Getting rich is as a hard as rocks. Besides having to work hard, persist, persevere, build discipline, and embrace patience, we also have to make enormous sacrifices for us to increase our chances of meeting massive financial success.
As I was reading the biographies of self-made millionaires, I realized that none of them became successful without sacrificing a thing or two. Therefore, whether we like it or not, we’ll have to make sacrifices on our journey to riches.
It also dawned on me that the more things we can sacrifice, the quicker we move towards financial success.
I pinpointed the main things I realized we have to sacrifice for us to be rich.
Sleep is sweet, and most of us will sleep forever if given a chance. However, to achieve financial success we must sacrifice sleep because the less we sleep, the more time we have to work on our projects.
Moreover, Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo), Donald Trump, and Jack Dorsey (Founder of Twitter) agree that part of their success is owed to sacrificing sleep.
- Time with Friends
Secondly, for us to be filthy rich, we have to sacrifice the time we spend with our friends – especially unsupportive friends – because when we are with our friends, we always gossip or remind ourselves about childhood memories. We talk and do many things that are not related to financial success.
We don’t realize that we’ll progress quicker if we use this valuable time to work on our business or cultivate the skills we need to climb the corporate ladder.
- Social Status
Most of us hold a social position that defines who we are in the society, and we are willing to die for it. Little do we know that for us to be wealthy, we must never care about our social status.
The journey to wealth requires humility because sometimes we’ll have to live a modest lifestyle so that we invest a large percentage of our income in our businesses. Besides this, we might be forced to do odd jobs for us to find money to fund our projects.
To be successful, you need to sacrifice who you are for who you need to be – Eric Thomas
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Entertainment wastes a lot of our time.
For instance, we waste more than 6 hours on TV every day even though it provides zero benefits to us.
For us to be rich, we need to minimize the time we waste on entertainment and use a large part of our time to work our asses off.
- A Relaxed State of Mind
Most of us wish to have a relaxed state of mind. We want to be free from anxiety and stress. However, if we’re going to get rich, we must sacrifice having a relaxed state of mind because the journey to wealth is full of anxiety and stress.
We’ll always worry about whether we’ll make it or not. And we’ll also be stressed because most of the time, we’ll invest lots of money in projects which will fail. Besides this, we’ll meet millions of obstacles that will stress us to the point of giving up.
For this reason, we must be ready to sacrifice a relaxed state of mind and start embracing worry, anxiety, and stress if we want to be rich.
In conclusion, getting rich is a tough job, because apart from the hard work, we’ll have to sacrifice lots of things. Many people give up after realizing that they’ll have to make huge sacrifices.
However, you and I are not many people. We are the next 1 percent because we have already decided to do whatever it takes. I always encourage myself to make both big and small sacrifices because I know that life is marvelous on the other side.
I hate an ordinary life, I’ve been on the cheering squad for long, it’s time I get in the game, play and get people cheer for me. Therefore, I’m ready to make as many sacrifices as possible, and I believe I will make it. If other people can be rich, why not me? I don’t see why.
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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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5 Unbelievable Factors That Make People Work Extremely Hard
Mentors, a strong purpose, and motivational stuff are some of the main factors that make people work extremely hard. However, there are other unique but not necessarily positive factors that make people work extremely hard.
Here are some of them:
- The Desire to Prove People Wrong
Many people have worked extremely hard because they wanted to prove the naysayers wrong. These folks wanted to show the people who doubted them that they can achieve greatness.
An example is Arnold Schwarzenegger. This guy worked extremely hard in his acting career because he wanted to prove wrong the people who told him that he won’t be a successful actor since he had a German accent, and a body that was too big for acting.
Even though I have discouraged competition in my previous posts, I believe that it sometimes makes people work hard. Many bloggers, musicians, and business owners have worked hard because of the fierce competition in their niches. These folks knew that they would fail to secure a sizeable market share if their competitors outworked them.
A large percentage of successful people succeeded because they had faith in their dreams. Faith made them completely sure that they’ll achieve their dreams if they worked harder, and therefore, it motivated them to work hard.
Recently, I realized that people who believe in the achievement of their dreams work harder than doubters. Doubt drains energy while faith motivates you to push yourself harder because you firmly know that success will come if you toil.
People also work harder towards their goals if they believe that achieving them will eliminate pain. For instance, the pain of living in poverty motivated Eminem to work extremely hard towards a better life. In some of his songs, the rapper reveals how the pain he felt when he realized that his 9-5 salary could not sustain his family forced him to work very hard in music.
All the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can’t get by with my 9-5, and I can’t provide the right type of life for my family – Eminem, Lose Yourself
- The Need to Use Success As Revenge
“Success is the best revenge to pay you back.” – Eminem, Where I’m At.
I know people who are working so hard because they experienced rejection. These folks believe that working harder will make them meet success and make the people who rejected them regret.
Besides faith, the above factors show that you can use negative states of mind to push yourself harder. The main reason we are encouraged to use positive factors to push ourselves harder is that most of the time, factors such as pain, competition, the need to revenge and prove people wrong, work against us. These factors can be advantageous only if you approach them wisely.
What other unique factors do you know that can make people work harder?
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