Episode 321 | Groomed At Uni To Be A Spruiker… But Now Look Where He’s At! – Chat with Eric

There are SO many layers to this listener’s story, it’s incredible!


For one, when Eric T was at uni, he was paid a little “classroom visit” by, get this… sleek Spruikers in their fancy Armani suits who not only tried to SELL online courses to the students, but also GROOMED and recruited some of them as their next get-rich-quick protégé!!


Thankfully, today’s guest listener had the foresight to decline. Which, to be quite honest, was super lucky as he was already – in his own words – “highly suggestible and easily influenced by these quick rich shames and educators wearing their $700 slip on loafers, their $20,000 Rolex watches, expensive European sports cars and their 68 properties!”


Plus, while all this was happening, Eric’s partner sensed he was going down the wrong path and one day shoved a book under his nose – low and behold it was The Armchair Guide to Property Investing!


BUT – how’s this for a story that keeps on giving! – he first didn’t read it ‘cos he thought our book was complete rubbish… as we weren’t standing on the hood of a Rolls Royce! 😂


“Who were these two blokes sitting on a couple of couches and smiling with no bling or swagger?”


Fast forward to today and, well, here we are interviewing Eric.


But like we said… there are SO many layers to this story, and we can assure you this isn’t even HALF of it!!


Just wait to you hear what money was like for Eric as a kid!!


Let’s just say… he didn’t step foot into a restaurant until he was 19!


In a nutshell: This really is one ride of an episode folks… and Eric’s stories and pure wisdom will leave you wanting more!




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What We Cover…

  • 03:46 – Eric’s Money Backstory (wow!)
  • 05:14 – Wait… never been to a restaurant until he was 19!?!
  • 07:53 – What was it like seeing his parents work so hard?
  • 08:55 – Has his parents’ scarcity mindset shifted?
  • 10:49 – Why Australia really is the Lucky Country
  • 12:24 – What was it like to go to a restaurant for the first time??
  • 13:58 – How to put the cost of things into context…
  • 14:53 – When Eric first started earning money, what was he doing with it?
  • 16:02 – How Social Pressures Dictate How We Spend Our Money
  • 17:25 – When parents make your clothes…
  • 18:40 – What was the spark that made Eric consider property investing?
  • 20:13 – How quickly did Eric’s parents pay down their mortgage?
  • 20:57 – Was money spoken about in the childhood home?
  • 21:49 – The Great Sushi Lesson…
  • 24:18 – Are his parents retired now?
  • 24:38 – How was Eric originally managing his money?
  • 25:18 – Eric’s Rock Bottom…
  • 26:22 – Did he shop around for his first bank?
  • 27:21 – Groomed at uni to be a spruiker…
  • 29:05 – How much does Ben spend on his “boat shoes”? 😂
  • 29:32 – The story of the $50 note…
  • 30:23 – When the scarcity mindset actually works in your favour…
  • 32:50 – How did he discover The Property Couch?
  • 32:57 – Investing for Tax Purposes!
  • 34:52 – His initial reaction to The Armchair Guide to Property Investing…
  • 35:39 – What changed his mind to finally read our book?!
  • 36:13 – What episodes had the most impact on him?
  • 37:31 – Using the Money SMARTS system
  • 39:23 – How does the Money SMARTS system change your BEHAVIOUR?
  • 40:43 – Do you have to save every penny to trap surplus cash?
  • 43:21 – Why “Money For The Sake Of Money” Isn’t A Good Enough Reason…
  • 43:46 – What does Eric want to spend his passive income on?
  • 45:36 – The Empty Island Syndrome
  • 46:13 – Why you don’t want to be another Donald Trump!
  • 47:11 – What’s it like getting a Property Portfolio Plan done?
  • 47:32 – Status Design vs Lifestyle Design
  • 49:46 – Attacking preconditioning from childhood…
  • 57:51 – Time & Target: The Two Life-Changing Elements That Make Everything Clear!
  • 58:56 – The Train Analogy – Amazing!


Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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Episode 320 | Are those Qantas Points Really Worth It?! The True Cost of Your Money Habits – Chat with Megan

Using a credit card to earn Qantas Points… is it even worth it?!

Folks, joining us today is listener Megan – and not only is she going to help us answer this exact question (… just wait ‘til you hear the reason it came up in the first place!), she is also living proof that your money backstory does NOT have to be your financial destiny!

