Rule 1: How to think like Aliko Dangote

 

Money is a concept. You can’t
really see or touch it (unless you are holding a gold bar in your hand). You
can only do that with some physical symbol of it like bank notes or a cheque.

Bits of paper yes, but bits of
paper with enormous power. The concept of money comes with a lot of baggage to
most of us. We have an inherent belief that it is good or bad and that wanting
it is good or bad. That loving it is good or bad. That
Spending it is
good or bad. 

“I
have watched a lot of extremely wealthy people and the one thing they all have
in common is that they have nothing in common – apart from all being Rules
Players of course. The wealthy are a diverse band of people – the least likely
can be loaded. They vary from the genteel to the uncouth, the savvy to the
plain stupid, the deserving to the undeserving”.

What I am going
to suggest in the first few Rules is that maybe, just maybe, how we think about
wealth might be holding us back from having wealth. If, in our heart, we
believe (even sub-consciously) that money is a bad thing and having lots and
lots of it is a really bad thing, then chances are we might be under- mining
our own efforts, unwittingly, to get lots of it. I am also going to get you to
look at how much effort you are prepared to put into making money. It’s a bit
like a sport – the more you practice the better you become. Likewise you can’t
make money while being lazy. You’ve got to put in some work here you know.
You’ve also got
to know pretty intimately what you want, why you want it, how you think you are
going to get it, what you are going to do with it after you’ve got it – stuff
like that. No one said this was going to be easy…


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Money has no sense!
The lovely thing
about money is that it really doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care what color
or race you are, what class you are, what your parents did, or even who you think
you are. Each and every day starts with a clean slate so that no matter
what you did yesterday, today begins anew and you have the same rights and
opportunities as everyone else to take as much as you want. The only thing that
can hold you back is yourself and your own money myths (see Rule 5 later).
“You have the same rights and
opportunities as everyone else to take as much as you want”
Of the wealth of
the world each has as much as they take. What else could make sense? There is
no way money can know who is handling it, what their qualifications are, what
ambitions they have or what class they belong to. Money has no ears or eyes or
senses. It is inert, inanimate, and impassive. It hasn’t a clue.
It is there to
be used and spent, saved and invested, fought over, seduced with and worked
for. It has no discriminatory apparatus so it can’t judge whether you are
‘worthy’ or not.
I have watched a
lot of extremely wealthy people and the one thing they all have in common is
that they have nothing in common – apart from all being Rules Players of
course. The wealthy are a diverse band of people – the least likely can be
loaded. They vary from the genteel to the uncouth, the savvy to the plain
stupid, the deserving to the undeserving. But each and every one of them has
stepped up and said, ‘Yes please, I want some of that’. And the poor are the
ones saying, ‘No thank you, not for me, I am not worthy. I am not deserving
enough. I couldn’t. I mustn’t. I shouldn’t.’
That’s what this book (Rule of Wealth) is about,
challenging your perceptions of money and the wealthy. We all assume the poor
are poor because of circumstances, their background, their upbringing, their
nurture. But if you have the means to buy a book such as this and live in
comparative security and comfort in the world then you too have the power to be
wealthy. It may be hard. It may be tough but it is doable. And that is Rule 1 – anyone can be wealthy, you
just have to apply yourself. All the other Rules are about that application. 
From The Book; The Rules of Wealth by
Richard Templar
(Read Rule
2
of Rule of Wealth tomorrow on Asabeafrika)

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