#22: “Congratulations, You’ve got a 5% raise”

Of course you are going to give me this 5% raise; my production rate is unmatched, this job is easy AF, and the rest of the teammates are just happy to have a job. The fact that you want me to do the same thing for the next 4 years without a significant payment increase is wild. I understand why now because the job description isn’t changing. Well that’s when my brain starts to kick in. “These people want me broke for the rest of my life. They want me to come in here everyday and work hard, only to be able to afford my apartment rent and a hamburger.”

Nah, this ain’t it. And I see how the people that stay in these systems get their S-Class Mercedes or 8 series BMW when they get all their other ducks in a row. (i.e house, kids in school, savings for a rainy day etc.) No way can you tell an ambitious person that it will take 30 years of work and saving to afford a $80,000 car. 

The mentors that I have subscribed myself to have car collections upwards of $50 million dollars. Notice I said car collection. I didn’t mention their properties, businesses, and other assets. Most of these gentlemen admitted to having their first supercar in their late 20s/early 30s. It is surprising that a man can have a Bugatti, Pagani, Koenigsegg, McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini and many more in his garage while the average person is concerned with the price on the gas pump meter while fueling their 2012 Honda Accord. It is my understanding that the difference between these people is their belief system. No special attributes. Just their beliefs manifesting into the physical reality over time.

I had to dig deeper on these guys backgrounds to be sure that they didn’t receive an unusual inheritance. Nope, none of the mentors that I’ve subscribed to received an inheritance. Actually they all come from broken homes and/or foreign countries. These guys built their wealth in business and invested the profits into commercial real estate. The average time it took them to make it to $100 million dollar net worth is 17 years. 

Look at how many people have worked in their job for 17 years and can’t afford a brand new $40,000 car off of the lot. 

 

We get to decide who we will become: Choose you character wisely!

 

Let’s take two people both age 50. 

Gentleman #1: 20 years in corporate cubicle preaching job security: has a 3 bedroom house, two cars 12 years of age, and a couple kids that go to public school with drab clothing and brown-paper bag lunches. 

Gentleman #2: 20 years in business preaching growth and prosperity, has a nine figure net worth, donates food and clothing to schools in underserved communities, and has children that are private schooled by the best professors with healthy balanced meals for lunch.

Which option would you choose? 

 

Me personally…. I am not in the business of denying myself with the highest lifestyle possible for myself. I prefer not to conduct a business that manufactures excuses. I hear people in the corporate roles deny themselves of life’s luxuries due to their price. WOWWWWW.

You’ve determined that something is out of your reach; that’s understandable. But you aren’t going to attempt to get what you want?

And then you are judging me for wanting more. That’s crazy. 

I asked this gentleman in his corporate role (age 55) what his dream car is. He said the Mercedes with the gull-wing doors. The model is the SLS AMG. MSRP is $220,000. That’s when I got curious. This guy has been working for 35+ years, has surpassed the management level and he hasn’t gotten his dream car.. why I asked? He said he would never pay that much money for a car. 

OHHHH, I see. His limited view of money based on how he’s been receiving it for the last 30 years is the reason why he has shaped that view. 

It sucks to see people deny themselves of the things they truly want because of their limited view on how a system works. 

Since I’ve been exposed to at least 10 people that have car collections that exceed $50 million in value, I can’t stay in a lane that isn’t going to bring me a similar outcome. Im not going to stay in a character role that I know leads me into a place where I convince myself that I don’t want things because of their price. That is a horrible way to live. It is imperative that we remove our fears and become educated as possible. The guys with the $50 million dollar car collections are no different from the managers in the corporate world. The difference is the guys with the car collections realized that they weren’t going to make it to their dreams by staying in the safety lane. They had to chart their own course - and trust it. 

It is easy to trust a career path that is laid out for the masses. That’s why you see all those guys get their first Corvette at 55+ and call it a midlife crisis. The gentleman that have $50 million dollar car collections don’t cherish a $60,000 car the same as someone who spent 30 years trying to get one. 

I’m not here to judge anyone or their level of desire. I am only here to remind you that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. You don’t have to follow a path that you can clearly see the end of (would any movie be worth watching if they showed you the end of the movie at the beginning?). Especially if you see life as journey to be adventurous on. If you are a person that needs safety, you don’t have to chart your own course. The people that are charting their own course don’t have an opinion about the people that stay on the pathway designed for the masses. Why do the people on the pathway have so many judgements about the people charting their own course? Because deep down inside, they know they want to hop off the path and chart their own course as well. Only thing is these people have more judgements than confidence. (Never be too quick to judge)

If you know you want to be on your own time, eat at the best restaurants, drive the nicest cars, and have an endless supply of money, I can guarantee you that staying around for those 5% raises is not going to get you there. I don’t care how hard you work. In my experience, the people in my office found out that I was a diligent worker and rewarded me with more work. Yup, I said it. More work, not more money. Sheesh, well you guys really know how to retain good employees huh? I’m 27 now and all the lessons my parents taught me as a child are smacking me in the face. “Son, I don’t do busy work.”

Damn, I’ve been busy as hell for the last 5 years but haven’t produced a damn thing. This system got me again. Glad I am vigilant to this shit early. They could’ve held me up from my dreams much longer. To get the the $50 million dollar car collection, or to whatever your wildest dreams are; you must be PRODUCTIVE. You have to produce more than just results for an employer. I produced great work, and they produced a “good job Anthony, thanks.” Yup, so I’ve just been busy for the last few years because nothing I was doing on my job was getting me closer to my dream. Everything I was doing outside of my employment was drawing me closer to my dream.

Sometimes it is disgusting to think I let people give me a performance review when I didn’t approve of their performance in life. How can I let you judge me if I don’t agree with your lifestyle. You make $100,000 a year, your car squeaks, you rotate the same clothes every two weeks, and you pack your lunch to “save” money. I can’t take you seriously. You didn’t design that lifestyle for yourself and if you did… Welp, your creativity in a limitless world is ridiculously bounded and uninspiring. 

There is no way that I can see something that I want and then make up an excuse for why I am not going to pursue it to have. 

I won’t deny myself of something, it will have to deny me. Lastly, once you realize that nothing can be against you, you can have anything that you want. You just have to go get it.

Scarface quote: “You guys are all assholes. You don’t have the guts to be what you want to be. You need people like me. You need people like me, so you can point your fingers and say that’s the bad guy. So, what does that make you?… Good? You’re not good, you just know how to hide… and lie. Me, I don’t have that problem. Me, I always tell the truth; even when I lie… So say goodnight to the bad guy.” ~ Tony Montana

My parents used to say to me “Be a chief, not one of the Indians.”

When I got my first car, my father’s only rule was to spend most of my time driving solo. He didn’t agree with having too many people ride around in the car with you. Maybe due to the social climate and safety issues, but being in the driver seat most of the time gave me a perspective of trusting my own instincts and taking the car where I wanted to go when I wanted to. Funny how I am adopting these lessons into my daily life. 

The reward of being a follower is decapitation. Yes I said it. You lose your brain when you allow others to do your thinking for you. As you build up your confidence or find it within yourself, you will realize that you have been a fool for following people for such a long time. A lot of people go into the grave never knowing who they are or what they are interested in because they spend their lifetime following others and societal rules. 

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