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Money and Oxygen

“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale. “
-Zig Ziglar

Money and Oxygen. They both let you breath. They both let you live. They both let you sleep soundly and enjoy life. Money and Oxygen are both pretty dang important.

Each and every day both of these essential parts of life in this world surround us. Each day we breath in and out. And we earn and spend money. The difference is we all breath the same air in the same way. Money isn’t so simple.

The other day I walked a mile in 117 degree heat in slacks and a long sleeved button up shirt. Why did I do that? Money. I wanted to save it by not paying for parking and hopefully someday make it as a result of the meeting I was walking to.

You see, I was going to meet with people who have money, to ask them how they got it. I am young entrepreneur and I find myself asking people that in a number of different ways quite often.

I started learning about money when I graduated high school and decided that I was going to find a way to make a little extra cash. I started racking my brain for ways to do it. I had a lot of fun jobs and I made some money doing them but I wanted to do something on my own. I wanted to do something exciting and innovative and rewarding. So I finally decided on something that was going to make me rich . . . I was going to clean toilets.

Really, that’s what I decided. I listened to my dad complain about how much the cleaning company that cleaned his office overcharged him and finally said wait a second, just fire them and hire me! It took some convincing but soon he was fed up enough to hand me the keys and let me give it a try.

And it really was exciting. I cleaned his office for a while and then I decided to go find someone else who was fed up with whoever was cleaning their offices. My philosophy was less is more and I was young and stupid enough to charge next to nothing for my toilet scrubbing services. I found more clients and cleaned more toilets. I even made a little money.

It wasn’t always fun and it was never easy but I learned more cleaning toilets than I felt like I had learned in all 4 years of high school. I went from business to business begging them to give me a chance. And to be quite honest, most of them said, “ummmmm no.”

But each time one said yes I was motivated to find another. Each time one said no . . . I was even more motivated to find someone who would say yes.

That was my first experience with business, sales, marketing, accounting, and hard labor- well not my first experience with hard labor, that was pretty second nature to me by the time I was 16. But the most important thing I learned by cleaning toilets was you can make money in a million different ways. Anyone can do it if they think it through and go for it.

That’s what I want to talk to you about. Ways to make money and what to do with it once you have it. We will look at how other innovators and entrepreneurs are doing it and find other new and exciting ways of doing things for ourselves.

So get ready and take a deep breath . . .

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