Best of 2014: The 10 Most Popular Articles Of The Year!


Well friends, we have reached the final month of another great year! After publishing a new article every week during 2014, I’d like to share the 10 most popular articles of the year with you.

But before I do that, I wanted to say “thanks”. I started this blog in January and the reception it has received has been incredible, to say the least. Financial freedom is a subject that I’m very passionate about and it appears that many others are as well, as evidenced by the large number of people that have subscribed to the blog from all over the world. Thank you for being a part of the blog’s community!

Now without further delay, here are the 10 most popular articles of 2014:

#1. The Number One Reason Why Some People Are Financially Free And Others Are Not.

This was my very first blog post and also where I outlined  for the first time, my philosophy of “demanding” financial freedom. The idea of demanding goal achievement is unique and the single most important idea towards becoming financially free.

#2. How Bad Do You Want To Succeed?

When you want success as much as you want to breathe, that’s when you’ll achieve success. Achieving financial freedom takes work and sacrifice. If you want success, you need to know what you’re willing to give up to achieve it.

#3.  The Bridge Between Goals And Achievement.

Warren Buffett was once playing golf with a bunch of people and they all bet a dollar on a particular hole. Buffett would not bet. “Why not, Warren?” they asked him, “you’re a billionaire.” Buffett’s response was priceless. This article describes the key ingredient necessary to build a bridge between where you are today and where you must be.

#4.  Are You Stealing From Your Best Friend?

For many years, Americans’ homes were their piggy banks. As home values increased, many refinanced or took out second mortgages. A lot of people got over extended with credit this way. That circus ended badly with the housing collapse of 2008. Fast forward to 2014 and a different circus is playing out that will have a similar ending. This article explains how to avoid being in that circus.

#5.  Will You Set Yourself On Fire?

One of my most personal articles, this post resonated with many as it was a call to action.  As the famous quote states, “the cautious seldom err or write great poetry.” This means that although playing it safe means that you probably won’t make many mistakes, it also means you probably won’t do great things either.  In order for something to be comfortable, it usually means it has to be conventional. And they don’t build statutes of people who are considered conventional.

#6. Is the American Dream Still Alive? My CNN Interview And The Surprising Answer.

Is the American Dream still alive today? Can people still rise from poverty to wealth? Many are saying no. They’re pessimistic about the future. They think their children will be worse off in the future than they are. They don’t see a way forward. They’ve given up. For the first time in a long time, they believe the American Dream is dead. But if the American Dream is dead, how is it that some are still achieving it? How is it, that some have found a way?

#7.  Could This Little Known Method Dramatically Improve Your Success With Money?

We have a letter for you and it’s from your future.  This study of students who wrote letters to their future selves revealed something interesting. It forced them to make strong connections in the present.  Those connections helped them make smarter choices today. What could this do for your decisions about money?

#8.  Video: Many People Would Give Up In This Scenario. Would You Quit Or Would You Commit?

Life can present us with a lot of challenges and problems. It can throw us off course. It can put roadblocks and hurdles in front of us that we must overcome. It can even bang us up every now and then. And sometimes, sometimes…it can knock us completely down. Despite all this, it’s not what happens to us that actually makes a difference in whether we succeed or not. It’s something else.

#9. Is There A Formula For Success And Happiness? Insights From One Of The Oldest Studies Of Mankind.

In 1938, researchers at Harvard’s medical school began a study that aimed to discover what factors lead to a happy, successful life. The study examined 268 of the university’s male sophomores (including John F. Kennedy) over the course of seven decades. And study they did. Discover the success secrets revealed from one of the longest longitudinal studies of  mankind.

#10. Is Income Inequality A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing?

Income inequality is nothing new. There’s always been a gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and there will always be. But in the last few years, that gap has grown larger. Much larger. The largest it’s been in almost 40 years. Why will there always be an income gap? This article explains why.

Want more?

You are always welcome to browse the full archives and see all of the posts I have written to date. Also, if you haven’t been to the resources section yet, take a look there for even more information about achieving financial freedom.

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Thanks for reading and thanks for a great 2014!

Be free. Nothing else is worth it.

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  • Heiu Nguyen

    Thanks for all your awesome posts! Waiting for more great articles from you 🙂

  • Jason

    Thanks Monty for all the great posts in 2014. I’m looking forward to 2015. All the best!

  • Laleh Ha

    My highlight of the year: I started my first enterprise! I have an amazing team, we learn every single day and always have a lot of fun. Thanks a lot, Monty, for be my mentor (although I never met you).

  • Emily

    I love to read your articles on Saturdays because they never fail to fill me with inspiration. Thanks for summarizing the best ones.

    Thanks Monty.

  • Dawn

    I’ve sat down with my cup of coffee & have read all these articles! These are great.

  • Raj

    Congratulations Monty and thanks for great year! My two favorites are 1 and 5.