When I was a child, I dreamed about being rich. Not just “rich enough” to buy things or pay my bills or live comfortably — but truly rich, with millions of dollars and all the luxuries that come with it.
As a teenager, when I read The Secret and learned how just thinking about having money could make it happen for me, it felt like destiny: If I could only believe and focus on what I wanted, then surely that would make all my dreams come true.
But after years of working hard at creating wealth for myself (and failing), it dawned on me that there was something missing from this equation.
You can’t have it all
It’s a lie. You can have it all, but you have to be willing to sacrifice some things. For example, you might not be able to be a good parent and have a successful career at the same time.
Or perhaps your spouse will resent that you are gone all the time and that you don’t earn as much money as they would like.
You can’t start a business without a lot of money
The good news is that you don’t need to have a lot of money to start a business. In fact, you can start your own business with very little money.
For example, there are many ways to make money without having any capital at all:
Use your skills and talents. If you love working with children, then become a babysitter or tutor.
If you’re a great cook, consider opening up a restaurant or catering service—or find other creative ways to use your cooking skills (for example: selling fresh-baked goods from home).
Offer services instead of products. Instead of selling traditional products such as books or handmade jewelry, offer services instead (like web design services or graphic design work).
Services are often easier and faster for customers than buying physical items off the shelf because they can have them quickly without worrying about shipping time and costs involved in physical goods delivery like books or clothing items would require—plus they’re usually cheaper too!
You can’t be rich if you give money away
You can be rich and give money away. This is a common misconception. In fact, many people think that if you want to be rich, then you have to hoard your wealth so that other people cannot take it from you. However, this is not true at all!
There are many ways in which one can help others and still be wealthy. For example:
- You can set up a charity or foundation that helps those who are less fortunate than yourself
- You can become an inspirational role model for other young people
- You could use your wealth for good by building schools around the world or starting an organization that provides housing for homeless families who need shelter
Once you have money, you don’t need to work anymore
Money is not a substitute for hard work. It’s tempting to think that once you have money, you don’t need to work anymore. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Money certainly can make life easier—but only if it’s used in service of something bigger than yourself and your own comfort.
Money is not a substitute for passion. We all have desires we want to pursue in our lives—things like traveling the world, starting a business, or writing novels—and these activities often require money.
But what happens when people pursue their passions solely because they need more income? They end up frustrated and dissatisfied with their jobs because they’re working just for the money instead of doing something meaningful with their lives (and earning real happiness along the way).
There is no good in pursuing wealth
The first lie is that wealth is evil. Wealth isn’t evil, but it might be misused for evil purposes.
But so can money, which is just a tool that can be used for good or bad. Money itself has no morality or value—it’s just a means to an end (which is why you should always focus on what you want and not on how much something costs).
When I talk about wealth, I mean having all the financial resources available to fulfill your dreams and goals in life: money in the bank, savings accounts, properties to rent out (or sell), stocks/shares/bonds—or anything else that has monetary value!
You can’t create wealth without taking from others.
You can create wealth without taking from others.
You create wealth when you exchange value for value, meaning that if you produce something of value, someone else will want it.
The wealth you have is a function of the time and effort you put into your work. If you want to make more money, then spend more time on work that generates income for others or yourself.
Anyone can be a millionaire — and these lies won’t help you get there
A million dollars is a huge number, but it’s not as impossible or out of reach as you might think. You can become a millionaire. It may take some work and determination, but you can do it.
Just look at all the self-made millionaires out there: Warren Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, and Richard Branson are just a few examples of people who began with nothing and built up their net worth to seven figures or more. If they did it — so can you!
We hope we’ve shown you how these lies are just that: lies. You can be a millionaire and have all the money in the world if you want. The only thing standing between you and your dreams is your own fear. But don’t worry—we’re here for ya! We know what it takes to defeat those fears, and we want to help as many people as possible do so too.
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