Some ideas to help you get what you want.

The more problems you can solve for more people while still being able to keep yourself intact and assertive about your own space, value and worth, the more money you can make. To solve problems we need resources. But when we are short on resources we must be resourceful. Here are some principles to consider.

OPM, OPI, OPN, 10 x Rule, one-minute rule.

OPM: When you have no money, you use others’ money. To do that you must be trustworthy to not only others but also yourself. Otherwise you will not sleep well.

OPI: When you lack ideas, you use others’ ideas. Many rich people have money but no ideas. So they employ others to provide good ideas to them.

OPN: When you are the new kid in town, you have no connections. So you use other people’s network.

All the above does not imply we should be taking others’ things in a shrewd way. Rather we earn their trust by being honest and helpful to others. Otherwise, nobody will suffer fool indefinitely.

10 x Rule: why you do what you did? Because it matters to you. If so, you should try at least ten times until you succeed because it matters to you. Once you can absorb your nine failures, you can endure more.

Hence your likelihood of succeeding is greatly enhanced, because you are willing to give yourself nine times more chances than your ‘competition’. Quite and unquote because they are not really your competition.

You have a nine unfair advantages over them.

Last one I got it from Tansel Ali, four times Australian Memory Champion. He even managed to memorise two fat books of the Yellow Pages of Sydney a few years ago!

The one-minute rule. Things you want to do every day sometimes get neglected because of your busy schedule. Do you discard them altogether? No! Instead of doing weights twenty minutes a day as you have planned, on very busy days, why not still do it anyhow for at least one minute? This will keep the continuity of your daily set of rituals and daily routine.

If you use all the above principles when trying to solve problems for yourself and others, I don’t see how you will come short.

Lastly, try to link your problem solving abilities for others to your own passion. For example, you are very passionate in painting walls. Try to solve problems for those who love their walls painted but don’t know how. So basic and yet so many of us don’t practice it.

Post script: Don’t just solve problems thinking about how much you want to charge them. When appropriate, solve others’ problems for free also. Only then you will be in a league of your own. Remember the more ‘successful’ person is not necessarily the one with the most money. You can have lots of money but still be a servant to it. You can have less money and still be more ‘successful’ if you are a money master, not money servant.

Money masters don’t do everything for money.

Money servant cannot resist the temptation to charge others whenever there is an opportunity to do so. Hence he lives less because he is too busy serving his money god.

This article is contributed by Ken Soong, who currently lives in Australia – migrated from Malaysia in 2004. He has been a college lecturer and an occasional university tutor in strategic management and marketing subjects since 2006. He enjoys reading, writing blog posts and spending time at home.

Ken, along with his brother Michael, wrote Migrating to Australia: Good Meh??? to help Malaysians make a more informed decision in the subject matter of migration to Australia.

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