Imagine looking at your bank account tomorrow and finding an unexpected $10,000 in it. What’s the first thing on your mind?
Do you picture stacks and stacks of paper bills? Or do you visualize a trip to a place you’ve never been? A new computer and some clothes for the kids? Special medical treatment for your mother?
You’re probably thinking about what you’ll buy with the money, not the paper bills themselves.
That’s why you shouldn’t chase money. It’s difficult to get money. Don’t keep saying, “I want to have a million dollars.” Instead, chase needs. Who do you want to help when you have more money? That person is your why, your mission. Click To Tweet
Here’s a great statement by Justine Musk, first wife of Elon Musk. A guy was asking, “Can I become a billionaire if I work hard for it?”
“Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs. Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential.”
That’s one smart wife. Don’t focus on the money; focus on what you can offer the world. And then, after you know what that is, make a plan, don’t just think about what you want to do. You need to take action.
There are many books out there, The Secret, Think and Grow Rich, and my book, F.U. Money, and they all say the same thing. You can’t just sit there and wait for the money to come to you. You need to take consistent action.
First, take action by developing a skill that makes you money. Then build volume. If you want to make millions, sell millions of something. Increase your transaction size and sell a two million dollar thing. A ten million dollar thing. You don’t have to sell as many, but you still make millions.
To make millions, look at who you are impacting. If you work for a boss, you impact one person. As an entrepreneur, impact millions by selling to millions.
It’s true you could become rich by having a negative attitude. There are wealthy people who are horrible people. But there also also rich people who are nice people. Money does not care. Money doesn’t have a conscience about who is good or who is bad, and who is more deserving.
You control money. You decide what happens to it.
I once saw an interesting cartoon about that.
A $100 bill was having a conversation with a $1 bill. The $100 bill said, “You know, I had a good life. I saw a nice house, fast cars, great vacations, and expensive restaurants.” The $1 bill said, “All I ever did was go to church again and again and again.” The $100 bill said, “What’s a church?”
You decide what happens to money. If you want to help others, you can donate to a charity. You can give them a couple dollars. Or, you can make a lot more, and have a lot more to give away. What if you could donate more than the whole church altogether? Think about the impact you’ll have.
So don’t chase money. Chase needs; chase a mission. Focus on what you can offer the world.