This is not a philosophical question posed by a professor at a university. This is the question posed to him by the entrepreneur, the one who decided to dedicate his life to the goal that everyone around him said was "impossible", the young entrepreneur who discovered the answer to this question at a very young age and pursued dreams regardless of his misfortunes .
I know why I am here, on this planet, and this realization has helped me in some of the most gruesome, cruelest times in my life, when there seemed to be no more hope, in a position that someone else would think there was nothing more to live for – I realized that is all part of the plan and there is a reason why things are going the way they do. That blind faith is the reason I was able to achieve the impossible & nbsp; and reclaim the wealth I spent years building and only losing for four months.
My own answer to this question – why you are here – was at first ambiguous: "To become a self-taught millionaire." Only later did I realize that this was not the reason I was here, nor the result I was striving for; it was just a means of achieving the results I was striving for. Becoming a millionaire is a very vague goal; but when you ask most entrepreneurs, most will respond in a similar way, without realizing it is ambiguous. You see, becoming a millionaire simply means being worth a million dollars or more. If that's your life goal, that's a pretty bad goal, simply because a million dollars in net worth doesn't guarantee you will be rich or rich.
Look at Michael Jackson. A great artist and arguably one of the most talented pop stars of our time, Michael spent much of his later years on intermission. Although he owned assets worth about $ 1 billion, he had no liquid capital and was constantly in debt. Upon leaving, Michael left the world with more than $ 500 million in unpaid debt.
Look at the people who win the lottery. Most of them become instant millionaires, only to break after three or four years. Reading some of the financial books you've probably already read, such as Rich Dad, The Bad Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, The Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Henson and Robert Allen, and many other books on the subject, I quickly realized that money does not make money rich, and to seek to become a millionaire was not the purpose of living. In fact, that's not the goal. The reason I say that money doesn't make you rich is that if you make three million dollars (a goal that many aspire to), and of that three million dollars you spend five million, you're still poor – yes, poor and extremely ignorant when in asking money questions. More money won't change that. In fact, it will only make it worse.
In my view, the definition of poor is someone who recklessly spends, who cannot control their finances, who cannot delay pleasure, who spends more than they do, and who blames someone for their stupidity. Most importantly, a poor person is someone who makes bad decisions, especially bad financial decisions. These decisions are the result of a lack of financial intelligence, not necessarily a lack of intelligence. You can be a genius and still be a bad money manager.
A rich man, on the other hand, is someone who makes rich financial decisions, someone who spends less than they make, and someone who invests their balance instead of spending it on per diems. For example, I asked a friend a simple question, "Say, if you won a million dollars in the lottery, what would you do with it?" A friend of mine replied, "I'm going to buy a sports car, go back to school and graduate from college, buy my mom's house, the best gadgets I can afford, the best clothes and I'll have every girl I look at. I'll buy a villa somewhere in California and spend the first two months on the beach celebrating my new fortune, and then I'll invest or save some of it. 39; I'll definitely quit my job. "
Sounds promising, doesn't it? The fact is, most people think similarly. This is a perfect example of a poor person with a million dollars in his pocket. If you are majoring in math, you will soon realize that this guy will spend his million before graduating from the new college he is enrolled in and will end up in huge debt due to a simple lack of financial intelligence.
Ask to be temporarily broken & # 39; a rich person asking the same question, and he would answer, "I'll invest the money in the property and let that property pay for a sports car, a beach vacation, and a house for my mom." Simple, in this case, is better.
You see, poor people buy things and things; the rich buy and invest in property (real estate, businesses, stocks, copyright products, etc.), and those assets buy things and things; for them. But you can easily find out this information on your own; There are countless books explaining this concept. Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, Poor Dad is by far the best book on the subject.
As soon as I understood this concept, I decided to change the answer to, "I want to become rich." I wanted to make large amounts of money and be able to double and triple those amounts, convert a simple million to five million, ten million to a billion, and so on. And so for several years I lived with the sole purpose in life of being rich.
