In this video coaching newsletter, I discuss a question from a follower of mine on twitter. Apparently, he is originally from Ghana. He asked me why he should continue to live in the United States of America, which is also known as, “The Land of Opportunity” and be poor. He is obviously starting to lose hope and does not have a strategy to increase his income, skills, develop his talent and apply it in a way that will eventually yield the results he wants. I tell him what he should focus his attention and actions on to eventually get him the results he dreams of.
Comment from twitter follower:
“I don’t want to be poor anymore! Why should I be in the “Land of Opportunity?” I could live in Ghana and be poor. Why be here?”
Because in America, you really can be anything you want. We are the freest, most prosperous country in the world. We have the largest economy, and we have more wealth than any other nation on earth.You can be anything that you really want, but the key is, what is it that you want to be? The average person that wants and dreams about being rich thinks being rich is something that’s lucky, it kind of happens magically, you win the lottery, or you’ve got to be at the right place at the right time. I personally don’t believe in luck. Luck really boils down to preparation meeting opportunity.
A lot of rich people will say I was lucky, but it wasn’t really luck. They were prepared. They were for looking for an opportunity. They were acquiring skills, they were acquiring knowledge, they were expected to eventually succeed, and when an opportunity came along, it presented itself.
As I went through my whole process of going into something I loved and was passionate about, I worked and suffered for it, but I never lost my passion for it. I was always excited. I was always looking… what else can I learn? What else can I do? As you get more into things, and work at things you’re passionate about, you see other types of opportunities. That’s why it’s so important to pick something that you love, to study and to research it.
A big thing that led to my success, and the mindset I had learned about being successful, was by studying people like Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Zig Ziglar, Tom Hopkins or any other kind of self-help. As I had been applying this stuff to my business my whole life, I thought, if I was going to start over, would I want to do what I’m doing now with my business partners, or would I want to do something completely different? The first thing that popped in my mind was being a life coach. That’s when I decided to write my book.The reason I was able to write that book was because I had spent so much time working on myself, developing myself and learning skills. Because I was passionate about self-help and figuring out how I could get everything that I wanted in my life, I had learned a lot of skills.
If you’re familiar with the “Dilbert” cartoon, Scott Adams, who is a multi-millionaire, does those cartoons. He wrote a book called “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.” He has a term he calls “talent stacking.” He said, I’m not really super great at one thing, but I’m good at a lot of things. And when you become good at a lot of things, many of those talents that you have will align, and you can turn those into other businesses. I highly recommend his book.
I have a lot of things I have learned in my life in the construction industry, in sales, self-help, personal growth, different spiritual traditions, history and foreign policy. I have lots of friends and family who have been in the military, and it’s something I’ve always had a passion about. When you study a lot of things that you’re passionate about, the older you get, you learn things. You start to see things. You’re able to connect dots that most people don’t see, and when you’re passionate about these things, you will see opportunity there.
Through going through the process of building many successful businesses in my life, being able to get what I want physically, with regard to my body and my health, getting what I want in my personal relationships, getting the kind of friends that I want in my life, coming up with an idea and then building a multi-million dollar business out of it, these are things I’ve done over and over, because I learned the science of achievement fundamentals. These are the things I teach.So if you’re poor now, and you want to be rich in the future, you’ve got to start focusing on learning about things that you love and you have a passion for, developing skills in those areas, and working for other people that will enable you to get up every day and go to a job that you love and you have a passion for. When you get to the point in the job you’re working where you no longer have the same level of enthusiasm for that job you once did, you’ve got to be strong enough to say this sucks, I need to do something else, and start looking for the next opportunity.
Most people start working at a job they might really enjoy, and they might love it for a while, and then they kind of stagnate. But because they’ve developed a certain life and lifestyle, maybe they have kids, obligations, maybe they have a big car payment or mortgage, whatever it happens to be, they only focus on trying to maintain what they have. They just kind of stop learning. But when you love what you’re doing, you’re always looking for opportunity. You’re always looking for ways to expand, grow your skill set, and explore other things that are interesting and compelling to you. You have to learn all aspects of it from people who have already figured it out.
When you’re passionate about something, it’s not really like work. If you want to get from where you are to where you want to be, from somebody who’s earning a steady paycheck, punching a clock to somebody who is wealthy, you’ve got to focus on learning skills and being involved and immersed into something that’s exciting, compelling and that you love.The one big thing I always did when I worked for other people was, when the job wasn’t fun anymore, when it was no longer exciting and compelling, I knew it was time to move on. Instead of just quitting my job, I would look for the next opportunity and go on interviews. Once I got something lined up, then I would put my notice in with the company I was working at, and I would have a nice, smooth transition. Most of the time, I was making more money.
If you’re in a place where you want some help to maybe formulate a plan to figure out what your purpose is, what you really want to do, or maybe you feel like you’re just kind of stagnating in your career or your business, and you’d like to get my perspective on things to help you figure out what it is you really want to do, just click the Products tab on my website, and book a phone coaching session with yours truly.
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“You must be willing to endure pain, hardship, failure and suffering for something you love for sometimes decades in order to eventually become knowledgeable, talented and skilled enough to become great at it and reach your income earning potential. It is only when we are internally driven by our heart and passion for something that we are willing to suffer, tolerate failure and endure ridicule from our peers, family and society to achieve it. If you have an emotionally compelling reason why you want to get in shape and have a great body, then you will suffer the strict diet, workout routines and discipline necessary to get the results you want over time. The same holds true for quality relationships, careers, businesses and your ideal dream lifestyle. If what you want is not awesome enough and compelling enough to willingly suffer for years to accomplish it, then you must keep searching and researching until you find something that is. Desiring to become rich is not a successful or compelling strategy to become wealthy. Becoming skilled, talented and wise so you can add value through a useful product or service is.” ~ Coach Corey Wayne
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