“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“Fortune sides with him who dares.” -Virgil
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
Do Something Now Today
I am sure you personally are the go-getter and living your life to the max. But to everyone else, you can do more. We have many constraints on our daily life, but most are self-imposed. Write down the few things you really want to do in life, big things. Start today!
I almost always start with a book or two or more to give myself a good background in anything new. Then I like to ask others who have been there before. And if you don’t know where to start, then get a book on how to start.
The Ripple Effect
There is so much potential in the world. If everyone did a little more just to improve themselves the ripple effect would be overwhelming. There are probably other books on this, but Connected by Nicholas Christakis is a very good book discussing this.
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” – Dalai Lama
Be a millionaire?
No, you don’t have to be a millionaire or have that goal to have a tremendous impact in the world. But if you want that I guarantee it is within reach. There are many ways to become a millionaire, but starting your own business is the overwhelming way self-made people do it. You might check out my book. Good luck!
Michael L. F. Slavin Author of 7- time award-winning One Million in the Bank: How To Make $1,000,000, Even If You Have No Money Or Experience
Live Your Dream
Do you want to live your dream? Most people dream of happiness, freedom, and the ability to do the things you really want to do. Most people do not dream of having a stack of money, or dream of a bank statement that shows you have $1,000,000. Having $1,000,000 does not guarantee anything, except that you can say you have $1,000,000. But being a millionaire, and being careful and responsible, allows all the other things to happen more easily. In many cases without good financial resources, many people are stuck in a life they wish was better.
Opportunity is everywhere, we all know that, but then why hasn’t everyone made $1,000,000 yet? I have covered so many stories of people doing it with regular businesses everywhere. They are not extra smart, definitely not richer, and they don’t know the secret handshake. Opportunity is there, but you must take action. Recently in my Google+ Community, a man complained he had no head for business and has failed twice. I told him, his feeling that he has “no head for business” really was just not having the experience and training. I told him if he thoroughly researched his next business, identified his weaknesses and strengthened those areas, and also sought advice and help from others like the SBDC and SCORE-he might then just have a very good head for business.
So many people take off half-cocked or not cocked at all. Just settle down, get started and systematically get ready, then start your business.
Don’t Pass Up Low-Risk Opportunities
This may not be a good example of a thorough plan, but it is for grabbing an opportunity for with low risk. What if you saw a school bus for sale on eBay for $350?
The $350 School Bus!
Drive Fron Maine
Would you buy it? I know of an individual always looking for business opportunities, Gabriel. He saw a bus for sale for $350, the ad said it was old but operational. He bought it sight unseen then found out it was in Maine if he wanted it, he had to go to Maine and drive it back to Texas. That is exactly what he did. On the way back he noticed an old Pizza Hut was selling its furniture He pulled over, bought several pieces for next to nothing and loaded it into the bus. He was thinking what a great way to redo the interior of the bus. He was already thinking of fixing it up and reselling it, or maybe rent it out as a party bus.
The whole trip was a great adventure and would give him some great memories. But on the trip, it gave him a lot of time to think about how to use his new bus. He did notice on the way back to Texas that the bus had a pretty good smoke trail coming out of the exhaust, he knew he would have to take care of that too. A new muffler cost more than the bus but it had to be replaced. The total cost of fixing it up to rent out was about $3,500.
Now a Party Bus!
He now rents it out for $450/night, 5-8 times/month and gets referral fees for when he is overbooked.
This is just another example of keeping your eyes open for opportunity and taking a small calculated risk as a way to make some extra income to help you get to $1,000,000 in the bank.
Create an Opportunity
Even more unique is Gabriel’s business model as a Business Incubator, which can be found at www.TechStudios.net. His company motto is “Ideas taken to execution.” If someone has a business idea but does not know how to start, how to get the money, or how to find the time, he will get the company started and tested. He will put the plan together, assemble the team, find the means to finance the operation and get the company going.
If you have an idea, look for help from SCORE, SBDC, or a consultant.
The original idea generator can buy it all back later if he wants the whole company. In one sense this is a variation on asking your friends for ideas, to be discussed later, except he lets clients bring ideas to him and gets paid to develop their ideas.
Live Your Dream Boldly
You have to be cautious to not do just anything to make money; you must do things that could lead to $1,000,000. Gabriel will admit his party bus will never make him $1,000,000. Maybe it possibly could if he got more organized, and maybe located party buses in different cities or maybe even franchise the idea. But he really did not want to pursue it. It is best to decide on a business that will have the kind of cash flow and net profit needed to make you enough to save $1,000,000. Do your research, make a business plan and get adviser help. Of course, you may need partners for the money to start and grow, but a good plan and your own confidence can get you the money you need.
Find Your Way to the Door of Opportunity.
In my interviews with people who have become millionaires from nothing, I agree wholeheartedly that almost any business can get you to $1,000,000 in the bank with good execution, sales, and marketing. A solid plan well researched and yet keep your eyes out for low-risk opportunities. Get your head in the game…………..start your plan to save $1,000,000. Allow yourself to live your dream.
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Michael L. F. Slavin Author of 7-time award-winning One Million in the Bank: How To Make $1,000,000 With Your Own Business, Even If You have No Money Or Experience
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