Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.
Many science fiction movies, televisions shows, and novels incorporate the use of a portal. Depending on the tale, the portal can lead to another place on this planet, to another world, and even to another dimension. The common theme that overlaps all of these works of science fiction is that once the adventurer enters the world they are exposed to things they have never seen before. They then have the opportunity to embark on an adventure in this new location.
When most people are exposed to the Rich Dad philosophy for the first time, the experience and excitement is very similar to the adventurer entering a portal and experiencing a new world. For all practical purposes, the principles of wealth building, investing, and secrets to money, might as well have been in a different dimension for the majority of us. Once an individual enters this “Rich Dad portal” we’ll call it, it is impossible to look at the world the same way because we realize that the way the world of wealth building truly works, is not how we previously conceptualized it. The rules are not what we thought, secrets are unlocked, and an exciting world with endless possibilities opens up.
The adventurer, when entering the science fiction portal, is wide eyed and filled with excitement. Undoubtedly, the adventurer has apprehensions, worries, and even fears about being exposed to such a strange environment, but the underlying emotion that serves as a catalyst for all of this, is the excitement that the new environment creates. This feeling is also experienced by those whom are exposed to the Rich Dad philosophy for the first time. They realize the endless possibilities that await them. This creates genuine excitement as they begin their adventure. Now what do you do once you enter the portal?
Once entering the “Rich Dad portal” for the first time, you will enter a stage of excitement. How you react to each stage, can have a tremendous impact on the level of success you enjoy in incorporating the principles of Rich Dad into your everyday life.
Stage One – Excitement
If you have never been exposed to the Rich Dad philosophy before and it doesn’t generate a high level of excitement, then you should probably check to see if you have a pulse. As Rich Dad students first hear about the CASHFLOW Quadrant®, play the CASHFLOW® 101 board game, and learn about the ability to build passive income to escape the rat race they get fired up. As knowledge is imparted, Rich Dad students get excited about the possibilities opportunity to apply these principles to their own lives and a large amount of positive energy is created.
How long this initial surge lasts, varies according to the individual. Some people take the energy from this initial surge and immediately start down a path of correct decisions that continually creates new energy and motivation. They have created a new trend in their life, a trend that keeps on going. Others may read one of the books in the Rich Dad series or attend a Rich Dad live event and the energy quickly dissipates as they enter back into their own comfort zones of daily habits and tasks.
During this initial stage of excitement one should do everything they can to capture the created energy. Produce ambitious goals, develop a long-term vision and planning mindset, acquire additional information and education, put plans into motion, and start applying the principles into real world events. Even if the steps taken are minor, keeping the motion can help make the best of this initial enthusiasm.
Just as a person’s health is a result of habits, so is a person’s financial position.
Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.
For anyone that has ever had a rodent for a pet, it is likely that you have put some sort of wheel in their cage. Rodents such as mice, gerbils, and hamsters are drawn to wheels and it is common for these little creatures to spend numerous hours simply running. If you spend a few minutes observing one of these creatures while running, you are likely to be impressed with their determination and admire their energy, yet you are also likely to find it curious that they spend so much energy to literally end up just where they started.
People similarly have their own proverbial wheel of habits that consume their time and energy. It is extremely easy for people, despite a high burst of initial created energy, to fall back into these routines and lose the momentum created during the excitement stage. Instead of taking that extra hour to study, plan, or take action, their routines and habits devour their precious time.
If you have fallen back into your old habits, look at your own life and determine which of your habits are conducive to long-term success and which ones are hindering your ability to move ahead. Remember that delaying gratification today can have a big impact on your long-term success. Delaying gratification can be both a monetary and a time management concept.
The first chapter in part three of The CASHFLOW Quadrant® by Robert Kiyosaki is titled “Take Baby Steps.” Oftentimes individuals create bold visions and tremendous long-term plans but fail to take the appropriate action to make those visions a reality. Any successful enterprise requires that proverbial first step, and often times the baby steps that Mr. Kiyosaki refers to are the key to keeping positive momentum.
No matter what point you are in your journey, taking baby steps is sound advice. For those that are in the initial stage of excitement, applying this principle can save you months, perhaps years of lost time as it can help you break bad habits and develop positive ones. Ask yourself each morning, what are things you can do today that will allow you to take baby steps towards your goals? By taking action each day, even if the action is small, new habits will form and a culture of productivity will start to surround you. You will be amazed at where the results of your actions will take you in the coming weeks and months.
The Rich Dad philosophy can truly be transformational in your life. However, it is up to you to start applying what you are learning on a daily basis. Once you start this application, even if it is with baby steps, you are making progress towards making your visions and dreams a reality.