Getting rich is hard as rocks. Besides having to work hard, persist, persevere, build discipline, and embrace patience, we have to make enormous sacrifices for us to increase our chances of meeting 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.
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 for work.
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.
2.Time with Friends
Secondly, for us to be filthy rich, we must sacrifice the time we spend with friends – especially unsupportive friends – because when we are with our friends, we do many things that won’t make us rich.
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 fund our projects. For this reason, we must never care about the social status since it can prevent us from embracing humility.
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 time.
For instance, we waste more than 2 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.
5.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 stressful and worrisome.
We’ll worry about making little progress and the lack of support. 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.
Getting rich is a tough job because besides hard work, it requires us to make sacrifices. Many people give up after realizing that they’ll have to make huge sacrifices for them to get rich. However, you and I are not many people. We are the next 1 percent because we have already decided to do whatever it takes.
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Don’t Let the Society’s Idea of Success Drive You Crazy
‘I desire a good life for my family, but that does not have to include a range of cars, a yacht in every port or another million.’ – Philip Gardiner
According to modern society, a successful individual is a person with lots of money, mansions, flashy cars, yachts, and other expensive trendy products. Most of us strive to live by this idea, and for this reason, we are stressed because this type of success always seems far away.
Furthermore, we buy trendy things we don’t need, and we take loans to buy these things so that we live by this idea of success. We then notice that these things are useless to our well-being and succumb to depression after realizing that we’ve gotten in debt as a result of trying to live by the society’s idea of success.
The sad thing is most of us start thinking we are unworthy because we haven’t met this type of success, and we constantly think about the future and worry whether we’ll achieve success.
We should discard this idea of success and prevent it from governing our lives and driving us crazy by realizing that it’s not a universal truth since it’s just an idea constructed after the industrial revolution.
A long time ago, people were not obsessed with attaining material success because they focused on spiritual development, accessing higher dimensions, understanding the universe, and becoming moral. And although these individuals valued material success and had ways of measuring it, they seldom obsessed over it.
Therefore, the idea that a person’s worth is determined by material success is a modern idea, and it should not drive you crazy. We were not created in a magical world – spinning on nothingness – to obsess over material success. Instead, we were created in this magical world, with millions of possibilities, to live whatever life we want.
For this reason, we should stop trying to align with an idea of material success that was created by capitalists so that we work in their companies 24/7, participate in expanding their companies by buying several products, and waste our money on expensive but useless things.
We should let our hearts guide us in creating our goals, and we should go after them even when we’ll not attain the society’s idea of success by attaining them. As well, we should also stop worrying and avoid thinking we are crazy when our goals don’t align with the society’s idea of success.
Lastly, we should strive to do whatever leads to fulfillment, and discard society’s idea of success because it makes us focus too much on the future, and it might eventually drive us crazy.
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The 5 Major Stages You Must Go Through When Chasing Your Dreams
After studying the biographies of many successful folks, I realized that all of them went through the same stages of dream chasing regardless of their socio-economic status. I summarized these stages into five stages which I believe you’ll also go through if you are chasing your dreams.
Here are they:
Stage 1 – Idea
Here, you’ll give birth to a great idea that you’ll want to turn into reality. For instance, if you are an aspiring writer, you’ll want to turn your thoughts into a best-selling book, and if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll discover a wonderful business idea which you’ll want to turn into a successful company.
Stage 2 – Enthusiasm
After discovering the idea, you’ll visualize the life you’ll live when you’ll achieve your dreams, and you’ll tell your friends and family about this life. You’ll then research on how you’ll turn your idea into reality, and you’ll start working enthusiastically because you’ll want to live your dream as soon as possible.
Stage 3 – Disappointment
After working for a period of 6 – 18 months, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll make little progress despite working hard. For instance, if you are an aspiring vlogger, you’ll realize that getting 10,000 subscribers is not easy, or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll be disappointed because your business might fail to make profits.
Besides this, you’ll realize that dream chasing demands funding, but few people are willing to support you. Primarily, you’ll realize that it might take longer to achieve your dreams. These challenges will make you want to give up.
Most people quit chasing their dreams at this stage.
Stage 4 – Perseverance
If you really want to achieve your dreams, you’ll decide to persevere. You’ll face obstacles fearlessly, and you’ll commit yourself to overcoming them. Besides, you’ll avoid everything and everyone that might prevent you from achieving your dreams. Also, rejection, failure, and naysayers won’t stop you from working hard.
You’ll also realize that only those who persevere achieve their dreams, and you’ll work like hell. Moreover, you’ll strive to make the journey enjoyable so that you don’t give up.
Most folks make their journey enjoyable by making friends with like-minded people.
Stage 5 – Success
After working for a long period without quitting, you’ll become highly skilled, and many people will love your services/products. If you are a writer, many people will be willing to buy your books, and if you are a businessman, people will be interested in your products. You’ll then use the money you’ll earn to buy whatever you want and travel wherever you want. You’ll be so fulfilled.
It’s easy to dream, but difficult to achieve dreams. Most people quit when they realize they’ll have to work for a long period before they achieve their dreams. Only those who persevere succeed because they never give up. We must thus join the perseverers if we want to boost the chances of achieving our dreams.
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