Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Translator: Queenie Lee Reviewer: Denise RQ The average person in the UK has only 11 weeks income saved in the bank. How much do you have saved? How long could you live for if your paycheck stopped coming in? Maybe you've never thought of that, and it might be a little bit scary to think about. Today, I'm going to share with you about passive income, and how to design your dream life through building up your passive income's dreams. Designing your dream life through passive income, that's a big claim. Wish me luck! Why is passive income important to us? And what is it? In October 2012, I knew absolutely nothing about passive income. I was here, it's like you've said, I was at B Block, Derwent uni, and I knew nothing about passive income. I knew how to make income. I knew that you go and swap your time for money, that's called active income or earned income. It's what you do when you get a job, and that's what 99% of us in the world do. The opposite of that is passive income, or recurring income. It's where you do the work once, and you continue to get paid recurrently for very little or no actual work. When your passive income, the recurring income, exceeds your cost of living what you spend on food, utilities, petrol, all that kind of stuff when your passive income exceeds your cost of living, then you were financially free. If you happen to lose a job or not get a paycheck, you can live infinitely forever. Now, why is that important? So this is a question, get ready for it. Let's have some audience participation. Can you think of reasons why your paycheck would stop coming in? You break a leg. Perfect! So you're sick, or you're incapacitated, you're unable to swap your time for money. Thank you. Anybody else? You get fired? Fantastic, perfect! Has anyone been fired in the room? (Laughter) Perfect! Anybody else got any other ones? Yeah. Awesome, that's a really good point. So your industry changes; that could be a global financial crisis, or it could be modernization. Things like that Lehman Brothers collapse, or the mining industry, or steel; structural changes that can affect us. That might have nothing to do with your competency at your job. You might also be taken over by a new firm. There's a merger, and there are two of you at the same job. And you're made redundant. Or maybe you just fall out of your boss, and he asked you to trot along your way. It may not actually be due to your competency whatsoever. That's not a great position to be in, is it? If your financial security is effectively based on circumstance, or things that might be out of your control. So when I was at uni, I just finished my second year, I got a first, which was great, in PPE. And I tried... I took a few years to get to uni I tried banking - I tried Citigroup in Canary Wharf I tried accountancy, I tried law, I tried sales, IT sales, PR then I've tried Procter & Gamble. I had this long list of proper jobs of what I thought respectable people go and do these things. I tried working with children. And I really enjoyed it, I didn't dislike the jobs. I liked the people I was working with, so if you're watching, please, don't think I didn't. But it didn't light me up. I couldn't see myself spending the next 45 to 50 years, so what is the retirement age now? Is it 65 or 67? What happens when we get to that age now? 75, 80, 100? Who knows! I couldn't spend the next 50 years of my life doing this thing. I remember Procter & Gamble, they said to me on my final day, in Hornbeam Park, Harrogate. They said, "We want to offer you a job when you finish uni, but we're not quite sure if it's right for you." And I thought, "Well ...," you know, I didn't know how to take that. They said, "Just pop out the room. We'll bring in the other boss, and we'll have a chat." When I came back in there I was smiling. They were like, "What are you doing smiling? You know, we sort of saying we don't really want to offer you the job." I said, "No one has ever said that to me." I thought it in my head. I thought I can't do this, but I didn't know there was an alternative. It took someone else to say it to me, to say, "You know what? They're right. I can't do this." So, as scary as that was, it's like I'd shut that door, and now it was like, "Well, let's start something from fresh, what can I do?" So I went home that night and started googling, as any self-respecting person does when they're faced with a life crisis: they jump on Google. I started discovering terms like, 'how can you be your own boss, ' 'passive income', 'wealth creation, ' and words I've never come across before. I started to read, and I've read about real life case studies, not billionaires or these incredibly talented people but normal people who had picked a strategy, there are lots of ways of bringing in passive income. I chose property, but there are a lot. They said about taking work, that's taking action. Is it get-rich-quick overnight? No. If anybody tells you it is, the only way of doing that is the lottery, alright? But it can't be get rich fast whatever that is for you: months, years, it doesn't take long. Continual sustained action can get you the results you want. So I read loads of books, I thought: "Great." They asked me, "A master like in uni?" I was like, "I'm reading other stuff." I went along to these... I chose property, it resonates with me, but as I said, you don't have to pick property. I went along to these events where I met normal people. I remember a guy called Trevor - a normal guy came across property Boom! He had 30 or 60 other houses, whatever it was, and I was like, "Well, if he can do it, I can do it, too." So I spent my student loan, and I took out a credit card. I invested in myself to learn