Getting overwhelmed with how many things the future holds that it stifles the present.
Reducing what can happen in this moment in order to build castles in the sky. I’ve encountered a few types on my journey thus far. It’s a battle between the internet millionaire hopefuls (this is partly where I land) and the MLM enthusiasts. As these routes overlap, yet still end in separate places, I’ve learned that precision can help us outline each step.
I’m not here to bash the approach, more to really emphasize the mindset behind these two extremes.
Typically, this is the smoothest transition for someone in the working class to have access to an idea then put it to work. Most MLMs have an information session that you are invited to (on the sly) by someone you already have some level of rapport with. For me it was World Ventures the first time and later some other site that required me to bid into an auction (clearly I didn’t do well in either). The point I’m making is these are ready made solutions (maps) that present outstanding financially opportunity as the end result, with little to no guidance for the beginner.
Now, we all know that you need to “work hard” the problem with this advice is that most people don’t really know what to work on and what the point of the work really is. I was (and to some extent still am) one of those people. There is a buffer between the results and the starting line. We assume it is the initial fee, but in reality the biggest help is in understanding and realizing that no matter how much you believe in the idea, if you are reliant on a map, you will be limited in your success, understanding, and implementation. In no particular order.
After I got through the MLM part of my life, I began to err in the other direction. I started to build massive castles in the sky, believing them to be achievable and even miniscule. My first business I’d gotten into investment residential property and was flipping and renting homes in Houston. I remember sitting and calculating that I could earn $100k/month through wholesaling 20 homes a month (solo) with an average profit of $5k. This was a great exercise for me to put perspectively, but the difference between earning $100k/month and starting with $10k and no pipeline was ridiculous to say the least. Once I had a taste for such a lofty goal, I couldn’t entertain something sustainable for the interim like $3k/month. It just wasn’t on my radar and I would eventually make some money, but I never got crystal clear on my daily tasks in order to just stay afloat for the 1st year in business.
I know that I’m not the only person who has sabotaged myself with progressive optimism, it’s fun to dream big, and has even kept me in my hardest of times. But, there’s a need for a balance and acknowledgment of the levels that exist in between starting and balling.