Goodbye Everyone

Hello again fellow investor!

I have some breaking news. It’s news that many of you will not like but I hope you will come to respect. I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past few months, and I’ve decided that this whole mix of real estate investing, financial independence, and American capitalism in general is not for me. And if I play one more game of softball or take one more vacation, I’ll probably shoot myself. Franky, I’m fed up, and I feel that the madness most stop. I must leave behind this world of money-making and care-free spending that I’ve created for myself if I ever wish to get centered.

So I’ve already made plans to take drastic measures. And take them I will. On this day next week, I will leave the United States for good, and with it, all of my material possessions, including all of my cash, which I have already donated to charity. My new life will begin next week as a worker on a banana plantation in South America … the country of Bolivia to be exact. For 60 hours per week, I will pick bananas and help with the other duties that the plantation owner assigns to me. I will spend another 20 hours per week in deep meditation at the nearby meditation center. And for once, I will re-claim my peace and serenity.

Here are pictures of where I’m headed …

The plantation where I will be working.


The nearby meditation center.

I don’t have anything else to say, so I’ll close now. I hope your investing brings you all the riches you ever desire. But as for me, I have chosen a different path.

Signing off for good.

Doug Smith,
Former Real Estate Investor and Founder of

P.S. APRIL FOOL’S!!! Everything you just read was a big fat lie. Life is great and — like it or not — I’m not going anywhere! 🙂

Posted on Apr 1, 2009

Author: Doug Smith

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