The difference between millionaires and you
‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.’ – Henry Ford.
What’s the difference between the 5% of the people who get extremely, embarrassingly rich and every average guys who are absorbed into the establishment and busy chasing the 9 to 5 job. The guys who are super rich, the guys whose cellphone numbers do not appear in your phone and the ones who don’t take your calls at all think differently. Please write that down.
Do you really think and believe that you can be a success? You may not admit it, but the reason you’re in debt today is because at some point you spent a lot of time thinking about debt way before you qualified for debt. Many people just don’t believe that they can amount to anything extra ordinary. Nothing beyond this sequence: Go to school, get good grades, score a job with a reputable company. Fight to be promoted. Blah! Blah! Blah!
Unless getting rich is your priority, then don’t bother. You can close this web page now as you will be disappointed. But that’s sadly the scenario for most people. And you’re not most people, are you? Let’s look at the eight things that the rich value than you do.
1. Attitude toward risk and failure
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know I have a serious beef with school. I do. Because school says failure is bad. School rewards people who stay away from failure. School says the guys who fail are rejects. let me put it that way. Most people hate to fail. They make sure to graze as far as possible from risk and failure. They crowd in the middle of the park where nothing significant really happens. It works for them. It creates a safe place for hiding in excuses until they die. Rich people are obsessed with failure. Why? Because they listen to their hearts. Your head will tell you to value a flawless academic record and spotless records, your heart will teach you that it’s the flaws and the spots that matter. Your head says don’t try, your heart says go for it. Listen to your heart, my friend.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs
2. Goals, Goals, Goals
You see, boys and girls, rich people understand the problem more than anyone else. Call a rich person now, and they won’t take your call. They have gate-keepers around. People who make it a point that they have less or no distraction whatsoever. People who make sure that these guys’ focus is not tempered with. How many times do you hear this from their assistants, ‘He is busy in a meeting at the moment, can I take a message?’ Truth is, they are not as busy as they make it to appear. They just want to limit distractions by keeping you (Yes, you) as far as possible. Don’t kill me, I am just a writer 😀 .
3. They don’t watch too much TV
Look around you right now. What do you see? Dozens of people rushing home to turn the black box on. My conclusion is that the idiot who created the black box must be found quickly and be shot straight on the fore-head. Do you know how many people watch soapies everyday? Millions of people folks are glue up every day in front of their TV set for many hours! Can you believe that? Man, that’s madness. It’s the time people could be thinking better ways of improving their societies and their business ideas. So, you have it: Go sell the thing as early as tomorrow morning. You can use that money to buy yourself a self – help book. Then your journey has begun. You’ll thank me.
4. Delayed gratification
Dear reader, please do not be fooled. This is not time to send your gratitude to the whole. Get anything you want, anytime you want, you’ll stay there. I am talking here about the first years of your work life. What do the super – rich do? My friend, they save money. They don’t get rich by saving a million. No. they open the wide gap between you and them by saving a mere hundred bucks. They are as patient as mad. They spend their time thinking of ways to make money, not ways to spend money. Spending money is the duty of the poor and the so called middle class, people who won’t get rich. Don’t forget that in your life. What am I saying? Do you really want to own a paid off house in ten years time, or in five? Then just forget the restaurants thing. Put money aside. You’ll enjoy later. You won’t regret. It might take time, yes. But so does all the good things in life. That’s not a secret, just mere common sense. Remember, a fool soon parts with his money.
5. They do what they love
This is a powerful statement, underestimate it, you are buried alive. Listen, this advice has been existing since the ancient days. But why do we still have folks chasing careers based on packages? Or out of desperation? Let me tell you a sad story. More than 30 guys with whom I finished high school and college went to the army. But do you know what guys. More than 20 have bid the army career goodbye, and the rest are pissed off they don’t even want to get up in the morning, to do a thing they hate. Why are you doing what you’re doing now, is your passion really in there? Think about, it urgently. Don’t wait after 10 years to realize that you were indeed wasting all your time trying to “fit in” with your peers and your parents who spared their last money to send you to college. No Body has ever succeeded while doing things they hate, pursuing a career dictated by their peers of parents, NOBODY GUYS.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
― Steve Jobs
6. Social media
They go to the extreme. Some don’t even have personal accounts on Facebook, or any such distraction. They have rituals which are totally parallel to what failures – their peers – embrace. Facebook is just a wasteful distraction (you don’t have to believe it, especially if wealth creation is not your priority) unless you are using it as a marketing tool instead of spending countless hours updating your status, getting busy commenting and stuff like that. I am begging you with tears in my eyes: Quit the thing and do something meaningful with your valuable time on God’s planet, something that will draw you closer to your goals.
7. They choose peers wisely
You spend a lot of your time talking to people who know absolutely nothing about wealth creation. Not a bit and I am not making this up. Why spend all day fighting to drill your powerful oil magnate idea into your dad’s or your pastor’s head? Let alone your friends who want to leave a long trail hiding in cubicles across 55 big companies? Does it make any freaking sense to you? Don’t. Please spend your last days sharing your big ideas with those who are on the same route with you. This is the best advice I can give you.
8. They solve problems
Open your eyes! The reason why most would-be entrepreneurs will always struggle in South Africa is because they Refuse (capital R, please!) to think of new problems to solve. How are some people able to draw people who hold the purse to themselves so much, and rest are just moaning and whining to the government. Please stay with me here. The power of millionaires lies in absorbing their fellow man’s problems. If you can be able to take away pain from somebody’s life, you’re on your way to something big – profits. Why? Because once we notice that you have that ability, we automatically want to create a relationship with you. If you can allow us, we’d want to maintain that relationship by paying. And this is not rocket science. It’s plain logic. Come up with solutions for people’s problems and you’ll be rich. Academics can decide to be cynical and argue this basic principle of human success, though by making you read books while it’s plain simple: Come up with solutions for people’s problems and you’ll be rich