I am really happy to see that over 50% of TWF members read the Friday Minute newsletters. According to industry standards, this is pretty good. Thank you. I would like to think most of you read the newsletters and attend the monthly knowledge sharing events because you have a desire to improve your finances, hang out and connect with like-minded people and ponder your financial freedom. For me, the TWF has allowed me to meet new and interesting people, increase my knowledge and explore the lives of very interesting people who have done amazing things. I really appreciate all the many emails and stories I receive from members and from time to time enjoy sharing some of them with the broader community. This week I would like to share Susan’s story.
Susan is a perennial optimist. Sprained wrist? Thank goodness it’s not broken! Ever since Susan was 15 years old, she knew that she did not want to be poor. Seeing ubiquitous poverty growing up made her appreciate how lucky she was to live in Canada. There were a series of events and advice that Susan received along the way that helped her to where she is today.
It was in the 9th grade when a senior told Susan to stop messing around if she wanted to have a better life. It was during her first job that she told herself that if she could just survive these brutal 4:30am shifts in the bakery for the next 10 years, that she would be rich.
Thirteen years later, work is but an option for Susan. The biggest irony is that in order to stop caring about money, you first have to care a great deal about money. Susan could have worked for many more years and saved many more dollars, but money is no longer a driving force. She would rather have the freedom to do what she wants, when she wants. Susan is living the dream.
It has been over five years since I first started the Thornhill Wealth Forum and the website and I have encountered a plethora of different attitudes about wealth. Some people believe it is their destiny to remain poor while others have an unwavering desire to make it big beyond their wildest dreams. If you believe you will always be poor, then that is what you will be. If you believe you deserve to be wealthy, you have an infinitely higher chance of succeeding.
There is no monopoly on being rich. You don’t have to be angry at others who have more. You’ve just got to be confident that you belong and survive long enough to succeed.