Scott: We have a very special guest, my good buddy, George Antone. If you don’t know who George is, you better Google it really fast to find out because this cat is the author of several bestselling books. He has three or four bestselling books. He also created the largest network of private investors across the country. What he’s probably best known for right now, if you’re in a real estate community, is the book, The Banker’s Code and The Banker’s Code Revisited. He is doing something amazing now, switching gears, tweaking businesses like we often do, and literally spending his time learning how to hack different finance rules or rules of engagement that a lot of people don’t know about.
George, thank you. Thanks for joining us.
Scott: It was great catching up with you in Cincinnati at the Ohio REIA that Vena Jones-Cox put on, a great event. Hanging out with you, John Burley, Damon Remy and a few of the other characters out there, Larry Goins. I would say the same thing. George, you and I could sit here and just visit and pick each other’s brain and talk about stuff. What I love is we realized that we have a lot of the same characteristics. We both have big hearts, want to give a lot of information to help people, and a lot of crossover with a lot of students that are out there and doing things, whether it’s buying notes or raising capital or engaging rules of finance to help them really raise more capital or retire earlier and make more money, right?
George: Absolutely. All I hear are amazing things about you. It’s always a better training but it’s always back and forth.
Scott: I wanted to have you on here because you do such a great job of providing value. Why don’t you share a little bit some of the things that you’re working on right now, with only a month left in 2017 and then 2018 around the corner?
George: I’ve been training for a number of years now, more than ten years. One thing I found consistently is certain people sitting in my audience that just don’t want to spend the time to learn to invest. That’s fine. What I found though is that there are so many people out there. As you know, investing, you have to be committed to it for a number of years to really master it. Even though you can start relatively soon, but you have to spend and invest the time. I found a lot of people that just want to enjoy life and their whole question is, “What are the few things I can do to leap forward financially without having to spend all this time learning to invest?”
Scott: I heard that way too many times and then this one time, this one lady walked up to me at an event I was invited to speak at, and she asked me the weirdest question. She said, “How can you build financial security without investing in stocks, mutual funds, real estates, all that stuff, without trading, without selling anything?” I jokingly said, “Marry a rich person.” She said, “Not that too,” and she doesn’t want to start a business. Honestly, I was dumbfounded. I started looking into it and then I found this whole idea of what I call hack finance. You can hack finance. You can do these small tweaks a few hours a month. Not really a week but a month and tweak a few things and then just sit back and let it work for you. It has such a huge impact on most people’s finances.
George: That has been so intriguing to me and so fascinating. I’m the biggest nerd and I love tweaking with those things. Even though I love investing myself, it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. That’s where I spend a lot of time. I have a lot of extremely smart people I have access to. We call ourselves financial nerds. In a few weeks, I have a whole bunch of them coming to my office and all we’re going to do is nerd out on finance.