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Interview with Mourad Tellab, Modern Money Ninja

Interview with Mourad Tellab, Modern Money Ninja

Mourad TellabI came across Mourad Tellab while searching for good tips on how to find multiple sources of income. I subscribed to his free four-day e-mail course, How To Start Investing With Little Money. I had just finished reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, and I recognized some of the concepts from that book in his teachings.

I was impressed by his responsiveness and knowledge about the subject, and especially by his story about meeting with twelve multi-millionaires. It takes some guts! He gave me simple tips I could easily apply, and replied to my e-mails. This is what I like about meeting people who have a good product or service but are not super-famous yet: they are often more approachable and responsive.

I wanted to give something back and help him get more exposure while also learning about his story. I was curious to know what made him turn his life around and develop new ways of doing things. I hope you enjoy reading his answers to my questions as much as I did.

 

What was your life like before you came across financial education?

I was a university student who had dropped out several times and couldn’t really fit in in the whole get-a-degree-and-a-job thing. So I did what most young people who are uncertain about the future do, I escaped. I went on a year of exchange in Sydney, Australia. In the space of five days, everything changed.

 

What was the turning point for you that made you decide to seek other ways of handling things?

As I was in Australia, I made amazing friends. My housemates decided to go on a five-day trip to Fiji in November 2013. To be honest, I had never heard of Fiji and I didn’t even have the money to go. One of my friends offered to pay the plane ticket for me … I still get emotional just thinking about it.

We only spent five days in Fiji, but it completely rocked my world. I met a guy who was 19 and had started two companies and another guy who was 25 and had created a website that generated passive income for him … Both these guys were traveling the world as a result of their entrepreneurial endeavors.

That’s when I realized the impact that money could have on one’s life. Then I thought, “It is possible! Why not me?”

Not so long after, a book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki crossed my path. I discovered an entirely new world of possibilities. It’s funny how sometimes in life when you long for something and you put yourself out there things come to you.

 

What approaches have you tried before developing your own?

I literally spent a year reading everything I could find on the topics of business, finance and investing. In the space of a year I read more than 100 books; I invested more than $20,000 in investing courses and seminars …

And I conducted a study during which I met 12 multi-millionaires, from having lunch with Robert Kiyosaki to interviewing Kevin Green, the number one property owner in the U.K. I met people who were at the top of their game financially and I found all the answers to my questions.

I went from being broke and in debt to starting two companies. Then I realized the knowledge and experience I had could help other people.

ModernMoneyNinja was born.

 

Explain what your approach is about.

ModernMoneyNinja is about two things.

First and foremost, it is about teaching.

After all the time I invested in my financial education, I realized I knew more about money than some people who had more than me because their parents gave them some money—I call them “thank-you-Mommy-and-Daddy-investors.”

Robert Kiyosaki is right: nobody teaches us about money! Most importantly, I realized most young people didn’t bother learning about money. But how different could our lives be should we start taking control of our money early enough?

I think we should all learn about money, it doesn’t belong to people wearing suits. I want to make it simple by empowering people through education and responsibility. I hate this financial world that makes everything so complicated to keep people dependent on them. Because I’ve had the opportunity to get the best advice possible from very wealthy individuals, I feel I have a personal responsibility to share it.

Mourad QuoteLastly, ModernMoneyNinja is about inspiration. I document my journey to financial freedom in an incisive, no BS style. I don’t lie: I share my successes as well as my failures, and my uncertainties as well as my latest ninja moves.

To me, inspiration really boils down to your level of honest vulnerability. And I say that because story telling has become a major component of bullshit-marketing. More and more we’re missing real people and real stories!

I think that nowadays many people pretend to be someone they are not on the internet just to sell you results that they haven’t had themselves; this is certainly not me.

I really take the long term vision here: How awesome of a story would it be to follow that young man who set for himself to become financially free, became financially free, and helped people along the way?

In conclusion, I want to lead by example.

 

One last word

Thank you, Annie, for giving me the opportunity to share my story on your website. You rock!

 

How can people learn more about it or contact you?

Here is my website: modernmoneyninja.com

You can also check out my free course here: education.modernmoneyninja.com/free-investing-course

Interview with Lou Redmond

Interview with Lou Redmond

I met Lou two months ago at a group meditation he was leading at 4XMG Studio in Nutley, NJ. I was very impressed by his story and skills at leading the meditations, so I decided to interview him and find out more.

