How to Make a Million Dollars

How to Make a Million DollarsHermain Cain recently said, “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”

I agree.

So why are some people rich? Really…how did they get that way?

Why aren’t you rich?

What is holding you back?

Most of my friends and acquaintances have jobs. That is, they go to some company and work for a number of hours each day, and for doing that the business owner pays them some agreed upon number of dollars.

Most people I know trade hours for dollars.

Some people I know own their own businesses. I am friends with a cabinet maker, a self-employed accountant, a printer, an insurance salesman, and a few other self-employed types.

These folks also trade hours for dollars.

The difference is that they control how many hours they work. If they choose not to put in hours, they don’t get paid, but nobody is there to fire them except the customers they serve.

So what about people who want to be rich, but aren’t?

What about those who have no job, but want one?

I’m not rich, but I want to be. It’s nobody’s fault but my own. I know what I have to do to become rich and I am working on it. I am self-employed. If I can get 5 new customers each month for 2 years, I will be rich. Pretty darn rich. I have not done it yet because so far, I have not been able to get the number of customers I need.


Because I have not worked as hard as I need to.

I have not put in the hours of cold calls. I have not gone to networking groups. I have not handed out business cards. I have not published a newsletter. I have not contacted other local business owners.

If I am going to get rich – and I am – I need to do all those things and more. I haven’t even talked about making my business processes scalable. As it stands, I can’t handle 10 more customers, much less 100.

I will become rich. I know what I have to do to get there. Now I need to get up off my admittedly lazy ass and do it.

But what about those who don’t work on it?

What about the guy who gets up every day, goes to work, comes home in the evening, and repeats that every day? Even if that person wants to become rich, hoping for it won’t make it happen.

What about those who are unemployed? Some guy may spend an hour or two each morning on Craig’s List or Monster, then maybe he runs errands or cleans up around the house, or maybe he does nothing at all. Are those activities going to get him a job or make him rich?

I doubt it.

I had been laid off twice in one year back in 2000.  I got laid off again in July of 2009.

This time, I was unemployed for exactly 3 hours.

I went for a jog and decided: I will never be dependent on another person for my income again.

I went home and started building my business.  That was two and a half years ago and I’m not looking back.

“But everyone can’t do that!” you say.

Bullsh&%, I say.

I know a guy with a high school education who runs a $5 Million a year mulch delivery operation. I have a friend who makes half a million dollars a year selling all kinds of things online from his home.  I know a high school educated guy who, after putting 4 years in the Marine Corps, now runs a $10 Million a year home improvement company.  One of my family members left a well paid position as a lawyer to teach horse riding lessons, and now has two farms and some 40 horses – nobody can lay him off because he’s the boss.

What did these people do that others can’t?  Nothing.  It’s not what they are able to do, but what they were willing to do.

Becoming rich or getting a job is all about what you are willing to do. Period.

Don’t bitch to me about “some people can’t do that” or “the economy is too bad” or “I could never do that.” Again, bullsh&%. It is about what you are willing to do.

Are you willing to change the way you think?

Are you willing to do something other than get up, go to work, come home, and repeat? Because if you’re not willing to do something different, you’ll always be the same.

Want to become rich?  Decide how rich you want to be.  Then decide how you’re going to make the money.  Then make a plan.  Then execute the plan relentlessly.  Do this and you will become rich.

If you’re not willing to change how you think, how you spend your time, and who you spend your time with, nothing will ever change.

You will never become rich and it will be your fault.

So tell me…are you going to do the same thing today and again tomorrow, or are you going to do something different?


  1. You are right! If you do the same thing, you’ll always have the same result. If you’re poor, you’ll stay poor. If you do things differently, constantly adjust your plans and actions, you’ll stand a better chance at hitting an action that works.

    If you do what your successful friends do, you have an even better chance.

    When you and I are rich, maybe we can give the best of those occupiers a job. Too bad they can’t go out and create a bunch of jobs for their unhappy friends.

  2. That’s a great comment, Randy – emulating your successful friends is HUGE. Find someone who has already done it and copy them. There’s no shame in using a proven method for achieving a goal.

    I would never hire an occupod. These are the people who demand more money for less work, eek out every hour of vacation time and clearly have no understanding of what running a business entails, or what the goals are. I’d rather have a hard-working go-getter who wants to get rich working for me…

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