How can you make money, a lot of money, a million dollars? Have you ever wondered how those millionaires have done it? Do you think to yourself that this is an impossible task for you?
I’ll preface this article by letting you know that I am writing this article as a Christian, that is a follower of Jesus Christ. Therefore, I’m writing from a Christian world view.
First, let me be cautious to tell you that you don’t want to make the same mistakes I have made on the road to creating wealth. You don’t want to have an over-emphasis on wealth that supersedes your love for your Creator and for others. I think Ebenezer Scrooge is a good example of what can happen when we have a stingy, greedy, grasping approach to wealth.
On the other hand, we don’t want to have a poverty mindset that disregards wealth altogether. Like the faithful servants in the Parable of the Talents, Christian entrepreneurs can have a healthy, balanced perspective of wealth. If Jesus Christ is first on our priority list, we can work on being faithful stewards and investors of the gifts, talents, opportunities, time, and money entrusted to us.
So, placing those principles in front of us let’s thing about How to Make a Million Dollars.
Here are some ways that have an extremely low chance of generating a million dollars for you:
- Suing someone for a million dollars
- Playing a game show
- Becoming a professional athlete
- Becoming a celebrity musician or athlete
- Winning the lottery
I say that the chance is very low, because these things just don’t happen to very many people.
However, if you would like to know some higher likelihood ways of making a lot of money, I’ll share some strategies I have learned in researching this article series.
Learn From the Millionaires
How to make a million dollars? It sounds simple, but it is the single most important thing you can do to embark on a course toward wealth: Study the habits of millionaires!
Don’t Expect a Handout!
Too many people live as victims instead of victors. In other words, they feel that life has “happened to” them, versus feeling that they have any control over their circumstances. They feel that they were born with little talent, poor parenting, not enough brains, not enough this, not enough that. If you find yourself in that frame of mind, don’t punish yourself for it–learn from it, and start moving forward!
To be honest, I lived as a victim for a several years. It took some hard lessons learned for me to change my thinking and my attitudes. Changing my mind and attitudes have made a BIG difference, and a change of heart and mind will make a big difference for you, too!
Do Be Proactive!
Formulate Your Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
The great thing about having a sense of who you are and where you’re going in life is that you will get there much more quickly and efficiently. Take the time to read the following articles from your blog designed just for you!
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Smart Goal Setting
Decide to Think Big!
Again, if you are placing God first in all you do, you can then start dreaming and thinking big!
Donald Trump has said, “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big. ”
I love that quote, because it’s true! As Christians, we serve the Creator of the Universe! Don’t you think that He can do just about anything? We need to believe that He has big things He wants to carry out through ordinary people like you and me. As long as our dreams are in line with Biblical values established in Scripture, they are very important things to cultivate and strive for.
Read These Classic Books
(Disclosure: yes, I may get a 4-6% commission on some of the books listed below. I only share books that a) I have read and b) which I feel will be helpful to you. You can always check them out at the library, go directly to a bookstore, or you can support me and my blog by purchasing it through the link)
Brian Tracy’s Million Dollar Habits is one of my favorite reads of all time. I like Mr. Tracy because he walks the talk: he’s lived through every type of business success and failure you can imagine. He has a gift for translating success strategies, business and personal, into very easy to understand formats.
Seven Years to Seven Figures: The Fast-Track Plan to Becoming a Millionaire (Agora Series), by Michael Masterson, is a book I have thoroughly enjoyed. I bought it a few years ago, prompting me to write a vision statement that has led, in part, to starting this and other blogs I write.
There are a number of specific stories of persons who went from broke to seven figures in seven years. There is nothing like a story to inspire, so I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did. Prepare to be inspired to action!
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Ecker contains some mental strategies for working on your inner beliefs and thinking patterns. You can remove the patterns holding you back, and you can design new internal programming to optimize your mindset toward wealth. I listened to this book in audio format, and found it immensely helpful in challenging my own self-limiting beliefs.
The Millionaire Next Door: Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthyand The Millionaire Mind are two classic books written by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley, an economics professor. If you want to get insights to then model for personal success, these are must reads.
Read These Blogs to Feed Your Business Mindset
The Smart Passive Income Blog by Pat Flynn, is a hands down favorite. Pat is an extremely humble guy who provides tons of value at this site. You’ll learn so much about making money online from this guy.
The Personal MBA blog assumes you don’t need a first class MBA education from an élite graduate program to learn everything you need to know to build a successful business. Stop by for some great book summaries and reading suggestions to build your mental wealth.
Solo Entrepeneur blog has a lot of short articles on business building topics. Many of their tele-seminars are free of cost.
What are your plans for becoming a millionaire? What books do you recommend? What blogs do you recommend? I look forward to your comments!photo credit: Andreas Ivaarson