I want to relay to you a story I read, not sure if it’s truth or fiction, but given a new year is upon us, I believe it’s very apt. A travelling salesman buys a swimming pool for his family on the condition that little Johnny takes care of the pool while he is away, that is he vacuums it, clears the filter and gets out the net and scoops out the leaves.
Anyway, after his first week away he arrives home on Friday and says to his wife “How is little Johnny doing with the pool?” She says “he hasn’t touched the pool all week”.
He grabs little Johnny by the scruff of his neck, takes him out to the pool, picks up the pool cleaner and little Johnny and throws them both in the pool, forcing Johnny to clean the pool.
However, when he isn’t looking, little Johnny gets even by peeing in the pool.
The story even has a happy ending, you see after many attempts to get little Johnny to clean the pool and failing, he finally figures it out and jumps in the pool with little Johnny and they have a ton of fun cleaning it together.
Now, I can find 2 morals to this story that might be instructional to you, given that we are fast approaching New Years Day.
A really neat time of the year where you get to metaphysically, in a sense, draw a line in the sand, put the good and the bad of the previous year behind you and start with a fresh sheet of paper.
You see, you get to write the script for next year, after all, if we are sucking oxygen, we are all on the treadmill called life, so we might as well make it a good script.
Not really sure who figured this New Years Eve caper out, but I like it. Anyway, here is the 2 morals you can take from the “Peeing in the Pool” story…
The first moral of the story is don’t let anybody rain on your parade in 2012. Don’t let anyone pee in your pool, draw a line in the sand and make a commitment to be and become who you need to become to be the best you can be, and make 2012 your best year yet.
The second moral of the story is don’t try and do it on your own, seek out the RIGHT people and knowledge to help you get the “job done”. Most likely, it will mean you will need to leave some friends and associates behind and find some new ones.
For that to happen, mostly you will need to become A NEW YOU in 2012. After all, Einstein said it very well didn’t he, when he said “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them”.
There is no doubt for business, 2012 will bring with it significant problems or opportunities, depending upon your view point.
Which reminds me of another story. It’s the story of the 2 shoe salesman sent to Africa to do some research on a potential to sell shoes.
One salesman returned and said that “there are NO opportunities to sell shoes in Africa, they don’t wear shoes”. The other salesman returned and said “there are LOTS OF opportunities to sell shoes in Africa, they don’t wear shoes”.
It all depends upon your outlook and what keeps you stuck from seeing opportunities…
The 1 Critical Mistake That is Keeping You Stuck
The Wallet Reflects the Head. The truth is money is made mentally long before it’s physically collected. I think it was Prosperity Preacher Reverend Ike who said “People have more hang ups about money than they do about sex.” And I think it was Zig Ziggler that said “Hardening of the attitude is more dangerous than hardening of the arteries.” Either way, the message is the same.
If you ain’t got it, you’ve got to look at your thinking. Most people however prefer to take the easy option and blame the education they didn’t get, the parents they had, the government of the day, inflation, in fact blame anyone or anything that is handy other than themselves. We have bred a society keen to abdicate responsibility for anything and everything, money and success is high on that list.
“How to Make $100,000 in the Next 100 Days!”
Immediately, most people who read that headline will dismiss it as being impossible to achieve. There is a very good reason for that. It’s because most people make the mistake of equating money to time.
At a glance, there is a good reason for this type of thinking.
- Most workers get paid by the hour/week/month
- Taxes are paid by the year
- Most bills are charged monthly or quarterly
So to make that sort of money in 100 days you need a different paradigm. The new paradigm needs to be:
Stop thinking in terms of time and start thinking in terms of IDEAS, VALUE AND MARKETS because clearly there is no labour you can do to make that sort of money. There is NO Dollar coin in circulation that wasn’t FIRST BIRTHED IN AN IDEA that then is distributed through manual labour.
The fact is I and some of my rebellious clients and associates have done even better than the headline I’ve described and made $100,000’s in an hour, a week, a month.
Of course there is a very good reason why they don’t teach this at universities. The most obvious is they don’t know how to do it and as a consequence can’t teach it. The next problem is they have a bias against the concept. I could make a certain bet that I have made more in an hour than my teachers ever made in a year allowing for inflation.
OK, so you’ve read this far. If you want to make the sort of money I’ve referred to here, there are four things you’ll need to do:
- Become a student of making money fast. Immerse yourself in it
- Study and devote time to the process
- Look for PRINCIPLES in the successes and stories of Masters
- Immerse yourself in the PRINCIPLES of what works best
Although at a glance Donald Trump and Sam Walton are very very different individuals, in fact in a lot of ways polar opposites, it is the PRINCIPLES and the COMMONALITIES they both share that you need to focus on MOST.
Until you figure this out for yourself you should eat what these Masters eat, walk like they walk, talk like they talk, just in case that’s “it”.