When I was 23, I became rich; However, my answer changed again after I made and lost money and wasted my money and time with people who didn't appreciate me, girls who didn't take care of me and friends who aren't really my friends. My eyes opened to the fact that even though being rich is wonderful, being rich and lonely is no fun. Being rich and sick or rich and hateful of everyone was also something I didn't want. So I had to rethink and rephrase my answer to that question, and two years later, after a total of 24 years of living on planet Earth, I finally got it. The only answer I asked was not to become a millionaire, not to become rich – but to become rich.
What does it mean to become rich? Well, wealth is abundance, and abundance is love, abundance is money, abundance is health, abundance is happiness, abundance is all you need to combine. I noted what I was aiming for, and that was one thing I dedicated myself to; that was my dream.
You may already have plenty, but the only thing you miss is money. Maybe your dream is to make a million dollars, become rich or even a millionaire, for that matter – it's okay. I did not write this book to tell you what you should aspire to; it would be a waste of your time and money. I wrote this book to guide you on how to achieve what you most want, be it the million, billion or any other amount of money you may want.
So, why am I here? I was created with one purpose: to obtain and provide wealth. Wealth of money, education, love, happiness and success; to help myself and others achieve what we want more than anything in life, whether we make more money, lose weight, be happier, or build jobs. I'm here to make dreams come true, for myself and those around me. That's my life statement; that's why I am; this is the reason why God chose to place me on this planet.
So, why are you here? Don't be discouraged if you can't find the answer to that question yet. That’s why you chose this book; you are looking, like me, and you will only find answers if you keep looking. You may find different answers to this question and it may take some time to decide which one is right for you, but as long as you continue your search you will find the answer, the most important answer to the most important question you may ask yourself:
Why am I here? ________________________________________________________
I want you to fill in the blank. Answer this question immediately and place it in the blank space on the previous page. Don't worry about the details; I will give you the opportunity to answer this same question at the end of the book. A book is more than just a profit; It’s about making a decision, taking risks and finding the answer to that question and then pursuing your dream. Without thinking, without restraint, I just go for it. Before this book is over, you will realize that if you do not pursue your dreams, you are fighting your own creation because you are denying what God has given you, something that is more important than anything else in life – your purpose.
Making no sense in life, why do you get up in the morning? Why are you going to work? Why are you (or will you have) children? Why are you reading this? Why do something if you don't have a strong sense in life? The only thing that differentiates us from animals is the power to be self-aware, to go beyond survival and achieve something. I’m not talking about just making money or losing weight; I'm talking about a sense of purpose, something bigger than myself. The terrible purpose is to live for the sake of life alone.
If you love real estate and your dream is to become a real estate tycoon, your purpose can be as big as changing the face of your favorite city, making life more accessible, or changing the lives of the people who live in it. Donald J. Trump had a similar purpose in making a statement and changing the face of the New York outline. If you love computers and your dream is to become a rich software developer, and you dream of building a virtual world where people from all over the planet will be given a second chance to live, build software and turn it into an empire. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, made similar decisions. Bill Gates had a purpose that made him the richest man in the world at the time: to be the connection between the man and the mind of the machine, for every computer sold in the world. Needless to say, it turned out perfect.
If your dreams are not business or changing the world, that's fine. Look at Mother Teresa. Its purpose was to serve those who are poor, who lacked resources and could not take care of themselves. The Dali Lama has a great life purpose, to raise enough money and to influence enough people that the city of Tibet can once again be free. Talk about a powerful statement. NY1 Channel announces New Yorker of the Week, and every week we see someone with a purpose. They are not billionaires, millionaires or people changing the face of the universe; they have simply changed their own lives and the lives of those around them because they have a strong sense of purpose. You will never find these guys suicidal & # 39; list.
But you don't have to be Bill Gates, Mother Teresa, Robert Kiyosaki, Henry Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Robert De Niro or the President of the United States to change the world, nor do you have to have a billion-dollar dream, a goal that transforms life or purpose beyond life. Your purpose may simply be: "To be the happiest man or woman I can be"; "To be the first executive woman in my company"; "To create the best environment for my child to grow up"; "Becoming One of Hollywood's Best Directors," etc.