This is a financial transformation no one should miss – we cover a LOT of ground, including… a backstory of Financial Hardship, learning the hard way about bad debt, setting new money habits, investing as a parent… you name it!

Megan was an absolute joy to interview and is extremely generous and transparent when it comes to sharing the truth of her story so others can benefit from it.

Highly recommend this one, folks!

And, yep, it might make you think twice about how you use a credit card!


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Here’s What We Cover…

  • 03:12 – Megan’s Money backstory!
  • 04:54 – Was it simply inferred that money was “tight” growing up?
  • 06:53 – Money differences between siblings…
  • 08:04 – Money differences between partners…
  • 10:52 – Using the same bank account from the age of 6!
  • 12:41 – How to have separate living and lifestyle accounts for each partner
  • 14:45 – Things to remember when comparing yourself to your friends
  • 15:56 – Who takes the lead on the finances?
  • 16:27 – Where does the “Why” come from?
  • 17:41 – When credit card debt spirals out of control…
  • 19:07 – How did she pay off all that debt so quickly
  • 20:15 – Techniques and tips to remove bad debt
  • 20:35 – Before Money SMARTS!
  • 20:44 – How much did they spend on going out for dinner?!
  • 20:50 – After Money SMARTS!
  • 25:25 – #1 Tip so you DON’T have to keep transferring money back and forth!
  • 26:11 – Are those Qantas points really worth it?
  • 28:33 – How is Megan running her provisionings?
  • 29:32 – Why was Money STRETCH so important for Megan and her partner?
  • 34:07 – When the mindset goes backwards…
  • 39:07 – The benefits of the MyWealth Portal
  • 41:27 – How many icy poles is too many icy poles? 🤣
  • 43:30 – The power of setting a long term goal/s for yourself…
  • 44:33 – How did they upgrade their home?
  • 46:43 – Considerations for a PPOR that will eventually be turned into an investment property
  • 50:05 – The importance of diversifying your portfolio!
  • 51:14 – Understanding the timing of our ABCD pillars of Mastery
  • 50:54 – What does Megan want you to know about Money SMARTS?
  • 58:28 – GREAT take home message!


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Episode 319 | From Poor Dad To Rich Dad – How To Wipe Out Financial Trauma Learnt In Childhood – Chat with Michael

What if you grew up in an environment where money was extremely tight? And what if this experience carried on into young adulthood, this time from your OWN financial decisions… up until something finally cracked and you said, “That’s it, I’ve had enough!”

What if you went from DROWNING in debt to FLOATING on Financial Peace… and finally cracked the code to break the family’s financial trauma cycle once and for all?!

Well folks, joining us today is listener Michael – and he knows EXACTLY what this financial transformation feels like… because he’s lived it!!

Here’s the deal…

On the last day of one of the most interesting years we will probably ever experience (good riddance 2020!!), we are interviewing someone who has, through no fault of his own, faced money challenges as a child… but then went on to become a young adult who survived on one can of tuna and slices of bread while snowed under some seriously bad debt…

… and now, through sheer grit and a reversing his money habits (and money mindset), OWNS three properties and has wiped out the financial trauma he learnt in childhood!

Yes… Michael went from having a Poor Dad…. to becoming a Rich Dad.

So, how did he do it?!

Tune in now to listen to learn how you can go from struggling to pay the bills to being an investor in complete control of your finances!


Free Stuff Mentioned…


What We Cover…

  • 03:04 – What was money like for Michael growing up?
  • 05:20 – Was his dad explicit about the money issues?
  • 06:06 – How did this background flow into Michael’s own money habits?
  • 08:34 – What sparked the desire to finally change?
  • 09:58 – The danger zone credit card story…
  • 12:51 – Where did he seek help to get on top of his debt?
  • 14:52 – “Psychological Sense” vs “Mathematical Sense” for what debt to pay off first
  • 16:02 – A tip to break negative habits
  • 17:35 – How did they afford a house deposit?
  • 19:35 – How did he discover The Property Couch?
  • 20:10 – Michael’s favourite property investing books!
  • 20:42 – Lessons Learnt From The Richest Man In Babylon…
  • 21:44 – What does Michael’s spreadsheet track?
  • 23:03 – What motivates Michael to be so “hands on” with his money management?
  • 23:34 – Why is Michael investing in property, anyway?
  • 25:26 – … The Big Rocks in The Jar!
  • 28:32 – Financial Trauma: Conscious & Unconscious Consequences…
  • 30:35 – How to resolve underlying money mindset patterns
  • 34:55 – What is Debt Recycling?
  • 35:36 – How to get the balance right to work out what’s really “enough”
  • 36:48 – Why No One Wants To Be The Richest Man In The Cemetery…
  • 37:34 – How to make compromises while still rewarding yourself so you stay the course
  • 38:12 – The property story!
  • 38:47 – Now, that’s sacrifice!! (Delayed Gratification in its finest form)
  • 40:20 – How many properties is he aiming for?
  • 40:37 – Asset Selection Mistakes
  • 44:38 – How does Michael’s Dad feel about all this? 😊
  • 44:56 – Should you take advice from friends and family?!


