Self-Education is THE Path to Prosperity

You are playing the Money Game. There is no way to take yourself out of the game. It is just a fact of life. The good news is you can learn how to play the game better. How you do that is by committing to getting an education on money and to make learning about money (and learning in general) a regular part of your life.

Fortunately there are so many ways that you can learn about this wonderful and exciting game. Take a course or two, that are offered through the internet, correspondence courses, or classes offered through your local continuing education office. Start talking to financially successful people to find out how they make their financial decisions and what has worked for them. Watch a television show that deals with the subject of money.

Go to your local library and check out all the many available books on the subjects of budgeting, investing, insurance, and emotions around money or better yet go to your local book store and start building your own collection. A few good authors on the various topics surrounding money that I recommend are:
Dr. Thomas Stanley
T. Harv Eker
Suze Orman
David Chilton
Gail Vaz-Oxlade
David Bach
Robert Kiyosaki
Gordon Pape

There are so many wonderful resources available to anyone that is willing to look. Start learning, start questioning, and start taking an active role in your financial life. It is a decision that you will never regret.

If you would like to start your kids or grandchildren off on the path to prosperity I would highly recommend (and yes I know I’m biased) my children’s financial books.

As you learn more about money you will automatically make better choices that will move you forward. Go out there and start asking questions and finding the answers.

“Nourish the mind like you would your body. The mind cannot survive on junk food.”
Jim Rohn

Making the Exempt Market Better

When a professional serves me, I’m thankful for the training that she has gone through.  Whether she is a fire fighter, doctor, professor, accountant or in another profession, it is critical that she learns as much as she can before applying her craft in real life.

That’s why I’m ecstatic that the Exempt Market Dealers Associations (EMDA) has taken the initiative to make the exempt market products course even more applicable and relevant.  It is a requirement for anyone interested in selling deals to the public.

In many ways, educating the people who are recommending to you specific investment strategies is helping to protect your money.  At the risk of sounding obvious, the more experienced and educated the financial advisor community is, the better advice they will likely give.

I believe the test also provides a filter for would be advisors who really want to dedicate themselves to the industry.  I’ve been involved in training many advisors and can tell you first hand the amount of work it takes to pass the industry exam.

Once again I’m proud to be involved with the EMDA.  We see education as critical to the industry.  Not only does the EMDA clearly outline it’s values, it also puts them into action.


Marty Gunderson is an expert who helps companies navigate through the Exempt Market. He has served in a variety of leadership positions in the industry, from sales to issuer to dealer. To contact Marty, please email marty (at)