“We make money by making friends. And we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. The first law of success then is service.”
Written by Charles F Haanel, Philosopher and Businessman from the early 20th century, creator of the Master Key System which Napolean Hill (Think and Grow Rich) attributes much of his success to.
That quote is the exact reason I am in the Network Marketing profession…even though I used to hitchhike around the world, eat one meal a day and sleep on park benches.
“Money weaves itself into the entire fabric of our very existence.” – Haanel again.
God that statement is too true.
I learnt it while attempting to run from the world which rose up around me with it’s big steel walls and grey concrete path of boring mediocrity:
Go to school, sit straight, don’t fidget, don’t fail. Go to University, Law, Medicine, Accounting, Bussiness, or god forbid…an Arts degree. A piece of paper, debt, expectations, an attempt at figuring out who you are and what you want…but that’s uncomfortable, push it to the side. Get a job, save money..somehow, meet people, some you like, most you don’t, but you pretend anyway. Date, work, commute, work, commute, blow brains out on the weekend, gather the pieces and glue them back together every Sunday night. Commute, ignore the politics, commute, complain to your partner, watch TV, marry, fight the existential angst that washes over you in the moments of silence…DO NOT THINK. Commute, stress builds, fat gathers, hair disappears and reappears where you don’t want it. Buy a house, buy furniture, buy a new car, buy, buy, buy…it numbs the boredom, for a moment. Baby appears, and another, time speeds up now, new role at work, new arseholes to lick, renovations, sickness, stress, fat, bald, bad blood pressure, can’t remember the last time you had sex. Week and a half holiday, sunburnt and food poisoning. Kids have left, mortgage still there, your partner has become a stranger, focus on work, seems to be going well, cheat with whoever will take you, suppress the ache in your soul. Divorce, porn, online dating, porn, remarry, porn, divorce. Broke, body crumbling, life comes to a severe halt as you scroll through your facebook newsfeed on the toilet, heart attack. 50 people were attending your funeral, but it rained, so only half of them showed up. The grave sits untended except for the increasingly infrequent visits of your now aged and stressed progeny.
A bit extreme?
That was the future I was looking down the barrel of, all the way to the sun bleached fake flowers wedged into the concrete tombstone.
The irony is that I ran so far in the other direction that I discovered the opposite conditions, though equally disheartening. Infinite choice does not liberate, it suffocates, it breeds procrastination, fear, doubt, stagnation. Freedom without people to share it with is not freedom at all, it’s just another kind of cage. And a life spent shunning money and looking down on it is neither pure nor superior, it leads to petty, small minds and fearful actions.
So what’s the alternative?
An open mind.
A willingness to be a beginner again.
The desire to work hard at something which brings fulfilment, contribution and a sense of purpose and meaning.
And the acceptance that life is fleeting, but given in sufficient quantity so that you may achieve whatever it is you need to, if only you will hesitate to waste this time we have been given.
Seneca said it better:
” It is not that we have a short space of time, but that we waste much of it. Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested.”
What do I do?
I’m in the business of helping others reach their dreams.
Because by helping others to look younger, feel healthier, bring more cashflow into their lives, I achieve my dreams.
How these things are achieved is another conversation entirely. One which I’m happy to have with you personally.
Now, of all the things you can do from here – subscribe to my site to follow the journey, or share this with someone who will benefit – the most important is to simply, enjoy the ride!