How to Make a Million Dollars

If you’ve ever pondered how to make a million dollars, chances are you don’t already have a million dollars and probably have never possessed 1 million dollars.

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You’ve heard all the stories about how other people have awakened one morning to suddenly have a million dollars in their bank account and you’re thinking you want some of that too.

Are these stories true?

For the most part, they are, though many important details are often left out.

Could it happen to you?

Yes, it could. Anything could happen. Will it happen? Well, that’s another question entirely. Whether it happens to you, or not, depends on you and what you do.

Which of these two?

First, you have to ask yourself how bad you want it?

Based on your desire to attain your one million dollars, do you want it

The Easy Way? or The Hard Way?

The easy way, means you’ll be at the very least buying lottery tickets regularly. Buy lottery tickets regularly while you daydream about winning the lottery, getting one dollar from every person or coming up with your ingenious idea that will shower you with millions of dollars with little or no effort on your part. Unless you have a wealthy relative with whom you share good favor and he/she has named you as the recipient of 1 million dollars in their will, you will probably win the lottery before you make a million dollars the easy way.

If you want it bad enough to be willing to do it the hard way, you are willing to take 100 percent responsibility to the work necessary to make your vision of having a million dollars a reality.

What do you have to do?

We can learn from millionaires who have amassed fortunes and started from scratch. These individuals set out to purposely create wealth and many started with little or no resources at the out-set of their financial journey.

What did they have?

1 Passion and Vision

They have a clear vision of the ultimate destination and the drive to make it happen that is so strong that it enables them to power-through the tough times (and there will be times when it gets rough).

2 Self Awareness

Successful entrepreneurs spend time assessing themselves of their skills and abilities, so that they are aware of their own individual strengths and weaknesses, realizing they will probably not be able to do it themselves, or having a team (made up of those who have the entrepreneur’s weaknesses as their strengths) to accomplish the mission.

3 Education

(Not the traditional get-a-degree type of education.) They teach themselves or learn everything there is to equip them to do whatever it takes to make their dream come true. Even if they are not doing the work themselves (outsourcing) they have a basic understanding of what needs to be done so they can hold others accountable.

4 Plans

They make plans and are willing to change them on-the-fly based on emerging data, as circumstances, the landscape and marketplace changes and they adapt.

5 Create Momentum

Without momentum, you’re really going nowhere. The people who really make their dreams come true are in the business of doing something every day (or regularly) that moves them closer toward where they want to be. Regular movement forward creates momentum and it is accumulative, resulting in a wave that can propel itself forward, while haphazard effort will mean much more work over time.

6 Accept the Process

Successful entrepreneurs who started on a shoes string accepted the idea that achieving their financial goals may take on many different faces and progress through different phases on the journey from here to there. It may take starting a small business, selling it and parlaying the profits into the next venture. A process that may need to be repeated until the goal is attained.

7 Fail Forward

Be willing to fail at any point along the way, but not to give up when faced with failure. Actually, to the burgeoning entrepreneur, there is no such thing as failure, as it is only a learning tool. It’s like being thrown off a horse. They don’t give up riding altogether. They dust themselves off, evaluate what happened, and get back on a little wiser than they were the last go ‘round.

Isn’t now the best time to start making a million dollars for you?

Make Money Doing What You Love

Sounds crazy, right? Yet, you know there are thousands (more like, millions) of people doing what they love and getting paid for it. Some people are getting paid quite handsomely, while others are getting absolutely rich doing what they love.

Most of the people I work with either do what they love – and get paid for it – or they have other enterprises and are integrating what they love to get paid for it.

If they can do it, why not you?

Imagine for a moment that you could do what you love and get paid ten or a hundred times that you’re making now working a job for someone else… What does that look like? First, you have to decide what you love to do, more than anything.

Frances Hesselbein found a great sense of purpose and fulfillment as a volunteer leader in the Girl Scouts. She loved it so much, she rose through the ranks and became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. So inspiring was her work with the Girls Scouts, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

What Do You Love to Do?

Most (but not all people) have an idea of what it is that they love to do; that thing that when you’re actively engaged in it, time just seems to fade away, as well as the everyday concerns of life, and nothing else seems to matter.

When I’m working one-on-one, this is serious business, determining what is the thing that you love to do the most? In a group setting, workshop or seminar, when I ask for ideas from the audience, invariably I get someone who offers up, “I love to sleep!” (so I’m assuming someone reading these words is having the same idea).

So, let’s go there… Can you think of anyone who gets paid to sleep?

