We are not talking about the same thing.
Residual income you're referring to through real estate is really not the same as what I'm talking about.
"Real" money is subjective.
I know many people who got rich working for someone else and I know someone who started a company with $250..that turned into a 1,600 employee $300 million dollar company. I worked for him. A lot of people who worked for him got very wealthy. None sports stars.
Money can make money. But it's not a requirement. I personally started with a very small capital and built a large business. I also partnered with someone with an elaborate software which didn't take much capital to build.
Great idea and an implementation of the idea with or without money can make a lot of money.
I don't want people who read the forum to believe that one must have a sizable capital to make money. It's just not true. It's a cliche' of the older generation. Don't believe it for a second.
Kind of like a seagull; I used to swoop in, make a lot of noise and **** everywhere, then leave. They were usually pretty excited to see me go. Now I only leave to walk back to my office. I'm always sure to stop by and say hi to all of the pretty nurses and flash my new employee badge at them. Usually makes for fun small talk in the elevators.