This morning I was reading “Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message” By Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump on my subway ride to work. The book is basically these two great business minds writing about why they want people to be rich and why people getting rich is for the greater good of the country.
They talk about the economic situation in the
Don’t Wait for the
One thing that jumped out at me was when Donald Trump was giving advice to college students. He said that “There is a lot to know in this world… if you want to be a major player in the world arena, pay attention and go the extra mile – every single day. Don’t wait for the opportunity to come to you.” He quotes Louis Paster who says “Chance favors the prepared mind”.
The way to get lucky is to go the extra mile and find the opportunity. Every once in a while opportunity comes your way and it is up to you to grab it and take advantage of the luckortunity. But, to be a major player and get lucky every day, you need to go out and find the opportunity in the world – anywhere you can.
Trump suggests reading the newspaper every single day and keeping up with international affairs. Kiyosaki mentions that the first thing every morning, he needs to know how the foreign markets did and what happened while he was asleep.
Find your Passion
If you are very passionate about something, it is automatic that you will check up on it as often as you possibly can and maybe even more often. A student checks daily on his science fair project to see if his hypothesis was right. A blogger checks his stats every other hour. A successful businessman checks his financials regularly. I am not saying to obsess over your passion and check up on it more than you need to and thereby waste a lot of time. I am saying find a passion that will get you where you want to be and obsess on moving forward.
If the student sees his science project isn’t going as planned, he will do something about it. If the blogger’s stats start to drop, he will put more effort into building his blog. If a businessman sees a problem in his financials, you can be sure that he will jump to remedy the situation.
Go out of your way to learn and know what is going on in the world, become passionate about being informed and luck will start coming your way.
I am a typical person more or less that has always tried to get away with doing the absolute minimum to get by. In school, I did my assignments last minute, I barely passes some of my tests, I crammed for everything and didn't care about retaining any information. I always wanted to be successful and get lucky but my problem was that I thought that luck and chance were synonymous. One day, all that changed when i found out that there was more to "Luck". I learned that it was possible to make your own luck and that people that were "lucky", all had very similar characteristics. I made a conscious decision to become one of those lucky people and the world started to open up. It didn't happen overnight and I'm still not there yet but at least I know what to look for and what to do. Recognizing the opportunities to get lucky is only the beginning of the battle. Now I have to train myself to jump on every opportunity and one day be truly "lucky".
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