Sunday, December 04, 2005


I read all kinds of books about business, leadership, and money. You
could say I am a voracious reader of these kinds of books. I usually
learn from and use the information I read. Some books are worthless.
I've rarely had a book speak directly to me. I finished reading "Who
Took My Money?" by Robert Kiyosaki. Some of it is a repeat of old
stuff, which is expected. There is one page that reached up and
smacked me in the face. Here are excerpts from it.

Poor people and lazy peple use the word can't more often than
successful people. They use the word can't because its easier than
saying can. If you say you can't do something, you don't have to do
it... even if you can.

It's easy to work hard and go nowhere. It's easy to stick to a job
and blame your boss for not giving you a bigger raise. It's easy to
say 'I can't afford it.' It's easy to say 'I can't do that.' It's
easy to blame your husband, your wife, or your children for your
financial problems.

There are many lazy people who work hard. They continue to work hard
because it is easier to keep working hard than to change.

There is more to the book than that. This sounds harsh out of
context. As much as I try to fight it, fear of change has been
holding me back. I know I can do better. My problem is that I put
myself in a routine, get comfortable, and then expect life to remain
exciting. I need to change.

I posted the above information on the Class of 93 Yahoo Group. I decided to blog this and add to the entry.

In the past three years, I have focused on others' business (minding their business). I need to start changing things around and mind my own business. I have to start looking at my own bottom line so that I can come out ahead. It doesn't mean that I have to stop working for others. It just means that my focus should be my own best interest.

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