I discovered Brian Tracy when I was young and fell in love with his teaching. Because I couldn’t afford the daytime fee, I would go to the internet café at night.
I would stay up late listening to Tracy and reading his quote. Tracy said something that stuck with me: if you want to achieve something different, you have to do something different.
If you want to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must do something you’ve never done before. Growing up, I wrote and pasted the above sentence in my room, and every time I saw it, I knew I had to make sacrifices.
It’s very simple; if your life isn’t what you want it to be right now, you must be willing to do something different. Don’t let me sugarcoat it; you will not move from one easy world to another.
Trying something new means stepping outside of your comfort zone, which is not always easy.
In today’s article, I’ll discuss the three sacrifices you must make in order to escape poverty.
I was one of the young people whose lives were a disaster many years ago. I despised my life and wished I had never been born because I was born into poverty, sickness, and a number of other limitations.
So, how did I go from being a guy who despised life to creating one of the best lives possible for myself?
My life changed the day I began reading books, and I’ll explain why. When I first started reading books, I was drawn to the stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.
These stories inspire me and give me hope that I, too, can overcome any obstacles in my path and achieve greatness in my life.
I believe the answer is simple: if you know that some people have the same disadvantages you do and have gone on to achieve greatness, you suddenly start to believe in yourself.
When you begin to believe in yourself, you begin to think big, and when you expand the scope of your dreams, you expand the scope of what is possible in your life.
In my case, despite growing up in a poor village, I began to believe that I could become wealthy. I started to believe that I could become a millionaire, and this belief led me to do something very important: I began to look for ways to achieve what I believed I could achieve by reading books written by people who had previously made a lot of money.
I began to mimic these people’s mindsets and actions, and the more I did so, the better my financial situation became. Yes, it took years for my financial life to change dramatically; without reading books, I would never have made it.
In addition to reading books, you can watch videos that tell the stories of successful people.
Yes, books are boring, but so is everything meaningful.
Fruits and vegetables are both boring, but if you want to be healthy, you should eat more of them.
Soda drinks are fun, sugar is sweet, and fast food is tasty, but if you value your health, avoid them.
The TV is entertaining, and social media is interesting, but if you want to escape poverty, you’ll spend more time reading.
I recently learned that Bill Gates reads one book per week. I’ve also read that the average millionaire reads one book per week. If an average millionaire does something, it’s probably a good thing to emulate, so I’ve decided to read one book per week.
This isn’t going to be easy, and I’m not expecting you to start reading a book every week.
However, if you want to escape poverty, you must make sacrifices in order to read books.
Make no excuses
I told you earlier that sugar is sweet, and you probably agree that hard drugs, fast food, and the majority of other harmful things are enjoyable.
Excuses are also very appealing, which is why most people make them.
Listen, if you want, you can come up with a hundred reasons why you’re where you are.
You could just as easily come up with a single reason why you need to be somewhere else. The difference is in how you use the powerful machine that God has given you.
That machine is your brain.
If you train your brain to look for reasons why you’re poor, your reticular activating system will be busy looking for reasons, and you’ll begin to see how the economy, government, and your parents all contribute to your poverty.
Your brain will quickly show you how your lack of education, health issues, childhood, or even the country you were born in are the causes of your poverty.
If you train your mind to look for reasons why you should be wealthy, you’ll notice that even in a bad economy, some people are making hundreds of thousands of dollars in legitimate businesses.
You’ll begin reading about people who faced similar challenges as you and overcame them.
You’ll realize you have far more control over your life than you realize, and you’ll begin to accept responsibility.
An excuse is the food of fools, and our world is full of them because an excuse is tasty.
It all comes down to pointing a finger.
It’s simple. Everyone can do it, but if you want to get out of poverty, you won’t.
Don’t come up with an excuse.
Determine what you need to do to change your life and then do it, no matter how difficult it is. I heard something very interesting from Mark Cuban a few days ago, and it makes a lot of sense to me.
“It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, remember you only have to succeed once,” Cuban said.
This statement makes a lot of sense to me because I could see the meaning of it whenever I looked back at my long years of failures.
My first eight years in business were shockingly bad.
Everything I tried failed, and everyone thought I was stupid.
I was broke, rejected, and frustrated, but one day I had my first breakthrough. I then had my second and third breakthroughs.
Today, it appears that everything I touch succeeds, but this is the polar opposite of the life I led just a few years ago.
The thing is, no matter how many times you fail, remember that you only have to succeed once, and that success will alleviate all of the pains of the failed years.
What is the significance of this?
Most people see failure as a bad thing, and that is why they give up. If you want to be successful, you should understand that the path to success is called failure, and failure is not final because a single success can make you forget the agony of ten years of failure.
Make sacrifices in order to try new things.
Make sacrifices in order to step outside of your comfort zone. Make sacrifices to do risky things, and when you fail, be brave enough to get back up and try again because it doesn’t matter how many times you fail; all you need is one success. This is the most important point in this article: sacrifice.
If you want to get out of poverty, you must be willing to do things that are uncomfortable.
It’s not easy to read, but you have to do it. It is uncomfortable to take actions that may result in failure, but you must do so. Failure is painful, but you must stay strong and try again.
Remember: You can’t get a new result by doing the same things you’ve always done, and every new thing is uncomfortable.
So, if you want to get out of poverty, you must be willing to make sacrifices.