Carrying Buckets or Building Pipelines?
Let me tell you a story. There once was a man who lived in a small village 2 miles from the nearest water source. For work every day he would walk the 2 miles to a stream with buckets, fill the buckets with water and haul them back to the village where he sold them to those that needed water. All day long, day in and day out, the man carried water with these buckets. He did it to provide for and feed his family. If he wanted to earn a little extra money each day, all he had to do was to make more trips back and forth.
One day while walking back to the village he tripped and fell, spilled all the water and got slightly injured. Not so injured that he couldn’t work, but this little mishap got him thinking. It was at this point that the man realized that if he got injured bad enough, even to the point where he couldn’t haul water or if he got sick or eventually just got to old to haul water back and forth that he and his family would have a difficult time surviving.
So, this man came up with an idea. A relatively simple idea. The idea was to build a pipeline from the stream that would run water to the village all day and night. Where others could come and fill up their own buckets with water and in the process the pipeline would pay for itself over and over again for all of time. More importantly, it would provide a steady “stream” of income to the man and his family.
The man went to work with his idea. He worked all day hauling buckets and in the evenings he’d work building his pipeline. Many years and months later the pipeline was complete and he turned on the tap. Now the man was able to retire knowing his family and his loyal customers would be taken care of from now on.
Take a moment now and think how this story might relate to you. What is your story? Are you simply working day in and day out for a bucket of money or are you truly building a pipeline? Before you answer think about this. Many of us think that we are building a pipeline by putting some money aside with RSP’s and GIC’s, stocks and bonds etc, and to some degree you are. However, my question is this. Is it enough to sustain you at your current lifestyle or are you planning to just get by? What are you going to have to sacrifice? Most pension plans that one pays into for 25-35 years will likely only provide you with about half of your current pay. So tell me, are you ready to work your whole life for half? Maybe as you get into your 40’s you are beginning to now realize that you might never be able to retire. Maybe you’re already looking in the bathroom mirror and practicing the phrase: “Hello and welcome to Walmart”. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Or maybe you push the thought away because maybe, just maybe, something will come along. Maybe you’ll win the lotto. (I know you buy a ticket just in case.)
Let me give you a few facts. Fact one…the Lotto. First, on the lotto, the odds are staggering. The odds of winning are often 1 in over 16,000,000 depending on the game in your area (yeah, don’t hold your breath). Second, almost all lotto winners are broke in as little as 2 years and many are often left in worse shape then if they had not won. Thirdly, people go funny/weird when they or someone close to them wins. Mostly because the easy come easy go mentality takes ahold of them (brain sucking monsters). You can say all you want that, that would never happen to me, and you could be right (this will help justify you buying them each draw or even better “only when it’s gets really big…just in case“). Seriously, no real effort was made. It won’t last. It was just a bigger bucket. Not a pipeline.
Next fact. Ok, you’re now in your forties, you’re looking ahead. You likely have a wife and kids. (Congrats) Likely a mortgage, maybe a car loan or even better, a business loan. (lucky you) Credit cards (the average in your age group is carrying a balance between $15,000 and $20,000) If you carry more you need a miracle and if you carry less you are likely a responsible person that needs to talk with me personally. We know you’re working like a dog everyday trying to keep your head above water. So, now I ask. Are you making it or will a simple car wreck or brake down, basement flood or etc… set you back months or maybe years? Think about your CC (Credit Cards). If you carry even a $2500.00 balance and pay just the min each month, it will take over 20 years to pay it off and you’ll pay about $8000.00 based on an average CC interest rate, that’s not even the high rate cards (Were those shoes really that great of a deal after all?)
Okay next point. You see, here’s my point of view. There is no difference in what you or I want for our loved ones, our families, our children and our friends. The only difference is our ability to give it to them. Fear is the most prevalent reason why people don’t give them what they all need, yet faith is what makes people believe it may be possible and start or try for it. I can offer a path that can lead to what you really want and give you a glimmer of hope. Let’s do a little math. How much do you want every month as a continuing income from your investments? Remember the number 160. Take the amount you want each month and multiply it by 160. This will be the amount you’ll need to have saved up in order to provide the amount you have in mind as a residual income. Let’s do a few together to help get the idea straight. If you want your investment to make you as little as $50/month…. 50×160= $8000.00 You must invest at least $8000.00 in an investment at 7% in order to create an steady $50/month income and that’s only if you can find anything safe to invest in at that rate. Wow….how many have saved even this amount? (Show of hands please) Have you? I’ll list a few more to save you some time calculating.
$250/m x 160= $40,000.00 $1500/m x 160=$240,000.00
$4000/m x 160= $640,000.00 <— (No problem right?)
Nobody knows how long each of us will live, so the big guess in life is how much does one need to save to live out their life in a half decent fashion? If you go to a financial person (who will want to sell you a package) they will tell that they have it all figured out. They will tell you how long you’ll live…right? Their books will tell them. (Their books are right next to their crystal ball by the way.) I know I know, someone in the industry will write me and tell me that they truly have got it. I won’t care so don’t bother because this only tells me that you missed the point of what I’m saying. All your financial plan does is to create a large bucket, one with a slow leak in it that pays them. Remember, I don’t want a bucket, I want a pipeline! One that will provide for me, my family, my grandkids, my friends and loved ones for now on. No more guess work.
