Were you not born in the right circumstances, the right town or the right skin color?
For my new book “The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires” I interviewed many of the most financially successful people alive today. You know what I found? Where you come from is not nearly as important as what you do with your mind, your time and your gifts.
The way I see, we’ve all got skills by the time we reach adulthood. Those skills, whether it is flipping burgers or doing scientific research, can get you a stable economic life if you apply them. But the piece that’s missing in so many lives is much bigger: your gifts.
You may have forgotten you have gifts. You may have never even noticed you’ve got them. But I believe – and my interviews prove – that every single person in this world is born with some gifts. I call gifts “something you are naturally better at than most other people.” For some, of course, it’s music or sports. We all see what those people have achieved with their gifts.
But for others, it’s a less visible gift. In fact, it may not even be visible to you. But when you trust your gift, grow your gift, and apply yourself to getting better at your gift, you will be surprised at your ability to grow wealth for yourself. When you apply your mind and your time to your real gifts, you will go further than you can ever imagine today.
So how does a person like you FIND your gifts? It starts with knowing who you really are, inside, where no one else can see. Here’s a tried-and-true technique:
1. Think back to when you were a little kid. Under 10 years old. What did you really like to do in your free time? What did you like learning in school? What did your friends tell say you were good at? Write down everything you can remember.
2. Think back over last year. What was the most fun you had? When did you feel like you were doing something and the world stopped – you didn’t even notice the clock?
3. Imagine it is 5 years from now and nothing stands in your way. You can have any career you want. What career would be the ultimate career of your dreams?
I’ve noticed something funny as I’ve gotten older. People don’t all want the same thing. You might assume that everyone would answer question 3 above as a famous athlete or the president or a music celebrity. But people don’t. In fact, the questions you answered indicate something very personal – what you really want.
Write down your answers and look back on them once a day for the next week. Hidden in what you wrote is your real gift – which is one of the major secrets to your money success – finding and using it. It might require all sorts of effort on your part to use your gift, but if you don’t even know what it is, how can you decide if you’re willing to take the steps to getting it?