Motivation and Mind-Setting, Part One
I did not grow up a millionaire. I grew up as a normal kid with a normal family.
My first boss, was "my parents." Yes, that's true. How can my boss be "my parents?"
Do you remember how many times you asked your parents for money? I bet most of you asked them everyday; maybe you wanted to buy your lunch or do after-school activities.
Well, my parents did not want me to ask them for money every single day, and required that, in order to get money for school, I had to work at home.
I started with simple jobs: washing the dishes (oh, I really hated that one), taking out the trash, even walking the dog (I really hated that too). I did these jobs for years and years. I would always ask myself "why me?" and always shouted out, "I hate these jobs!"
I needed more free time as a teenager, you understand. In fact, I wanted to have a lot of free time! Well, what I am talking about here? I couldn't understand why I was working at my own home. I always thought that this wasn't fair and my parents were using me.
So what lesson did I learn? It's been almost a decade since I was a teenager, and now, after all those years, I understand why I did these jobs. What my parents tried to teach me was that money has value.
I understood that in order to become a successful adult, I had to work; that I had to earn what I wanted. My parents' goal was to prepare me for adult life, to prepare my mind for my adult years, particularly those challenging years right after high school.
In that they succeeded, and I owe them a debt of gratitude.