Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad real estate blog carried a great article giving some ideas about how to escape the rat race and develop financial freedom.
While this was written some time ago and as you read them you may initially be surprised by the advice.
On the other hand, if you've been following my philosophy of first investing in yourself, these suggestions may sound familiar.
Here are 10 things Kiyosaki says you could do today:
1. Today I will treat every human being I encounter with respect, dignity, and kindness
Too often in the past, I have burnt bridges and failed to develop relationships with others.
Today I will approach others with a smile on my face, a cheer in my voice, and a welcoming hello.
I will be an active listener and polite and courteous in all respects.
I will truly treat others how I wish to be treated.
2. Today I will draw on the inspiration of others
I will take a moment today to find a motivational quote or spend a few brief moments reading the story of someone else’s successful life.
Undoubtedly I will encounter setbacks today and I want to have a re-energizing force on hand that I can use for inspiration.
3. Today I will turn off the television
Not only will I turn off the television but today I will also put my other hobbies aside.
Perhaps I will take some time tomorrow or this weekend to pursue these pleasures, but not today.
I do know that once I escape the Rat Race I will have plenty of time to spend as I see fit.
Today I am going to focus on building the foundation of my life.
There will be ample opportunity in the future to harvest the fruits of my labor but today I am going to focus on planting the seeds.
4. Today I replace procrastination with action
There has been something on my to-do list for quite some time.
I didn’t do it yesterday. I didn’t do it the day before.
Unfortunately, it has been on my list of things to do for far too long.
I am tired of the stress it causes me and the bad habits it has been reinforcing.
Today it gets eliminated from my list.
In fact, the first thing I am going to do today is to take care of this thing.
Naturally, I don’t want to do it today, just like I didn’t want to do it yesterday, but when I go to sleep tonight it will be done.
5. Today I am going to add one person to my network
Robert Kiyosaki said “The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else just looks for work.”
I have long recognized the wisdom in this statement but I have not dedicated the time to build my own network.
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Today I will reach out and find a way to add one person to my network.
Perhaps this will be an old colleague, or perhaps I will seek out a new acquaintance.
The only thing I know for sure is that at the end of the day I will have added one person to my network.
6. Today I am going to seize the opportunity
At some point today an opportunity will present itself and I will not hesitate to act when it does.
I am not sure in what form it will come, nor what time of day it will manifest itself, but when it does occur I will take advantage of it.
In the past, I have let fear and uncertainty prevent me from taking advantage of these opportunities but that will not be the case today.
Today I am feeling frisky and bold, and I will seize that opportunity when it is presented.
7. Today I am going to put my education to work for me
I have studied, taken classes, read books, and become educated on various entrepreneurial activities.
I do not have a perfect understanding of the material yet but I will start developing my expertise through action.
I am aware that I may make mistakes today but I am not afraid of mistakes.
I will end today with a real-life experience that I can use as a building block for future days.
8. Today I will develop a new habit
It may take multiple days to reinforce a new habit but today will be the beginning of that good habit.
I am tired of being a creature of bad habits and will start replacing those bad habits with good ones that can allow me to maximize my day.
9. Today I will never stop
From the moment I wake up to that moment I look in the mirror at the end of the day, I will not stop.
In the past, I have been the master of spurts, hours where I would accomplish something before I took long chunks of time off.
That is absolutely not going to occur today.
I may not be able to dedicate every single moment today to escape the Rat Race as I have personal and family responsibilities that take priority, but forward motion will be my mantra today.
10. Today I will let those important to me know how much I cherish them
I am grateful for the support and love those around me have shown in my quest to escape the Rat Race.
At times it has meant sacrifice and I truly am grateful for all they do to support me.
I will let them know at every opportunity of my gratitude and love for them and their importance in my life.
I guess what these recommendations tell you is that you have no idea what tomorrow brings and that you should not dwell on your successes or failures of the past.
Live for today and make a difference and you'll be one day closer to escaping the Rat Race.
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