The biggest obstacle to wealth

Some time ago I discovered the money secret that separates the wealthy and successful property investors from the average Australian.

I found out what the biggest obstacle was that stopped people becoming wealthy.

I would like to share my findings with youchange1

Over the last 16 years I have been conducting property seminars around Australia and South East Asia.

I have been teaching how I have grown my own very substantial property portfolio became wealthy through property and how many of my students and our clients at Metropole have used property to develop financial independence.

Some of my seminars have lasted a few hours, others a full day and at times I conducted 3 and 5 day intensive workshops.

Yet the results have always been the same…

While the attendees always got loads of information, tips and tricks; some people took action after these events and got outstanding results.

Yet others who sat right next to these action takers went home and didn’t do anything differently.

This always disappointed me and I wondered what I could do better.

Initially I thought I had to give them more facts, additional tips or extra information.

So I packed even more into my seminars, but the results didn’t change.

What was it?

As I studied this phenomenon I came to realise that it wasn’t the quality of the information that stopped some people taking action.

It was something inside them – their mindset or what I call their “financial thermostat”.

We all have a financial thermostat inside us that determines the level of wealth we are comfortable with.

What level is your financial thermostat set for?

For example Donald Trump has his financial thermostat set to billions.

Imagine if he was “only” a millionaire.

He would feel poor, wouldn’t he? 

Some people have their thermostats set for millions of dollars, others for thousands.

The average Australian has their financial thermostat set very low.

The problem is, if your financial thermostat is set for a low level, then the way you think and the way you behave will keep you poor.

Even if you have all the information, even if you know all the steps to take; things like fear and doubt will hold you back.

We’ve all heard of people who have come into money, such as lottery winners, and lost it because they just couldn’t handle it.

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It’s been said that if you took all the money in the world and divided it equally amongst everybody, it would soon be back in the same pockets it was before.

I’m sure that is correct.

It is hard to keep that which has not been obtained through personal development.

What this means is that most people will never develop the wealth they truly deserve because their financial thermostat, which was programmed to a low level of wealth when they were children, holds them back.

We are not born knowing how to “do money.”

We are all programmed by our parents, our teachers, culture, religion and peer group.

This means that in general we have been programmed by un-wealthy people.

Take a minute to think about what you were taught about money

What did you hear from your parents about money and rich people?

Did you hear things like:

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Money is the root of all evil.

Rich people are greedy and selfish. Money won’t make you happy.

Money isn’t that important anyway.

Do any of those sound familiar?

What did you see at home about money when you were young?

We learn a lot about how to behave in all areas of our lives by modelling our parents.

kids money learn teach coin child lesson school piggy bank mum mother parentSo how were your parents when it came to money?

Did they argue about money?

Was one more of a saver or was one a spender and free with money?

Were they good money managers or was one or both of them a money mis-manager?

It’s interesting how many of us end up becoming so much like our parents in the arena of money.

Unless we were very angry as a child and then we tend to rebel and become the opposite of our parents.

How did your parents behave around money when you were young?

Your experiences around money as a child also affect how you were programmed.

Have a think about it…

Did money mean happiness or did money mean arguments when you were young? Was money ever used as a substitute for love or as a form of bribery?

For most of us the subconscious programming we received as a child was and continues to be dis-empowering.

These limiting wealth beliefs were instilled in us when we were children and at the time they seemed very true, but they are no longer relevant to us today.

If your experiences were like mine, the people who taught you about money – your parents, your grandparents, your teachers – had the best intentions.

They wanted you to succeed financially.mind set rich money lesson think motivational learn teach money

The end result is often a raft of dis-empowering beliefs about money, wealth and rich people.

Unfortunately since they had never been taught about how money really works, all they could pass on was their own belief systems, often based on scarcity rather than the abundant thoughts that are necessary to feel truly wealthy.

Beliefs that are neither true or false, nor wrong or right.

Your beliefs are your beliefs and they work at a subconscious level.

But your beliefs can be empowering or dis-empowering.

Most Australians will never become rich because of their beliefs.

At some level they believe that rich people and/or money are bad.

