Set a Goal. Aim for something great, or else you’ll waste your lifetime going nowhere.
You work overtime, work on weekends, and sometimes work at a second job, but you’re not getting any richer. You’re struggling to pay the bills, and you still can’t afford that dream home, that nice car, that international vacation, dinner from that amazing restaurant, and that excellent school’s tuition fees for your children. You probably find it hard to donate even just P1,000 to charity.
You can get pay raises, bonuses, and promotions from working hard… but it’s probably not enough for everything you want in life.
How come some people grow rich and others don’t? How can YOU become rich enough to afford your dreams?
The Creator never made a man to be poor.
There is nothing in his constitution which fits drudgery and poverty. Man was made for prosperity, happiness, and success.
He was not made to suffer any more than he was made to be insane or be a criminal.
– Orison Swett Marden, Prosperity: How to Attract It
Sometimes I walk by the most beautiful malls and shopping centers in the Philippines, like Greenbelt, SM Aura, Bonifacio High Street, and several others. Everywhere I look there are rich people eating at restaurants where each dish costs more than a worker’s daily pay, dressed in the finest clothes that costs more than an average employee’s monthly salary, and buying gadgets that would take most of us a few years to save up for.
On the other side of the city, a few miles from those areas of luxury are entire communities who can’t afford a decent lifestyle. According to ABS-CBN’s report on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)’s Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) last 2014, around one in every four Filipinos live in poverty. Without a good source of income, many are forced to scavenge dumpsters and trash cans for food, sleep in cardboard boxes every night, and are forced to beg for a few coins to survive.
While some children play in the streets wearing dirty rags on weekdays because their families can’t afford to send them to school (a key to moving up in society), the children of wealthy parents have everything handed to them on a silver platter: the latest toys and gadgets, nutritious food, the best education, and far more.
“Many times the reading of a book has made the fortune of a man.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few books which cost P3,000,
or P5,000 worth of groceries/cigarettes/beer/gadgets which would you choose?
Most people would choose the P5,000 worth of stuff.
…but what if those books can teach you how to invest and BE A MILLIONAIRE in less than 20 years? Will you still choose the groceries and gadgets that probably won’t last a few months?
That’s the choice I once made, and I’ll tell you how it started. Who knows…