This is a guest post by the awesome Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca.
Imagine the pain of struggling and failing and despairing.
Imagine creating 8 businesses, based around things you love to do, and still failing, closing them down one after the other.
Imagine a collection of ebooks, and studying every marketing and entrepreneurial blogging tip you can get your hands on.
That was my life for 8 years.
Until I found a way to combine all my passions, expressed my story, and most importantly… focused on contributing, even when it was scary, even when I was broke, even when everything was going to hell.
And contribution saved me.
***So you wanna be rich, who doesn’t? Right?
You’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t interested in ‘more money,’ at least not reading this blog. And because everyone’s interested in being richer, we have a flood of money-making and marketing information all around us.
It’s on the net, it’s in conversations, it’s in movies, and it’s ridonculously confusing!
And what happens when you have a human mind practically overwhelmed with confusing information?
It gets confused!
Who knew right? 😉
And the killer thing about this?
It’s that tons of the info comes from self-proclaimed ‘experts’. Which makes it even more confusing. And what’s common, with a lot of these experts? Well…
They taught you wrong.
Okay, not exactly wrong, but the experts usually miss a lot, especially the most important parts: the roots & foundations.
And it’s not intentional – experts generally have amazing intentions and are sharing really useful stuff, but it’s not enough.
What they share is a lot less useful without the foundations and attitudes that pave the way.
The experts taught you ‘tactics’ and ‘steps’ and some of them even taught ‘strategies’, but none of them – almost none of them – talk about the universal true foundation for wealth, the one that’s common in every… single… sustainably… rich person.
So what is it?
Contribute and impact.
Do you think Lady Gaga made her money without wanting to deeply help the LGBT community?
Do you think Bill Gates made his massive fortune without aiming to move humanity forward, technologically.
Do you think Jay-Z founded his empire without passionately wanting to pave the way for others with roots in the ghetto?
Think about it.
I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating.
Contribution matters, YOLO, yo.
It doesn’t just matter. It’s the number 1 cornerstone and foundation of wealth-building.
This is solid knowledge. Whether you have tons o’ cash right now, or whether you’re at ‘rock-bottom’ – an attitude of contribution will deliver more.
Thing is, when reading marketing & business books, how many of them tell you this ridiculously important ‘secret’. No! They don’t. They jump into “here’s how you build a list!”
Building a list is one of the most important things I’ve learned – no hate – but do you know how effective a list is when you aren’t purposefully, clearly focused on contributing to the world?
It’s weak sauce.
It’s not that the experts don’t care, it’s that they don’t know. They succeed, because they *have* the right attitude, but it’s unconscious. They’re not aware of it, and they don’t know how to teach it.
So you miss it.
Teachers – myself included – are all still learning too. I may have knowledge about this subject, but huge gaps for other things.
It’s all pieces of the puzzle, and it doesn’t really make sense, unless you have the box-cover to work from: the big picture.
In case it’s not clear by now… that big picture, is contribution.
It gets deeper.
Being as real and as authentic as possible. Doing what you love, and doing it with passion and pride.
And sure, sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Like I’m telling it to you here, but do you really get it?
Is there anyone around who can help you get it? Are my words hitting you right? Do you really understand what it means to be your badass self?
[*shrugs head in a funny way]
Well I’m kinda being an ass, because there’s someone around who teaches this – it’s me – and you can find out more at how-to-be-real.com.
Anyway, the point is, there’s a sea of people out there, and a sea of dollars.
And those dollars will flow to you, but only to the degree you focus on contribution.
And I know there ain’t tons of scientific proof for the “magic link between contribution and wealth” but it f***ing exists, and you can use it, or not.
If you study the successful, you’ll find out that they adopted an attitude of contribution early, and built their empires based on it.
I Want Your Success
So why am I telling you all this? Because… I’m selfish 😀
I dream of a world where the people around me are successful and abundant, and they’re a total blast to be around.
Where not one of them’s worried about money or politics or survival.
They just live good lives, contribute to the world, through our own fun & passions.
And that’s a pretty cool dream.
So I do my part, and I’ve been blessed to discover this secret.
And it’s all a journey for me too. I’m learning, and I’m sharing, and this is from the heart, it’s some of the highest wisdom I have to offer on the subject of being rich.
And I’d love for you to absorb it, understand it, apply it and succeed like a boss.
Thanks for reading, rock on and ryze up.
P.S A big ‘thank you’ to Jens for the invitation and the warm welcome and the chance to share with such a great group of positive entrepreneurs. I’d love to hear any feedback or related stories you have on contribution and being rich.
Jason “J-Ryze” Fonceca is a positive badass, shedding light on taboo topics to help game-changers ryze past plateaus.He’s been featured on LauraRoeder.com, FirepoleMarketing.com, and Technorati.com follow him at @ryzeonline.