dari jutawan utk ringgitan

i received this email from a friend. to me, this is a nice article and i would share with you. its a notes from seorang jutawan untuk kita ringgitan neh… ringgitan ni adalah perkataan ciptaan abanglong untuk describe kita kita yang ada ringgit ringgit jer…. hehehe

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ByAdam Khoo In Money.

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Some of you may already know that I travel around the region pretty frequently, having to visit and conduct seminars at my offices in Malaysia,Indonesia, Thailand and Suzhou (China). I am in the airport almost everyother week so I get to bump into many people who have attended my seminarsor have read my books.Recently, someone came up to me on a plane to KL and looked rather shocked. He asked, ‘How come a millionaire like you is travelling economy?’ My reply was, ‘That’s why I am a millionaire.’ He still lookedpretty confused.

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This again confirms that greatest lie ever told about wealth (which I wrote about in my latest book ‘Secrets of Self Made Millionaires’). Many people have been brainwashed to think that millionaires have to wear Gucci, Hugo Boss, Rolex, and sit on first class in air travel. This is why so many people never become rich because the moment that earn more money, they think that it is only natural that they spend more, putting them back to square one.The truth is that most self-made millionaires are frugal and only spend on what is necessary and of value. That is why they are able to accumulate and multiply their wealth so much faster. Over the last 7 years, I have saved about 80% of my income while today I save only about 60% (because I have my wife, mother in law, 2 maids, 2 kids, etc. to support). Still, it is way above most people who save 10% of their income (if they are lucky). I refuse to buy a first class ticket or to buy a $300 shirt because I think that it is a complete waste of money. However, I happily pay $1,300 to send my 2-year old daughter to Julia Gabriel Speech and Drama without thinking twice.

When I joined the YEO (Young Entrepreneur’s Organization) a few years back (YEO is an exclusive club open to those who are under 40 and make over $1m a year in their own business) I discovered that those who were self-made thought like me. Many of them with net worths well over $5m, travelled economy class and some even drove Toyota’s and Nissans (not Audis, Mercs,BMWs).

I noticed that it was only those who never had to work hard to build their own wealth (there were also a few ministers’ and tycoons’ sons in the club) who spent like there was no tomorrow. Somehow, when you did not have to build everything from scratch, you do not really value money. This is precisely the reason why a family’s wealth (no matter how much) rarely lasts past the third generation. Thank God my rich dad (oh no! I sound like Kiyosaki) foresaw this terrible possibility and refused to give me a cent to start my business.

Then some people ask me, ‘What is the point in making so much money if you don’t enjoy it?’ The thing is that I don’t really find happiness in buying branded clothes, jewellery or sitting first class. Even if buying
something makes me happy it is only for a while, it does not last. Material happiness never lasts, it just give you a quick fix. After a while you feel lousy again and have to buy the next thing which you think
will make you happy. I always think that if you need material things to make you happy, then you live a pretty sad and unfulfilled life.

Instead, what make ME happy is when I see my children laughing and playing and learning so fast. What makes me happy is when I see by companies and trainers reaching more and more people every year in so many more countries. What makes me really happy is when I read all the emails about how my books and seminars have touched and inspired someone’s life. What makes me really happy is reading all your wonderful posts about how this BLOG is inspiring you. This happiness makes me feel really good for a long
time, much much more than what a Rolex would do for me.

I think the point I want to put across is that happiness must come from doing your life’s work (be in teaching, building homes, designing, trading,winning tournaments etc.) and the money that comes is only a by-product. If you hate what you are doing and rely on the money you earn to make you happy by buying stuff, then I think that you are living a life of meaningless.

14 Responses to “dari jutawan utk ringgitan”

  1. Dude, you are dead nuts right on the money!!! I do not mean that to be a pun or anything funny, but you are absolutley correct!

    People get too caught up in thinking money will be a quick fix in their sad, lifeless lives. People think that money will buy them immediate happiness, when all it really does is act as a pacifier until they become bored again and long for the next materialistic thing to make them happy.

    It makes me wonder though. When an average someone comes into alot of money, say, wins the lottery, and is set for life, everything is paid for, what happens to them next? The buzz is worn off. Then what happens?

  2. Mem dah rasa. Cukup lah. Tu pasal sekarang decided to be Mem Besar dok rumah… dikerjakan serta mengerjakan. Yiiiihaa!

    Thanks for sharing the article, anyway.

  3. salam ramadhan abang long.. selamat ariraya aidilfitri.. maaf zahir bathin..

  4. Money is not everything…. But, without money u can do nothing!

    p/s: how can u be happy if u can do nothing? Fikir-fikirkan lah… keskes… SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI UNTUK SEMUA…🙂 yatta!!!

  5. baNG long…u published ths article at the rite time…i better stash away some bonus asap!

  6. yeap abanglong. money will not necessarily buy happiness. Nice entry. it really opens my eyes and mind.

  7. p.s bro saya minta maaf atas segala salah silap, penulisan mahupun perbuatan. selamat hari raya : )

    daripada … sensenan .. (lagi teruk dari ringgitan) hehehe

  8. mem – waaah best gituuuu🙂 mengerjakan dan dikerjakan itu adalah bagussss untuk kesihatan !

  9. en me – salam ramadhan also.. maaf zahir batin. tak buat open office kaaa??? hehehehe

  10. osh – no money no honey ! hua hua hua

  11. waliz- hehehehe good idea. but leave some to belanja me okeh!

  12. hmm.. suka kat ayat ni

    “I think the point I want to put across is that happiness must come from doing your life’s work”

    true..true..!

    people dah misinterpret pasal word kaya tu.. lagi kaya..lagi mau spend byk.. pehtu terus jadik KAYAP..! kahkah..

    Selamat Hari Raya Bang Long..!!

  13. rifqi – but to me; the best is follow what the religion said – be moderate. to me, kalau kita terlalu kontrol our spending just in order to save and make more money, jiwa kita akhinya akan berkarat jugak rasanya….

  14. bagus artikel ni🙂

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