Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming, casting yourself in one of those flashy shows on TV that show these extremely wealthy people, living their dream life? I recently was flipping through the channels at home, and came across a relatively new show called Secret Lives of the Super Rich, on CNBC. Now, this is an over-the-top show, portraying the uber rich. We’re not talking about your basic successful person who has a 3,000-4,000 square foot home, but more like the 30,000-40,000 square foot homes. Celebrities, sports stars, CEOs of large corporations, sultans or princes overseas, etc. It was fun seeing my childhood idol, Michael Jordan, in his Chicago McMansion on a recent episode, complete with an indoor basketball court emblazoned with his name and the Air Jordan likeness at center court. 

It’s nice to dream big and envision what a day in the life of someone like this would feel like. But, let’s think about what it takes to get there. Or even a fraction of THERE. How do you think many of these people listed above gained their wealth and success? For some, they were very fortunate and were born into a family that had wealth or married into it. But for most, it was earned through blood, sweat, and tears. They all had a talent. Some with multiple talents. But even those that have all the talent in the world, if they don’t harness it, will go nowhere.  
For someone like Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever (I may be a little biased on this assessment), I would say that he’s probably cast that ball into the air towards the basket more than a million times in his career; the vast majority of times before, during, and after practice. Even after the last person is long gone. He was the first person to arrive and the last to leave.

This not only applies to sports but also in our professions, our marriages, and relationships with our children. You get out what you put into it.
So many people see these “Get Rich Quick” schemes on TV or all over social media, dangling the carrot to so many desperate people that are searching frantically for the easy way out and the quick fix to success. Just as famed financial guru Dave Ramsey says, “You took the time to get into debt, so take the time to get out of it. Nothing in life worth having is easy.” 
Many people feel that to be successful, you have to add something else to your life. It’s generally quite the opposite: you really need to SUBTRACT destructive or prohibitive behavior. Click on this article to read 13 things to eliminate to become successful. People aren’t willing to go the extra mile or take the extra steps to get to success. They also must define what success means to them. To some, success is fame and accolades. To others, it’s being respected by their family and friends. It might simply be making a positive change in the lives around them in their community, church, or charities they support.  

Here are five tips to help you prioritize your 2017: 

  1. Give up your excuses! 
  2. Give up on saying “Yes” to things that don’t support your goals! 
  3. Give up the toxic, negative people in your life that hold you down!  
  4. Find an accountability partner that can keep you on track to success 
  5. Find a Fiduciary Financial Advisor to plan your goals and coach you on making better financial decisions.


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