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So you want to be a millionaire? Well let me tell you that you won’t be, unless you are clear on your purpose.
We’re all sold dreams of success and wealth – it’s what we’re bombarded with in the media and those annoying emails you get. Truth is, only a small percentage of us become that wealthy. The recession has reminded us that the economy is volatile, and heavily balanced on risk. But still, we’re told that riches are ours if we buy this product or that.
Here is the problem: many people expect to become millionaires overnight without really doing anything. At best, they think that a small burst of effort brings the rewards home. Life ain’t like that! If it was that easy, we’d all be following that path. And if we all follow it (and indeed, we are successful), then the reward will be diluted to the point that it’s worthless.
So who becomes a millionaire? Except those who inherit, or win the lotto, the people who make the big bucks are the people who take risks and apply themself with clarity of purpose . Let me emphasize this: it takes both of those things to be a millionaire.
You can take risks… invest in a startup, take that course, become an expert in XYZ technology… but without clarity of purpose and application, they remain as pure potential that is never realized. Application with clarity of purpose is the way we turn risks into opportunities that pay.
What do I mean by ‘application with clarity of purpose ?’
I mean this: you focus your effort and energy towards a clear goal envisaged by a powerful vision. It’s about knowing why, what and how.
Too many people ‘do stuff’ without really knowing why they’re doing it – they’re automatons without freedom and choice. When we have clarity of purpose, we know why we do stuff, how we do it and what it aims to achieve. And then the real magic comes when our clarity of purpose creates passion !
People without clarity of purpose (and the vision which creates it) will never be millionaires. Instead, they will meander through work and life not knowing why they do what they do.
One of the reasons why clarity of purpose doesn’t materialize is that it takes momentum to build it up. Small failures can create lost confidence and a drop in energy, leaving doubts and confusion. Truth is, most of us give up far too easily. It takes real courage to get back on the bicycle after a fall… but if we didn’t pluck up that courage the bicycle industry would have gone bust decades ago.
Do you give up too easily? Do you let your aspirations to become wealthy wither and die because of a metaphoric graze on the knee? Then I say you lack clarity of purpose.
The other reason why momentum doesn’t build up is because folks don’t play to their strengths. They do jobs because they can, but not necessarily because they’re good at it (or enjoy it). When we don’t use our strengths, we’re destined to repeat failures over and over again – it becomes a prison in our minds – a stagnating place where we don’t grow and develop or take risks. It’s amazing how many people are like this, but perhaps don’t even realize it. It’s only when they take a long look at themselves to identify their strengths do they also identify their passions and desires, and then a vision.
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