No offense meant to all you super rich people out there…or you not so super rich people. I’ve simply learned that intelligence and wealth are not directly related. Some of the “smartest” people I know make terrible financial decisions while some of the “least intelligent” I know make serious headway in their finances. Why is this?
If you’ve ever been in a class I’ve taught or a session I’ve coached, you’ve probably heard and/or seen that word before. Notice the definition. Diligence is CAREFUL and PERSISTENT work or effort. Rich people come in all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and situations. A common element to them, however, is their commitment to persist, to take careful assessment of what’s going on and then work their tails off toward their goals (Jon Acuff would call this “hustle”).
We look at TV and movie actors, sports stars and musicians and expect that to be our example of a normal rich person. Or we look at a guy driving his fancy car, wearing his fancy suit and working in a big, shiny office and determine that’s what rich looks like. If someone has applied themselves to sports, acting, music or business (or pretty much anything else) and enjoyed success from it, I applaud them. But what about the guy/gal who runs a small repair shop or the work-at-home mommy blogger who’s got mad skills (I happen to be married to one of those…)? What about the teenager who starts mowing lawns each summer instead of sleeping in and playing video games all day? What about the person who decides it is more important to apply himself/herself to do excellent work no matter the pay instead of only looking for the next dollar? Those are the people who I believe are “destined” (if you’ll allow me that word) to be rich.
My point is this. When I was in school, there were two distinct paths at my high school: there were those students working toward preparing for higher education, and those who were working toward graduation and beginning a trade. Oh, how I wish I would have taken some of those classes with the “other side” (no matter which group I happened to be in). Just because your academic capabilities place a certain status in society, you don’t have to accept that status. It is completely up to you to build a dream and go after it…with careful and persistent effort.