You just need a dream, a goal big enough that every time you imagine it, your heart starts beating fast. This is the gift of God; the word desire comes from the word "from the father." Ignoring your gift and deciding to live without trying to pursue your dreams just because you don't want to take the risk or because you don't think endorsing a family member will eventually lead you into a state of mediocrity and the end of your life will be the greatest regret.
This book will not magically turn you into a millionaire overnight; no book will. It will not teach you the secret formulas of wealth simply because they are gone. It's no secret that no one can get rich by building a business, selling a product or investing in property or income-generating products, whether it be real estate, toys, paper products, TV repair, deodorants or drinking water. It's no secret that you need to exercise and eat properly for weight loss; it is no secret that for happiness you must get rid of negative thoughts; It's no secret that you need to use your body and mind in a healthy way for healthy health. There are countless books, seminars, self-help gurus, and preachers teaching you how to achieve this, but haven't read them yet? Haven't you read the book How to Get Rich that teaches you how to get started or invest in real estate? Didn't you read the book "How to Lose Weight" that teaches you how to take better care of your body? Don't know if cigarettes will definitely kill you? Yes, it is, but do nothing about it. You may want to, but you just can't get in on the action. You may already be trying, but you are not producing any results. You may achieve results, but you want to take it a step further. No matter where you are, I believe this book can help you.
This book is about recognizing your wildest dreams and doing everything you need to achieve them. Just as you build wealth, it sounds simple, but it will be the hardest thing you will ever have to do. If you want to stay where you are, I advise you not to read this book; it will only confuse you and can cause you to take risks that you would otherwise avoid, and I will get an angry email from my lawyer threatening to sue me for ruining your life. So if you are happy, if you are satisfied, if you are filled with joy and abundance, I welcome you, but I also advise you to give this book to a friend or someone who is not unhappy. But I must warn you: if you choose to read this book and act on the advice I give you, you will become temporarily unhappy. I can almost guarantee it.
This is real life. Anything really worth doing is not going to be as easy as you think it is likely to cause you severe stress and pain for the first few months before you can finally reap the rewards.
Starting a business out of nothing is easy, it is difficult to achieve success; Choosing an actor and moving to California is easy, it's hard to live in the back of a truck with no money to eat and not go home crying mom. It is easy to decide that people's judgments will prevail and climb the rankings of corporations to be the first female person in a billion dollar company, in fact it's a whole different story; it's easy to make a sketch of a skyscraper in Manhattan, and turn it into reality; Deciding to run for Congress is easy, so a completely different story will happen. So, if you want a simple fix, buy a quick magic tablet or get rich quick book and see how it works out. But if you choose to follow the advice in this book, know that you will become frustrated, dissatisfied, and will want to give up. You can bet your life on it. However, when you achieve this, when you reach the climax, when you master the process, you will not only be satisfied but also satisfied. You will not believe that you have failed to act on your dreams before, you will discover a new world and a new you in the process.
This is not the advice you were hoping for from a book on how to build wealth and make your dreams come true, but do you want an author to sell you pink stories about how beautiful and easy the process is? Or do you want to hear the truth? This is real life and this is real life advice; when you are happy and satisfied with your life, finances or weight, you would do nothing to make any changes to your life. Comfort is the worst place you can be. One human emotion that can help create more millionaires, help people lose weight, and help more people pursue their most desirable dreams is frustration. Yes – frustration is the best motivator; if you know how to use it, if you can eliminate it and turn it into motivation, it will serve as a much needed fuel to get you to your destination. Failure to do so will only give you a heart attack and lead to more frustration. In this book, she will also learn how frustration can be used to create & # 39; you & # 39; that you want to create and how to use it as fuel to push yourself to fulfill your dreams, whatever they may be.
