I had the pleasure of seeing a host of celebrity speakers this Sunday in Chicagoland. Millionaires and billionaires of various fields, some I never even heard of. Before the event I recall telling a few people about it only to get told it’d be a scam and that they just want to sell you things. Fortunately my bank account determined all I was buying was a ticket, so I wouldn’t be at a particular loss. Then I got to thinking about how I am always seeking positivity and motivation via books, seminars, and videos to get me going through my projects, yet here I am the rich aunt who is STILL without her millions and growing booklist of self-help books wondering, does-self help really help? What qualifies as self-investment? If you’re looking for me to tell you the answers as of now, good luck. I don’t have all the answers like Sway but I did come up with a few of some of the most important things to be mindful of when it comes to whatever your vice may be investing in on your journey to the next level.
- Motivation Means No Negative Nancies
It is one thing to see the glass half full, but some people can see a full glass and then dwell on the empty pitcher. Do not bring negative people to your event, or ask their advice on what will get YOU ahead. If you are trying to reach a goal that your surrounding crew says is impossible then just leave them at home and find someone at the event who can be your new buddy.
You need to be building a team of supporters. Buying workout programs seem like a scam to some until they find a buddy and realize hey, if I have someone to help I get fit, it does work! A lot of these programs DO work but for those who actually have a good mindset and put forth the work. Bringing me to my next conclusion…
- Self-Help Won’t Help the Helpless
It doesn’t matter what you have to teach someone if they don’t want to learn. Some people just want handouts and have no patience to learn a craft that may help them work on their own. If you or someone you know doesn’t attempt, and actually COMMIT to being helped by whatever program someone is selling you. Well, save your money. You have to hold yourself accountable for being the one to ultimately commit to making your life what you want it to be. Do you really expect someone who is self-made to help you get a milly for free? You WILL eventually have to spend on some sort of investment be it a class, a book, etc. I personally think it’s a shame we live in a world where people put themselves in what Suze Orman quoted as “the most dangerous debt ever” for a degree they more than likely will not even use in today’s market. Yet we’ll call an investor selling investment products that will actually make you real money, a scammer. I feel like I’ve been scammed everytime Navient sends me an invoice on my student loan, but I digress.
3. You Never Know If You Don’t Go
The Expo I went to had an estimated 6,500 guests. Whether it was to be a bunch of sellers trying to sell or not, I had access to people who could be my next employers, employees, or clients. Now if I just sat at home, I could’ve missed valuable connections that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten. I figured I would take the risk of going because I was watching self-made millionaires and billionaires speak for a little over 30 bucks and some parking fare. I’ve read some good books, but that pales in comparison to actually seeing Tony Robbins and Suze Orman right in the face! A good business person must have an open-mind. You have to be able to see the opportunities for growth and learning in everywhere. Even if the expo was a total sales fest, I STILL would’ve been able to take something out of it because every speaker gave me some motivation and taught from their own experiences a great deal.