To those of you who know the esteem in which I hold Don Lancaster's book, The Incredible Secret Money Machine, some of the concepts you've seen here may seem alien or repugnant. My theme all along in this is ``the game has changed''. To be blunt, they're playing the ball game with real balls now. It's possible to follow the Don Lancaster route and earn a reasonable income for life while maintaining your own freedom and lifestyle, but you only generate income when you work, and you must resign yourself to seeing people with less merit in your eyes advance beyond you on the ladder of material success.
Everybody has to decide what's important to them. For some people, it's knowing that their work is the best. For others, it's understanding things. Some people measure their value by certificates on their walls, still others by certificates in their safe deposit boxes.
If you're a computer person, you have a rare skill that's much in demand. If you can produce a given kind of work, I think you should demand as much for it as you can get, consistent with the constraints you're willing to accept on your lifestyle. My own personal belief is that in a venture of this kind I have a reasonable prospect of realizing far more for my efforts than from anything else I could do with my time. I think that by taking a less serious approach to this business you only reduce your prospects of success. Thus, today, I think this is the best option, which is why I'm willing to bet so much on its success. If we fail, we'll lose sums of money which are significant, but which are in the nature of a setback, not a disaster. If we succeed, we'll be able to put the whole job game behind us. And then, hopefully, relax and enjoy the fine things life has to offer.
Editor: John Walker