However, as I said before, frustration is only the beginning; you will have to start a business, write a plan, invest time in its realization, and then you will have to manage it and finish your first job – and it will not be easy. Signing your tenth client while feeling frustrated will not be easy. It won't be easy to jump from earning $ 400 a month to earning $ 4,000 a month; managing money won't be easy; dealing with angry clients will not be easy; managing litigation will not be easy; getting to deadlines and combat stress will not be easy; Convincing banks and raising money from investors will not be easy – but you can enjoy it if you just understand your purpose. If you can really answer the question above, it won't be so bad; even if you lose your job, put the pounds back on, lose a big client, be rejected by agents and get slapped in the face, even if you turn homeless in the process, if it forces you to sleep in the back of a car or suffer a defeat, it won't be The end of the world. As long as you get up the next morning and try again, until you stop, as long as you stay focused, as long as you learn to use the frustration of pushing yourself forward, if you allow it to power you and push you forward – you will succeed. After all, you cannot succeed if you never give up.
A good example is one of my personal heroes, Mr. Donald Trump. It was very close to bankruptcy in the early 1990s, with nine hundred million dollars of personal guarantees and over eight billion dollars of business debt. It seemed like it was all over for Trump; newspapers wrote nasty articles about him, and the media presented the fact & 39; that Trump would never rise again. In a situation where most human beings would give up or escape and some people would actually commit suicide, Trump stood in the line of fire and negotiated with the banks, slept for three hours at night, fought, remained optimistic, and did what no one else in the world would do. worked. He even managed to convince the banks that they were too big to fail, and in the midst of all his debts and troubles, he managed to raise an extra sixty million dollars to save his empire. Today he is still among the richest people on the planet and this is just one example.
You may not like or adore Trump as much as I do, and if that's the case, check out Tim Blixseth, who refused to quit after going bankrupt. Today, it has a value of more than $ 1 billion net. Look at Steve Jobs, who suffered a severe depression after losing his job at Apple in 1985, or David Murdock, who almost lost everything he had when the real estate market collapsed. T. Boone Pickens is a genius billionaire who had to start over. after losing everything when oil and gas prices loaded; Stephen Ross is a brilliant real estate investor who was on the verge of bankruptcy in the early 1990s and went on to build a $ 16 billion empire in less than four years.
Be honest with yourself: if you wake up tomorrow and get a call from a bank telling you that you owe nine hundred million dollars, what would you do? Seriously, would you run? Would you commit suicide? Would you get a job and try to repay it? What if you have a family? Three young children? And what if, in the midst of the mess, your wife files for divorce and decides to sue you for everything you have? Can you handle that amount of pressure? Can you cope with such stress?
As mentioned earlier, in this book I make no promises that I will change your life, nor can I promise you that your life will change immediately. I can only hope to educate you and help you better understand the process that goes against the odds of achieving what you really want; how not to give up and hold on until everything around you seems to collapse; how to identify what you want and how to get it; how to deal with huge amounts of pressure and stress; how to go against the tide when everyone around you & # 39; no! & # 39 ;; how to ignore the remarks of sarcastic friends, rival spouses, and disappointed fathers; how to overcome defeat and be determined in the pursuit of your dreams.
Yes, I realized my dream of becoming rich. I am in abundance of money, health, happiness and success, and I have lost even a few pounds. And yes, I still have a long way to go where I want to go. But I really hope you follow some of my advice and join me in this journey to a dream, however you may be.
If you take my advice and chase your dreams, you need to understand that you will no longer be in the "Safe Zone". When you make that decision, you will enter the life of the jungle, and for lion cubs who lived in safety in their zoo cage to move to the jungle is a daunting experience; the chances of failure are high and you can lose everything. But if you are determined enough, if you work hard and refuse to let the fear of failure dictate your life, and most importantly, if you love what you do – you will succeed! The ability to take action separates winners from losers. So, before you start reading, understand that you will soon be in a situation where you will be forced to act or spend the money you spent on this book and let it sit on a shelf and collect dust.