If you’re new to internet or network marketing, you might be amongst those who’ve started purely for financial reasons.
You might be in a situation of immanent or recent redundancy, or you might just be fed up living from pay check to pay check.
If that’s you, then perhaps the last thing on your mind right now is how you can use your money to help others, and that’s very reasonable.
But let’s project forwards in time, to say 6 months or a year from now. Depending on the business you’ve started, and your own financial thermostat, you could be earning 5 or perhaps even 6 figures per month. At the moment, this might seem like pure fantasy, and I’ll get into why it might seem like that another time.
For now, let’s imagine that you’ve been able to give up your day job, and money is no longer a worry. What do you do now?
It’s no great secret that we all need to have a bigger purpose in life. Most of us who’ve been around for a while know that. But what if you’ve not found a purpose, other than to have financial freedom? What do you do now? Do you simply aim to earn even more money? Will that help you find your purpose?
Clearly no. It’s easy to see that now. But if you put off thinking about it for too long, you could become amongst those who never discover a meaningful purpose, or mission, in life. Having a mission might sound strange, but really I’m just talking about having a goal that’s bigger than you – something that will excite you and create a sense of fulfilment in you that grows as you put your time and effort into it.
If you make money itself to be your primary purpose or mission – perhaps so that you can gain status or recognition from others – then you’ll be very likely to be in for a nasty shock down the line sometime. Money itself can never produce a sense of worth. In fact, the opposite can be true: the more money you have, the more meaningless your life can easily seem, if you’re not careful.
At first, this might seem a strange end-point to reach, especially if you come from a difficult financial situation, or a poor background.
But it’s important to think about now. One reason why this undesirable outcome can can occur is because money ultimately brings financial and personal independence. But that’s all it does. Wealth, on the other hand, brings freedom – freedom to you, and to people around you.
Robert Kiyosaki (of Rich Dad, Poor Dad fame), is well known for his pithy saying: “Money flows. It has velocity”.
It’s where the money flows to that is important.
Your wealth is really what’s inside you – inside your thinking, in how you deal with people, in what you think about life. It’s not how much money you have.
That’s why you need to think about a bigger purpose – something higher to aim for, that’s bigger than you. It’s fundamental to how human relationships flourish. Your true wealth can only really be measured by how many lives you positively affect, not how much money there is in your bank account.
You might be scoffing at this, perhaps thinking “It’s OK for him, he doesn’t know what it’s like being broke”. Well, as I write this, I do. I know all too well what it’s like. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night suddenly, wondering whether or not I’ve gone over my over-draught limit on my bank account yet again.
Or hoping that the economy won’t affect my job.
What I’m saying is this: if you’ve haven’t done this yet, start thinking about bigger dreams than just the personal ones. Yes, think about the fun things you’d like to do with your new-found financial independence – plan on having fun, and lots of it (you’ve almost certainly got some catch-up time here!). But also think about something outside of your own personal or family relationships too.
The bigger your dream, the more wealth you’ll have to offer others.
That’s where real fulfilment happens.
Don’t wait until you have financial independence to start thinking about these things. By then it might be too difficult to change the direction things seem to be moving in.
I’m not saying you have to have your gameplan mapped out in minute detail now – after all, you’ve possibly got genuinely pressing circumstances dominating your thinking right now.
All I’m saying is: start giving your mission or purpose some consideration now. It’ll help you keep going when you get setbacks and difficulties like nothing else can, and more importantly, it will be an important part of the groundwork for ultimate fulfilment for you & others in the times ahead.