what to do; I invested myself. To cut a long story short, I started with no money. I had no knowledge or education in this kind of stuff. Two years later, I had paid off every investor I borrowed from, own 24 houses, with the portfolio worth 3.5 million quid, and I won a few national awards. That doesn't mean I'm special at all. I think the biggest thing I want to get across is anyone can do it, it's a strategy. If someone happens to get a degree, it doesn't mean they're an absolute legend. They've just done what they've been told. They've rocked up to the classes, done the homework and got the result, whether it happens to be the first or 21 or 22, you get a degree. And it's the same with wealth creation stuff. Some people are blessed with natural ability, and that might get them there a little bit quicker. But anyone can achieve the same results. The reason I wanted to get into this stuff was because I didn't like through I was heading down. Unfortunately, for people in the UK, 60 to 70% of people don't like their job; 60 to 70% of people don't like their job. And of that, a third of them hate their job. So out of 100 people, whatever it is in this room, 25 people hate their job; but you don't have a choice. If you don't know anything different, you have to go and swap your time for money. You've got bills, you've got a mortgage, you've got to look after the children, you don't have an option. Often, we work so hard in the day, that we're knocked at the end of the day, or we don't have the headspace to start thinking about other things. I didn't want to be in that position. The further you are down the line... For you, students out there: this is the perfect time to take action - now. You've got the time to really check this stuff out because I found that the older people get, they tend to maybe have a few more limiting beliefs or barriers. Everyone has the same ability. In fact, older people have more ability, because they have more life experience, but there might be other commitments there that block them in their brain from doing it. That's the hardest thing need to overcome, is your limiting beliefs in your head. Passive income from property is one way, but you can choose network marketing, like Forever Living or Utility Warehouse - that kind of stuff. You start to sell, you then build up a team of people selling for you, and eventually, they're all making money for you; you're not doing any work, You've got affiliate marketing where you drive traffic to websites and you make commission off all the purchases. What else have we got? Owning a business: if you're not working in a business, you're not self-employed. if you are, you are not really a business owner because you're still swapping your time for money like a plumber unless they've got a firm, where they oversee it, and people are running out doing the work for them. You're still swapping your time for money. You've got Amazon where you can set up a business where you buy products in China and sell them over here. Obviously, make commission on that; property is another one there. There are loads of different ways of you generating passive income. The other thing I want to say is those of you who've got money in the bank, or those of you not in the room who are watching further down the journey, often, we're so busy focused on earning the money, we're not focused on what to do with it. Albert Einstein calls the compounding effect the eighth wonder of the world. A little bit of action, if you're young, a little bit of sensible investment or making that money work a lot, had a few adds up to something really special over time. That doesn't need to be risky, or it's going to end in tears. If you're smart, you can make that money work really, really hard for you. That's not just coming and investing with me, or... No, there are loads of ways of doing that. In terms of the how-tos, I'm not going to talk today massively about all the ways you can do it. I'll put my blog up, sign up to that, and I can send you more about the how-tos and what's right for you based on your income, or where you're at, or the time you have. But the main thing I want to get across to you is what happens if you don't focus on building up passive income. Your predictable future is where you are right now. If you're a student then you're probably eying up a job in the future, or if you got a job at the moment - that's not going to change. That's not a problem at all, not a problem at all. But you may want something different. Do you want to be working for ...? If you love your job, that's awesome. Keep doing what you do. That's fantastic! You love it. And you're very much in the minority of doing it. But have the security, the peace of mind, and the freedom that if your desires change, or if your circumstances change, then you don't have to do that job anymore. If it is not there, you don't have to worry. So if you are sick, ill, if you get fired, if your job changes, or your industry collapses; there's not a problem. Or if you want to look after a sick relative. What happens if you do get your passive income? Now, probably some of you in the room are thinking a fancy car, a big house, all the material... A fancy logo on your shirt. And that stuff is cool, right? It's fun, and it's great. For some people, that means more than others. I think the biggest thing for me is to ask what would you do with your life if money was no object? If you didn't have to swap your time for money, what would you do? Would you travel? Would you go and learn to surf in Hawaii or do yoga in India? Or go and help an orphanage in Cambodia? What would you do? What are you passionate about? That's maybe not something we ask ourselves a lot because we don't see a way to achieve that.