13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”
Proverbs 26:13 (NLT)
What I like most about the book of Proverbs is its practicality. It contains scenarios, which we can identify easily around us. The above verse tells us one of the favorite excuses of those who are lazy. They are convinced that there is a lion out there waiting to eat them if they go out. So, it is better to stay inside the house, be poor and die of starvation that to go out. This is the characteristic of those who are lazy. They always prefer the option of doing nothing.
I would like to expound the meaning of laziness here. It is not limited to the idea of not physically working. There are many people who have been working hard physically but they mentally lazy. They refuse to think of ways to improve themselves and their earning power.
In Singapore, you can seldom find people who are physically lazy. We are not a welfare state. Our “welfare” policy is: If you don’t work, you don’t eat. The only welfare pay out here is limited to those who are disabled and old. The welfare payment is very small. So, no one can take advantage on the welfare payment. On the whole, we Singaporeans are not physically lazy because we cannot afford to do so. However, that does not mean we are not immune to mental laziness. What is mental laziness? I shall explain in this article.
Most of us have no problem in looking for jobs and work in it. If we don’t earn enough, we may think of moonlighting at night. Is that the only way to get more wealth? How about starting a business or taking up additional courses? When faced with this question, most people will come up a lot of reasons why business will not work. There are no limits to the reasons they can come up with.
No money for capital.
No money for school fees.
Economy is bad (when the economy is really bad).
Cost is too high (when the economy is good)
Too tired after work.
No time to study.
Do not have the knowledge.
Not good in studying.
Not everyone can be rich because economists say there is a limit on money supply.
It is better to be happy that to be rich.
If God wants me to be rich, I will be rich.
The above list is not exhaustive. I am merely showing that there is no limit on the excuses people can make in order to stay inside their comfort zone. If you happen to be one of those who is doing the same, remember this, while you are producing reasons why you cannot be rich, there are others out there who are working their way to achieve their riches. 10 years from now, you will wish that you had done the same.
So, the moral here is, stop making excuses and move forward to get all the riches you desire.
Some may ask, “How about you? You are teaching others. What have you done yourself?” Here is my answer.
I am presently a resident engineer in a condominium development. The pay is good and the position is stable at least for 2 years. However, this job can basically be called “Jack of all trades and master of none,” I am not that naïve to think that I can ask for more money being a generalist. I need to specialize. Right now, I am giving myself one week to decide on which area to specialize in and I will take action on this coming Monday. For the moment I am more inclined towards steel structures. I want to be a specialist in this subject. Specialists earn more than generalists.
Next, I have an auto trading account in place. It is basically a forex trading account that comes with the option of incorporating various computer trading programs to trade for me. What I have to do is to choose the programs I want and set the risk parameters. The programs will trade for me 24 hours a day and five days a week even when I am sleeping. It is my wish that over time, I will see an avalanche of profits rushing into my account.
I have attended a property investment seminar. However I have not started anything because the property market in Singapore is quite erratic. Properties have been selling like hot cakes since May despite no real indication of economic recovery. Not only that, rents have been falling. All these tell me that the property market may face a downturn soon. I am waiting for it to happen so that I can pick up properties at low price.
You may also notice that I have this blog. Right now, I don’t think I can sell this blog for a few billion dollars but that does not mean I cannot do so in the future. I am working to develop it into a source of inspiration for people around the world. It is my wish that people around the world will visit this blog, read the articles, be inspired and go out to achieve their own breakthroughs in their lives. This blog is also a medium for me to showcase my capability and talent that can help me to make money in other areas.
These are the areas I am currently working on. I am looking at an entrepreneur course but I plan to take it after this project ends. I don’t want to overwhelm myself. After all, the Bible advised us not to wear ourselves out to get rich. I will just focus on these few areas.
The above are the actions I took in securing my future and to advance to the next level. I hope it inspires you to take your first step to do the same.