Last night, my son Les and I attended a preview of the Robert Kiyosaki Live In Malaysia seminar that will be held in Kuala Lumpur in May this year. About 4o people were at the preview. The facilitator for the preview was Andy from Singapore who shared his life story of how a Form 5 school leaver like him whom his paternal aunties had looked down upon as someone doomed to be a failure managed to become a very successful stock options trader, trainer and speaker. The gist of his message is that to be successful, you must have a COMPELLING REASON. His compelling reason was that he wanted to make his parents proud of him despite his paternal aunties’ prejudiced opinion of him. He stressed on the vital importance of financial education, an area that has been missed out by most of us. And luck is defined as opportunity meeting preparation. True financial freedom is when you have money freedom, time freedom and lifestyle freedom. According to Andy, dreams without action is just daydreaming. And action without dreams is like a nightmare. Believe in yourself and don’t let others steal your dreams.
The preview ended at about 9.45pm.. And when we got home, we found out that there had been a power failure in our housing area since 7.30 p.m. The power failure lasted till 9.00 am this morning. We could not get a good night’s sleep due to the heat and the mosquitoes. I was also unable to post anything on my blog last night.
I got an interesting email from my eldest brother yesterday. The email contains a great story about the power of belief and I would like to share with you the story now.
A businessman was deep in debt and could see no way out. Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on the park bench, head in hands, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.
Suddenly an old man appeared before him.
“I can see that something is troubling you,” he said.
After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you.”
He asked the man his name, wrote out a check, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today, and you can pay me back at that time.”
Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come. The business executive saw in his hand a check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest man in the world.
“I can erase my money worries in an instant!”he realized.
But instead, the executive decided to put the the uncashed check in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought.
With renewed enthusiasm, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and making money once again.
Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the uncashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.
“I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bordering you. He is always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller.”
And she led the old man away by the arm.
The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.
Suddenly, he realized that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.