Don’t work for money, let the money work for you.

This article is inspired of the book “Rich Dad – Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki.”

Rich Dad - Poor Dad
Rich Dad – Poor Dad

Money is often mentioned as the root of all evil. Such a statement is often caused by money problems. Rich people would say that a lack of money is the root of all evil. Poor people often forbid the subject of money to be discussed at the dinner table, because of embarrassment connected to the current situation. At this point is committed a fundamental mistake. When you forbid discussing the subject of money, you are putting your head to sleep. You do not force you brain to work and figure out a solution for the matter of a bad financial situation.

When you walk down the street and see your colleague driving his new Porsche, it would be normal to desire what he got. But often is the desire killed by the mindset: “I can’t afford it.” Instead of thinking I can’t afford it, the rich man would think: “How can I afford it?” It is the same as the difference between the man who goes to the gym every day, and the man who sits at home watching TV. The man who goes to the gym get fit, the man in front of the TV get fat. It is very important to exercise your brain, and it might mean the difference between rich and poor.

To support my words I would like to retell a little story from the childhood of Robert Kiyosaki.

At the age of 9 Robert Kioyosaki and his friend Mike is asking Mike’s dad how to become rich. Mike’s dad is agreeing to teach them, but not in the classical school way. The two boys are offered a job for 10 cent an hour, and the terms are: take it or leave it. After have been working 3 hours every Saturday for 3 weeks, it becomes enough for Robert. He thinks he is underpaid and he is confronting Mike’s dad. Mike’s dad is glad to see his reaction, but he is having a hard time convincing Robert that he as the employer is not the problem, but that Robert is. Robert walks away from the meeting, now working for free. Working for free is not especially exciting and Robert and Mike are getting their eyes open for opportunities. After been working for some weeks Robert and Mike notice that every week the manager of the store is ripping of the front page of all the comic books. The distributer is getting the front page, and the comic books are thrown out.  Robert and Mike sees an opportunity and make a deal with the manager that they get the old comic books, but they have to promise that they won’t sell them. The two boys opens a library and tax 10 cent each kid for reading all the comic books they can in the opening hour. They are hiring Mike’s sister to run the business. And they are making much more money that they would ever earn working for Mikes dad.

Do not work for money, let the money work for you. That is the main message of this article. Another important notification is that learning is much more valuable than profit. Tina Seeling, lector of Stanford University is saying: “There is a million dollar opportunity in every room you  enter.” You just need to open your eyes and see it.

Don’t underestimate the power of your suit!

Alexander Hold

Have you ever wondered what your looks mean for you opportunities? Usually I would be of the understanding that clothing doesn’t mean anything in your daily life. And to some extend it doesn’t, but it is important to understand when it matters and when it doesn’t.

Gladly the most of us all live in liberated societies, where we have the freedom of speech, and can wear whatever we feel for. Examines has shown that in general it doesn’t matter which labels we are wearing, what matters is the messages we are signaling. Therefore should we also choose our looks from what we want to obtain.

For instance if I go to the bank to seek there cooperation in financing my new business, it won’t help me if I wear a t-shirt saying I got an PHD (pretty huge D..k). The first hand impression is unbelievable important if you want to achieve something from others. A while ago I talked to a woman responsible for hiring new employees for a large Danish insurance company. She told me that she had only once hired a person, which she hadn’t figured out from the first hand impression. So it is not impossible, but why make it anyway more challenging when you in this example have an interview.

In the bank, if we had been wearing a shit signaling that we were serious about our errand, we would probably have got the funding – simply because the bank wouldn’t have rejected us on the first hand impression.

A lesson that I learned when I visited MultiData, was that it is extremely hard to persuade people when they have set their mind. This also applies when we operate with the first hand impression.

I myself rarely gets rejected when I try to obtain something, and I believe it has to with my suitable clothing, and an ability to be friendly and smiling in the situation. Another important issue is of course to be realistic about what to ask for. Don’t thing that someone will get you anything for free, just because you smile and behave in a proper way. By following 3 simple rules you can obtain almost anything.

  1. Wear suitable clothing, signaling your purpose.
  2. Smile and be friendly, even though you get rejected.
  3. Be realistic of what you want to obtain.

And don’t forget that the first hand impression is very important.