The devastating moment when I discovered that my business partner had taken off with everything and left me with nothing but a stack of very large bills… I thought my life was over.
I was in my early 20s and on top of the world… until the day I walked into the office to find an empty, lifeless room. Even the furniture was gone.
Here’s what happened: after impressing with my sales skills, the owner of an art gallery hired me at $1,000 a week to sell paintings to high rollers and executives all over Sydney. Good money for an 18-year-old!
In fact I did so well, he asked me to become his business partner, and so I purchased a share of the company and soon had 10 sales people working under me.
Things were going great – but on reflection, I should have seen the writing on the wall.
His behaviour changed. He started coming in late, missing days altogether, even a few days in a row, it was very unlike him.
People kept asking me where he was, but I could have asked them the same question.
I still don’t know to this day… all I know is that when I walked in the door on that final day, I knew I’d been screwed over. Even the power had been switched off.
It felt as though my future had been switched off along with it.
This is the moment that defined me in my early 20s. I had been faking it for so long that I had actually started to believe my own lies – work hard and one day you can retire.
It forced me to re-evaluate business and start looking within myself for what really mattered to me. Most people would have chosen to lay down and accept defeat after being dealt such a crushing blow as this, however, this was the day I chose to make some tough decisions to start my life’s journey that led me to where I am today.
It was the inner game that I had to win first. The battle of realising my self-worth and becoming selfless; without realising this, nothing would have been possible. But when I did finally get out of the ashes, I rose like a Phoenix and in just under two years I achieved one of my biggest goals I had aimed for in my life. I became a self-made millionaire, before the age of 30.
I created my wealth and freedom in what I like to call the ‘slow-fast’ way.
See, there are strategies that may have got me the results I was after quicker, but all of them required work to maintain, which meant that I would have been simply buying myself another job. These strategies mean there is always a ceiling to how much you can earn, because if you stopped working on them, they’d stop working for you.
Looking back on it now I am glad I stuck to my strategy of creating 100% passive income, because there is no ceiling to how much I can earn and every year my snowball gets bigger and faster.
Because I hunted out successful people and basically copied what they did. I found that 90% of the world’s millionaires have used one particular vehicle to create their wealth. Their chosen vehicle is property.
So I worked hard, started investing, and got to a stage where I had five houses.
Problem was… they were all negatively geared and all in the wrong areas. I was working seven days a week trying to pay off my mortgages.
It was very frustrating – as soon as I got a tiny bit ahead, everything I made went towards the mortgage and I felt like I was back at square one again. I knew there had to be a better way.
So in search of this I went to seminars, workshops, bought training DVDs, and met up with successful entrepreneurs all around the world. I must have gone to every property guru under the sun. This was a 10-year journey.
Then I finally put all of the pieces of the puzzle together and came up with the The Markoski Method™. This skyrocketed my success in real estate, and it was a game changer.
Now I had a proven system to buy real estate and instead of having to work harder each time I bought one, now I could work less if I wanted to and truly create a passive income. The strategy I swear by is in my book ‘Freedom Through Property’.
This approach enabled me to build such a large portfolio that I truly never have to work again.
The work I do now – educating people and helping them create passive income from property – I do by choice.
I do it for 3 reasons:
1: Because I’m passionate about helping people become successful property investors, generate cash flow without working for it, and create generational wealth. The kind of wealth that sets your family up for life, not just you.
2: Because there’s a lot of misinformation, dodgy deals, and outright bad advice being given to impressionable investors in Australia.
3: Because I’d get bored with nothing to do! Believe me… when that passive income starts rolling in, and you don;’t have to clock into a 9-5 or run a business or do anything else – there’s suddenly a lot more hours in your day.
In fact, I have to warn you that you may experience these side-effects of creating passive income:
I don’t say any of this to impress you, but to impress upon you the fact that if an average working class guy like me can do this, anyone can.
The truth is that if I knew half of what I know now, I could’ve cut my learninig curve by years.
As it is, I’m now on a mission to share my knowledge and experience with as many of my fellow Australians as possible.
If I can overcome a mountain of debt and many other challenges, and retire at age 37 with $180,000 in passive income (now well into the 7 figure range), you can too.