“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” – Zig Ziglar
Most people will wait and wish for the magical moment to happen where their circumstances change and they become millionaires.
Fortunately there are enough millionaires and billionaires out there now for us to know that they didn’t come by their money thanks to luck.
There are drug addicts who are now rich beyond belief.
There are famous authors who couldn’t afford food that are now millionaires.
There are people who have been fired that are C.E.O’s of some of the worlds largest companies.
These people all started with deficits and they focused on the one thing that created the biggest change in their lives, themselves.
Unlike most people, who wait and pray for change, you can seek to become the kind of leader that is equipped to make the most of what the world offers.
The quality of who you are as an individual, and the work you do, is all within your control and it all starts with these habits.
1. Dedicate Your Spare Time To Learning Not Leisure
They absorb information about the latest breaking news, the next celebrity break up or another pop culture meme.
Just like your diet if you consume too much of a bad thing your body begins to produce poor results it starts to shutdown, it gets sick and ultimately fails you due to the excess consumption of poor food.
The same can be said for the way we spend our spare time outside of work as we spend hours a day scrolling through social media feeds or bitching about how our lives should be.
If you’re not actively spending at least 70% of your free time learning you’re going to produce what you put in.
If you read one tweet you’ll probably read ten more.
If you scroll through Instagram you’ll probably tag a friend in another picture on Instagram an hour later.
If you watch T.V you’re probably going to consume an advert someone else made for you.
Start by consuming the information that will make you better not worse.
They say you are what you eat and the same applies to the information you choose to consume every day.
2. Spend 10-20% Of Your Income On Investing In a Better You
We know when we’ve put money, time and energy into a successful project we’re almost always proud of the results.
The same cannot be said for things that are given to us for free.
Anything that is worth fighting for usually results in some form of cost to benefit ratio.
If you’re not investing in yourself you’re not going to care about the results and you are the biggest vehicle for your success.
I’ve spent thousands of dollars in the last few years on my own self development and I can safely say that some of that money might have been best spent elsewhere I’ve also made all of that money back and more.
I’ve spent over a thousand dollars on at least thirty different books all with unique insights that have improved my relationships, my income and my personal happiness.
Your level of success can generally be measured by your level of investment whether that is time, energy or money.
In this case I’ve found that the information I’ve paid for to be far more valuable than the free information around me because I know it has come with a cost.
Start investing yourself and you will produce better results.
3. Collaborate Don’t Compete
Most people believe life is here to serve them.
Life is not about serving you it is about serving each other with the tools you need to succeed.
Most people will undercut, double cross, compete and bicker with each other until they both of have nothing left.
All of us though are highly dependent on other people to do what we do.
Only people who want to be truly wealthy in both finances and relationships recognise this and act on this with humility.
By knowing you will need other people to help you get ahead in life you will ultimately set yourself up for long term success.
In a healthy relationship, one plus one is far more than 2. When two people are continually giving and receiving, the relationship continues to grow and expand, providing several intended and unintended benefits.
People who work together succeed together.
People who doubt, swear and compete with one another will continue to lose together.
By knowing that you need others to find success is the beginning of true wisdom and financial freedom.