So here we go, you’ve been running around this for a while, discreetly walking around it, but without having the courage to ask the straight question.
Is ‘success’ about money?
You see, we (all of us, you and me included) use ‘success’ as a vague reflection of our wants and wishes.
In general, though, each of us would agree (with some exceptions I’m sure) on one general idea: money is widely used as one of the most informative indicators of individual success.
People who ‘make money’ are considered, you would agree with me, ‘successful’.
Why? And is money an appropriate measure of success?
Yes. Plain and simple.
Now I know that you’re probably going all upset and turned up by this statement.
After all, we keep being told that success is more than just financial freedom and independence, right?
Well, I’d like to point you out to a fact here: living a fulfilling existence, creating for ourselves a lifestyle we love and are satisfied by should be everyone’s priority.
In order to get there, though, you will need money.
How much? And do you need to get to amass a fortune BEFORE you actually ARE and FEEL successful?
Let me explain my reasoning. Success comes in different dimensions, there’s no doubt about that; the money objective is almost always functional to achieving the other non-financial dimensions.
And, honestly, even though everyone seems to agree on that money is a key (i.e. one of the primary) drivers in the research (and measure) of individual success, there is no one and clear indication as to how much money would be universally considered the ‘number of success’.
This is due to the fact that, in the money scale, not everything is so absolute as we would like to think.
Is 50,000$ a year enough to be ‘financially’ successful?
Probably, if you ask someone on an average worker’s pay s/he might probably say ‘Heck, yes!’
Ask someone with a higher exposure to financial wealth, let’s say, Paris Hilton, if 1,000,000$ a year is enough to be ‘financially’ successful… and she’d probably tell you that you forgot a zero.
Don’t get me wrong: this is NOT about Paris Hilton or those who can objectively be considered very rich people.
I brought out this anecdote to prove my point: that money is an indicator of success…. and yet each of us is so individual in our view on everything, including something that appears so solidly objective as money, that we inevitably need to ask ‘what do you do with that money?’.
I mean, if you were earning a very respectable 50,000$ a year, manage to have time to cultivate your interests, be with your beloved ones, grow yourself, pay the bills, have a house and travel the world, would you consider yourself successful?
And if you were earning 1,000,000$ a year, what would this money buy you that can make you define yourself a ‘more successful’ person?
Inevitably, as you can well see, the attention shifts from ‘how much do I get?’ to ‘what do I make of it?’.
Back to my original question: is success about money?
YES! We demonstrated that money is a very efficient indicator of personal success.
…and NO, since we just proved that no ONE amount of money can define success.
In mathematical terms, this ‘Catch 22’ situation could be called ‘demonstration by reducing to absurd’
To summarize: money can make you successful.
But no ONE specific amount of money will make you successful… hence money will NOT make you successful…
Are you still with me here? Ok, just re-read the above a couple of times, I get that it may not be immediately evident, so I’ll give you a couple more minutes before moving on…
Ok! Let’s go ahead.
Money is a fantastic tool, that can be very efficiently used to procure ‘success’.
Per se, though, money does NOT provide success (we just proved it… 2 minutes ago!).
Those of you who have read this already or who have been through the reasoning themselves will have already caught the trick here.
That is, if it’s true that no ONE amount of money will make someone ‘successful’, there is a specific amount of money (that varies from individual to individual) which constitutes what we can call the ‘financial freedom threshold’.
In very arithmetic terms, we could define this amount as the amount of money that would enable us (at the current status of our lives) to pay the bills, procure food and clothing, and leave us with some pocket money to pursue the ‘unnecessary’.
We can agree that if we (you and me) reached our individual financial freedom threshold, didn’t have to work 9 to 5 to get it, and if we could comfortably use it to procure experiences and ‘other things’ we would consider ourselves somewhat successful.
This is not an accounting exercise, but it would be important for each of us to get a clear understanding of our individual financial freedom threshold.
You can easily calculate yours simply by considering what is the level of expenses that you have any given month and that an alternative source of income would have to sustain for you to be able to do the above (i.e. dropping the 9 to 5 life, etc. etc.).
Once you calculate the number, you may be much surprised… in that, it may be a lot lower… or higher in some cases!… that you had thought.
So, why is it so important to define this number?
Because you need to make it part of your goals and visualization objectives.
Visualizing your objectives allows you to project yourself where you want to be in 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years.
Taking the RIGHT steps to get there will mean be able to actually ‘measure’ when you’ll get there, and move on to the next milestone.
Further to this very practical reason, there is one more key thing to consider for having this number spelled out and it has to do with the way our neural processes are wired.
If your brain is presented with an undefined quantity or objective, there are very high chances that it will not be able to appropriately respond to the stimulus and that it will be incapable of determining what has to be done to get there.
But when our brain is fed something solid and concrete like a number, it ‘automagically’ switches to being that wonderful problem-solving machine that will elaborate strategies, plans, and tactics to get to it.
You can see it day in and day out in your life, in problems big and small.
Believe me, this ‘problem’ is no different.
Our brains have one more reason to like numbers.
The more we get close to ‘our’ numbers, the more we are motivated and convinced to move on to reach our goals, and then beyond, in a sort of ‘spiral of success’.
This is just another demonstration of the ‘law of reciprocity’: you think of something (your visualization), you act on it, and you will get it (when will invariably depend on the steps you will take to get there).
So, you ask, if money does not equate to ‘success’… how can I achieve success?
You need to start working on your personal, different dimensions of success, further to identifying your ‘financial-freedom-threshold’.
In other words, once you GET to your freedom-figure… where will you go from there to define your own success?
SFM can help you reach your financial-freedom-figure (and beyond).
What’s more, it can help you define your own view on success.
SFM is much more than financial freedom. It is about getting an education that goes well beyond top notch digital skills.
It is about giving you the support, the guidance, the example and the commitment to create a lifestyle you love.
Your success can bring you to places that you had never expected.
Some (many) are scared of being ‘in the zone’ and reach their success.
They are scared that they would not know what to do beyond that and are afraid to take any move.
We are convinced that everyone has the right to BE more and FEEL more.
This is not a matter of making money (although it is a part of the bargain); this is a matter of growing as a person and leaving a mark. Doing something that, once you’re gone, will make this world a better place.
This is our ultimate goal. Develop leaders who can help develop other leaders to make this world a better place.
Hop on for free and without risk.
I will see you on the other side.
To your success.