My Secret Sauce

You often hear the expression “My Secret Sauce” or “The Silver Bullet” or “The Magic Ingredient” when someone tries to describe that special something that made something work for them. I’d like to share my Secret Sauce with you today.

A little over a year ago, , I set out on a journey with a goal of making my First Million Dollars. I had no clue as to How I would accomplish this. But I did have that goal in mind and, given my age, connections and experience, gave myself one year to accomplish it. (I suggest my students give themselves two to five years to do this.)

I started thinking about what kind of work I could do, given that I had recently experienced some debilitating medical challenges. Then, out of the clear blue, came an invitation from a friend to attend a full-day workshop conducted by none other than the incomparable motivational speaker, Les Brown. I jumped at the chance at what turned out to be a small group of 10 individuals. That was a great day and a great experience.

The following week, I was invited to a luncheon where the guest speaker was professional speaking coach Alfonso Castaneira. Intrigued by his topic, Make Money with Your Voice, I signed up for a full day one-on-one coaching session in Tampa.

The goal with Alfonso was to become a Million-Dollar-a-year professional speaker. I began training to be an expert on my topic by reading 20 books on the subject. My passion at the time was to teach Young Adults how to be worth a Million Dollars by the time they turned 40. This is a reasonable goal, given standard financial literacy practices.

But as I was reading, something interesting happened. Certain Golden Nuggets jumped out at me from each book that I read. I began noticing a pattern of how these Golden Nuggets interlocked with one another. I also noticed that these books were mostly aimed at an adult audience, the kind of audience that could pay $2,000 for a four-day workshop to learn these principles.

I began thinking, what if these principles were all laid out in one book and were sequenced in their proper order to show how one was connected to the other? And what if such a book were written for a Young Adult audience that shortened the time frame to make their First Million Dollars, from 20 years, to between 2 and 5 years? And thus was born The Student Millionaire.

Some might say that the Universe provided me with my path to make my First Million Dollars. But for me, God had and continues to very much have His hand in all of this. You couldn’t ask for a better Business Partner to help grease the skids to your success. I strongly encourage young Millionaires-to-be everywhere to make room for God in your life. God in my life makes all the difference in the World for me, as I have no doubt it will for you. God is my Secret Sauce that makes all of this work!

Until next time,

Rich Patenaude
Wealth Coach to Young Adults