Friday, 13 November 2015

RULE 29: You Have To Work Hard To Get Rich Enough Not To Have To Work Hard


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Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu (Business Mogul & Politician) Mr. Femi Adesina (Media Expert & Presidential Spokesperson) with Otunba Gbenga Danuiel (Businessman-Politician)

I cannot emphasize how strongly I feel about this one. I watch and learn from the seriously wealthy and have reached the conclusion that in nearly every single case they slogged their guts out to get where they are. They often started early. They worked late into the night. They sacrificed a lot. They didn’t take long lunch breaks, they didn’t waste time. They didn’t watch television in the evenings. They worked their socks off. They know money doesn’t grow on trees.
If you too are serious about getting rich, then you too must do as they do. You are going to have to put in the hard work to get rich enough so that you don’t have to work hard. But you must do the work first.

So how dedicated are you? How serious are you? This is the point where we sort the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, the girls from the women, the runners-up from the winners.
Still here? Good. You are obviously committed. If you are prepared to put in the long hours and you put them in on the right things, you should succeed; maybe not immediately, maybe not with your first idea. But by slogging away you will get there. How do I know this?
“An office cleaner on minimum wage will not become rich by working all hours as an office cleaner or by cleaning really hard and thoroughly. They might, however, become rich by starting their own cleaning company and working very hard at getting it off the ground and finding new clients and making sure their staff were great, happy and motivated”.
Because I have done it. I’m not preaching from the wilderness (I hope I’m not preaching at all). I started out poor, and worked long and hard and chose where to put my efforts carefully. And now I’m rich. It really is that simple. On the surface it looks like luck. But that’s because I make it look so. In The Rules of Work I wrote about looking cool, looking laid back, looking effortless. I practice that a lot. I often go back to work very late at night after everyone else has gone to bed - or get up very early in the morning. Don’t tell anyone because I like the indolent image where everyone assumes I am a work-shy, lotus-eating, decadent loafer. But the reality is I graft. You have to.
I’ll let you into the secret of the wealthy club - you need to work like you’ve never worked before. Work like there is no one watching. Work like you don’t have a boss. Work like your life depended on it. The second secret is; you have to enjoy it. If it’s a chore then you won’t do it.
Let me make one very important point here. This Rule does NOT mean that if you work hard at anything you will become wealthy. An office cleaner on minimum wage will not become rich by working all hours as an office cleaner or by cleaning really hard and thoroughly. They might, however, become rich by starting their own cleaning company and working very hard at getting it off the ground and finding new clients and making sure their staff were great, happy and motivated.
What I’m saying here is that even if you’ve got a great business idea or have some money to invest in shares, you will only maximize your return if you work really hard at your idea or investing the money wisely and managing it carefully. You have to put the effort in before you can reap the dividends.

From The Book; The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar
(Read Rule 30 of Rule of Wealth on Monday at Asabeafrika)


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