My rich dad said, “If you become a successful entrepreneur, you will come to know a freedom very few people will ever know. It is not simply a matter of having a lot of money or free time. It is the freedom from the fear of fear itself.”
“Freedom from fear of fear?” I asked.
Nodding, he continued, “When you look under the covers of the word security, you will find fear hiding there. This is the reason most people say, ‘Get a good education.’ It’s not out of the love of study or scholarship, it is out of fear – the fear you won’t get a good job, or be able to earn money. Look at how the teacher motivates students in school – it is motivation by fear.
They say, ‘If you don’t study you will fail.’ So they motivate students to study by the fear of failing. When the student graduates and gets a job, once again the motivation is fear. Employers say verbally or nonverbally, ‘If you don’t do your job, you’ll be fired.’ The employee works harder out of fear, the fear of not putting food on the table, the fear of not having money to make mortgage payments. The reason people crave security is fear. The problem with security is that it does not cure fear. It simply throws a blanket over the fear, but the fear is always here, like the boogeyman chucking under the bed.”
Being in high school at the time, I could really relate to the idea of studying out of fear. “In school, I only study because I am afraid of failing. I do not study because I want to learn. I am so afraid of failing I study subjects I know I will never use.”
Nodding, rich dad said, “Studying for security is not the same as studying for your freedom. People who study for freedom study different subjects than people who study for security.”
“So becoming an entrepreneur means you will not have any fear?” I asked.
“Of course not!” smiled rich dad. “Only fools believe they have no fear. Fear is always present. Anyone who says he or she doesn’t have fear is out of touch with reality. What I said is, ‘Freedom from fear of fear.’ In other words, you don’t have to be afraid of fear, you don’t have to be a prisoner of fear, fear will not define your world, as it does most people’ worlds. Instead of fearing fear, you will learn to confront fear and use it to your advantage.
Instead of quitting because your business is out of money, because you are afraid of not being able to pay your bills, being a true entrepreneur will give you the courage to go forward., to think clearly, to study, to read, to talk to new people, to come up with new ideas and new actions. The desire for freedom can give you the courage to operate for years without needing a secure job or a steady paycheck. That is a kind of freedom I am talking about. It is the freedom from fear of fear. We all have – the difference is weather fear causes us to seek security or to seek freedom. An employee will seek security; an entrepreneur will seek freedom.”
“So if security is the result of fear, what is the driving force behind freedom?” I asked.
“Courage,” smiled rich dad. “The word courage comes from the French word, le Coeur – meaning the heart.” He paused for a moment and then finished this conversation by saying, “Your answer for choosing to be an entrepreneur or an employee is found in your heart.”
Information from my favorite Robert Kiyosaki’s Classic Book: “Before You Quit Your Job; 10 Real Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business”. I recommend this book if you want to start or build your own businesses, and become and live rich and wealthy.
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