Imagine you inherited a piano from your late Uncle Fester and you wanted to learn how to play it. What do you think you’d do? Would you just sit and stare at the piano expecting that you’ll magically be able to play it? Or would you actually take some steps to learn it on your own by taking lessons, buying some sheet music, and practicing as much as possible?
I’m going to assume you said you’d take action.
And if you need to take action to learn how to play the piano, what makes you think anything else in life is different? You didn’t come out of the womb knowing how to drive a car…you had to learn. You practiced playing Super Mario Bros for hours until you were finally good enough to beat the game. The same holds true for any skill you want to master or goal you want to achieve, including becoming a millionaire.
Most people are under the impression that rich people got lucky and if that they could be rich too if only they received the same breaks in life. But the truth is that the majority of Americans who are wealthy are self-made millionaires. They made building wealth a priority and worked hard to make it happen.
Are you prepared to do the same?
If you want to start building wealth and achieve financial freedom you need to take steps to make it happen. Anyone can build wealth, and it really isn’t all that complicated. All you have to do is spend less than you earn and invest the rest wisely. That one sentence pretty much sums it up, but even though it sounds simple most people have a very hard time actually doing it.
I work a full time job and then come home to 3 kids between the ages of 2 and 8. My wife and I team up to help the kids with their homework, prepare a healthy dinner, clean up, have some quality family time, then get the little ones ready for bed. After story time and goodnight kisses I take the dog for one last walk and then it would be so easy to plop on the couch to vegetate in front of the TV. But instead I hop on my laptop and start working on writing articles, doing research, networking with other bloggers, etc.
But it’s all good because building multiple streams of online income is all a part of my long term plan. I’m willing to put in the work now so that in a few years I’ll be able to live off that income and have more financial freedom.
Obviously building websites isn’t for everyone, but there are plenty of other options for improving your financial situation. You can take on added responsibilities and learn new skills at work to make yourself more marketable and more likely to get promoted. You can take classes to learn a new skill. You can turn a hobby into a small business venture. You can read business and financial books and learn to invest for your future.
These are all steps you can take that will move you in the right direction on the road to wealth. But the first step is the most important. You won’t get anywhere unless you take action now.
That means turn off the video games and the Golden Girls re-runs, and quit stalking that poor girl on Facebook. Do something productive with your time and start allocating your time, energy, and money in ways conducive to building wealth.