I can only think of a handful of books I’ve read over the years that have changed my life. A few of the more recent ones that come to me right off the top of my head: Eat Pray Love & Big Magic, both by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. I’ve read these books several times and each time I get new inspiration, new enlightenment and new resolutions for my life and my goals.
When you find a life-changing book, it is magical. It shifts your way of thinking, it opens new doors in your vision and how you see life, and it sets the stage for big changes. And it’s exciting! It’s so exciting to get new motivation from a place you never knew existed. To know that change is possible and it’s within grasp. To realize you have control over what your future looks like.
In October of 2016, my life changed with a book. It’s not a new book, it is one of those books you keep on your list of “someday I’ll get to it.” I’ve pulled out the book a few times in the past, too, but never got more than a few chapters because I truly believe my mind and my heart wasn’t ready.
But on this early morning in October as I sat down for a long dentist appointment — four hours! — and I was finally ready. I put in my ear phones, opened my Audible app, and started the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
“A finance book? Yuck!” Is that what you’re thinking? Maybe that was my thinking before and why it took me so long to start this damn book. But it’s not a finance book. It’s a redefinition of money, career, and savings/investing, from everything you ever heard and believed as the inarguable truth growing up. It’s a mind shift from every person who ever told you to go to college so you could get a good job. It’s an alternate reality to your stale thinking that doing the daily grind from 8-5 every day is your key to retirement and financial freedom.
I’m 37 years old. I’ve been in the same job for seven and a half years, minus a couple of months where they laid me off and then rehired me later. Every year, I would hope and pray for a pay raise or promotion or for a bigger, better job to come along and throw money at me. Because that’s what’s going to get me out of the rat race, right? That next pay raise will be the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and being able to walk through the organic section in the grocery store without cringing… or being able to start saving up money for a big family vacation… or the stuff that really keeps me up at night — a college savings for my boys and retiring someday.
But realistically, who am I kidding? A couple extra grand in my paycheck would be an absolute blessing, but how much will it tip me over so my savings reaches retirement levels? How much will a pay raise or new job turn our monthly family budgeting meetings into discussions with what to do with all the excess cash? I will still be running in this hamster wheel called life, trying to pay for soccer classes and swim lessons and hoping that next month I’ll see the money trickle over into savings.
Rob Kiyosaki puts it in perspective. If you are running in that hamster wheel waiting for the next pay raise, you’ll be “waiting” for your big break your whole life. And that is me on that hamster wheel. I’ve been on that wheel for 20 years. And if I don’t make a big change in how I choose to make and invest and spend money, I’m a fool if I think anything will ever change.
And my momma didn’t raise no fool. Sorry, that was so cheesy.
What I learned in 2016 will change my 2017… and beyond. I’m looking at new ways to make money, my husband and I have plans for new ways to invest money, and I have a new focus on ways to save money.
I’ve started my network marketing business with Arbonne, a health and wellness company that offers the best skincare and nutrition products on the market. These products are consumable, meaning people use them and need to re-order them on a regular basis. And this business offers me residual income. Meaning, when I introduce someone to a product today, in five years when they’re still buying and loving our products, I continue to profit off that 30 minute meeting I had with the person. And, now my income is in my control, meaning my worth isn’t based on what some CEO thinks my value is every year. It’s based on how hard I work and my own growth and success. I set my hours, I decide my goals, I choose my fate.
The hamster wheel can kiss my ass. I’m taking control now and life has never felt so exciting, so empowering, and so compelling.
Does anything I’ve said here resonate? Do you want off the wheel too? Contact me…