First of all, if you are looking for a good stock tip, or the name of the long-shot in the 6th race at Sam Houston Race Track, or the combination of numbers in the Mega Powerball Global Lottery (3-13-23-33-43, 34 Powerball number) this is not the place.
Getting rich is somewhat subjective. Each of us has an idea of what rich is. For some, perhaps most, rich is having enough money to live and enjoy the things that we like without having to worry about where the money is coming from. It could also be about job satisfaction and self-fulfillment. For others, rich is living a lifestyle that we only see on “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” or “Private Islands for Sale”.
Regardless of how you define rich, getting rich for most of us is a matter of planning, saving, investing and highly dependent on the type of work that we do.
In his best selling book, Soft Selling in a Hard World, Jerry Vass suggests that there are only three ways to get rich, to make exceptional money:
- To work in a place nobody wants to be,
- To perform work nobody else wants to do, or
- To perform work that nobody else can do.
Yes there are exceptions to this. You could have worked or are working for a company that recently went public and your stock options now allow you to go and shop for your own private island.
However, it is Vass’s third option that could apply to everyone in the working world regardless of the type of work that you perform. Let me explain.
To perform work that nobody else can do does not imply that unique, one of a kind talent is required to do that type of work. It does imply that no matter what type of work you do, that you do it the best that you can, that you bring passion, dedication, a strong work ethic, determination, a thirst for learning, initiative, creativity and achievement to your work. In other words you make your work, Your Work and no one else can do Your Work.
This sounds easier than it is. It also sounds intuitive. Doesn’t everyone approach their work this way? Doesn’t every employer look for people with the above mentioned attributes? The answer is NO. If everyone approached work this way and employers only looked for these types of candidates, then everyone would be rich. And we know that is not the case.
But why not? What is preventing workers from approaching their job with the attributes mentioned above and making it something that only they can do? What is preventing employers from looking for employees with these same attributes that will make them (the employees and employer) rich?
These are each the $64MM question. And if I had the answers I would be rich, be on my private island and blogging about the availability of fresh limes for my imported Key Lime Pie.
Do you have the answers? Or are you just waiting for that next hot tip or winning lottery number (3-13-23-33-43, 34 Powerball)?