The word education sends a shudder down some spines.
A large swathe of the population left education behind at the school gates.
Even the vast majority of business owners, whose only education in how to be a successful entrepreneur comes from the risky, dangerous and often fatal trial and error process of actually running a business, either avoid further education completely or “dabble” occasionally in traditional seminars like those found at the Chamber of Commerce or Institute of Directors.
I’m not suggesting there’s not an education to be had at those kind of events. What I am saying is education comes in many forms and in entrepreneurial life, beyond the basics, what’s dressed up to be education is utterly useless and largely irrelevant in terms of guiding you to extraordinary success.
Ah. Hang on. I think I’ll pause right there.
I could go banging on about “extraordinary success”, financial freedom, wealth and the lifestyle choices it brings like I do week in, week out, but for what purpose?
They’re just words and you’ve read them before. None of it matters if you don’t believe it can happen for you.
Just how comfortable are you with the prospect of being rich?
How honest can you really be with yourself?
What’s the true status of your relationship with money?
Here’s a quick insight: if you’ve not got a lot of it, it’s been that way for most of the time, or you tend to go from feast to famine, your relationship with money isn’t healthy.
Where are you with your own BS on money?
And by “BS” I mean the belief system you’re carrying.
Here’s 2 reasons why the dumbest thing you’ll do today is just read this blog without pondering, seriously, on its message:
Reason #1: The BIG BS
We’ll begin with where the rubber meets the road. The ultimate cause of the effect.
If you want to know the REAL reason why just 1% of business owners are millionaires and why that figure hasn’t changed since the mid-1950’s (when a million was the equivalent to £8.5 million in today’s money), look no further than beliefs.
Like it or not, we are all products of our environment.
Like it or not, we’re all products of someone else’s habitual way of thinking. Our parents, teachers, peer group, bosses, religious leaders and the media – they’ve all poured their truth into us and taught us what to think, not how to think.
Consequently, the vast majority of us are raised and marinated in unhealthy ideas and attitudes towards money.
And what you don’t fix your bank account inherits.
We all carry unconscious and unsubstantiated ideas about money, wealth and how “ethical” or “right” is it to be rich.
You might think this doesn’t apply to you. You might tell yourself you’re “cool” with the idea of having lots of money. I don’t doubt your intellectual conviction to the idea of being wealthy.
But what you tell yourself you think ISN’T what matters.
What you tell yourself about money and what you believe about it are two very different things. Only one, the latter, determines what ends up in your bank account.
Here’s the litmus test; your relationship with money and how healthy your attitude is to it, shows up primarily in two places:
1: Your bank account.
As I said earlier, if there’s not a lot in there and it’s been that way for the vast majority of the time, you’ve got a very unhealthy relationship with money. The bottom line won’t lie to you.
2: Your behaviour.
What was the last thing you did to demonstrate you have a healthy relationship with money?
When was the last time you parted with some cash to improve your ability to generate more of it in your life?
When did you last invest a significant sum in improving yourself and your understanding of how to grow a sustainable, thriving business?
Do you look at the price of self-improvement and business growth initiatives as a cost or do you see it from a return on investment perspective?
I’ve no doubt you’ve got plenty of aspiration in your head, but it means diddly squat if you’ve got a self-sabotaging leper in your heart.
Reason #2: Societal Programming.
The prevailing attitude in the general population has always been, at worst, hostile and at best, resentful towards success, money and wealth.
Victimhood, entitlement and socialist attitudes are being amplified across the media engine and like it or not, a large proportion of our society have their thinking done by the media and some other unhelpful, uneducated, unsuccessful external influence that breeds poverty consciousness.
So, just how comfortable are you with the prospect of being rich?
Christian Simpson is the UK’s leading coach and mentor to business owners and entrepreneurs. For COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS to tried, tested and proven entrepreneurial success strategies, click here