Did you hear about that amazing average to riches story??! Yea… me neither.
I feel like I always hear about or read success stories of people who have overcome ridiculous struggles of poverty and oppression to make it big in the world. And those are awesome! No doubt about it.
These stories are incredibly inspirational, but I believe that sometimes (maybe very often) they can actually detract from the belief we have in ourselves to accomplish great things in our finances… or in our lives. I know personally I’ve said or thought things like, “Geeze! That story was ridiculous… Move over world, if that guy got through all of that, I’m gunna tear it up!”
That’s awesome…But I wasn’t raised in poverty wondering where my next meal will come from… I didn’t have my wife and kids leave me because I couldn’t provide for them…
In fact, I grew up in a middle class family, with a stay-at-home mom who made me lunch and dinner, and a white collar father who had a decent job, got laid off, and then… found another decent job. I was average…
I thought for a long time that starting out as average would mean if I ever became financially successful, it wouldn’t be a story people would find inspirational. Who cares if he made it big – He didn’t struggle.
But that, in reality, is exactly what we, the group of “average”, must overcome. Our label, our normal, our status quo. It’s significantly more challenging to find a reason to pursue financial greatness when you’re financially doing ok. The bill collectors aren’t knocking down your door, there’s always food on the table, and your car starts in the morning (most of the time)… everything is ok… just ok.
Let’s just be real – The majority of us who may aspire to financial freedom are not going to be starting out in poverty or oppression. Those aren’t obstacles to us. More often than not, we think that since poverty and oppression aren’t obstacles to us, we’ll be fine – in fact, we’re even better able to reach wealth and success!
Here’s why I say that. I really love watching movies and reading stories of struggle and victory. I promise you I get teary-eyed every time I watch The Pursuit of Happiness. Those stories fire me up! But here’s the thing – each one of us “average” people have a something that the protagonists in these stories don’t have.
And Complacency is like a fully staffed fire department, geared up with the best equipment available to crush that fire! (Can you crush a fire?… you get what I mean)
I’m lucky to be free from the visible, tangible obstacles of poverty and oppression. I don’t take that lightly. I loved my childhood, and I’m incredibly grateful for what my parents provided. Unfortunately, I’m unlucky to contend with the invisible obstacle of complacency. It’s pretty tough to fight an enemy you can’t see.
So how do we do it? One of the best ways I know is finding a relatable story.
Find someone who has faced what you’ve faced, overcome what you’ll need to overcome, and has what you want to have.
Unfortunately, that’s the whole point of this article… Where can you find a relatable story of “Average to Riches”?
I can’t find many stories like that. So I’m going to make my own.
Maybe you’ll be able to relate. (Odds are good that you will…considering you’re probably average)
I have a bunch of consumer debt and student debt, I have a mortgage, I make about a $60k salary, and I want financial independence… the American Dream of owning my time and finances and in turn having greater freedom in my choices. Yawn… right? Starting from a boring place is ok. We just need to make sure we don’t end in a boring place.
Super short and sweet post today. I hope you’ll find insp… maybe inspiration isn’t the right word… How about “anticomplacencyation”?
I hope you’ll find anticomplacencyation from my story!
(I’ll work on the terminology)