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What Rich People Did That We Never Do

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After watching many interviews of financially successful people, it dawned on me that most of them did something we fear doing.  This thing they did is part of what made them reach their heights of financial success.

Before they were successful, many rich individuals used a large part of their income to fund their businesses or dreams, and within a period of 4 to 6 years, they became millionaires.

For this reason, the main difference between us and the financially successful is that we mostly use our income on entertainment and improving our social status while they invested their incomes. When we receive our incomes, investment is the last thing that comes to our minds. We think about going out, decorating our homes, and doing anything that instantly improves our lifestyles.

Deep inside, we know that we must constantly invest a large part of our income in businesses/projects for us to be rich. However, we still waste our income on things that never add value to us in the long run just because we want to look rich

We prefer spending on expensive drinks, cool gadgets, and spacious homes because these things boost our ego and social status. We are not willing to sacrifice a ‘cool lifestyle’ for the sake of our dreams because we want everybody to know that life is good on our side. Little do we know that people who make financial progress often embrace frugality for a while.

A few months ago, my sister told me a story about his workmate who managed to purchase a commercial bus because he was ready to live frugally. He took a huge loan to buy this vehicle, and every month the bank deducted a large part of his income, forcing him to walk to work every day. He also had to live in a cheap apartment and wear cheap clothes while his workmates were wearing designers and living in classy apartments.

However, after two years, he paid his loan, and started earning $ 100/ Kshs 10,000 a day from the bus. The guy, eventually, managed to earn more than his workmates because he was willing to live frugally for two years. This guy never feared to appear broke. He is an example of the few people who are ready to give up a ‘cool lifestyle’ to secure a better future.

There is no other way folks. We just have to continually invest in our projects/dreams. The more we invest, the quicker we move towards financial success. It’s hard to do so, but I believe we can do it.

Remember, FOR US TO SUCCEED WE HAVE TO LIVE A FEW YEARS OF OUR LIVES LIKE OTHERS WON’T SO THAT WE SPEND THE REST OF OUR LIVES LIKE OTHERS CAN’T

Thank you for reading

Living an extraordinary life means giving up a normal one – Anthony Moore

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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin

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I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist and printer. He was also one of the founding fathers of America. I always wonder how he managed to achieve success in numerous fields. For this reason, I studied his life to realize his secrets of success.

After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man.

1.Read, Read and Read.

‘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 about art and business.

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.’

Conclusion

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.

THE END

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5 Unbelievable Factors That Make People Work Extremely Hard

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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:

  1. 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.

  1. Competition

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.

  1. Faith

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.

  1. Pain

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

  1. 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.

Conclusion

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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