From nothing to something. From rags to riches. From eating the cheapest burger at McDonald’s to feasting like a king. This is what it means to turn dirt into gold.
This is the dream common to many who grow up unprivileged. Some were lucky enough to be born into a household filled with opportunity, however for others, they have to work for everything they have, and they have to earn everything they get.
In a nutshell, turning dirt into gold is what the American Dream is all about.
Every single day tons and tons of immigrants come to America in hopes of creating an enriched reality. Some go on to reach unprecedented success and others fall short.
Regardless, the hope is what keeps many striving and believing, this is the foundation for any endeavor.
With that stated, that hope needs to translate into belief because belief is the first step. Before you turn dirt into gold, you have to believe in your ability to turn dirt into gold. So many people will look at you as if you’re crazy.
“Dude are you retarded?! Dirt will never turn into gold. You will never achieve that. You will never accomplish that. Don’t dream so big, that’s only for the privileged. We’re at a disadvantage. It’s just not realistic.”
This is what you’re bound to hear so get ready for it and embrace it.
When you believe, others will doubt. This is the simple reality of the situation; however you need to realize something. By believing when others doubt, you have positioned yourself to be in a different category. You’re no longer like the masses, instead you’re better, you’re a believer and every success story starts with belief.
Step 1: Believe in your ability to turn dirt into gold
Things may be horrible. You may be homeless. You may be down in the dumps. You may be at your lowest point, but find hope. This is the beauty of living in a western society, there is always hope. Every single day someone goes from rags to riches, there’s nothing stopping you from being that person, except yourself.
You need to want more. The shit you see around you is not a reflection of where you can go. For instance, if Jay Z viewed Marcy Projects to be all the world had to offer, he would’ve never amounted to half of what he has accomplished.
He knew there was a better world out there and so he believed.
You need to do the same. See more than your reality allows you to see.
Step 2: You need a plan
How are you going to do it? Opportunities come dime a dozen, instead of waiting and sitting on your ass, how are you going to attract opportunities?
What’s your plan?
What’s your niche?
What are you trying to do?
You need clarity.
Alluding back to our Jay Z example, Jay Z found music. What’s your calling? What are you going to find in order to make it out of the shitty reality you are presented with?
A lot of people turn to music or a sport, however there are tons of options out there.
For instance, if things aren’t going your way and you cannot find a job, START YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
Become an entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur is someone who embodies the American dream. The richest people in the world are entrepreneurs. We’re living in a new world. The days of working for someone else are disappearing. Every single day people are going into business for themselves and you know why? Because entrepreneurship grants freedom.
With freedom comes responsibility, however. It’s not for everyone.
Hence you need to find what you have a passion for. I know you’ve heard this countless times, but passion is required because when you start from the bottom, you have to absolutely love what you are doing. Otherwise, if you don’t, YOU’LL QUIT because your circumstances will make you quit.
It’s the love for the game which gets the athlete to wake up at four in the morning.
You need to find what you love and stick to it.
Step 3: Pour your livelihood into your profession
If you give a half ass effort, you’ll live a half ass life.
So many people want the luxuries they see on TV. They want the big houses, the fancy cars, and the extravagant vacations, but in order to acquire those luxuries, you first have to bust your ass and give it everything you have.
Devote your entire existence to your profession. Don’t do it if you don’t have the desire to become the best at it.
If you’re going to do it, DO IT.
The thing that separated Jay Z from all these rappers out today is Jay Z had the intention of becoming the greatest and he had the determination to not only take over the game, but change the game. Now a day’s people just start rapping because they desire riches.
That’s cool and all, but you won’t make shit until you devote your existence to a higher purpose.
Dream bigger and reach higher.
Don’t just go into something with the intention of making a living, aim to MAKE A KILLING (financially as well as achievement wise).
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy because it’s not. You have to want it bad. You have to truly want to create a change.
In order to walk on gold, you first have to despise the dirt your feet walk on.
What this means is you have to be sick of your current circumstances before you can create a change.
So if you’re with it and you’re determined, the sky is the limit and the world is yours. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re up against, take the world by storm.
Only limitations you have are the ones you impose on yourself.
For instance, a lot of people who come from poverty enriched environments tend to resort to illegal activities as a means to make it out and then in due time they get thrown in the slammer. When they get out, they are looked upon as a convicted felon. That’s how the world sees them and hence that’s how they begin to view themselves. This is a limitation you’re imposing on yourself. When you call yourself a convicted felon, you’re denying yourself opportunity.
There are millionaire entrepreneurs who have done and gone through shit that is ten times worst than you. They’re convicted felons too. But what separates them from you is they didn’t moan and bitch about their circumstances, instead they got up and did what they had to do in order to bring about their dream to the forefronts.
So instead of complaining about how bad you got it, work towards making your life better. Nothing will happen for you until you make it happen for yourself. You can wait for hands out or you can put your nose to the grindstone.
The bottom line is the world is yours. Anything is possible. If you want to turn dirt into gold, STEP RIGHT UP AND TRY YOUR LUCK.