Mackenzie Thompson says there are four things he did to get rich. One, he sought out new information constantly. In his early twenties he lost his job and had to move back in with his mom. He had no skills, no influence, no money. He was smart enough to know he wasn’t smart enough. So he went online and ordered a hundred business books. And he spent the next year just reading. Every day. Scroll down for my review of The Mac Lyf.
He knows how lucky he was to be in a position where his mom could support him while he got his life together. “Throughout that year I gained so much knowledge,” Mackenzie says, “and yes, I still constantly seek new knowledge and that’s what’s helped me to grow, but I’ve almost let that diminish over time and haven’t really stuck true to it until recently. Now I’m back investing in courses and mentorship. It really does accelerate your expertise, your wealth.”
Two, he understood how important environment was. The majority of kids who grow up poor end up poor as adults. You can extrapolate that out to other areas. The people you associate with. Hang out with successful entrepreneurs, become more successful. Your work space. Keep it clean and clutter-free, get more done. Your food. Have healthy meals delivered (or prepare healthy meals in bulk) to reduce decision fatigue. Your clothes, workouts, everything.
Three, Mackenzie pursued micro milestones en route to his greater goal. If you don’t do this, and you’re falling short of your main goal, you’ll feel like a failure. You may start to doubt yourself. This sets off a vicious cycle. If you don’t think you can achieve it, you’ll be less motivated to do the hard stuff. If you’re less motivated, you won’t work as hard or be as consistent as you otherwise might be. And now you won’t achieve it; so it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Say you’re trying to make your first million dollars with e-commerce. Great. That’s the finish line. But now you need to focus on that first mile marker. Maybe it’s just your first five hundred bucks. Or heck, your first sale. That’s what Mackenzie means by micro milestones. Stack easier wins on top of one another. Build belief and momentum that way. Celebrate along the way. Reward yourself. Dinner, drinks, new toy, whatever. Before you know it the finish line will be in sight.
The fourth thing Mr. Mac Lyfe did to get rich was, he accepted that life was just a game. Who knows what happens a hundred years from now when you die. You might have your own belief about that, but nobody really knows for sure. Either way, death is gonna get us all. Sounds dark, but you can use it in a positive way. As in, “None of this Shopify drop shipping stuff I’m stressing about even matters. What does is that I enjoy my time and have no regrets when I take my last breath.” This outlook removes fear, anxiety, worry. You’ll make better decisions and be in a state of flow.
And that’s how you get to the million bucks, the mansion, the Ferraris and Lamborghinis, if that’s the sort of thing you’re into. But even those things, while fun, don’t matter. It’s all just a game. Be content, enjoy today, don’t take any of this too serious. Mackenzie sells The Mac Lyfe Masterclass course for seven hundred and seventy-nine dollars; done-for-you ecom stores for a grand; and a complete online automation package for just under twenty grand.