I’m standing on the ledge.
Before me is the entire world and everything in it. And beside me is my mentor. This man made millions, went broke, made millions, went broke, made millions. His life has been full of ups and downs. Smiles and frowns. Heartaches and days full of joy. I don’t know if I could ever have the stomach to go through what he has. Maybe that’s why he’s the mentor and I’m the mentee.
We’re overlooking all of downtown San Diego. It’s beautiful.
The lights are shining and the city is electrifying.
He looks out to the world and then back at me. I feel his gaze on my face and then I see his mouth open from the corner of my eyes and he speaks…
“Tej, when you look out there, tell me what do you see?”
“I see buildings and rooftops and people and lights and water.”
“Yes…but what else do you see that your eyes don’t see?”
I’m dumb founded. I don’t know how to respond. He senses my hesitation.
“Let me tell you what I see,” he replies. “I see a playground full of people moving along the trajectory of their life. These people got hopes and dreams and visions and ideas about their future. They got worries and concerns and anxieties and insecurities to combat those hopes and dreams. And they got the blood of fear inside them. These people want to do more and be more, but something is stopping them. Something is holding the ropes to their life and that something is pulling the strings. When I look out to the world, I don’t see the objects of the world. I see only the people that make up the world. I see the people in need of help. I see people in need of products and services to make their lives easier and simpler. I see opportunity. I see opportunity here and I see opportunity there. I see opportunity all around me. I see opportunity all around you. It’s not about what your eyes see. It’s about what you feel and what your mind believes. Whatever your mind believes, your eyes will soon begin to see. Use your mind to see opportunity where others see buildings and lights and water, and your eyes will grow to see money and status and everything else you desire.”
Those lines were the beginning of the end. For I knew I had been living it wrong this entire time. I had been living a lie. I felt like a fraud.
This entire time I was focused on the wrong things. I was focused on making money and making money and making money. And when the money didn’t come, I grew discouraged and tired and lost hope. This is the wrong mentality and mindset to possess. It harmed me. And hurt me. And took years off my life.
The most important thing to possess on your journey to making money is the right mindset. If you have the right mindset and you diligently and consistently work every single day, you will make it to the end of the dark tunnel. And you will see light.
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