Business and investing tip

by | Feb 12, 2004 | Archives

One European reader who has been using the course International business made EZ shared this valuable note.


The last time I made contact was just after I started my Internet business along lines you recommended.

My niche market, successful South African entrepreneurs, is either not interested in my eBook or I am not reaching them!

But because I at least started, I was able to look for other opportunities. It suddenly hit me that I, as well as my son, have access to a network of investors. I made a leveraged property investment in 2002 that is performing extremely well. My friend and partner, who is the developer of the project, is doing another small development this year.

The end result was that I wrote an article for the glossy magazine

Property World ME, published in Dubai with a circulation of 65 000, on this small window of opportunity based on my experience. The article

will appear in the February edition of the magazine.

You and the readers of your newsletter might find it interesting too as an investment abroad. You can find the article at


Here is the point about business and investing we should never forget.

Life rarely goes according to plan.

Someone famous (I cannot recall who) once remarked that to make God laugh tell him your plans. This reader’s input supports ideas I stress in both my investing and business courses.

#1: You must have a business plan.

#2: You must get started.

#3: You must expect that your plan will not work. Plans are frameworks that help us communicate, organize and give us an original, but they are not maps to follow. Once we start a plan expect to adapt and evolve. Take the lead of fate (or God or your Angels, luck or whatever you wish to call it) and be flexible enough to take opportunity as it comes.

But if you don’t start and don’t have a plan fate will not assist you, not will you have a path to be flexible from!

This is the secret of business and investing.

So if you have a business or investing idea go for it. Get started, but start small and make your mistakes and adjustments while they are not so large they are fatal.

Until next message, good investing.