(photo by Marco Beinbrech)
I never read much until my third year of University when I sat in on a presentation by Andrew Hewitt, author of The Power of Focus for College Students and then 24-year-old millionaire, at the University of Victoria. Although I was heading into the Entrepreneurhsip program, my ideas of career direction and opportunity were rather inside-the-box, status-quo and undiscovered. What does being “rich” mean? Why do people work 9-5 jobs? Why do we try to attend the best schools, get the highest grades, and land the highest paying jobs? Most people don’t take two seconds to re-think the default answers to these questions, and I didn’t either. I’d like to give Andrew credit for kick-starting my brain in a new direction as he shared ideas about how we can become programed to think in certain ways about money, careers and life; ways that can inhibit our growth, exploration, and understanding. Andrew credited the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki for getting him started on his journey of awakening, so I figured that it was a good place to start. My mind has been expanding in new directions ever since.
After recently re-reading the book. I wanted to share my favorite insights and some pieces of wisdom that may really stand out for you (not all excerpts are exact quotes):
Every human has a weak and needy part of their soul which can be bought and a strong part filled with resolve that can never be bought. Which is stronger?
Most of the time life doesn’t talk to you; it sort of pushes you around. Each push is life saying “wake up,” there’s something I want you to learn.
Be an observer, not a reactor of your emotions.
Do not let fear and desire control your thinking; ignorance of money causes this. Don’t let money rule your life.
Learn to use your emotions to think, not think with your emotions
A “job” is a short term solution to a long term problem.
Learn, don’t earn.
Be good at learning, selling and marketing. Be a good teacher and Student.
People are so afraid of losing that they lose.
Let losing inspire you to win. 90% of people play not to lose; they don’t play to win.
Don’t let the chicken littles of the World who shout doom and gloom affect you. Learn and make your own decisions. Don’t be afraid to lose; doubt and inaction are more expensive.
Which thought was your favorite? Which made you take a step back and think?
Now 24 years old, I may not be a millionaire, but I’m on the road to being my “rich.” Have you ever thought about what “rich” means to you?