The genius, Albert Einstein wrote that the definition of insanity was to keep doing the same thing over and over again and each time expecting a different result. The guy carrying the water was doing the same thing over and over again and he got the same results…a pay cheque (“check” for you south of the border). If this is you then keep doing what you are doing and you’ll likely be in the same position in five years as you are right now. If YOU DON’T want to be in the same place then you must do something else…..something different to get a different result. Albert Einstein also said this, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
So, what’s your story going to be? “The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable. It is to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I believe this is what so many people want. The trouble is that they just don’t know where to find it or something to believe in. I know there are men and women, just like you, especially moms, praying for an answer, not to remove their problems, but a way to help themselves to solve their own struggles. True financial freedom. I am so passionate about so many wonderful things. Right upfront I’ll make this one point very clear. I promise you unmeasured blessings. So much so that if you will believe in what I have to say, “even if you can give me only a particle of faith, that what I have to say is possible, even if you can do no more then desire to believe, then let this desire work in you until you can believe in a way that you can open your heart in so much that you can give place for a portion of my words'”. (Alma) Also, please remember, I only make the offer, the choice is always yours.
I don’t want your money so stop thinking about that. Truly I am not. And you can believe that or not. (I realize the odds are not in my favor.) Many of us have been hurt or ripped off by a lot of nasty people out there trying to make a quick buck. I’m not interested in that and that’s not me. I believe in the value of hard work and the benefits that far outreach any quick buck mentality.
Here’s a bit of my background, my passion. For over 50 years I’ve been in the arts and entertainment industry. I’ve been on stage or behind the scenes in one way or another since I was 3 or 4 years old. I’ve seen it all. For most of that time I’ve really loved what I do. But what I love the most about what I do is the people I’ve worked with, both on and off the stage. I am passionate about training and teaching young actors and actresses how to open up and show the world who they really are. To be dynamic and believable in what they can do. To become the best people they can be, to invest in themselves and to help them realize their biggest and brightest dreams and goals.
Now you’re asking yourself, what has this got to do with me? And how can this lead me to this emotional freedom and a better life for my family and those I love? To a better emotional health, spiritual health, mental health, physical and financial health? I pose these questions because so many people haven’t realized their hopes and dreams like I did. Most of us get caught up in the day to day grind of trying to scratch out a living, raising our families and trying to keep creditors at bay. And many times we found ourselves worrying where our next meal might come from. The list is long and varied for sure.
Here is a fact. “Successful people make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly, (but) unsuccessful people change their minds often and NEVER make a decision.” (Christopher Cumby) You see, you only have to make the decision one time, then it’s done. You’re ready to move forward. This is your moment. And here is another thought to go along with the previous one. Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it’s become a memory. Albert Einstein was right when he spoke about finding ourselves in the thick of difficulty when he said “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity“. Knowing that you need a tool to lift ourselves up is the first step to letting go of some pride and decide to “get on the bus.” Maybe it’s time to let go.
Ok, now you likely agree with me and you wonder “where do I go from here?” I’m won’t ask you to re-invent the wheel. I’m not asking you to step into this on your own. But you need to know your “why”. I am curious. What is your “why” and is it strong enough to motivate you to take another step forward towards true success?
Do you want to continue to carry buckets or are you ready for a pipeline? If you’re still reading this then maybe you are ready to do something different. Different and possible.
Look into your life, look into your mirror and see who I see. I see someone needing something, something I can offer and work with you. You are not alone. Many just like you have come and learned how to break the cycle of “barely getting by”. YOU CAN DO IT and I will do everything in my power to help you build your own pipeline. I do this because I know there is someone, just like you, who needs my skills and talents. Someone I can train, someone to empower and pour my time and resources into and lift you from where you are to where you can be, where you want to be and to where you know you need to be. The only thing holding you back is yourself. If you let this moment pass I guarantee you that in five years from now you’ll be exactly where you are today. The choice is yours. I understand you might be afraid or nervous. Just have a little faith yourself. Not everyone is out to hurt you. I love people and at times I know I am to trusting. I believe in the goodness of my follow man and woman. (FYI, I still pick up hitch hikers.) There are so many good people in this world. I count myself as one…… are you? If so, join me and together I can show you a whole new world! A world of true freedom. Be willing to do today that others won’t so that tomorrow you can do what others can’t. This is true freedom.
If you’re open to building your own “pipeline” to provide for yourself and others then let’s talk. Don’t delay. Email me here. (Note: sometimes the link doesn’t work, if so try contacting me at WannaBuyASundial@gmail.com)
One final note. If you are not interested, I’m saddened however I understand. Not everyone can see the vision in what I have to offer. I will miss working with you but I need to move on to work with others who are ready to make the changes needed for their life style freedoms. There is a limited number of people I can work with as I am only one man. If you have decided that now isn’t the right time for you then so-be-it. I understand that and realize you may be just comfortable carrying buckets everyday and that’s ok. I want to work with those who have great hopes and dreams beyond just buckets. If later you have a change of heart you are welcome to come back by and I’ll see what I can do. However, it may be too late to work with me as I might have a full group. That-being-said, I have a great many resources and may be able to find someone talented to work with you from my group. It just may not be directly with me.
Lastly, if you know of someone else that might be hurting and ready to move forward I ask that you please pass this site on to them. “Like” it on FB and pass my blog on to someone who needs me. I know I’ll be a busy man, but I’d rather be busy than wondering where all the good people are that just don’t know where to find the help they desperately need. Good Luck no matter which way you turn. God Bless. And keep reading WannaBuyASundial.com
Pipeline…………There is no limit.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” Albert Einstein
Carrying Buckets or Building Pipelines?
You have nothing to lose and nothing but freedom to gain.
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