Last weekend I had the great fortune to meet with two of my Internet heroes, Craig Ballantyne and Matt Smith, along with a small group of other dedicated entrepreneurs. We spent eight hours helping each other with our businesses, and Matt and Craig gave each of us specific, actionable advice to help us create more value for our audiences. It was outstanding, and if you ever have the chance to participate in a “Mastermind” group with successful, interesting people, I hope you jump at it!
However, despite how amazing the session was, (and it was), it reminded me of a simple principle of success: Others can teach, but you must learn. Outstanding teachers like Matt and Craig can “teach” us how to be successful, but they cannot do it for us (darn).
And likewise, I can do my very best to teach you how to achieve financial success, but I cannot do it for you.
Our hero Bruce agrees…
“Lee was firmly insistent that even if he were to know the answers, and even if he were to tell them to us, they wouldn’t do us any good. It’s in the nature of his statements on life that you have to puzzle out their validity for yourself. To Lee’s way of thinking, any answer he could provide is worth nothing to any other individual, unless that individual has come to see its validity as result of his own independent thought on the matter.” —Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living
Learning to master your money, like learning anything worthwhile in life, begins with you. You can have the best teacher in the world, but the truth of the matter is that only you are the one who can put it into practice for yourself—no teacher, no matter how wonderful, can achieve your results for you.
When you first learned to ride a bike, for example, you were the one who actually had to master your balance—your teacher could give you suggestions and advice and show you all of the ways that worked for him, but only you could figure out the balance for yourself. (By the way, I was one of the very last kids in my class to learn how to ride a bike! Yep, super-dork.)
But although I can’t achieve financial success for you, what I can do is share with you all of my trials and tribulations, successes and failures, and lessons learned to help you on your journey.
And that’s just what I’m going to do.
To your financial success,
—Kung Fu Girl