Success is an accumulation of LITTLE successes in life…
Posted On September 25, 2010
Creating wealth is a way to gain financial freedom quickly. Based on my understanding of the Rich Dad’s series by Robert Kiyosaki, the rich people create wealth. For example, the rich people start a company and get it listed on the stock exchange. The shares of a start up company are not really valuable. But the company manages to be listed in the stock exchange, the value of the shares suddenly shot up.
Another way to create wealth is writing options. I can write contracts to sell or buy shares at a particular price that is valid for a period of time and sell the contracts for money. In that sense, I am creating money out of a contract.
But exactly what is involved in the process of creating wealth? So far I only know that I can create wealth by starting a company and getting it listed because I read about it. If I do not understand the concept of creating wealth, then there is no way I can be creative to find other ways to create wealth.
Thus, I decide to find out more about wealth creation. After a while, I finally manage to gain a little understanding in wealth creation. That is after I have attended a course on mind training. This course is supposed to help me to understand how my mind works so that I can be more in harmony with myself and relate better to other people.
To explain what I have understood so far, there is a need to understand what is money. Money is usually in a form of notes or coins. But have you ever wonder what is money? To a baby, a 00 notes is just a simply a piece of paper to play with. He does not attach any value to it. Also, a coin is simply a piece of metal alloy toy. He does not have the concept of money at all.
Since I was once a baby, how come now I see these specially printed notes and coins as money and not just as papers and metal alloys? Apparently somewhere along my life, my perception of the specially printed notes and coins has changed. I have attached value to these printed notes and coins.
Changing my perception alone is not enough to make the specially printed notes and coins valuable as money. Other people must perceive the same set of specially printed notes and coins as money as well. For example, I can design and print my own notes and coins. I can treat these notes and coins as money. But if other people do not see them as money, then I will not be able to use my own notes and coins as money.
The situation changes if other people perceive the notes and coins designed by me as money. The notes and coins that are specially designed by me are now valuable. In that sense, I have created wealth from nothing.
That also explains why counterfeit money works. Counterfeit notes and coins essentially are just papers and metal alloys. But these fake notes and coins are designed in such a way that they resemble real notes and coins. Thus, people are misled to perceive the counterfeit money as real money.
Please note that I am not asking you to counterfeit money or commit any crimes here. Personally, I am against criminal activities. What I am trying to point out here is that the key to wealth creation is the ability to change the perceptions of other people.
For example, why does people buy lottery tickets? A lottery ticket essentially is just a piece of paper with a unique number printed. A piece of paper with a unique number printed is essentially a worthless piece of paper as perceived by people. How to create wealth from this piece of worthless paper? It just needs an idea to change people perception. In this case, by packaging and selling it as a chance to win a large sum of money, people perceive it as something valuable and thus willing to spend money to buy it.
In conclusion, I can create wealth from ideas, papers or anything as long as I change the perception of other people. To change the perception of other people, I will require selling skills to sell people the idea that it is valuable. Thus, Robert Kiyosaki highlights selling skills as an essential skill to achieve great wealth in the Rich Dad’s series. Like it or not, I will have to take the first step to learn how to sell so as to achieve financial freedom.
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