My cousin recently sent me the article “7 Habits of the Ultra Wealthy“. Although I suspect the author defines wealth a bit more narrowly than I do, he seems to preach what I do: self-sufficiency through business ownership. As we transfer my writings to this new website and add to them, I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts and techniques on such “Conduitive Living” and (Third Ear) conflict resolution. In the meantime, I wanted to share what I saw in my own growth over the past few years in the FastTrac Growth Venture program, at Landmark Education, through my fellow entrepreneurs/mastermind partners, and with the help of my business coach (and a wide network of diverse connections, including family, friends and colleagues). I can proudly say that I am on a path to at least not being poor, if not “ultra-wealthy”–on my own terms. With respect to the seven habits, I:
- Have the only equity stake in my business. 😉
- Am constantly looking for new ways to monetize my business dealings or make them more cost-effective. 🙂
- Am continuously improving my services and have been doing great work again over the past few weeks. (Even when I’m not doing great work, I’m doing good work. :))
- Need to work on hiring people who are smarter/more effective in their jobs than I am (so we can all succeed), but I think Farah was a good start. I am also creating a better hiring process to avoid the same mistakes I’ve made in the past.
- Love getting to know people and working with those whose visions are truly aligned with mine. I seem to be getting better at this than I ever imagined possible. It’s fabulous! 😀
- Learned a few years ago how powerful it is to walk away from clients who had different goals than I do, who don’t share my values and who don’t respect me (especially enough to pay me). I still get burned occasionally, but I’ve developed several systems to minimize those occasions. I’m not afraid to walk away from an opportunity, even when others think I’m crazy. (I am—a little! ;)) I’m also more willing to say “not right now” and trust that if it really is a great opportunity for me, I will make something of it after I’ve fulfilled on my current commitments—something I’m also learning to make fewer of so I can enjoy the unexpected now and then (instead of being stressed out by it).
- Still don’t like “failing.” (Who does?) But I see now that I can minimize the damages caused by missteps by having a process for evaluating major choices, purchases and hires. Plus, I have systems for the routine actions I need to take. This gives me more freedom, confidence and security to take a risk when it might produce a result I want. Somehow, when I’m really committed to something, I don’t mind putting more on the line to see it come to fruition more quickly. The difference is that I used to put too much into projects, relationships, jobs, etc. when I wasn’t really sure why I was involved. I was like that frog who was trying to get across the freeway during rush hour traffic. Did you ever notice that there wasn’t anything all that interesting on the other side of the freeway? No sexy mate. No money. No mansion. No prize…Now, I make sure I can see something in my destination before I start running toward it!
I hope this inspires you to determine what it is you’re committed enough to…in this moment…that you might take a few thoughtful risks to see it happen. What do you want so much that you are willing to look into the corners of your soul, your relationships, your bank account, and your daily life with loving scrutiny? What would you love to experience so much that you are willing to make a change…in your schedule…in your habits…in your knowledge and understanding…?
Go a bit further and write three to five action steps you can take in the next week to shift something in your life so there is an opening for what you want. Make sure your actions are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistically-high, and time-bound so you will know where to schedule them on your calendar and how to tell if you succeeded. Then, of course, stay on PARR (Plan, Act, Revise, and Repeat) as necessary to find yourself with a new gift to enjoy in your life. 🙂 xo