So when do we cross the line from denial and not facing reality—which the herd would constantly tell us—versus having a prosperity mindset and overcoming self-imposed limitations?
Well I’ll tell you right up front—I am either the worst person in the world to ask this question, or the best.
I am the guy who sold his furniture and slept on the floor to grow my business. Twice. And I am certainly glad I did. I wouldn’t change anything, because that is what molded me into the person I have become, and created what success I have had.
I am wildly optimistic, am a hopeless dreamer, and I see the potential in everything and everybody. And I usually find a way to bring it forth.
The average person sees a deal and figures it’s worth $50.000. I estimate it’s an easy $5 million. Usually we are both wrong. But instead of $5 million, I end up with half a million. Which the average person never gets because they think it’s worth $50,000 and settle for $20,000.
And you know what?
If you keep picking up half a million here, and half a million there, pretty soon you have enough to shop Prada.
That doesn’t mean this mindset is for everybody...
Looking through my apartment I have two different sofas that cost more than 20 grand apiece. In my younger days I couldn’t have spent that on a house! But those sofas and all the other beautiful things in my home are because I was willing to sleep on the floor at one point. I was young, somewhat foolish, but absolutely certain of my eventual success.
I’d like to think that I am older and wiser now. And a better financial planner. But I still think that sometimes you have to jump off the cliff and grow your wings on the way down.
I never plan to sell my furniture again. But I sure hope I never lose that drive, determination, and absolute confidence in my dreams.
So what about you? Are you playing it safe, or really going for it?