Clyde Anderson is a financial lifestyle coach, author and economic empowerment educator who has been on CNN more than 400 times. Clyde will be the Lunch Plenary speaker at CIN’s 2013 Conference on Saturday, October 5th. Visit www.ClydeAndersonOnline.com or follow Clyde on Twitter at @clydeanderson and @definingfreedom.
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Are you Wealthy?
I ask this question as I walk into a room filled with hundreds of professionals, entrepreneurs, politicians, non-profit Directors and community advocates patiently awaiting what their luncheon speaker (who happens to be me) is about to say. I understand the mindset of my captured audience. Imagine they are waiting for something profound to leap from my lips, but I feel an urge to take a survey to see exactly who I was speaking to. I have done this all across the country as I traveled to city after city and surprisingly the answers were the same. First they would look at me like I had two heads or had sprouted a tail and 2 or 3 individuals would raise their hands. After doing this a few times I was prepared for the response and immediately realized most people have no idea what they possess and many of the ones who did just didn’t know how to “activate” the power or the W.E.A.L.T.H. that they possess.
I define W.E.A.L.T.H. as the Wisdom to Establish Assets and Leverage The Harvest.
This means that you must be Wise enough to know WHO you are and WHERE you are at this point in your life. Maybe you have associated who you are with your profession for so long it becomes synonymous with your identity, but in reality who you are has more to do with how you are wired and what’s inside of you that is yearning to be released and put to action. Too often when people lose their jobs they lose a sense of themselves because that is who they have been for so long. Next you must be wise enough to know where you are, which requires taking a full assessment of your current financial position, your life achievements, the assets you posses and the things you are responsible for.
This principle is crucial as you must know where you are to get to the place you desire to be, which leads me to the next step of establishing WHERE you’d like to go and how you plan to get there. This requires setting realistic goals that help you stay on course to obtain that which you desire to have in your life. You also must know WHY you want to go there which serves as your motivation to achieve your goals. You must remember that your why must be bigger than a paycheck, because eventually that will get old and no longer push you.
Now you must uncover your ASSETS. You possess certain assets, which are often overlooked because you don’t see them as being valuable which is most likely because you haven’t learned to apply them to your life and use as the leverage to get to your destination or acquire that which you want.
Your Time is one of your most valuable assets that you possess. You get 86,400 seconds in each day that you must maximize to get a return. You also possess gifts, talents, relationships and ideas, to name a few. With these assets you can create a plan of action that can be used to earn income and build the future you envision.
I realized I needed to do something to help people see what they obviously couldn’t. I had to help them Activate their W.E.A.L.T.H., thus the W.E.A.L.T.H. Movement was born. The W.E.A.L.T.H. Movement was created to serve as a resource, guide and support center to help people realize their true potential and navigate the waters of the “New Normal.” The goal is to provide access to these Assets in one centralized place, collaborate with professionals to help goals manifest a lot faster than they ever could if you operate alone. You must stand by the lesson that nothing truly significant in history was ever accomplished without help or a team.
The WEALTH movement will help individuals:
- Identify their assets,
- Learn how to apply their assets,
- Create a Financial Success Plan
- Start businesses
- Become better money managers
- Promote your services
- Barter Services
- Share knowledge
- Create goals and learn how to achieve them,
- Create plans and be held accountable to carrying them out
- Identify additional streams of income and implement the strategy.
- Provide the tools needed to execute with excellence in all you do.
You now know what the problem is and you know the possible solutions, but now you need help to implement the solution into your life. The only way you can truly overcome poverty, hopelessness and the status quo is to work together collectively to help each other leverage the resources and work the plan to be the change that you desire to see in your life.
It doesn’t take tons of money to start a movement, nor does it take millions of people, but what it does take is a few committed individuals who want more out of life and who can see that change is definitely possible.
Today is the day that you change your mind to change your life and join the movement.