If could have a conversation with one of your ancestors, what would you say? One of my questions will be, “Do you have options?” and, then I will explain what I mean by options. Have you created enough opportunities for yourself that allow you to survive regardless of what goes on around you? This is the question I have to ask myself as I look around my home environment. Have I created enough options for myself and my family to use to their advantage down the line? Because life is already hard and full of politics with a slew of people with money on the brain 247, think about it! It would be best if you had a four-year degree to sit at a desk to answer the telephone. I have roughly thirty-something years of telephone experience. Still, society says I need a degree, go into debt to get a job, and answer the phone. So, we do it!
Chris Rock stated, “Wealth is not about having a lot of money; it’s about having a lot of options.”
The option to do what you want and when you want to. We get caught up in the luxury of what our money can buy, trying to be popular and up to date with the latest fashion that we miss the point.
Even when you look at celebrities or successful individuals, you always want to ask how they got there. It’s simple; they took a risk and kept going. We know this. You know you decided to watch tv instead of studying your work. You know if you chose to stay home, instead go to that job fair. It is our choices that we need to change. You have to take risks and be able to deal with rejection to keep moving along in your career. It will be a slow process but remember that you are creating options for yourself and your family.
When you come from wealth, you have that foot in the door that someone that doesn’t might have to take a couple of extra steps to get that foot in. We need to stop asking questions to dig 2deep into other people’s stories, which allows us to deflect because we choose not to take risks that might change our lives. Deflection is the stop sign that leads you to stand at the green light.
We don’t realize that our lives are all connected in some way or form. In life, we grow up, have kids, meet people, do things, and other people watch and get inspired, which is why we need to build wealth that allows our kids always to have a place in this world when they are down out, in between jobs.
Build Generational wealth now! If your parents haven’t started, you start! The poverty chain must break. Living paycheck to paycheck must end! Build a thriving network of friends that can inspire, motivate you to do better, advise you, and help you out when needed.
We need to start thinking ahead. Today might be okay, but what about tomorrow? How are you going to feed your family tomorrow? We must figure out ways to turn the hobbies we love into a career. Your job might be safe for now, but you must ask yourself questions because if you are not in the boardroom making the decisions, you cannot put your eggs in one basket.
Start theorizing about other ways to expand your life. You have wealth (money) that can drive you to make crazy decisions. But we need to remember that there are various ways you can start your business, giving you multiple ways to market and grow. We also must decide what we believe in and what makes us happy.
Don’t indulge in the down moments. Think Positive. What you speak is what you project, so project that big office, that small business, that happy life you want. Say, “I am a successful boss, making a difference. “ Positive thinking is all that counts.
We must know our worth, even when it is not rewarded, seen, or spoken. You must understand who you are, your potential, and what you can bring to the table. You must set your life values for yourself, stick with them, and amend them when needed to uplift your life.
TI states, “We must keep ourselves busy with finding ways to generate wealth for generations to come and work to pass down things to our children for them to pass down to their children.”
It is not always about today; it’s about tomorrow. Therefore, think long-term when you are making moves. Ask yourself questions and continue to ask yourself questions.
How can this move benefit my family and me? Will this job provide me with the necessary skills to achieve my goals? Don’t get too comfortable and complacent, thinking you will always be okay.
Plant several seeds because you never know when you will need them. If you are not in the broad room making decisions, don’t assume you are safe because you’re doing a good job. Even when we are “to enjoy today because tomorrow is not promised.” I take that to say, take your vacation when it arises. Leave work at home. Hang out with your family and friends, conversate and strategize with your family, go on trips with your family, etc. That hand extension you might need later on down the line might come from your child’s friend’s parent. You don’t know.
Generational wealth is about taking risks, understanding that we need to stop being afraid to ask for help, and eliminating the people that not bringing value to our life. We might go through “ish,” but that “ish” is about you in the process — your decision. Think, live, and be positive. Create pathways for the people connected to you; grow.