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Self-Made Millionaires…Really?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

As a child did you ever dream about becoming a Millionaire?  Driving a fancy sports car? Living in a castle in Germany?  Wealth beyond imagination?  Perhaps you day-dreamed about where you would travel or what you would do with your life if money were of no concern.

Being a “self-made” millionaire is something that is at the heart of many in search of the American Dream.  The idea of creating an innovative product or service, starting a business, and marketing that product and/or service to the world is what drives most entrepreneurial minds.  The truth of the matter is that there are no self-made millionaires.  In fact, every time I hear someone say it, I cringe. It’s simply not true!!! We live in an interdependent world where everyone must work with others to succeed. Our relationship capital and ability to exchange value with others is what accelerates more wealth. Did Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, or Carlos Slim do it alone? Of course not!!!

For instance, I used to be the “jack of all trades” financial advisor. You could come to me for mutual funds, life insurance, health insurance, mortgages, and even help with your debt! Heck, I would even offer to babysit if you would do business with me ;)  But seriously, despite all of these services, I struggled to make a decent living. Ironically, I made a lot more money when I began using my financial knowledge and ability to teach the “why” and the “how”, and then delegate a lot of the implementation of those services to others. I found out that I was better off making 50% of something than 100% of nothing. I was happy, the clients were happy, and my team was happy. How cool is that?! I figured out the fastest way to make money is to look for the “win-win-win.”

In the real business world, the more we focus on our using our strengths, and allow others to use their strengths, towards a common objective, the wealthier we ALL become.

What do you offer and who can help you deliver it so you can become more financially wealthy?