“Get really rich and then help the people who didn’t have the opportunity you did.” – T. Harv Eker
Maybe you’ve heard this before and thought to yourself, “Wait, what opportunity?“
It’s not uncommon to be like this on a daily basis. We go through our lives often in a rat race that seems to speed time up and lower our ability to do little else than work for “the man”.
It is not my intention to put down anyone who has a job. On the contrary, I have a job now and appreciate the experience and income. However, this job will never bring me financial freedom.
The definitive difference between the wealthy and the poor, boils down to their ability to see and utilize opportunities that come their way.
I wonder how many incredible real estate deals have passed my way and I’ve never noticed. Or how many stocks, precious metals, private loans, or business opportunities I have missed simply because I didn’t see them.
Today I will be talking about how to see opportunities and how to never miss them again.
Just a disclaimer, I am not some magic guru who has all the answers or someone who can reach through your electronic screen and give you the “money colored glasses” that automatically point out every money making opportunity that comes your way.
However, I am someone who has studied this topic extensively and is confident he can give you some time tested advice and strategy to widen your perspective.
Let’s get right into this shall we?
We Miss What We Don’t Focus On
Ever been driving and someone or something came into your view “out of nowhere”? Well, it probably didn’t. That object or person gradually came into view, the reason we didn’t see them is that we weren’t “focusing” on them.
This is one area of our life that improves and grows naturally, our eyesight. With the growth in our eyesight also comes the ability to focus on something in our sight.
What I find interesting, is that our natural vision can be very clear and we can see many things at once, but not notice them.
I think being able to see so much, but not notice equal to, if not more things in life is truly astounding.
This is why so many people find themselves frustrated when money or investments are mentioned. They see the same deal, same house, same stock, same previous metals… but they don’t see those items the same way.
Someone with experience can look at a house and evaluate its worth, compare its cost to market rates, and calculate ROI (Return On Investment) quickly. Someone without experience looks at a house and thinks its ugly because it needs a paint job. See how a narrow mind creates narrow vision?
Many people see the same thing, but we focus on the wrong attributes.
Expanding Vision… Expanding Understanding
To expand my vision, I need to have a greater understanding. I might see opportunities in front of me, but I don’t recognize them because I am unfamiliar with them.
It does me no good to see very far, but miss much. I could have 20/20 vision, but be poor and miserable. Good eyesight does not equal intelligence, intelligence does not equal knowledge, and knowledge does not equal wisdom.
Focus Vs. Generalist
I might be gifted physically. I could be the fastest runner, the strongest weightlifter, the most elegant swimmer, and never read a single book about financial freedom or ever invest my money.
I can’t stress the difference enough here. True ability is not determined by our physical feats except in an event like the Olympics. Working out, eating right, or detoxing are all areas we need to work in. But that knowledge does not translate into good money management or investing!
I could be good at many things! I could be an “A” student. Math, physics, science, geography, history, literature, and language arts could be second hand for me, but none of that translates into financial knowledge.
Academics make me a “generalist”. I become good at many subjects. This does not make me an investor or someone with the ability to handle money well, and you know what the problem with that is?
Everyone will handle money nearly every day of their lives!!!
To exclude “Financial Literacy” from standard education is one of the greatest mistakes ever made. To graduate from school, and college with little to no experience with money in what many call the “Information Age” has created poverty and depression like never before.
Money doesn’t make the world go round, but it drives people to do what they do, and that keeps the world spinning. It all depends on your perspective.
Why Others Don’t See What You See
The reason people fall into the ditch of debt and struggle, is that they weren’t taught how to get out of the hole in the first place. The reality is that they started on even ground, but as the years went by they started moving their feet.
Their walking turned to running, and their running turned to sprinting. They thought they were going to rule the world and make their dreams come true.
“They were intelligent and driven,” they would often tell themselves, but in reality they had been running in place going nowhere.
After doing that for so long, the ground below them started to erode since they weren’t actually going anywhere. A hole started to form, and that hole just kept getting bigger until it became a ditch big enough to hold the Iron Giant.
“How the heck did I get in here?!” This exclamation of despair and alarm has become so common that most people are now used to hearing it, and just accept it as a part of life.
So when they finally get that job they wanted or achieved a life that they could feel more “secure” with inside their pit, they don’t notice that they are pulling down their children into the same pit that they are in!
They are literally sitting in their comfy chair in a very dark pit, having children that need guidance. What do you think that advice will be?
Their kids want to become financially successful, and what do the parents say? “Go to school, get a good job, and retire”. Basically, do exactly as they have done, and there is no conceivable way that this outdated advice could lead them into a deep hole as well, right?
They were taught to do and see things differently, that’s why they don’t see what you might see.
Taking Opportunities By Storm
I have review several amazing books that are sure to give you the tools and ability you need to start making immediate changes to your life. I hope you pick up at least one of them today.
Of course, I don’t like leaving my readers without some simple advice they can use.
- Start learning how to invest. If you want to start making real money, you need to start learning how. There are some amazing courses out there, but I would advocate that you need a guide to picking one first. Without a good foundation, your choice of teachers or courses will be very narrow and uneducated. Read Robert Kiyosaki’s books and start seeing how money flows and what it means to be financially free.
- Change yourself to change your results. A great tragedy in life, is not living to one’s potential or according to their true identity. But then, an even greater tragedy to live according to a bad money blueprint. One’s money blueprint is directly linked to who they believe their are, and if that money blueprint is not changed, success will always elude you. Read T. Harv Eker’s greatest book to become the person you were meant to be.
- Give your children sound financial guidance. Don’t be the person stuck in a ditch that pulls down the next generation because you think “you know what to say”. Sorry, but if a tree produces bad fruit, I am not going to eat from it or expect good fruit. If you are not already a wealthy millionaire with sound financial management, then your advice is going to bring them to the same place as you. In a ditch. I have written a review on my favorite financial books for kids and young people. Pick up one of them today and help them achieve financial freedom!
Parting is always such sweet sorrow, until next time my friends.
I hope you will take action and I know you will only succeed with these tools.
Feel free to comment or email me with any questions and I will get back to you asap!