Money Supports Life
My rich dad had a different point of view. He thought it foolish to spend your life working for money and to pretend that money wasn’t important. Rich dad believed that life was more important than money, but that money was important for supporting life. He often said, “You only have so many hours in a day, and you can only work so hard. So why work hard for money? Learn to have money and people work hard for you, and you can be free to do the things that are important.” To my rich dad, what was important was:
- Having lots of time to raise his kids.
- Having money to donate to charities and projects he supported.
- Bringing jobs and financial stability to the community.
- Having time and money to take care of his health.
- Being able to travel the world with his family.
“Those things take money,” said rich dad. “That’s why money is important to me. Money is important, but I don’t want to spend my life working for it.”
-Excerpt from Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki-
The Right To Be Rich
There is nothing wrong in wanting to get rich. The desire for riches is really the desire for a richer, fuller, and more abundant life; and that desire is praiseworthy. The man who does not desire to live more abundantly is abnormal, and so the man who does not desire to have money enough to buy all he wants is abnormal.
-Excerpt from The Science Of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles-
I’ve just recently became a father. The sad thing is I’m not with my daughter’s side when she came into this world. I was not able to hold her in my arms. I was not able to kiss her and smell her. It’s all because I have to be here in Dubai to work so that I can provide for them.
You see I’m one of the many Filipinos around the world who are also called Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who left their loved ones and their country to work in another country so that we can elevate the lives of our families. And I’m not the only one in my family. My father’s in Saudi Arabia, he’s been working there for more than 20 years. My sister is here also in the UAE working as a single mother.And my youngest brother is also planning to work here also. So it’s safe to say that it runs in the family.
Since my father was working abroad he was only able to be with us a couple of months every two years and I was fatherless during those times. It was only after I joined him at work in the year 2004 that I was able to bond with him. Being fatherless in that period I had only my mother to guide me and I felt that her guidance was not enough. And this is exactly what I don’t want my daughter feel. I wanted to be with her side while she is growing up.
But the reality is if I only depend in my current job what I wanted in life will not probably happen. I might end up like my father. So what I did is I searched for a solution. And I’ve found what I’ve been looking for. Although I’m not rich YET I have a plan of becoming one.
If you’re in the same situation as me, there’s hope for both of us. And I’m here to share the things that things I’ve learned and how you can apply it in your life.