Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bekerja Sendiri VS Makan Gaji

Persoalan ini sering saya dengar dulu ketika mula-mula menceburi bidang keusahawanan ini. Namun saya tetap menebalkan telinga dan meneruskan usaha serta proses pembelajaran saya tentang bidang yang saya sangat minati ini. Pada pendapat saya tidak salah jika kita bekerja makan gaji, tapi jangan berhenti berusaha untuk menjadi seorang usahawan. Fokus dengan impian serta hala tuju hidup anda, walaupun akan datang pelbagai halangan serta cabaran dan ada juga mereka-mereka yang sentiasa akan melemahkan semangat juang anda dalam meneruskan impian itu.

Dalam waktu-waktu itu saya biasanya akan membuka balik sebuah buku yang merupakan antara buku yang membakar semangat saya untuk terus bertahan dalam dunia keusahawanan ini. Buku berjudul Rich Dad Poor Dad ini ditulis oleh seorang jutawan bernama Robert T. Kiyosaki yang menceritakan pengalamannya paling mencabarnya ketika dia masih hidup dalam serba kekurangan. Semoga ia dapat membantu anda semua.

" In 1985, my wife, Kim, and I were homeless. We were unemployed and had little money left from our savings; our credit cards were exhausted; and we lived in an old brown Toyota with reclining seats that served as beds. At the end of one week, the harsh reality of who we were, what we were doing, and where we were headed began to sink in.Our homelessness lasted for another two weeks. A friend, when she realized our desperate financial situation, offered us a room in her basement. We lived there for nine months.We kept our situation quiet. For the most part, my wife and I looked quite normal on the surface. When friends and family were informed of our plight, the first question was always, "Why don't you get a job?"At first we attempted to explain, but in most instances, we failed to clarify our reasons. To someone who values a job, it is difficult to explain why you might not want a job.Occasionally, we did a few odd jobs and earned a few dollars here and there. But we did that only to keep food in our stomachs and gas in the car. Those few extra dollars were only fuel to keep us going toward our singular goal. I must admit that during moments of deep personal doubt, the idea of a safe, secure job with a paycheck was appealing. But because job security was not what we were looking for, we kept pushing on, living day to day, on the brink of the financial abyss.That year 1985, was the worst of our lives, as well as one of the longest. Anyone who says that money isn't important obviously has not been without it for long. Kim and I fought and argued often. Fear, uncertainty and hunger shortens the human emotional fuse, and often we fight with the person who loves us the most. Yet, love held the two of us together and our bond as a couple grew stronger because of the adversity. We knew where we were going, we just did not know if we would ever get there.We knew we could always find a safe, secure, high-paying job. Both of us were college graduates with good job skills and solid work ethics. But we were not going for job security. We were going for financial freedom.By 1989, we were millionaires. Although financially successful in some people's eyes, we still had not reached our dreams. We had not yet achieved true financial freedom. That took untill 1994. By then, we never had to work again for the rest of our lives. Barring an unforeseen financial disaster, we were both financially free, Kim was 37, and I was 47. "

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