I am Christian Thut from Switzerland. This is the story of being penniless to building wealth with no contacts, no network, no role models.
What follows are my most important lessons from 12 years of developing one of Canada's most efficient accounting solution for Canada's manufacturing and service industries. With efficiency being defined as value created/time spent creating value. The one most important rule is consistently and intensely focusing on difficult hard-to-replicate skills that deliver value to people – day in day out.
Merci vielmal (Swiss German for Thank-you) for taking the time to read this.
I was never destined to become "the accountant". I started programming BASIC with a Commodore VIC20 when I was 11 years old.
I spent my time using the tools at my disposal – analytical math to try to solve problems: I developed mathematical optimization algorithms precisely correct volumes and rates of administration for intravenous medications.
I began my career at the Swiss global company, Roche and then I worked for the Reformed Church Uster in Switzerland. Reuniting with the Protestant work ethic and virtues was a refresher on my Swiss upbringing which emphasized discipline and responsibility. When you have nothing, you must trade time for money while you develop useful skills.
Many financial blogs focus on cost-cutting, but the truth is that it's all worthless compared to the big 3: taxes, payroll, and housing. Focus on those by building a scalable business while optimizing your taxes and your mortgage interest.
We are at war. It's not about east or west, left or right. It's about wealth and status. Which side are you on?
The status elites use the CRA to wage war against wealth elites. It is hard to know your enemies since real life is not simple categories but rather marginal effects. One way to stay safe from an audit is to avoid being a status seeker. Status seekers are net reducers and contribute less in terms of taxes than they consume. This means there is no number to keep you safe, but rather how your numbers relate to each other.
We went down a downward spiral attempting to accommodate both sides. By December 2016 we cut the last REDUCER from our roster and have had no new audits since. People who need attention are a waste of time. By the end of 2016, the status elites have been losing worldwide.
If you are happy leasing BMWs when you are broke, then you are going to find guidance elsewhere. Status seekers waste their limited resource (time) pretending to be rich while they outsource the most important job of upbringing their children. Meanwhile, every week gets better and better for us. For our clients, $3M+ in 10 years is nothing spectacular.
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