I’m writing this thread because I had a good conversation with another member here and we/I kept derailing the thread! I also keep running up
against people that seem to think that wealth or financial success happens only by pure luck or rich benefactors and that for the rest of us, we’re
stuck at some pre-determined level of success. Maybe low middle class but I disagree. So let’s talk about wealth and financial success.
Remember that we’re not talking about what success means to you here. It’s a simple question. Can you become wealthy without luck? And is there a
Ceiling that you can’t get past without help?
What does wealth of financial success mean in this context? That can vary and it could mean something different for all of you. It generally means
not worrying about money and getting whatever it is you want whenever you want. It also means not being stopped by the imaginary ceiling.
Wealth then could be defined as…being able to go out to dinner every single night of the year without worrying about money. It means buying
whatever book, article of clothing or watch you wanted without checking the bank account. It means being able to afford a small weekend vacation to
San Diego every month of the year. It means taking a European or Hawaiian vacation every year without having to scrimp and scrounge for every dime.
It means driving a brand new car and being able to afford a brand new Gun, ATV, Motorcycle or snowboard or maintain bike whenever you wanted it. Or
maybe it’s becoming wildly rich and affording a 2 million dollar house on the ocean front somewhere.
Wealth or financial success could be more modest also. It’s where you want to be. Maybe it’s just living debt free with a brand new truck on a
farm in Tennessee. For many of us that simple dream is too expensive for where we are at now.
The only ceiling you have is the one you give yourself.
Why listen to me on this thread? I’m not rich and no one would call me wealthy, however, I do…own multiple homes. I own my own business. I’m
getting ready to buy a brand new SUV and Motorcycle next week. I don’t have a boss, nor will I ever have one again. I have $400 in cash in my pocket
that if I lost it I wouldn’t even frown. It would have no effect on me. I have a huge house and a heated pool and I’m spending the weekend in San
Diego over the 4th of July. My future is looking bright, meaning that my business will keep growing and income will keep increasing.
Let’s not devolve this conversation down into whether wealth is bad or materialism is bad or what personal success means to you. My buddy started
another thread on that topic. The point is, can you obtain wealth or is there a limit, a ceiling and is luck the only thing involved?
Here’s how I did it.
First of all here are my limitations. I have a terrible memory. I’m terrible with new technology and math. I don’t have a college degree of any
sort. I’m ugly and old and a terrible speaker. I sweat too much and I don’t have any rich benefactors or family members. I have a bad temper
and I’m relatively stupid compared to most other people. Sounds like the recipe for an amazing loser.
So let’s talk about success in evolutions.
First evolution. I evolved from dishwasher to Salary Assistant Manager. Hard work and good attitude. Every manager wanted me working on their shift
and I always came early, stayed late and volunteered for everything from scrubbing cans to cleaning the parking lot.
Second Evolution. Fast food to telecommunications. I did that with networking and having manager on my resume. When a friend told me to apply for an
entry level call center position where she worked I took it.
Third Evolution. Customer service to IT. Because of my work ethic 2 separate co-workers helped me transfer departments until I ended up in IT.
Fourth Evolution. Finding passion. I had a passion for fitness and self-defense. I worked tirelessly until I could get paid for my passion. It paid
off and I became the manager of a Gym. Only hard work got me there. There were many smarter people but no one that would work as hard as me.
Fifth Evolution. Entrepreneur. t I knew I needed to become an entrepreneur and that instead of running gyms, I needed to own the gym. Instead of
having a boss in any industry, I needed to be the boss. So I borrowed about 20 books on Business planning and wrote a big long detailed business
plan. I secured funding and went about learning how to actually start a business, from negotiating leases to getting insurance to getting and forming
an LLC, business license and everything until I have my current business. Let me add here that if say a loan or funding were not availiable? Then I
would have worked at a rec center or other gym to buid up my clientelle and when I had enough to secure rent, I would have opened a smaller locations
with less bells and whistles. The end result would have been the same it would have just taken longer.
Sixth evolution. Every year I’ve been open my business has improved. There may be a limit but it’s pretty high, perhaps it’s six figures a
month. I’m now looking to expand into other areas and other businesses.
How can you do what I do? It’s simple. First work harder than everyone else wherever you are. Then Network. Keep in contact with your friends,
family and former co workers and don’t burn any bridges. It’s also not enough to just work hard you must have a good attitude, Your co-workers
must be happy to see you when you come into work. Learn to sell. If it’s not in your job now, then get a part time job selling anything. Craigslist
is full of them. Create a vision board. Write down ten goals. Write down step by step plans to achieve each goal. Get a passion and learn it. Learn
to do it and teach it. Become an expert at it. Say daily affirmations. Put down the phone. I only use mine to text and call. I have two time waster
games incase I’m stuck in a doctors office or seomthing. Stop watching the news and listening to talk radio. Work out and stay physically fit and
become straight edge. Cut the tobacco, alcohol, drugs, porn, clubbing, gambling and vaping. You know it’s bad for you. And be persistant. Never
stop, no matter how long it takes.
In summary, I’ve told you what I did to get where I am. I don’t have a ceiling. As long as I keep working hard my income will keep growing. The
main things are persistence and hard work. I always worked harder than anyone else I was working with. Period.
Thoughts? Some of you might turn this around and say it’s an arrogant thread but that’s not the point. Some of you will say it’s still luck,
but it’s really not. In this world you make your own luck. Opportunities don’t just come round once. Opportunities are like a parade…when one
float(opportunity) goes past, it’s not long before the next one comes round. What if you’re working as hard as me and nothing’s happening? If
you’re in a restaurant or Telecommunications or insurance place, are you taking manuals and binders home to study? Does your boss smile when you
come in because you make their jobs easier? Do all of your co-workers like you because you have a great attitude? Did you come in 30 minutes early
and leave 30 minutes late? Are you learning new skills and trying to get more training? Are you learning how to sell? What business book are you
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