The Busted Flush

Travis McGee taught me how to live a good life.

You’ve probably never heard of Mr. McGee. He’s a fictional character in fantastic twenty-one book series by John D. McDonald. I’m about halfway through the series and LOVE them.

Mr. McGree refers to himself as a “salvage consultant.” This simply means he helps people who are victims of theft. His compensation is that he gets 50% of whatever he recovers, plus expenses.

However, it’s not McGee’s work that’s instructive. It’s how he lives.

McGee lives on a large houseboat named “The Busted Flush.” He docks his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He won his houseboat in a card game. He also drives a cool, older pick-up he refers to as Miss Agnes.

When you first start reading about McGee, you think he’s a beach bum. However, the more you dig into his lifestyle, the more you’ll see he has designed an incredible life. McGee doesn’t have a loan on this houseboat, or his truck. He doesn’t live an expensive lifestyle; however, he lives a dream life.

His low-overhead lifestyle allows him to “take his retirement in installments.” This simply means he only takes on new cases when his cash levels runs low. Most of the time he is on the beach with his best friend, or he’s island hopping with some beautiful woman on his large houseboat. He eats and drinks well, and he does exactly what he wants whenever he wants.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Mr. McGee is also in great physical shape. It’s easy to see that he’s physically strong based upon how he handles himself with the bad guys. He exercises to maintain his physique. His exercise routine includes sprinting, swimming, and body weight exercises. He also seems to have mastered martial arts.

In other words, he’s a Badass.

I read each McGee book with a highlighter in hand working to extract lessons on how to live the good life.

The most important lesson, which is repeated in each book, is not to worry too much about getting rich. Don’t let your desire for MORE takeover your life. Be very thoughtful in how you design your life.

Focus on creating monthly cashflow so you can take your retirement in installments. Or maybe just create cashflow so you can work less and enjoy life more now instead of waiting until your retirement days.

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