It was one of those rare nights when I had nothing to do at home. The kids were eating out, I had already fed and walked Rusty, the chores had been done and emails dealt with.
At 8pm, I settled down to read a book. Quiet reading time has become such a luxury I can no longer afford these days, so I am very selective when it comes to the books that I read. I'm not the type who reads novels or science fictions, I only read books that inspire me.
Autobiographies, success stories, business and self-improvement books, travel and health magazines, gardening and cook books are all that I have. So it's no surprise the book that I picked last night was "Secrets of self-made millionaires" by Adam Khoo.
I bought that book several years ago and gave up reading mid-way through. I can't remember the reason for not continuing and can only guess that I couldn't agree to some of his points of view then.
Somehow, when I read it again last night, it began to make more sense (to me). Recently I have been thinking about having a passive income, a constant stream of incoming money even when I'm sleeping or not working. While having a business is great, it is nice to have several streams of income.
To me, it is not about being rich per se, but about financial freedom. The day you don't have to worry about paying mortgage, education, vacation, retirement or new business ventures, you've arrived.
The path to becoming a millionaire is really all about the mindset. I've read enough success stories, from Indians to Americans, to know that if you're someone who's positive, proactive, willing to learn and take action, you're already halfway there.
I'm halfway through the book and already some ideas have ignited in my head. I'm beginning to look at things differently and I should harness the power of passion, interest and what little talent I have to make things work for me.