|Gaining financial literacy is one of those
topic that is not very popular in mainstream education, but
that does not mean that it is not important. If you happened to be lucky
enought to be living in a society which is by and large affluent, then
you're halfway towards financial success. If you are living in a developing
country and you're reading this via the internet, then you also have the
opportunity to develop your financial knowledge and skills. The bottom
line of this message is that if you have in possession an enquiring mind
and have a thirst for financial knowledge, you can set and achieve goals
by re-shifting the focus of your efforts - and here's how.
Firstly, it's very important to recognise that what you've been learning so far in your life has been guided by a society which wants you to work for someone else. It's what you've been taught the mindset at school, at college and university, and is reinforced by your employers and society in general. It's really up to us as individals to change our focus from settling for second best to setting and reaching achievable financial goals to improve our lives and that of our family. The way to do that is to reprogram our own mind and shift the focus of our energy. So from now onwards, stop reading 'entertainment' magazines and watching useless programs on television which do nothing positive for us, but merely distract us and rob us of our precious time from what should be our focus - a better life for us and our families.
Personally, I find that in order to reprogram our own brain, we needed to change the information we are inputting. This is not a sudden or immediate thing, but is a continuous process which takes a little time. You got to read a lot, and changing the input involved changing the types of material that you always read. The challenge for us was getting past the titles, which we thought were a little cheesy, but once we got past that stumbling block, you will tend to realised that what you was reading was astounding, amazing and uplifting.
So get started with books such as 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill, and Robert Kiyosaki's 'Rich Dad Poor Dad'. Once you read (more like devoured) these, you will have the building blocks for a new attitude, a new outlook in your life, and a resource from which to develop a plan for gaining further knowledge. This will come from books named in those titles, and also by going to the local library and bookstores and looking for other books around those topics. These technology days of course information is sourced not just from books, but there are CDs, DVDs and websites galore with information to guide and inform you.
The basic message here that I'm trying to get across is that change in your life is possible, no matter what your background. The ultimate key is knowledge - which as the old expression tells us is power. Once you have gained the knowledge you have the key to unlock the secrets of building a better life. Discover what your own motivation is, what drives you, then build your knowledge base in order to identify and implement the new tools which you will find at your fingertips.
Quotes for the day:
"Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe,
and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass!"
"When you talk about seeing what is real, to me, there is an invisible
reality behind the visible reality. What I think it's supposed to look
like, I have to let go of, in order to see what it is."
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