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To make a living without a job, the first thing that is incredibly important is strategy. You have to design the strategy. Let me tell you where a lot of people go wrong. It is very critical and detrimental to their potential success.
I have a phrase I call the Get Money Hustler. This is a person who has to get money because the walls are closing in. They have to get money. It creates a very tense situation. That’s really not condusive to making money.
Understand the urge to pay bills is a strong one. The urge to survive is an even stronger one. But in a Get Money Hustler phase, you just go out there and do stuff and you don’t create long-term success. You might have some good luck and spend $50 and make $1,000. You might spend $1,000 and make $10,000. It’s nice, but that’s a home run mentality and it doesn’t happen that often.
In this Get Money Hustler phase, you create a habit of doing things to get money without building a long-term business platform. That’s what kills you because your efforts can’t duplicate themselves. You can’t build on them.
You get stuck at a certain level and you can never move past it. You stay right there. That’s because there is no goal in place and there’s no strategy. Let me give you an example of how to implement Get Money Hustling into long-term hustling.
Long-term hustling starts with some questions. What do you want to do with your life? Where do you want to be? What do you want for your kids? Where do you want to live? Put your desires out there on paper and work your way back.
If you want to be a stay-at-home mom and you want to make some extra money, in the world we live in, you can easily create a business in your home that will provide you $1,000 to $2000 extra per month. It will take you from six months to a year. It’s very, very doable.
So, you have that platform. You’ve found a product or service you can do from home and it’s making you $2,000 a month. Then what you need to do is go out and get money hustling on top of that base of income. It becomes a different ballgame. You want to have that consistent income stream.
Anyone who diligently does their research and applies 20 hours a week can easily make $500 extra a month on eBay. Actually, if you put that kind of time in, you might make $1,000.
What a lot of people are doing is they’re going from thing to thing to thing. This type of activity comes from not having goals or designing a strategy. People often jump around like that chasing the new “hot” trendy thing.
I don’t care if it’s YouTube or eBay or Craigslist, if you consistently work with a plan, you will be successful. You will make money.
In the beginning, it will not be big money, but you are learning things. You’re adding value to yourself. You gain experience.
Strategy is of the utmost importance. Strategy is everything. Have you ever taken one hour and actually created a goal sheet for your life? Have you ever done that? I know a lot of people haven’t.
When I say to do this, people tend to do what I call, “Big Stuff” goals. They say things like, “I want to get married.” “I want to buy a house.”
What I’m talking about when I say you should set goals is specific goals like, “I want a four bedroom, two-car garage, split-level will brick on four sides.” If you set goals like that, the chances of you getting that will dramatically increase. Creating a life without a job hinges on your dreams and those dreams turn into goals.
In the beginning, you may have to have a maniacal focus to get the business off the ground. There may be a few years where you work like a madman. Once you get the thing off the ground and learn how to leverage yourself, you can create your own hours.
Part of being really, really successful in my opinion is having that business and also having a life. It is having the time and energy to enjoy the money you’re making. When I say you should get rich, I’m not only talking in terms of money. One of the most precious and valuable commodities you have is your time. Being rich is more than money. It’s about your health. It’s about time with friends and family. It’s about enjoying yourself.
Take four hours to design your strategy. Take four sheets of paper. At the top of one sheet of paper, put Business Goals. Then on another sheet of paper, write Life Goals. Then on another sheet of paper, write Fun Stuff, and on the fourth piece of paper, write Family. Start writing down your goals on each sheet of paper.
Write everything down. Do not censor yourself. This is a powerful exercise because a lot of people are afraid to dream. They’re afraid to think big. They’re afraid to dare to do something they’ve never done before. I’m telling you, most people sell themselves short.
Once you have these four sheets done, see how they fit together. If they don’t work well together or they’re incompatible, you’re going to have internal conflict that is going to rob you of your energy to accomplish your goals. You must adjust your goals so they align with each other.
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