Lou is a public speaker and motivator. He leads group meditations and also offers guided meditations on YouTube and on Insight Timer.

He recently wrote a book about his story, which will be available in February.

What was your life like before you came across meditation/mindfulness?

My life before meditation was unfocused at best. I lacked a real sense of purpose. I was not aware of my actions and the results that were following. My “why” was unclear and clouded.

Before meditation I thought the purpose in life was to “Have Fun.” I found my excitement on the weekends through partying which involved a lot of drugs and alcohol. That started to take a toll on my body and emotional well-being.

What was the turning point for you that made you decide to seek other ways of handling things?

I hit my “rock bottom” as far as drug use went. It wasn’t really a one-off occurrence, rather week after week of building myself back up during the work week only to see it come crashing down as the weekend came. Many sleepless nights I would lie awake with these depressing hangovers. I finally hit a point where I understood what it was doing to my body and decided it was time for a new way of being.

What approaches have you tried before developing your own?

I’ve tried many different meditation approaches including mindfulness, breath work, and visualization, just to name a few. I’ve also done some work with NLP (Neural Linguistic Programing) which, like meditation, brings you to a deeper place within yourself.

Explain what your approach is about.

What resonated with me most was visualization and journey meditation. I believe whatever the mind can imagine can make its way to physical reality. By visualizing through meditation and taking yourself on a journey of your life, you charge the cells in your body and give more energy to what you envision.

Steps:

  1. Get in your favorite meditation space and start enlivening your body with your breath.
  2. Bring to mind a future you. This future you has accomplished all your wildest dreams. Take notice what this person looks like.
  3. Now let your mind run wild with what those dreams are. How do they look in your mind’s eye?
  4. How does your body feel when seeing this? Work to cultivate the feeling of what it would be like to attain your wildest dreams.
  5. Breathe into this feeling! Breathe deeper, own this fantasy world you created and truly believe that you have all your dreams accomplished NOW.
  6. When you can bring the feeling into your current state of being of how you want your future self to be, your mind thinks it’s reality and will work to bring that into your life.

 

How did you develop your approach?

My approach is still evolving, which is exactly what life and meditation are about. I like to experiment with new things and most of all, have fun with what I’m doing. We’re not meant to be the same. Everything around us is changing and evolving. If we’re not on that path, then we are falling behind.

You should always be trying new things and questioning the habits and routines you find yourself in. That’s what growth and transformation are all about.

How did you actually discover meditation? How was your first time like?

I tried meditation simply because I saw that successful people around me were doing it. It didn’t take off for me for a couple of months. I believe meditation is like and instrument. We’re not going to be good at first. We have to learn to play by showing up and practicing. Then we’ll begin to feel the flow and the sweet sounds it can bring.

What is your favorite thing about meditation?

I love that it’s always with us. We can always take thirty seconds to close our eyes and breathe, no matter what situation we find ourselves in. The breath is the best tool humans have been given. I have a vision that one day we are all living our lives in full meditation.

How can people learn more about you or contact you?

My website, louredmond.com has more about who I am and what my purpose around meditation is. There you can find motivational videos as well as free guided meditations. You can also contact me through there. If you’re on Instagram or Twitter follow me @louspeakstruth.

Thank you, Lou, for taking the time to do this interview!

 

Social Media

Website: louredmond.com
Facebook: lou.redmond.1
Twitter: @louspeakstruth
Instagram: @louspeakstruth
YouTube: Inspiration – Motivation – Meditation

Guided Meditations

Meetup Group (in Nutley, NJ): Meditation in New Jersey
Insight Timer: InsightTimer,com/Louredmond (download the free app to listen to them on any device)
Videos: louredmond.com/guided-meditations

Book

Lou’s upcoming book, Find Your Truth, will be published in February. I pre-ordered mine on Lou’s IndieGoGo campaign. His goal was reached and the deadline has passed since then (yay!), bu you can still pre-order his book on that site, or contact Lou directly using his contact form to pre-order your copy.

Back Cover:

From a drug-fueled existence to quitting my 9-5 to pursue my dream, Find Your Truth is the story of how I drastically transformed my life from a passion for partying to a passion for living with purpose, love, and meaning. I share the steps I took to change my life – steps which you can take to find a deeper connection to yourself and your greater purpose.

This four-minute video explains more about his book and his story.