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Episode 318 | 3 Investment Properties, 1 Family Home & Nothing Left To Do But Retire! – Chat with Dennis

Want to meet an investor who has FINISHED their Acquisition Phase?! That is, they’ve purchased ALL the properties they need to earn a passive income for life… so now there’s nothing left to do but retire!!

Here’s the deal… today we are speaking to a “TPC Veteran” – someone who has listened to the podcast since the very beginning… and in that time has actioned on all the teachings and built their own property portfolio from start to finish!!

… Meet Dennis, a property investor who proves it’s entirely possible for “Mums and Dads” to build a portfolio in their 40s… and not only that… but purchase THREE investment properties in less than five years!

So… how on earth did he do it?!

Even better, how did Dennis and his wife, Glenda, invest without completely impacting their family budget?! (… and without earning massive incomes!?!)

Tune in now to hear the full transformation and hear how it feels to be “at the end of the line” of the property investment journey!


Free Stuff Mentioned…


Here’s What We Cover…

  • 03:32 – What was Dennis’s money backstory?!
  • 05:22 – What were the family money rituals growing up?
  • 05:55 – How did he manage his money when he first started earning an income?
  • 06:11 – Getting a loan for a car…
  • 06:43 – How did he chose his first bank account?
  • 08:00 – Was he always considering investing in property?!
  • 10:24 – Using a credit card to pay for everything…
  • 11:05 – Conscious vs Unconscious spending
  • 12:43 – Money alignment with your life partner…
  • 14:02 – How old was he when he discovered The Property Couch?!
  • 17:16 – When did the shift to getting serious about creating a passive income happen?
  • 19:40 – Purchasing property during a boom…
  • 22:06 – How has Money SMARTS played a critical role in all this?
  • 26:19 – How do they use their 7-day float?
  • 32:28 – Is it too late to invest in property?
  • 33:42 – The Game-changing Mindset Shift!
  • 35:50 – When (and how) did they purchase each property?
  • 36:20 – What’s it like being a Borderless Buyer?
  • 37:53 – The Passive Income Target!
  • 40:11 – Should you EVER buy sight unseen?
  • 42:21 – When your need to calling on Defence…
  • 49:22 – Dennis’s advice for YOU!


Note: There are more real-life investor stories like this in our Summer Series! Make sure you check them all out here.

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6 Reasons Why The Property Market Did NOT Collapse During COVID-19! – Bonusisode with Nerida

Folks, wanna know the SIX reasons why Australia’s property market didn’t “plummet” during a global pandemic…. even when so many commentators suggested otherwise!?!👇

We’re checking in with Nerida Conisbee, Chief Economist at REA Group and she’s going to tell you exactly why… and the key risks we still have to keep an eye on as we move into 2021!


A Hint on The 6 Reasons… (see if you guess right 😉)

1️⃣ __ are being __ for now

2️⃣ Unemployment primarily impacting __

3️⃣ __ __ have slowed

4️⃣ Some __ __ are faring well

5️⃣ Less overall __

6️⃣ Record level of Govt stimulus, such as __


Tune in now to Get ALL 6 Reasons and the latest update on…

🔸 Biggest risks to undermine Australia’s economic recovery

🔸 China /Australia Relations – who’ll blink first?

🔸 When’s the MOST auctions happening!?

🔸 How did so many commentators get it WRONG?

🔸 Where are First Home Buyers going?

🔸 How second homes might drive the post-COVID housing boom

🔸 The star suburb performer in NSW this year in

🔸 Commercial property investment from UK and German funds

🔸 Australian luxury property defies the downturn and global trend

🔸 Property Market Predictions For 2021





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