THERE IS NOTHING YOU EARN AS WAGES THAT WILL BE EQUAL TO WEALTH
“Stop expecting your job to fund your vision. Your vision is probably bigger than your paycheck”- Bishop TD Jakes
One of my mentors, Reno Omokri once said, “Salary is a cage. Big salary is a big cage. Small salary is a small cage. Big or small, you are still caged! You may have the illusion of freedom, but your boss controls you. Free yourself from your cubicle. Start a business and fire your boss before he fires you.” No matter the size of your salary, designing your life entirely around salary is suicidal and financially unwise. If you desire to be rich, then you will have to change that narrative. Many people are poor because they spend all their lives pursuing salary and pension instead of pursuing their passion and dreams.
If you can work eight hours in a day for someone else, then you can work four hours daily on your dreams. While God wants you to have a job so you can pay your bills and take care of your needs, working a nine-to-five job and retiring when you are sixty-five is not God’s definition of a fulfilling life. The rich work harder on their dreams and passion more than they do on their jobs while poor people do the exact opposite. The zeal and energy you are using for your present job will not be there again in the next 30 years, build your dreams and your passion with the strength you have now so that when you are old and retired, your dreams can then pay your bills. Build a business that pays you for the rest of your life.
The best career path decision must never be in relation to the salary you want to earn. It should rather be in response to the problems you want to solve. Salary minded people have already put a limit on how far they can go in life while people that are pre-occupied with the problems they want to solve with their passion and dreams are limitless. The poor live on salary, the rich live on profits. Salary is limited while profit is limitless.
The will of God for you is not to be living from paycheck to paycheck. His will is for you to pursue fulfilment and abundance through your passion. The world will not be transformed by people who are pursuing salary and pension but by people who are pursuing their passion and dreams. Salary is a limitation and those who desire to blow up this lid of limitation do so by following their passion. Never design your life after a ‘steady’ paycheck and ‘guaranteed’ pension, it is the easiest route to financial frustration. Someone once said, “The harder you work, the longer your boss takes a vacation”.
Dwayne Johnson said, “Don’t work eight hours for a company then go home and not work on your own goals and dreams. You’re not tired, you’re uninspired.” You must discipline yourself to work more on your dreams, vision and passion than you work on your job. I learnt something long time ago about loyalty that has guided me in my journey: Your full loyalty must never be to a job, a system, a group of people, an organization or a nation. Your full loyalty must be to your dreams, vision and passion. If you will have to change a job, leave a system, leave an organization or leave a country in order to be loyal to your dreams, vision and passion, please do! I am not saying that we should trivialize loyalty to people or systems, but we must never sacrifice our dreams in a bid to be loyal to people or systems.
No one ever becomes wealthy with their jobs. Design a life that you don’t need to take a vacation from, a life you don’t need to retire from. Don’t be addicted to your salary and pension, they can stifle your initiatives. Salary is becoming increasingly unsustainable and undependable. The only income that is sustainable is the one you earn from putting your gifts to use and not the one from your job. Apart from the sober truth that the proceeds from salary is unsustainable, you could actually get fired from your job.
No billionaire made it through salary. Hear this: Your job will never make you wealthy; your passion will. Maya Angelou once said, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you”. You can simply define and evaluate a man by the object of his pursuit. In the words of Joseph Campbell, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Real financial security and freedom is not in your job but in your passion.
Do not build your destiny around your salary and pension. You can be your own boss by pursuing your passion and dreams. Nobody gets rich working as an employee. Whether private or government, employees work to make their employers rich. If you are aiming for true wealth, work for yourself, start your own business.
You become financially free when you no longer have to work for money because money is working for you. Life is not about how much money you work for, but how much money that is working for you. Don’t be too busy making money that you forget to make a life. Busy people don’t make more money; they actually make more ‘stresses.
Evolving from being a salary earner to living a life of impact and financial freedom is never a coincidence. It must be intentional. Mark Twain said, “Plan for the future because that’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life”. One of the greatest financial decisions you will ever make is to think outside the box and design your life beyond your salary and pension. Design your life around your dreams, gifts, and passion. Farrah Gray said, “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” Design a future that makes you less dependent on salary and pension, and don’t confine yourself to a lifetime of living on someone else’s schedule. Build your life around your dreams, passion, gifts, talents and unique abilities.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much”- Jim Rohn