When you look at those we would consider to be successful, what is one thing you noticed? Aside from the dedication, perseverance, hard work, etc. what was one of, if not the biggest, reasons for many of them to become rich?
Besides those who were born into it, many wealthy people came from the bottom. They know what struggle feels like. The common denominator in many of these millionaires’ stories, as to the reason they wanted to make acquire riches, was they wanted to do it for a cause greater than themselves. One of these causes includes providing for their family. With that kind of driving force, you are ready to take on the world.
So, what is your driving force? It is my belief that as long as your goals are foundated on something for the greater good of someone/something other than yourself, then it will happen. Those people willing to go the extra mile and sacrifice everything for someone/something else will certainly get what they deserve in due time. Why? Because with that much passion and that strong of a desire, they will accomplish that goal or die trying; IF it is for something bigger than themselves.
The focusing of your time and energy on your goals will often draw that proverbial time between you and those around you and create some mixed feelings. On one hand, some will hate and say you’ve changed. On the other hand, some will support you and be right by your side. The best option for aspiring entrepreneurs, in my opinion, is to ensure every single person you keep in your immediate circle serves a purpose. There must be some sort of mutual understanding between everybody where everyone has a role to play in each other’s lives. After all, who wouldn’t want to take their friends with them all the way to the top so that everyone can eat? Don’t make this strictly about yourself because it will take a collective effort to get where you want to be — there’s no way around that. Those that are constantly negative and not supporting you will only deter you from your path and need to be left by the wayside as you make this journey. Synchronicity is the key. Keep your vision clear, my friends.
Just as gold must be put through fire in order to be purified; so, too, must we endure the raging flames and unrelenting heat of fire to purify ourselves. On the path to success, it is inevitable that we will have to be scorched by the flames of trial and error so that we may build up not only our knowledge, but our confidence and character, as well. We must come to the realization that we are the blacksmiths of our future. We possess the power to forge and shape our lives in any way we wish to. But, the forging of our future is much like the forging of a sword. You have to repeatedly put yourself through the fire and withstand the beatings and poundings you will take along the way; but, it will only strengthen us and put us that much closer to reaching the ultimate goal. Keep going.
What is the source of the light in your life? In other words, what is it that keeps you going even in the midst of darkness? Is it your family? Your kids? Your religious beliefs? Non-religious beliefs? Your inner ambitions and/or goals? Or maybe just faith itself and knowing that, “this, too, shall pass?” Inevitably, we will have to weather a lot of tough storms throughout our lives. Many people have folded under the pressure that these times put on them. My message to you all is, find your source(s) of light. Something that will keep you focused despite the darkness that may be surrounding you at any given point in your life. With this light, we can never be knocked off our square. This light will be your strength, your hope, and could be your saving grace. This light will give you direction and serve as a solid foundation to stand upon. Without light, it is very easy to get lost in darkness and some never find their way back. Always focus on the light.
Things happen in life. Things that are totally out of our control. At times, we allow these things to stagnate us and hinder us from moving forward. Or, we allow distractions to get the best of us, causing us to get sidetracked for a period of time. We even allow our own doubts, fears, and insecurities to come between us and whatever it is we’re hoping to get accomplished. The key to overcoming each of these obstacles is to stay focused. Develop a sort of tunnel vision and only acknowledge what you CHOOSE to. You might be asking, “how the hell do you CHOOSE to acknowledge something?” By choosing what we acknowledge, we are keeping full control of our lives and not being stagnated by external forces. Nothing can hinder our growth if we don’t allow it to. Always be consciously aware of what’s going on around you so that you can handle it accordingly rather than letting it control you. We may stop and smell the roses and venture off our paths from time to time, but never lose sight of the bigger picture.
Are you a consumer or a producer? The answer to this question lies in what you do with the money that you make. Are you eager to receive this week’s paycheck to buy some new material things or to save it and put it away? If you’re saving it, what are you saving it for? I know a lot of people who are buying a new pair of $100+ shoes weekly. My question to you is, why? Why are you so quick to willingly give away your money? These are the times that we live in. People don’t know the power of a dollar. How about this…instead of buying that fresh name brand shirt, why don’t you come up with your own design? Be it a logo, a picture, a slogan, catch phrase, etc. and start wearing ONLY that. In the long run this would be cheaper than buying some name brand clothing every week, anyways. Before you know it, people will ask you where you got that shirt from or how can they get one. See how that works? Now, I’d be lying if I said it’s really that easy, but sometimes it is. Come up with something new and innovative and throw it on a t-shirt. Is there some new slang that’s starting to spread like wildfire around your town? Throw it on a t-shirt and start wearing it. Hustle up enough money until you can invest that into something else. Maybe even a full-fledged t-shirt or clothing line since you already have some clientele in that area. This is one of the privileges of living in a country like America, anybody and everybody can make something of themselves. This is the land of the hustle and grind. People from all walks of life have climbed out of the gutter and became successful. Many immigrants came to America with nothing but a few dollars and the clothes on their back and lived to tell the story to their grandchildren years later. I suppose it all comes down to who you want to be and what you want your story to be when you pass.