Okay, so I don't mean all dads, obviously. I just mean some...or a lot.
Some dad's aren't what they're all cracked up to be. However, some are kick-ass awesome!!
Many of you know that I don't have the best relationship with my own dad. I barely ever see the guy. In fact, the last time I saw him was a year ago. I see him about once a year. Perhaps part of it is my fault being that I'm a single parent while running 2 wildly successful businesses. I don't exactly have the time to drop everything to drive 2 hours south of me for a 1 hour luncheon with my pops.
I think many of us can name 1,000 things we swear should have been different in our childhoods that would make us a better person today. But recently I've been learning and practicing a concept called "one dharma." "Dharma" is basically cosmic order and it's been explained to me by many wise people that we are exactly where we're supposed to be in our lives and have experienced exactly what we were supposed to from Day One through right now. There are no mistakes in the universe.
Of course, this isn't always an easy pill to swallow when dealing with so many trials and tribulations as we move through our own pathways through life.
This has made me think of why I would have had to go through a relatively disconnected or non-existent life with family (or rather the lack thereof) only to realize that this was necessary in order for me to understand and come to know full self-reliance. And, since I have learned this hard and seemingly empty lesson, maybe it's time I got some peeps in my life that I can call friends and family? :-)
One most valuable lesson I learned from my dad (and he will always get full credit for this one) is my desire to be an entrepreneur and business owner for as long as I can remember. Unlike most parents who may immediately start brainwashing their children by making them believe that they'll be on the dire employment track for life (starting with school then going to college then getting that corporate job), I was never brainwashed in this way at all. My dad always instilled within me the importance of being your own boss because it affords one endless freedom, not only physically and mentally but financially as well.
Long, long before everyone (recently) discovered the Big Lie (as I call it) whereas you go to college, get a job, and retire with a pension and gold watch, my dad indicated on not so many levels that this type of structure could never last within our economy. I think he had a way of studying and fully comprehending the woes of economic cycles, particularly those of other countries that had much longer economic histories. Somehow he knew that this Big Lie wouldn't hold up forever as he constantly pressed the necessity of writing your own checks in life by having your own business.
And then, holy sh**, the Big Lie had been revealed and only the strongest of entrepreneurs and investors were left standing after the gigantic economic destruction quickly swept through not only the United States but the entire world. Nobody saw it coming but I was left standing.
My dad liked to give me these little tests for as long as I can remember. One such test was to read this:
I, like most others, read "opportunity is nowhere" but he explained that you could (and should) read it as "opportunity is now here."
And that's how I read life from that point forward. Not only is opportunity now here but opportunity is ALWAYS here in many shapes and forms but ONLY if you know where and how to look for it.
So, I get to thank my most awesome dad for giving me the most important gift anyone could have ever given their kid: an endless mind to see and realize endless possibilities. From the moment I started reading, he would always say, "If you know how to read, there isn't anything you can't learn." And now that my daughter has started reading this past year, I now tell her the same thing.
I recently had a very lengthy conversation with one of my investor partners and we were talking about W. Clement Stone and how my investor partner became massively successful based on the teachings of the book The Success System That Never Fails. (If you didn't read this book, you should. It's less than $7 on Amazon right now!)
Two things that W. Clement Stone teaches that are life-changing:
1) Use OPM or other people's money to make yourself wealthy in business and investments.
2) Use successful people's knowledge by learning it and, most importantly, using it to get wealthy beyond your wildest dreams.
And the easiest way to learn successful people's knowledge is by reading and studying about what they do. So, Dad was right. There isn't anything you can't learn by simply knowing how to read.
For any of you who want to be wealthy, choose something that interests you (business, investing, etc.) then learn everything you can about it. Then, most importantly, actually fire some action into what you learn and keep at it until you get the results you're looking for.
Happy Father's Day to my own dad and to all you awesome dads out there! You are changing the future...one child at a time.
See you at the top!
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