I wish I was rich, I wish I was I had more money, then all of my problems would have been solved and I will be living a dream life.
That is how most of us react when we face any financial problems. All we need to understand is that having money will not solve the problems alone. If you think lack of money is your problem and getting more money will solve all your problems; then you are completely mistaken. Most people, given more money, only get into more debt.
Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He was guided by Earl Shoaff, another entrepreneur. So one day Jim asked the same question to Shoaff. Jim said that if he had more money then he’d be happy. To this, Mr. Shoaff replied – “The key to happiness is not more money. Happiness is an art to be studied and practiced. More money will make you more of what you already are.”
What Mr. Shoaff meant was that merely having more money will not change you from what you really are. More money will only send you more quickly to your destination. So if you are inclined to be unhappy you’ll remain unhappy with more money, though you will be crying on a silver mattress rather than on cotton coir but you would still be crying. If you are inclined to waste money and take debt and loan, then with more money you will you will only waste more and get into bigger debt.
On the other hand if you are generous, more money will simply allow you to be more generous. If you are a person who likes to help people, then with more money you will be able to help larger number of people.
Remember, money is nothing but an amplifier, it amplifies your internal habits. So if you want to be rich and happy then you need to change your perspective and habits about money.
If money is your problem, then money can not be the solution.
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.
A quick video from Robin Sharma reminding us that focusing on the few things most important in your life – rather than letting yourself become distracted.
There was once a sword crafter that is known all over the world because of his extraordinary swords that he created. His speed on creating sword doesn’t suffer the quality of the sword. Some people call him the “Master Sword Crafter”. One day there was a king, who have heard the rumors about this lad decided to meet the man himself. The sword crafter brought onto the castle.
The king asked “Sword crafter what is your secret on making an extraordinary swords?”. The sword crafter replied “It’s very simple my king, when I was a young child I was exposed onto the crafting of sword and fell in-love with it. It spoke to my heart and touches my soul, when I was a young child I made a decision that I would be the Master sword crafter. As I grew up I read books, if something doesn’t relate to sword crafting or to sword I didn’t spent my time in it. And that is the secret of my mastery.”
Are there activities in your life which you give more time and energy than you should?
I like this story because here Robin Sharma shares with us the story about focus, destroying distractions and cutting through the noise so you can get the best work done.
By being “selfish” and “obsessing” on your passions and goals you will live a much more peaceful and fulfilled life.
The 80/20 principle reminds us that most things in life are of little value – knowing your goals and dreams – and following them with your heart is the cornerstone of a successful and meaningful life.
The only way you can win in your life is if you devote yourself to focusing on the few things that are most important.
The Sword Crafter’s Parable: A Quick Story About Productivity by Robin Sharma
“Once you believe that you are Ripe, You are Ready to Rot!”
“Well, I did do a good job and definitely deserve a break!”
Well, it’s fine to feel satisfied with your past efforts and achievements. BUT……….And its a BIG BUT……….The problem is that it’s now your PAST
So, you can’t sit and think of your past achievements as your source of contention because the future is still open for you – and for a lot of others too. And they might, in all probability, challenge your past achievements and leave you sitting like an exposed duck!
The answer to this scenario must be to stop thinking that you’re all ‘Ripe’ and ‘Great’ now and slowly crawl out of your comfort zone seeking the next challenge, the next project, the next achievement, and then the next, and then the next till you know how much you still need to do!
A sure-shot way of dealing with this is to always set very high goals, sometimes beyond any possible conception of achievability, and compare your performance in any skill-set to the best that has ever been.
The following James Cameron quote on this subject is my personal favorite –
“If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, You will fail above everyone else’s success!”
I’ll end this post with a question to all of you, a quote from Ray Kroc:
“Are you Green and Growing, Or Ripe and Rotting?