Excuse No. 2: LAziNEss
Laziness is a personal matter. I know I am lazy. I battle the lazy boy inside of me on a daily basis. For example, when I wake up, I know I should go to the gym, but the lazy boy says, "Oh, you can exercise tomorrow. Why not make a cup of coffee and read the paper." By the age of two, most people are experts at making excuses.
When I hear people say, "I don't want to fix toilets" or "I don't have enough money," I know these are excuses from a lazy person because I use the same excuses. When I hear someone repeat to me the same excuses I use myself, I want to say, "What makes you think I want to fix toilets?" or "What makes you think I have money?" But what I really want to say is, "It's because I don't want to fix toilets, and it's because I want to have a lot of money, that's why I invest in real estate."
Rich dad often said, "Many lazy people are hard-working people." At first, I did not understand what he meant. As I got older, I began to understand his words more clearly. Growing older, I also found it easier to be busy at work than it was to do what I needed to do. Today, I still use excuses such as, "I'm busy" or "I have too much work to do" or "I need a break." Today, I meet many hard-working people, hiding behind the curtain of hard work, yet deep down, they are too lazy to get rich. So they invent an excuse.
When I was in high school, my poor dad often said to me, "I can't go to your football game because I've got work to do." He never attended a game in the three years I played high school football. He also said the same thing about becoming rich or at least financially free. He was always busy. In my opinion, he often used hard work as an excuse to hide from life. He was a good, hardworking, high-income, poor man.
My rich dad was a rich man because he did not work hard for money. Instead, he worked hard at having his money work hard for him. The harder his money worked, the more money he made, and the more free time he had. The more free time he had, the more money he made.
This drove my poor dad crazy. My poor dad often called people like my rich dad, "The idle rich." Rather than have his money work hard, my poor dad put his money in the bank. My poor dad believed in saving money. This drove my rich dad crazy. He would say, "Your father works hard because his money is lazy. All your dad's money does is sit in the bank. I come along, borrow your dad's money, buy a piece of real estate, and put your dad's money to work for me."
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