When you mind someone else’s business they may be achieving their objectives, but you are definitely not. It doesn’t matter how big your salary is. The fact is that your boss or the owner of the business will always make more money than you. Why not mind your own business and make your own fortune? Don’t get me wrong. There is a lot of value in working for someone else – if you know why you are working there. It should not be, as most of us think, simply to be able to get a salary. Neither should it be your sole purpose in life. Working for someone else should fulfill three main objectives:
Work to develop yourself.
Firstly, it should be a way of learning and getting more knowledge and skills. People that work simply for the purpose of getting paid are often not the most productive people. It is those who realize the value that working is adding to their knowledge and skills as individuals that always perform better and that are always ready for the next challenge. Such people know that what they will get from their job will ultimately help them mind their own business by equipping them with what they need mentally to be able to fulfill their own purpose.
Work to invest.
Secondly, working should be a means of being able to meet your basic needs whilst you work on your real purpose. Everything worthwhile takes time to build and become self sustaining and profitable. During this building phase you obviously need something to help you along.
Work for financial independence.
Thirdly, it should be a way of raising the finances needed to be able to mind your own business. Your salary is not meant to be spent as soon as it is received. Robert Kiyosaki says “the poor and middle class work for money. The rich have money work of them.” Some of the money you earn should be utilized in helping you to become financially independent. It should be invested. That may be in the form of having a business, buying stock or shares or anything else, so long as your money is growing. Your money should be put to work for you. Unfortunately, the more we earn the more we spend on luxury items. Everyone wants an expensive car and a humongous house. That’s good. Just make sure that you get those things after you have built up a good financial base. Would a smaller house and a cheaper car not do in the meantime? Of course it would. Maybe you can invest the rest of the money into something that will yield far greater benefits in the long run.
The employee mentality is what keeps most of us as slaves to the economy and other people. We need to stop minding other people’s business and start minding our own. At the very least we should do both. But do both well.
In conclusion, never lose track of your vision for your life. Do not ever get so busy making a living that you forget to live your life.
You can be all you were created to be!