Creating “Obscene Wealth” The Old Fashioned Way

There’s way too much focus on amorphous concepts like leadership and entrepreneurship these days. If you spend enough time around successful executives and entrepreneurs, you quickly learn that none of them ever set out to become either. That’s just not how it works.

The more I think about it, if I came into the workforce now instead of 30 years ago, I’m not sure I would have made it. Frankly, the odds are much slimmer now. There’s just too much distraction, too much information keeping people from focusing on what really matters…. and way too much time spent on tweeting, liking, messaging, posting, status updating, and social networking …. all in my opinion good for nothing.

Make no mistake: It’s still possible to make it big. It just takes some focus, and the ability to tune out the noise and the pomp.

Well these are some thoughts that come to mind if you think you really have what it takes to create “obscene wealth” these days.

They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. That’s absolutely true. Take baseball. When you get a high fastball right where you want it, it doesn’t do any good if you can’t hit it out of the park. You’ve got to be ready when that break comes. Are you?

There’s a good reason why smart people do well in this world. They can reason. They don’t throw caution to the wind based on one data point from a source that isn’t credible. There’s simply no way around it. Good things come to people who make good calls. Do you?

The single biggest reason why the vast majority of people go nowhere in life is because they don’t or won’t take risks. They take the easy way out, the path of least resistance. You don’t make it big that way. Ever.

There’s a huge misconception that innovation is mostly about inventing or coming up with cool new things. More often than not, innovation is about figuring out what people really need or want but can’t have or afford. Do you have your hand on that pulse?

If you’re always telling people why you can’t do something, if you parse everything and nitpick, I’ve got news for you: You’re not going anywhere. If you want to make it in this world, learn to say, “sure, no problem.” Practice. It’s good for you. When is the last time you went on a limb trusting your gut feeling?

Sure, there are people who became rich and successful the easy way. There must be. But I’ve never met or known one. So if you’re not ready to work your tail off whenever you need to, settle in for a life of mediocrity. It is your life after all; not mine.

Whether it’s your own company or a piece of somebody else’s, if you want to make it big, you’ve got to get a piece of the pie. The catch is that nobody wants to give it up, at least not easily. So you’ve got to negotiate hard. Do it. It’ll pay off big-time. If can’t do that you will never become rich. Period.

Bottom Line: Nobody ever got anywhere by sitting on their butts and saying, “Someday I’ll do that … maybe tomorrow.” Successful people are people of action. They do things. They get things done.

Now go out and make it big…. and share your thoughts too.

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Ziad K Abdelnour is a Wall Street Financier, Author, Philanthropist, Activist, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas Trader & President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc.,