestors and my ancestors years ago.

Those on the "outside" look inside our country and see freedom and opportunity.

What do you see?

There are many Americans who love the freedom and opportunity in this country… but who don't do anything about it. They're content to fight traffic to go to work, sweat through their 9-5 jobs, and then watch TV for 5 hours each night (that's the average daily amount of television that Americans watch. I'm not making it up: 151 hours/month is 5 hours per day!).

Is that a life that truly embraces freedom and opportunity? Our forefathers were hardworking and industrious and literally carved a country out of nothing, and they did it with bare hands and sweat. They did it so that their children and their children's children and their children's children's children could have a better life.

Are you living the better life they envision? They passed down a free gift to you. A gift of freedom and opportunity. Are you taking advantage of it?

I am.

I chose not to fight traffic and sweat in a 9-5 job and watch 5 hours of TV. I chose not to live in the rat race but instead to aspire to something else. In doing so, I hope to inspire others to put down the remote and click off of Facebook and do something for themselves and their families… and (on as we think about this on Independence Day) even do something to honor everything their forefathers worked for.

I'm thankful that I live in the USA! It's a land that allows and encourages someone like me (who barely finished school but was willing to work hard to achieve my dreams) to be able to achieve my dreams! Are you thankful to live in the USA? Are you taking advantage of the free gifts (of freedom and opportunity) that you get just by being a citizen here?

Here's what you should do to get your free gifts

It's July 4th. We're 4 days into the second half of the year. That's (almost) six months to finish the year. Why not commit right now to finish the year spectacularly – in a way that would make our forefathers proud.

Take massive action. I've described several ways you can take advantage of your free gifts.  For example, here are 8 easy things to do to move your real estate investing business forward. Or, if you really want to blow the roof off of your situation and make GIANT LEAPS forward, take massive action today with my blog post How to retire in 12 months. If that's not the truest and fastest fulfillment of the American Dream, I don't know what is!

Your proud-to-be-an-American friend and mentor,

Mark Evans DM,DN

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