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Hi! I'm Mike and this is my wife, Jen!  Since we began this site, we've learned to live more frugally, completely eliminate our debts, create new income, radically increase our net worth, and live altogether better lives!  Sign up below for instant access to our members-only toolbox, including our exclusive guide:  15 Steps to Fix Your Broken Finances and Live a Better Life!


First Steps.

Kudos first of all to Pat Flynn and his "Smart Passive Income Blog."  If there's anyone out there with the drive, smarts, and enthusiasm (and results!) to prove that success in these endeavors is possible, it's him!  

It is Pat's blog that has helped me to arrive at my first steps.  I've established an InfoBarrel account and written my first article.  I've also become an Amazon Associate and signed up for a Google AdSense account.  My solitary article sits as a draft on InfoBarrel's website as I wait for my AdSense account to be approved.  

My goal is to write one article each day for the next thirty days, post them, and then see what happens, all the while continuing to learn about Search Engine Optimization, backlinking, affiliate marketing, and other dimensions of this internet economy.  

Of course, I'll continue to keep you updated with how things go!



So, where did this all begin?  In Afghanistan.  Over the course of a nearly fifteen-month tour, I read Tim Ferriss's The 4-Hour Workweek and was intrigued by it.  Of course, the ironic thing is that I was working a veritable 168-hour work week, as we were in the middle of continuous combat operations.  This experience, coupled with an entire career of very long hours and months out "in the field" training, certainly made the idea of finding success in four hours a week appealing!  

Since that time, I've consumed a steady diet of blog postings and books about the so-called new economy.  I'm a believer.  Though I harbor no illusions of success with only four hours a week-- at least for now-- I've decided to take the plunge.

A couple of other relevant facts:  (1) I'm still gainfully employed with a steady income; and (2) When I "retire" from the military (or "transition" as the career counselors inform me I'm to say), I should enjoy a passive income stream in the form of my retirement paycheck.  That is, if the government remains solvent and preserves the military retirement system!  

Because of these facts, my family and I shouldn't starve-- we can afford to take some risks!  Let's get to it!

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