You Can Divide the Population Into Two Chunks – One Has Got the Money, One Hasn’t, and the Latter Meekly Forfeit Their Right to Complain. As I said, you can divide the population into two chunks. Those who search, hunt and ferret out the information they need to rectify whatever is ailing them, and those who simply don’t. About 5% of the population are in one group and 95% are in the other. In a financial sense, 5% of people do very very well and 95% never achieve a satisfactory level of independence and wealth.
Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so.
Iron clad proof the deciding factor in achieving financial success isn’t really education. Formal education alone won’t do it for you and the myth that it will, has held many people back. I myself was told, when I first began striving to ‘change’ my circumstances, that I didn’t have the necessary tertiary education to facilitate the changes I wanted to make, so it would have been easy not to even try.
I do know a lot of people with advanced tertiary degrees who are no better off than those who lack similar qualifications.
On the other hand, I know and work closely with a lot of people who continued their formal education no further than high school … some who never even finished high school, who have started, built and own highly successful businesses. Some have made a fortune in the stock market, some have even used real estate as their wealth creation strategy.
These high school drop outs make $100,000 or more a year, although being a high school dropout is not a pre-requisite!
The difference is acting on Information!
More specifically, the getting and using of information. What most people don’t seem to grasp is that it’s a behavioural difference, totally and completely within your control, regardless of your financial circumstances, tertiary background, where you live or the business you own.
Hopefully, you are in or striving to be part of the 5% and I congratulate you on that choice. Many however opt for being in the second group, but by doing so they forfeit their right to complain.
If you are striving to improve your situation I can promise you the steps to mastery are NOT shrouded in mystery as so many mistakenly believe. There are NO secrets. But there are ways to accelerate the process and your progress through those steps, notably, mentoring and modelling.
There is a radical underground in the entrepreneurial world. There are things we know and discuss sparingly and cautiously with one another, but rarely with outsiders – because what we know so diametrically differs with what the overwhelming majority believe about money, success and independence that we risk some retribution akin to witches being burned at the stake for blasphemy.
If you think of this as simply ‘hype’, as one piece of evidence, I’ll mention that many of the very rich entrepreneurs I hang out with and work with have, at one time or another, literally been persecuted by their peers and their particular trade or professional associations for too radically challenging the norms of their industries.
I am inviting you into this ‘secret society.’
Of course, most of what you may read or hear elsewhere about ‘secret societies’, secrets, and insider information is unadulterated, stinking rubbish. And I’m not actually talking about some formal, institutionalized secret society here, with its own handshake, password and blood oath.
What I am talking about, is a fairly sizeable group who make their large incomes and create their wealth in opposition, in many ways, to everything you’ve ever been taught or told about the subjects of ‘money’ and ‘wealth’, and who make their incomes and create their wealth more easily, with less struggle; more pleasurably and more independently than 95% of all business people.
In short, they have and use a radically different ‘rebellious’ blueprint to most. For the most part, how they do what they do goes unnoticed, not understood, by those around them. And there’s – we’ve learned, often the hard way – there’s no benefit from attempting to enlighten friends, family or peers. In fact, doing so is, at best futile; at worst, dangerous. I should know, I’ve tried! Over the past 33 years, I’ve associated with and worked very closely, for long, continuing periods of time; with numerous entrepreneurs I now describe as REBELLIOUS ENTREPRENEURS.
- To my knowledge, all are first generation success stories, millionaires and multi-millionaires.
- Almost all started and built businesses from scratch.
- Most have focused on ‘rebellious’ business ‘models.’
- They also have very little in common.
The point is, while they have very, very little in common, the few commonalities they do share are critically, vitally important, profoundly significant, and when understood, contribute majorly to their rebellious status.
It is a huge myth, and major barrier to success, that the entrepreneurs with the biggest incomes and greatest businesses are somehow ‘gifted’ or ‘super-human’, and possess ‘powers’ or ‘luck’ denied most mortals.
Here, let me simply say there is absolutely no inherent ‘power’, intelligence or other advantage possessed by any of these people that you, too, do not possess. If you spent as much time with as many rebellious millionaire and multi-millionaire entrepreneurs as I have and do, you would be SHOCKED, and I mean, SHOCKED – in many ways – at how ordinary, even boring, they are.
YOUR MISSION – should you decide to accept it, is to get perfectly, totally in sync, mentally, emotionally, strategically and behaviourally with these Rebellious Entrepreneurs in 2012, so that you too can enjoy their results.
Next year, don’t let anyone “Pee in your Pool” and stop you from being as good as you can possibly be at whatever endeavour you hold dear.
Make a commitment to surround yourself with the right people to help you get there and finally do whatever it takes in 2012 to make it happen.
All the best for Christmas and the New Year from myself, my partner and friend Ian Marsh and the team at Streetsmart Marketing.
Committed to Elevating the Financial Wealth and Wellbeing of Society
Through Entrepreneurial Excellence and Guilty of Conspiracy to Create Capitalism