When in Rome...
We all know that saying, whether it be from Anchorman or just quotable quotes.
But how many people really follow that saying?
Lemme ask you this: how many people do you know who maybe want to earn an extra income? Probably all of them. How many people are willing to do what it takes to earn that extra income? Probably... well, maybe 10%, if you're lucky.
Making more money takes some work, sometimes extra work. When you trade time for money, your income caps out. You will never have more than 24 hours in a day, so working a 24 hour day will always always cap out your income. And lemme tell you this: your employer will always get the benefit in terms of wage.
So if you want to earn an extra income, sure, you could work extra hours. But many times, your employer won't let you work extra hours. And if you work on salary, your employer will sometimes force you to make extra hours--for no additional pay. Sucks huh?
Let's just look beyond earning an extra income. Let's start talking rich. I know a few rich people. They all have plenty of time. They don't work 9-5; they don't work for anyone but themselves. Funny how that works. Real rich people have tons of time, while broke people work all the time and are still broke. There's clear difference in mindset here.
So you wanna be rich? Do what the rich people do. Leverage your time. Leverage your money.
I always find myself talking about wealth and using wealth as an example for many of these principles, mainly because everyone I know wants to be wealthy. Not everyone wants to be fit. But these principles don't apply only to wealth--they apply to many other things.
Want to run a marathon? Do as marathon runners do. Eat as they do. Train as they do. Skipping steps to become a marathon runner will only hinder your journey on becoming a marathon runner.
Now, if one wants to be a marathon runner, it would only make sense to study marathon runners, right? My mother is training for a marathon right now, and she is reading a book called "Non-runner's guide to marathon running." She reads about marathon runners, asks her marathon running friends what they do, and does everything that will help her become a successful marathon runner. It only makes sense, right?
Isn't that what college is? You want to be a doctor, you do as a doctor does: namely, take a Pre-Med pathway, do your MCATs, get into med school, and all that fun stuff. You don't skip steps. You don't skip college. Want to be a lawyer? Pre-Law pathway, LSATs, law school, bar. Engineer? Major in engineering and do the required courses to become an engineer. Skipping out on physics will prevent you from becoming an engineer.
The point is, if you really want to be something special, you must do what people have done to become that. Want to be rich? Do as the rich do. Want to be fit? Do as the fit do. Want to be the top student/salesman? Do as the top student/salesman does. It's as easy as that.
Or is it?
There's one crucial step that I've obviously left out, but we'll get to that in tomorrow's post. There's a reason I'm working backwards here, and you'll see why soon enough.
To your abundance!
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