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Justin Donald

FounderLifestyle Investor

Austin, TX

Member Since May 2023


Just before my 37th birthday, I multiplied my net worth to 8 figures in under 2 years. How did I do that? By building relationships and lifestyle investing. Now I’m on a mission to stop entrepreneurs and business executives from trading time for money. When I was in high school, I sold newspaper subscriptions which is how I started my entrepreneurial journey and sales career. My newspaper sales success landed me at Cutco, where I made enough money to put myself through college debt-free and become the youngest member of the Cutco‘Hall of Fame’. Nearly 20 years at Cutco, I rose to Division Manager and was responsible for the recruitment, training, and development of a sales organization that produced over $70 million in revenue. But as successful as I was, I wanted to create wealth without creating a job for myself. I wanted freedom. I never intended to be a lifestyle investor. I just wanted to love what I do, enjoy my family, and create passive income to support my lifestyle. So I made my first investment in a mobile home park and within 21 months, my investments drove enough passive income for my wife and I to leave our jobs. Now I’ve negotiated deals with over 200 companies including Orangetheory and founded Stellar, a residential maintenance and rehab company that recently funded its Series A with S3 Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Texas, leading the round. Now Entrepreneur Magazine calls me the “Warren Buffett of Lifestyle Investing”. It’s my mission to help others create freedom and wealth with my company, Lifestyle Investor.

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Six Steps to Take if You've Recently Inherited Money From a Loved One

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It’s important to deal with the emotional aspect first before tackling the financial one. Inheritance can often feel like a double-edged sword. While a large influx of money can be a welcome blessing to those who may be in debt, are looking to purchase a home or a business or are wanting to start investing toward retirement, inheritance also often means the passing of a loved one and a period of emotional turmoil and grief. When paired together, these two major life changes can cause even the most financially savvy person to make a few mistakes. While emotions are high, it’s unwise to make any major financial moves. Instead, allow time for grief and healing before moving forward. Once you feel ready to take action, consider the following advice from the financial experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective. Below, they discuss the next steps you should take after inheriting money from a loved one and some of the mistakes they’ve witnessed others make along the way.

Nine Financial Tips These Experts Wish They Knew a Long Time Ago

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Would you have made different decisions with the knowledge you have now? There’s certainly no shortage of financial advice out there — from family, friends, colleagues, experts and pseudo-experts alike. Some advice is born out of experience while other tips are based on the latest data or trends. Regardless of where it comes from, however, good financial advice at the right time can be critical to how well you succeed with money throughout your life. Unfortunately, good advice can sometimes come later than you’d like it to, which means you sometimes may reflect back, thinking about how your life could be different had you known then what you know now. The financial experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective are no different, and here, they each discuss the one piece of financial advice they wish someone had given them a long time ago and why.

How To Create Passive Income Through Real Estate Syndication


A real estate syndication can grant you access to higher-value assets without entirely carrying the financial burden.

Seven Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Goal Age to Collect Social Security

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There’s more to this decision than simply when you want to retire. An important player in your overall retirement plan, Social Security can help fund your living expenses when you’re no longer able to work or are working reduced hours. However, as the payments you receive while drawing from Social Security only replace a partial percentage of the income you received while working, Social Security benefits should be considered supplemental rather than your only source of income. And while you can apply for your benefits at any time between the ages of 62 and 70, there may be reasons why you would want to delay receiving your benefits until a later date. So when should you plan to start collecting these benefits? While the answer can vary based on each individual person’s situation, the financial experts of Kiplinger Advisor Collective recommend considering these factors first before determining your goal age to begin collecting Social Security.

Giving to Charity This Holiday Season? Eight Tips for Doing It the Right Way

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Maximize your efforts by following these expert-recommended tips. The holidays are, naturally, a time of giving — a time when people look to show gratitude for and to others by giving gifts or donating their money or time. It’s often when individuals look to donate funds to their favorite charities or special causes that are important to them. But is it as simple as writing a check?  Unfortunately, it may not always be that easy, as scammers can be especially active during this season, looking to take advantage of those with the best intentions. Further, there may be certain tax benefits or strategies you may not have considered that can maximize your giving efforts. Below, eight financial leaders from Kiplinger Advisor Collective share their insights on charitable giving during the holiday season as well as the best tips you should know to ensure you’re doing it the right way.

Financial Experts Weigh In on Six Questions You Might Have About Robo-Advisers

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Could this technology lead you toward financial success? In this current world of artificial intelligence and tech-first solutions, even the financial industry is seeing new advancements in technology. Robo-advisers are just one of those solutions, leveraging financial data and complex algorithms to provide investment suggestions and financial advice — all without a human touch. While this technology is certainly not a recent innovation, increasing interest in convenience, speed and overall ease of use has brought robo-advisers to the forefront of the collective conversation. But is a robo-adviser right for you?  This is just one of the many questions you may have when considering robo-advisers. Here, to offer some clarity, six financial experts from Kiplinger Advisor Collective answer common questions the public may have when it comes to robo-advisers and whether or not they are the right solution for their financial needs.

Company details

Lifestyle Investor

Company bio

Start experiencing the wealth, freedom, and lifestyle of your dreams today (without working a job ever again). Referred to as the “Warren Buffet of Lifestyle Investing” by Entrepreneur Magazine, Justin Donald is on a mission to empower others in replacing their jobs with passive cash flow streams so they can start living the life of their dreams today. He is the author of the WSJ #1 bestseller The Lifestyle Investor: The 10 Commandments of Cash Flow for Passive Income and Financial Freedom and the host of The Lifestyle Investor podcast. Lifestyle Investing just “flat-out” works. It’s a simple, proven system that anyone can use to get off the hamster wheel — for good.


Real Estate Investing

Company size

2 - 10