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When Spinning Wheels Touch Ground
The only way to take control of your life, raise your standard of living and move beyond merely surviving is to create your own unique product or service that you offer to increasing numbers of people in exchange for the things of value that you desire. This simple formula applies to countries as well as people. A self-sufficient economy has its own products or services of value to export to the world. Similarly, a self-sufficient individual has something of value to exchange in the global marketplace. That thing of value is based on your natural talent, skill, or interest—in other words, your passion!
In Robert Kiyosaki's Retire Young Retire Rich, he outlines the 10 year plan he and his wife, Kim, followed to be able to retire with passive income in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly. Their secret: rather than work for a paycheck, they spent their days building assets. Even when they had to live in their car for three weeks, they never gave in to the temptation to follow their friends' admonitions and "get a real job!" In their case, the assets they chose to focus on instead were businesses ventures and real estate in the form of rental property.
Kiyosakis states, "The trouble with working at a job for money is that you have to start over selling your labor each and every morning. In most cases, your labor has no long-term residual value, if you are working for money. On top of that, if you are working for money, then your earning potential is limited. If you work slowly acquiring assets (businesses, products, paper assets, rental property real estate), your income potential is infinite and that income can be passed on for generations to come. Your job or profession is not something you can pass on in your will to your children."
Often, as you follow the passion path to freedom, there'll be times you feel that you're just spinning your wheels because you don't immediately see the fruits of your labor. Once you're operating outside the box of conventional thinking, you'll find that few people will understand the sacrifice you're making in the short term in order to have freedom and real security in the long term.
However, there'll come a moment when your revving car with its spinning wheels will finall touches down on the road and you’ll speed off towards your envisioned future! Keep building!
When Spinning Wheels Touch Ground
We'll burst out of the gate
and shock them all and win the race!
and all their doubts and digs
with awe we'll instantly replace!
They'll call our meteoric rise
an "overnight success"
They won't see all the sacrifice
or months and years of stress
The speeds that we'll attain
and yes, the distances we'll reach
will leave observers guessing
and the critics without speech
With mikes and cameras rolling
and the spotlight in our eye
They'll ask, "So what's your secret???"
and to this we will reply:
Been busy building assets
'stead of looking for a job
Not happy chasing paychecks
so our time no one can rob
Preferred pursuing passion
even if we worked for free
In time the time invested
will pay dividends, you see
While revving, others passed us
Felt like losers, but we found
We made up for it all in time
once spinning wheels touched ground!
So, to all my entrepreneurial friends and those pursuing their passions who feel the same way: Stay focused on your dream! The time you're spending in "creation mode" is an investment in your future. You may not be seeing any immediate rewards, but don't give in to the pressure to conform and run someone else's race. You're on the right track. You'll soon kick up some dust when your wheels touch ground! See you at the finish line!
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Until next week, remember, success is a journey, not a destination!--Walt
Send article suggestions, entrepreneur nominations and feedback about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org. Walt F.J. Goodridge is author of 16 books including Turn Your Passion Into Profit. Walt offers coaching and workshops to help people pursue and profit from their passions. Originally from the island of Jamaica, Walt has grown several successful businesses in the US, and now makes his home here on Saipan. To learn more, visit www.passionprofit.com and follow Walt on Twitter (waltonsaipan)
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