It amazes and saddens me how emotional people get the night before a big lottery drawing. Everyone dreams of what they could do with their lives, what they could buy, what changes you can make in your life. Things that if you truly think about...you could do it now if you really, really, REALLY wanted to. I always found it funny that people will gamble religiously and consistently lose hundreds and thousands of dollars and once they win $500 or $1,000 dollars, all of the money invested seems to disappear.
I think you're better off plucking money from your own money tree! YES! Your own money tree!
Invest in yourself! Your odds? If you're over 62, your odds of having at least $1 million in net wealth (your total assets minus your total debt) are relatively achievable — about 1 in 7. But if you are under 40, your odds are low: 1 in 55. 1 IN 55!!! Odds winning the Lottery? 1 in 13,983,816. That's 1 shot in almost 14 million.
So as you can see your odds are much better when you invest in yourself than in the LOTTERY!
My problem is that my parents hid the seeds to my money tree when I was growing up. My father was not a dreamer. He came from a country with a screwed up government and believed in only what he could see and touch. All he knew was that if you put in 40 hours of work, you got back a paycheck. A very popular mindset among the masses. It put a roof over my head and food on my plate so I am not complaining at all. I only wonder what if he nurtured his Money tree.
It takes money to make money. TRUE! but I prefer to say it takes DRIVE & DETERMINATION to make money. If you look back in history many of our pioneers that went on to become millionaires started with a DREAM not MONEY. In 1965, Fred DeLuca borrowed $1,000 from friend Peter Buck to start "Pete's Super Submarines" in Bridgeport, Connecticut. So you may say, "See it took money!" YES, but the focus when you begin your path to become a millionaire is a DREAM and a lot of elbow grease!! To me that saying has become such a crutch to so many.
Mr. DeLuca didn't start with a dollar...he started with DESIRE! The source of money will come after... If you aren't sure how far DESIRE can take you... As of June 2013, SUBWAY has 39,500 franchised locations worldwide and produces US $9.05 billion in sales every year. In 2007, Forbes magazine named DeLuca number 242 of the 400 richest Americans with a net worth of $1.5 billion. He must have had a MONEY FOREST!
Let me go off on a tangent.... Let us talk Pedestals.. America in general loves to put people on Pedestals. Actors, Musicians, Sports Stars and even criminals which is quite interesting because all this does is create borders between what many of us see as success. (Not being a criminal, but I think you get me) It is almost as if only these hand chosen people which were dropped down from ZEUS himself are allowed to buy huge homes, fancy cars, and wear expensive clothes. This is not true! They BLEED RED, PEE YELLOW and SHIT BROWN! They are not better, smarter or more entitled to anything. If anything, they are obviously simply more HUNGRY! So please build your own PEDESTAL! Make it tall, make it sparkle and get on it and believe in yourself! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ANYONE ELSE CAN, BUT ONLY IF YOU TRULY WANT IT!
Now let us bring it back...
Want to be rich? There is nothing wrong with that but let me guess.
Jimmy, I can never be reach those goals are so impossible for me. WHY?
Let me talk about some really good examples of "BILLIONAIRES" that hustled. While most of the world's richest people earned their money, some had farther to climb. Neither Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett inherited wealth, but they were raised in affluent homes so they didn't have to worry about keeping their families fed. So let us dig a little deeper into people that had it as bad as the typical AMERICAN searching for that dream or even worse.
Schooling: High school diploma and some college
Money made: Trade shows and casinos
Best-known venture: Las Vegas Sands
Sheldon Adelson grew up the son of a cab driver in Boston's rough Dorchester neighborhood. He started selling newspapers at the age of 12 and later dropped out of college to become a court reporter. According to The New York Times, Adelson sold toiletry kits to motels and tried mortgage brokering, then struck it rich when he founded Comdex, an annual computer trade show. He went on to build Las Vegas hotels around conventions, rather than casinos—not that he left the casinos out. At the end of 2006, The Times has estimated, Adelson's net worth had grown by about $1 million an hour for two straight years.
John Paul DeJoria
Schooling: High school diploma
Hometown: Los Angeles
Money made: Hair products
Best-known venture: John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits
No stranger to hard times, John Paul DeJoria was born to immigrant parents and spent time in an East Los Angeles foster home. Following two years in the U.S. Navy, his odd jobs included stints as a janitor and gas station attendant. At times he was homeless. DeJoria worked his way up in hair care and cosmetic companies before joining with Paul Mitchell in 1980 to launch a hair products company, putting up an initial investment of just $700. The packaging was printed in black-and-white because color printing was too expensive.
His net worth. US$3.1 billion (2017)
Schooling: Dropped out of what is now Baruch College
Hometown: The Bronx
Money made: Clothing
Best-known venture: Polo Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren graduated high school in the Bronx, then dropped out of college to serve in the Army reserve. Next he worked as a clerk at Brooks Brothers, then toiled as a tie salesman—which caused him to decide that men were ready for wider, brighter designs. According to a profile in Time, Lauren sold $500,000 worth of ties in 1967, the year he started designing them for St. Louis-based Beau Brummell Cravats. The next year, he started Polo (RL) with $50,000 from clothier Norman Hilton. The company tallied $5 billion in revenue during its 2010 fiscal year. Raplh Lauren has an estimated net worth of 5.3 Billion dollars.
and now to one of my favorite BILLIONAIRES!
Schooling: B.A., Tennessee State University
Money made: Media
Best-known venture: The Oprah Winfrey Show
Born in poverty in Mississippi and raised in Milwaukee, Oprah Winfrey moved to Nashville in 1968 to live with her father. Two years later, she won a scholarship to attend Tennessee State University. At 19 she was hired as Nashville's first African American TV correspondent. In 1983, she relocated to Chicago to take on the AM Chicago talk show later renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her work in movies, radio, and publishing built an influential business empire. The first African American to appear on Forbes' billionaires list, Winfrey has frequently been the sole African American to make the roster. Oprah Winfrey net worth 3 billion dollars.
By now after reading this BLOG you should start to realize success is actually not that difficult. Actually it is a logical aspect.
If YOU HUSTLE and YOU will SUCCEED!
The question you need to ask yourself before you begin to build your empire is how do you measure success?
Thank you for reading this far, hopefully I have inspired you to get off your ass and begin to plant your very own MONEY TREE. Make sure to take care of it and I guarantee it will take care of you!!!
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