Back in my early 20s, I used to pass this beautiful house every day on my commute to work.

It had three stories. A huge yard filled with trees. And it was set up on a small hill overlooking the neighborhood.

Looking back knowing what I know now, it must’ve cost $2 million – at least.

I always wondered who owned it. What did they do for a living? How could they afford a house like that?

Then one day I found out.

It belonged to the guy who owned the local lawn care business.

That’s right: lawn care. He wasn’t a lawyer or some fancy finance guy.

He mowed lawns.

I’d seen him around and he seemed normal enough. Relaxed, a bit disheveled. Certainly not how I expected a millionaire to look. The neighbors also told me a bit about him.

From what I could gather, he hardly did any actual work. He’d show up at people’s houses now and again with paperwork. But he certainly wasn’t the one out cutting the grass.

It didn’t make sense. There was no way this guy was smarter or harder working than me. I’d just gotten my degree in engineering and I was busting my ass every day to make $45,000 a year.

This guy? He was kicking back by his pool collecting checks.

So why the hell was his life so much better than mine?

I asked myself that question for a long time. I couldn’t wrap my head around it.

But fast forward nearly 20 years and it finally makes sense.

Because at this point, I own five businesses.

People who don’t know me very well think I must be a workaholic.

Five companies? Millions per year in revenue?

It’s probably best they don’t know the truth.

Because these days I can work four hours a week on just my roofing business and still bring in $600,000 a year.

If they knew how much time I spent watching TV and playing video games, they’d be pissed. Just like I used to be driving by that mansion on my daily commute.

Back then, I didn’t understand how money really worked. I thought that to make more, you had to do more.

More effort = more money. Of course! That’s just how the world works, right?

That’s what I believed.

Since then, I’ve realized that’s not true. “Do more” is a lie. If you’ve seen the 1600 Success Summit, you know it’s one of the biggest lies that keep us from earning more.

You don’t have to grind it out in a boring 9-to-5 your whole life, hoping for a comfortable retirement.

You don’t have to “go above and beyond” or “go the extra mile” (as bosses love to say) or work crazy hours to make good money.

You don’t have to accept what everyone else tells you is a “reasonable” lifestyle and income.

I didn’t. Louis didn’t. Stephanie, Jake, Rob and Liz didn’t.

And now we’re all making more money, while working less, than we ever imagined possible.

It all starts with recognizing the lies that hold you back and getting rid of them.

Once you do that, your life can change in a big way.

Until next time,

Abe Wagner

P.S. If you don’t know who any of those people are – or this is the first time you’ve heard of the 1600 Success Summit – check my last few emails. They’ll tell you everything you need to know.