Or that wealth is beyond their reach; or that they do not deserve to become wealthy.

Then they find ways of justifying to themselves why they don’t want to become wealthy, or why they don’t deserve to become wealthy.

For things to change in your life, you must change first.

You must pinpoint the negative or limiting wealth beliefs that are holding you back from reaching your true potential.

So how do you move forward?

How do you get yourself to take action?

You will need to do 3 things….

1. Develop Awarenessinspiration idea mindset

The first step is to evaluate your current position.

How are you going financially?

Become aware of what’s working – the thoughts, actions and behaviors you want to keep and what’s bad  – the things you want to change.

Which of your beliefs are not working for you?

What lessons about money and wealth were handed down to you many years ago, but have not been updated for your current needs.

2. Discard your non-empowering beliefs

Now that you understand that some of your beliefs about money and rich people are holding you back it’s time to discard your non empowering beliefs.

3. Develop new beliefs


You then need to adopt the belief systems of successful people.

Model yourself on other successful people – people who have already achieved what you want to achieve.

For you to lose weight you would not only need to adopt the actions and behaviours of someone else who lost weight, to keep your weight off in the long term, you would also need to learn to think like a slim person thinks.

The fastest way for you to become financially successful is for you to adopt the thoughts and behaviours of people who are already financially successful.

What do these people do differently?

And it’s not just the steps they take – it’s what they believe and how they think about money and wealth.

4. Take Action

Now it’s time to act on your new positive beliefs.

It’s called Be, Do, Have.

You become the person you want to be as soon as you start thinking and acting like that person.

If you want to become wealthy, become wealthy in your mind first (be that person).

Then do what wealthy people do – act wealthy.

In turn you will have what wealthy people have.

Wealth is a result

It’s a result of your thoughts and beliefs, which lead to your actions.

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If things aren’t working out the way you want them to, you need to stop taking the easy way out and blaming outside factors.

It’s not your boss’s fault, nor is it the government or interest rates.

It’s not even a lack of information.

It’s not even the lack of content in my blogs, books or seminars.

And you need to stop justifying why you are not financially successful.

Most of what you have today you have attracted by becoming the person you are today.

If you want things to change in your life financially, you must change first.

It is important for us to understand that we are all fully responsible for our financial results.

Most of what you have today you have attracted by becoming the person you are today.

If you want things to change in your life financially, you must change first.

The good news it that your life can change because you can change.

When we throw out our blame list and start becoming more of ourselves – interestingly everything will begin to change around us.

A bonus tip on to ensure you become wealthy…

Apart from the right mindset, if you want to change your financial position in life you’re going to need:

  • More and different knowledge
  • A proven property investment system
  • The right network of people to support you

If you have a system, a great team of advisors, your finances organised and the right knowledge, now could be a great counter cyclical opportunity to buy good properties that will appreciate in value over the long term.

I’m going to explain exactly how I do this at my 2016 Property Development and Renovation Workshop coming up on October 21st.

Click here to check out the top line up of Australian property experts and find out more about the curriculum as well as the 9 FREE bonuses.

Please give yourself the chance to assess this opportunity properly – it will take about 10 minutes to read all the information.

This is likely to be the most important year for you to attend. 17048600 - 3d people - man, person and a red exclamation mark

While we can’t predict the future, we have lined up Australia’s leading experts to help you formulate a plan to protect your position and exploit the opportunities ahead.

You will have the opportunity to spend 3 days with some of the Sharpest Minds in Australia, discovering proven systems and strategies for profitable property investment.

Click here now and get all the details.

If you have any further questions or you want to speak with a real person, please call my assistant Jo Fitt on 03 9591 8888 or send her an email [email protected]  and she will be happy to answer all your questions and help you with your booking

The intimate class room format of this workshop will give you plenty of time to ask your own personal questions of our faculty of speakers.

Use the online booking form to reserve your place or call Jo Fitt on 03 9591 8888 to discuss this further.

It’s up to you now – I look forward to meeting you in Melbourne and being part of this exciting workshop.

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Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who create wealth for their clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and his opinions are regularly featured in the media. Visit

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