Challenges to Pursue (Part 10)

challenges 9

In this blog series I am going through 15 challenges that the late Jim Rohn dared us to pursue in our own lives.

Today we will be talkiing about the ninth challenge that Jim Rohn gave us.

Invest Your Profits

Here’s one of the philosophies that Mr. Shoaff gave me.  Profits are better than wages.  Wages make you a living, profits make you a fortune.  Could we start earning profits while we make a living?  The answer is yes.

I think the first thing we need to do is define these two words.  I found these definitions on

wages– money that is paid or received for work or services.

profits– the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.

So with these definitions in mind, what is Jim Rohn saying here?  I read it that wages represent gain that will be received almost immediately.  Profits are gains that usually take longer to get back.

Whenever we face a major decision in our lives, we need to evaluate what our immediate gains (wages) will be vs. what long-term gains (profits) we will give up.  It is usually the best to make the decision that will benefit you the most in the long-run.

Let me give you this example.  When you graduate from college, you have choices to make in your life.  You could choose to go find a job and start making money.  You could also choose to go to college and get a degree before you enter the working world.  If you look at that decision from a wages viewpoint, it is clear that you will make so much more money in wages over the next 4 years if you just start working.  In fact, in the short-term you will end up losing money if you go to college.  If you look solely at wages, your best option would be to work.  If you look at that same decision from a profit viewpoint, it will become apparent that by going to college for 4 years and getting a degree would be a much better option long-term.  Yes you are losing out on money you could be making right now, but having a degree gives you the potential to make much more money in the long-run.  That is not even taking into account the knowledgeyou will gain.

I agree with Mr. Rohn that profits are better than wages.  We should always look at major decisions in our lives with the long-term in mind.  We should look at what will give us the better overall gain. 

Sometimes we have to do things in the short-term to make a living.  We have to have money so we can live.  We should never spend our entire lives living in the here and now.  We need to put our focus on what will be of greatest profit to us over our lifetimes and work towards that.  Mr. Rohn made a very good point that you can potentially work on both at the same time.  They don’t have to be completely seperate. 

It is not important that you are not where you want to go today.  What is important is that today you are moving towards that place you want to be going.

I would like to challenge you today to look at making decisions in your lives that will profit you in the long-run, even if it causes you some wages in the short-term.

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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