Have you been told…“The money is out there, to grow your business and to help you begin to invest?” You may have even hear about random people winning the lottery. And then you ask yourself “Where is that money?” or “What are the chances of me building wealth?”
Well, absolutely zero if you don’t do anything about your dreams to build wealth. If you walk around thinking that you have only a snowball’s chance of hitting ‘the big one’ in the financial game, then you are right. That’s because you are depending on chance.
Becoming wealthy is not about chance. Because fortune favors the prepared mind, you have to lay the groundwork in order to take advantage of opportunity when it arises. You have to be able to not only recognize those opportunities, but to actually have the resources to take advantage of them.
Laying the groundwork involves having a plan for your financial future. What is your plan for building wealth?
Most people do not have one. But if you recognize that you, and only you, are in charge of your destiny, that is an entirely different matter.
According to Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad series of books, you have to get a grip on your financial philosophy. You don’t have a financial philosophy, you say? Sure you do, even if you don’t realize it.
In his book “Cash Flow Quadrant,” Kiyosaki outlines the four philosophies as they were outlined for him by the man he calls his ‘rich dad.’ You can recognize your own philosophy by noticing how you tend to make your money.
On the left side of the quadrant, are the E’s and the S’s or the Employees and the Self-employed. The philosophy of the E is based around security while the philosophy of the S is based around doing his own thing. While there is nothing wrong about either philosophy, neither is likely to help you build much wealth.
On the right side of Kiyosaki’s quadrant, are the B’s and the I’s or the Business owners and the Investors. The difference between a ‘B’ and an ‘S,’ Kiyosaki says, is that the ‘B’ has built a system which he can rig to run itself, freeing him for other financial or personal pursuits. An ‘S’ simply ‘owns a job,’ as Kiyosaki says, and is such an integral part of the operation that he is essentially a prisoner of it. The company he has created is his ‘baby.’ But we all know how demanding babies are, and if a business never matures into an adult that can survive without your mothering, it will eat most of your time.
The trick, then, is not to build a better product. It’s to build a product more efficiently with regard to your own resources. Build a system, not a job. Then you will have the money that will take care of your personal needs and allow you to invest.
If you already have a few thousand to work with, then you can go ahead and jump right to the ‘I’ quadrant after investing in your own education and learning how it works. Investing is risky if you jump in blind, but if you know what you’re doing, it is a whole different matter.
So lay the foundation with education and then build your wealth as though you were constructing a structure. Don’t skimp on materials, but instead do it methodically. Eventually you will find yourself staring at an impressive building that will help you weather any storm.
As you are building or establishing wealth, be sure of what you intend to use it for. Is it for the purposes of getting more money (greed and just wanting more things) or are you building to create a legacy. The first reason can be taken at the blink of an eye while the latter will impact those around you. I’d recommend that you choose the latter. Great leaders focus on the future and are legacy minded. CLICK HERE to grab a resource to become legacy-minded.
We’ll be discuss various ways to invest and build wealth here on the global blog. Stay tuned and thank you for stopping by!