The cost of doing nothing

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The cost of doing nothing

By Paul Wilson | 07 July 2015

For those of you who have thought about making your first (or next) purchase, after reading this you will want to turn that thought into action.

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Many people feel content doing nothing because doing nothing involves no risk at that moment in time. This many mean you feel ‘financially safe’ because no major financial decisions are being made. However, the fear of missing out should be greater than the fear of doing something, and you’re about to find out why. 

There’s a famous legend about the origin of the game of chess that goes something like this:

When the inventor of the game showed it to the emperor, the emperor was so impressed by the new game that he said to the man, “Name your reward!”

The man responded, "Oh emperor, my wishes are simple. I only wish for this: give me one grain of rice for the first square of the chessboard, two grains for the next square, four for the next, eight for the next and so on for all 64 squares, with each square having double the number of grains as the square before."

The emperor agreed, amazed that the man had asked for such a small reward – or so he thought. After a week, his treasurer came back and informed him that the reward would add up to an astronomical sum, far greater than all the rice that could conceivably be produced in many centuries!

The principle this story illustrates is compounding interest, which although quite simple theoretically, is one of the hardest things for people to understand when it comes to investing in property.

To give you a general idea, let’s say that I found you a $400,000 investment property located in the sought-after city of Brisbane.

If this investment is based on a yearly capital growth rate of six per cent, and the interest compounds yearly, after 15 years the property would be worth over $958,000!

The property would have doubled in value and you would have a substantial amount of equity to leverage off during retirement.

If you hadn’t bought this property 15 years earlier, you would have missed out on a great wealth-building opportunity and you would not be as financially secure.

If you’re asking yourself why on earth you haven’t started investing, I urge you to start now.

It's extremely important to get moving and do something as the cost of doing nothing far outweighs the cost of doing something.

Whatever your age or stage of life, property has both the flexibility and the wealth-building power to deliver a better lifestyle today, not tomorrow, and an earlier, more secure retirement.

About the author

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is an Independent Property Investing Expert who's been educating and coaching investors since 2001. Author of 7 Deadly Mistakes Property Investors Make and How to Avoid Them, he also manages,, and 

Through his books and websites, Paul provides valuable, independent guidance and support by teaching strategies on how you can invest successfully, while protecting yourself from the common mistakes that trap many investors from reaching their full potential.

Paul doesn’t promote cookie cutter strategies, instead he demonstrates how you can create wealth as a property investor regardless of your budget, location, strategy and risk profile. Paul makes his home on the Gold Coast and spends his leisure time enjoying adventures, surf and sun with his wife and five children. Protect and grow your portfolio with knowledge. Contact Paul today for a complimentary... Read more

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