Right, starting off with throwing 1.7 on the table is probably not the best way to get going. Make it pull its own weight. If there is something to the idea, prove it first. I'm not sure you should be paying much more than living expenses. Don't bother with employees until what you are doing is making money already and the employees would expand on that. Need more land? Sure, is the land that you are using now making money? Would more land make more money? You should have seen the place Gerry started with for his bar. It was just a crap trash filled space. He built it into a beautiful bar with a ton of help from his brother. Sure, the place wasn't cheap, but it was probably far cheaper than it would have been had he come in naive and wallet blazing. Just start small. Work your way up. Make the next investment prove itself. Make small bets and lose small money. As for my own success... I'm working on it! It's a slow learning curve, which is what makes these things so rare. As you said, it takes a lot of work over a long period. Some go to college for 4 years. Some are on the multiple decade education. I picked tech. My investment to lose is my time. My start costs is the food on my table and the roof over my head. Nobody, foreign or domestic, can take my business.