You have heard about all those people who win the lottery and are broke within a year or two.
This is more common than you think. It happens because people get sudden wealth without acutally creating prosperity. How much money you have or make has some what to do with the level of prosperity, or genuine fortune you can enjoy, but it is not the main focus. How many times have you heard of rich people going broke? I used to shake my head whenever I heard this. If you were already rich, wouldn’t you be set for life? But no, people keep risking it all trying to get more. This is how people often go from riches to poverty.
I’ve had my share, on a smaller scale of this experience.
Think of it, if you will, years of poverty, barely scraping by with commercial fishing, knowing that you can hit the big fortune, but most likely won’t. But you know that its out there. Then all of a sudden you do, the fish bite. and bite, and bite. I got hooked into the commercial fishing lifestyle by just such an experiance. There was a rainbow shining through a sunlit shower on the west coast islands, then the rainbow appeared from one side to the other over our fishboat. The fish started biting right then. They were all 20 pound spring salmon. We filled the boat and headed for port, thinking of what wild success we’d had. I walked off the boat a few days later and bought a car, went on a road trip to Alaska, didn’t work again for the rest of the year. I’ll not be one to underestimate the value of that experiance. Temporary fabulous wealth here and there.
Homegrown Prosperity is something more lasting and permanent
Homegrown Prosperity can include fleeting wealth, but Homegrown Prosperity is something I learned to have in spite of the ups and downs of fishing and getting skunked. Homegrown Propsperity is learning to provide for yourself all of what you need, its having enough, and defining exactly at what point needs turn to wants. Its also calculating the value of your time into the big picture and what else you may want to do with your life. The point at which you become independent.
There’s a moment of revelation
an ephiphany maybe, at which point you realize you have enough. That you don’t have to chase more. Fred Eaglesmith spoke of this moment at one of his concerts I went to. Just before he played the song “Stars” He told a story about when he realized he’d made it as a professional musician. The pride of having made his living on his own terms was what he was speaking of, and singing about in that song.
You too can create homegrown prosperity for yourself
So how about starting on it today? for 1 hour a day. Your job is not going to do it for you. In fact, employers see you being desperate for any work you can get as of being an advantage in their favour and possibly use this as a motivating factor for not really working out workplace problems or giving you the terms of employment that you ask for with them, if you even have the nerve to try, which most people are talked out of before they ever even get a job. So it is not that likely that any job is going to do it, though having a job you enjoy can be part of the plan of your route to Homegrown Prosperity, it really is up to you.