Mastering Your Mind

Rules I Live By (personal)

February 6, 2012
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On Friday I promised to write an article similar to Craig Ballantyne’s “The 12 Rules I Live By” (which if you haven’t read yet, I highly recommend—he’s an extremely successful and genuinely good guy). Thinking about and writing down your guiding principles or “rules to live by” is a great exercise, and I hope you’ll [...]

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Channel Your Inner Kung Fu: 5 Steps to Clutter-Free Finances

February 1, 2012
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If you have summoned your inner motivation and excitement for achieving your financial independence, you are now ready to get going and get organized! Um, you have summoned your inner motivation, right? I know it’s extremely tempting when faced with a yucky task to hope that your fairy godmother will magically come and whisk it [...]

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Enter the Year of the Dragon!

January 23, 2012
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Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year! While the Western calendar year is already 5% over (yikes…are you 5% closer to achieving your goals this year?), the lunar calendar has just turned over a new page, ushering in the Year of the Dragon today. The Year of the Dragon is thought to be the luckiest [...]

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Kung Fu Girl Interviews Louis James of Casey Research

January 18, 2012
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Louis James of Casey Research is one of the smartest, savviest, and most sophisticated investors I know. I had the honor of sitting down with him for an hour over the holidays where he graciously spoke with me about investing, what to look for (and look out for…) in 2012, the future of precious metals [...]

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Putting the “Go” in Your Goals…No Weak Sauce!

January 9, 2012
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It’s the second week of January already, I can’t believe it! Perhaps you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions, and I hope you have created your White Belt Vision for Financial Independence. If you have not had a chance to do that just yet, or if you have joined us just recently (welcome!), then I recommend [...]

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Three Steps To More Money In 2012

January 3, 2012
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“It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…” — R.E.M. Happy New Year! It’s 2012, so far the world’s still here (hooray! apparently it’s not supposed to end until December 21st…) and I hope you had a wonderful vacation. I had a fantastic break—Kung Fu Grandma was here (my favorite [...]

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Yin, Yang, and Your Investing Success

December 14, 2011
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I didn’t really begin to achieve success in investing until I started learning more about history. Or to state it a bit more emphatically, You will not achieve much investing success unless and until you brush up on your history. Why is this so important? Because history gives you perspective, and perspective is crucial when [...]

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Which Belt Level Are You? (Survey)

December 13, 2011
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Here is the short, quick, 1-3 minute survey I promised you yesterday, and thank you in advance so very much for taking a few minutes to answer and for helping me serve you better. It really means the world to me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Without further ado, here [...]

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What I Struggle With

December 12, 2011
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As you know if you’ve read my mission for this website, I am trying to do a “big thing” here with Kung Fu Finance. My mission is to help 1000 people dramatically improve their personal financial situation in the next 12 months, and I’ve set my mind to doing so to the very best of [...]

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People Power: Who Do You Trust With Your Money?

December 7, 2011
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One thing that I believe has contributed immensely to my financial success is this simple rule: Know the people behind the business It’s astonishing to me how many well-meaning investors will do some or any of the following: Buy a share of stock in a company without knowing whom the CEO or Chairman of the [...]

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How Not to Become a Better Investor

December 5, 2011
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“It’s not strength that matters; it’s focus.” — Bruce Lee As you’ve read in my story, I graduated from college in 1996. For four years afterwards (four really fun years…) I did not focus on investing or on “personal finance” at all. These were the boom years, the party days, the “sure I’d love to [...]

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Top 3 Investing Insights I Am Thankful For

November 23, 2011
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Like most people, the things I am most thankful for have absolutely nothing to do with money. My health, the health of the whole Kung Fu Family, love, great friends, amazing experiences, and the chance to do challenging and rewarding work all top my list. Money is way down near the bottom…and yet, money does [...]

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Is Your Present a Gift?

November 22, 2011
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Yesterday we talked about all of the economic doom and gloom and the importance of having a plan and preparing for whatever might come in the future (“Prepare for bad times, and you will only know good times!”). But while looking ahead and preparing for the future is important, so is appreciating the present. And [...]

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Financial Independence: Kung Fu Girl’s Vision

November 16, 2011
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I don’t have a crystal ball, unfortunately, but having a vision statement is the next best thing. It’s amazing what a little writing, intention, and focus in your life will do for you. When I first started writing my vision, back in 2000, my life looked nothing like it looks now. I was working 80 [...]

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Financial Independence: Earning Your White Belt

November 15, 2011
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Yesterday we talked about the “7 Steps” to achieve financial independence, or really to achieve ANY type of independence with a new skill. Today, however, I’d like to get more specific with you, and show you exactly what you need to do to achieve true financial independence. I warn you, it is not easy (nothing [...]

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How To Achieve Financial Independence in 7 Steps

November 14, 2011
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This weekend was one of many “firsts” for our 5-year-old. It was the first time she learned to ice skate all by herself with no help, the first time she ate Korean food, the first time she rode an ATV/4-wheeler, and the first time she saw an old friend in over a year (an eternity [...]

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The True Meaning of Kung Fu

November 7, 2011
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Kung fu is not simply a combative martial art. The authentic Chinese translation describes it as a tremendous sense of total achievement or mastery of one’s craft, whatever your particular craft may be. Kung fu also refers to much more than just physical prowess—it is intended to affect your entire way of thinking and behaving. [...]

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QnA Friday: Is Now A Good Time To Buy A House?

November 4, 2011
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My husband and I used to own a lovely home in San Francisco. (No, it was not the home in this picture…) It was, however, gorgeous and large and everything I was “supposed” to want…the house where we would live “forever” and raise our growing family and even care for our parents one day if [...]

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