The common line is….”I just wish I could win the lottery.” Or….”I’ll be working until the day I die….I don’t know what retirement is.” Some of us justify our poorness by saying “my treasure is in heaven” or “I’m richly blessed in other ways.” All of those may be true statements. Wealth is a tricky creature. There are new get rich schemes started every day.
I made the decision at a young age to own a business. Other than part time summer jobs while I was in school I have never worked for a company. For me it was a passion. Of course I thought I’d get rich along the way but that wasn’t my driving force. But when my company bottomed out in 2009 I hit rock bottom with it. Two things bothered me – 1) It was my baby and it was dying and I had to do something to save it; and 2) I immediately thought that I was too old in my 50’s to recoup the loss and rebuild it. For the first time I wished that I had gone another path – school teacher, pastor, or anything that was paying a pension. I won’t get into the depression topic but you know that was rough.
The crazy thing about wealth is that we all work to get it. Some of us make it to “wealth” but most of us get to the level of “getting by”. “Getting by” is a very subjective term and worthy of a whole different article!
Here is the crazy point that I’m getting at: I started my business in 1980. I bought my first Apple Macintosh in 1985 (I still have it). I sweated a lot of trials and frustrations over the last 36 years trying to make it. I could have easily bought $10,000 of Apple stock, taught 6th grade and I would be worth almost $3 million dollars today plus a pension. Did I miss the opportunity? Yes but I could have bought $10,000 in stock in 2007 and I’d be worth $740,000 which is far better than my business did in that time period.
Opportunities don’t disappear. Yes they change. The hard part is knowing what will be an opportunity and what will be a failure. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates started out close to the same time as me. I don’t need to tell you who made more money. Someone will come up with the new opportunity today. I don’t care how many times you have failed in the past, you can be a part of the new thing today. If not today, maybe tomorrow.
God doesn’t want you living in a shelter. He has opportunities laid out before you every day. Wake up tomorrow and look for them. You might be surprised what you find.