Get Paid to Sleep

Not to be confused with getting paid while you sleep (like having a revenue stream that runs around the clock) these people get paid specifically for sleeping. There are sleep or other scientific study subjects, some employers are now paying their employees to take naps on the job, many jobs pay for blocks of time that include slumber, hospitality reviewers get paid not only to sleep but to sample all the creature comforts of hotels. Some domestic in-home care workers work the night-shift to sleep (although lightly, as they are paid also to respond to an emergency). Then, of course, there is the oldest profession, where some of the assignments actually do include being paid extra to sleep.

And that’s not including the many people who enjoy a great deal of success, including fortunes, as the rewards for their sleeping. Many of the most creative ideas are birthed while sleeping according to Albert Einstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Carl Jung, Edgar Allen Poe, Salvador Dali, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, just to name a few (of the people who are also famous for getting paid for doing what they love).

In other words, if you have verifiable evidence that you can get paid – receive fortunes or benefit humanity greatly – from sleeping (thank you, hecklers), is it too much a stretch of the imagination that you could turn that thing that you love to do into – not only a regular income stream, but possibly – a veritable gold mine?

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It happens every day and I am blessed to help assist some of the people in reorganizing their lives to do just that. Making a living doing what you love is one thing, especially if your sights are set very low, as is the case of starving artists. They are able to eek out a living as best they can, possibly by subsidizing their income by doing add jobs, or as wait staff.

On the other hand, many other artists thrive, but they approach their art differently, more like a business. I mean, if you’re going to work for someone, why shouldn’t it be you? Although, if you want to be a success in this arrangement, that puts more responsibility on you to be a successful business person and employer. This ambition, though potentially extremely profitable, is not for the faint of heart.

Really, there is no reason that anyone should not be doing what they love and get paid for it. In fact, this is the natural order of things, though it has been corrupted by a corporate societal structure imposing a different set of ideals we all have succumbed to.

We all know people who are doing what they love and enjoying remuneration for their craft, it wouldn’t take much – just a few tweaks, here and there – to put those individuals in an increased income bracket. More effort to supercharge your brand and marketing, could rocket-launch your success even more.

It might be time for you to

Do what you love

and

Earn Money

 

If I Could Just Get One Dollar from Every Person…

If I had a dollar from every person (client or not) who said to me, “If I could just get one dollar from every person…” (fill in the blank), I’d be almost as rich as those who fantasize about the idea, dream of being.

Sure, it’s a great idea, and there are people (and companies) who have done it.

But can you do it?

If I had a dollar for every person

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Can you actually get one dollar from everyone in your target market?

Well, to start; it’s up to you.

You must be willing to start to get the ball rolling… You are going to have to be willing to do some work (just like those who have done it before)… “But,” you say, he/she, “didn’t have to do any work, and look at what happened to them.”

Really?

You’re confusing possible with plausible. While a thing may be possible (as in it actually happened at some time in the past) to think that it is duplicatable may be highly unlikely; for if it were plausible, wouldn’t everyone do it? If you really think that you have a chance of being that lucky, but a lottery ticket and save yourself the grief.

Okay, let’s assume that you’re not looking for free money but you are looking for passive income. Passive income is income that is generated from something that you did in the past that requires little or no maintenance.

Is that plausible? Yes. Many people engage in investments or opportunities requiring work in the beginning that generate recurring income over time.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest selling authors in the world and cash from their continued sales of their books exceed the $1 per person that may seem so illusive to you at this point.

So, if you’re willing and able to write and publish a best-selling book, your chances could be better because you create and market your book in the beginning and if it’s a hit, you earn over the life of the project (as well as possible merchandise tie-ins and maybe even the film rights, etc…).

Besides writing a book, are their other ways to make passive income? You bet; people just like you are doing it every day. For instance you could buy and own a business that you don’t have to work. May be a little spendy at the outset but the continued income could be just what you’re looking for. But if you do this, make sure that you’re the owner, and someone else is doing all the work.

Enterprising creators can create a franchise, phone ap or software, designers (who create an original item that is replicated and they get a piece of the action) as well as inventors.

Rental real estate (where someone else manages the properties and you earn everything over actual expenses), rental stores, in fact rental anything!

Some of the other examples that I’ve seen include ATM machines, vending machines, blogs, e-stores, membership sites, online courses, Laundromats, sell ad space (physical or virtual) and licensing your ideas are just a few more examples of ways you can create continued cash flow off the back end.

Is it possible? Yes.

Is it plausible? Could be, if you stack the deck correctly, you could increase your odds immensely of having a winning hand.

My question to you is:

Are you willing, able and committed to work on this project and follow it through to completion?

Those are the people who I hang out with. These people have done (or are doing) the work necessary to be ready when lightning strikes.

Are you looking for a free ride?

Good luck with that… Really; I hope you are that lucky. 🙂