I get tired of men telling me they can’t afford what I have to offer them – let’s see how they in fact CAN afford it.

According to a Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS), males who smoked daily consumed an average of 15.5 cigarettes per day. That’s a cost of about $225 per month, plus taxes, plus increased insurance premiums, increased health care costs, more time off work than non-smokers. So $300 per month is a very conservative estimate.
Let’s add Starbucks at a conservative $5 per day, that’s around $150 per month. Plus taxes.
And drinks? $5 per day would be ultra conservative – another $150 per month. Plus taxes.
And even don’t get me started on food and restaurants.

Total: $600 per month just for cigarettes, drinks, and booze. Conservatively. And I could think of many other things to save money on. In most cases, it’s not a case of CAN’T, but rather WON’T. The real reasons are different: people don’t think it’s possible, don’t believe in themselves, are too comfortable, too lazy, don’t want to be held accountable, expect their parents or wives or the government to look after them, or think that things with magically, miraculously, improve by themselves if you ignore them for long enough.

Ask yourself this: If you only had one toilet in your home and it broke, and the plumber told you it would cost $2,300 (or $450 or $1,000) to fix it, would you somehow find the money? Would you make a plan? Yes? So you want a toilet more than financial freedom? Self discipline and the guts to do the right thing for your family is what separates the winners from the losers, the men from the boys. But excuses simply reveal people for who they really are. If you want something badly enough, you will find a way instead of finding an excuse.

My son-in law works two jobs to care for his wife and two daughters. He’s a real man and I have great respect for him. He’s a responsible, loving husband and father, and he is setting the standard for his daughters to choose their husbands one day. He never complains or makes excuses; instead, he makes it happen.

A year from now, you’ll wish you had asked me about the opportunities I have to offer. Do something today that your family and your future will thank you for. Look back in pride. Man up.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com