Robert Kiyosaki came my way during one of the lowest, most stressful points of my life.
I was literally losing my sanity…again
But this time the stakes were higher. I was a family, no longer just a sad individual.
I’d become a mechanic in a bottle production facility.
The amount of knowledge I had to learn in order to repair the three assembly lines that covered the equivalent area of eleven football fields was staggering!
…was combining with my complete lack of interest, my hatred for being trapped indoors, and the twelve-hour workdays in such a way as to crush the life right out of me.
Oh, I was learning it and getting pretty good at it all, believe it or not.
I was capable. But my heart…my soul, was not in it.
Only my mind. And that was proving to not be enough to keep me in the game and keep my family fed.
I desperately needed a way out and a new way of living
As it turned out, there was a Barnes and Noble bookstore down the road from the plant.
I’d stop there every day after work to research the entrepreneurial, self improvement, and home business books and mags.
Somewhere in the mix, I crossed paths with Robert Kiyosaki and the “Rich Dad Poor Dad” series of books.
And my life changed
I’ll let you read his story as he wrote it. I really only have one thought to share here.
It is about a perspective; a way of seeing your world and your place in it.
And a level of responsibility you must take on, in order for you to become what is necessary to bring you the life you deserve.
You don’t stand a chance in this world unless you are a business owner
I know many people have been taught that making a lot of money is bad.
That too, is just a perspective. But it’s been hammered into you by poor people and the people who need you to believe such folly, in order for them to stay in power.
When I speak of business owners, I am not speaking of anyone who takes advantage of others.
I am not speaking about the CEOs who get the Golden Parachutes after causing their clients, or employees even, to lose their jobs and all their holdings.
I am not talking about the corporations who do more harm to the earth than not.
I am simply speaking of people who know they can do better for their families and their communities
I am referring to the people like me who can’t tolerate having a boss, or limits on their personal creativity, or limits on their ability to earn.
I am talking about people who don’t fit any mold in any job.
People who simply see more for themselves than even the best job in their field can offer.
Here is some of what Robert taught me and I have never looked back:
- Business owners have leverage
- They have options that an employee never will have
- They see opportunity where others see problems
- They are in charge of their lives
- They are free to earn whatever amount of income makes them happy
- They have influence on their world
- They can share their visions
- They are only bound by their own imagination
- They are a positive force in their communities
- They improve the lives of those they employ
- They are in a position to force change when change becomes necessary
As you can see, some of this is ambiguous. That’s where the trouble lies. Being a business owner is in itself, a device, a tool. How you use it is up to you.
If you’re reading this blog and you are an artist, a healer, an author, a musician, a care giver, an environmental proponent, or anything that seems to mean you must live frugally, simply, and small in order to remain true to your cause, then I mean to shake you free of that thinking.
And you need me to if you want any hope of getting your message to the masses in any large way.
You cannot save the world from a refrigerator box under a bridge
There simply is no getting around the fact that money will be needed to get the word out.
You can’t save the world and keep your lights on at the same time, by refusing to earn large sums of money.
Money is just paper and ink!
It has no meaning other than what you give it.
So give it a good meaning by making lots of it and doing good with it.
Know what your favorite charity’s number one pastime is?
It’s not the care they give.
It’s raising the funds they need to continue doing the good they do in the community.
Why are you any different from that?
Get out there and earn and help the world in the way that you’re best at and reach those you care for most, while comfortably taking care of all your constant responsibilities as well.