The Long Road Of Being Self-Made
What aspects should we consider as qualities of an independent individual?
One of the largest hooks of becoming an entrepreneur is the potential fact of becoming a self-made millionaire. Throughout the entrepreneurial world, there are many individuals who have earned the title of being self-made.
But what exactly does that sort of work entail?
What sort of person do you need to become to consider being self-made?
The reason I ask this is that one of the largest goals I have in my life is to be self-made. I want to be my own person and to live a positive and fulfilling life.
And who I needed to become to achieve that has shifted over the years as I began to work and encourage myself to do more in life.
In the beginning, I thought it meant not relying so much on people and only being able to count on yourself. This doesn’t make much sense to me now because I know I need other people in order to succeed. Not to mention help those other people as well.
Today, I believe in a few core things that need to happen in order to be considered self-made.
No Financial Burdens
The first is the obvious one and that is to not owe other people money. As soon as you owe money to other people, it means that what you are earning is going towards that person or business.
This is the base form of someone who is self-made. They’re the person that climbed out of debt and have settled those debts.
A Deep Understanding Of Themselves
But when we look past the obvious, we start to see the more complex aspects of being self-made. It’s a lot more than being financially independent and it all starts with a deep understanding of themselves.
And while we are always constantly evolving and growing, there will always be aspects of our lives that are prominent. We have our strengths and weaknesses and we often leverage those things over the course of our lives. We aim to develop and figure out how to deal with our weaknesses and bolster our strengths as well.
The biggest thing about this is having the willingness to discover ourselves and go into those details as well.
We can see a lot of this in action with how these individuals choose to handle their financial woes. How they choose to confront those issues and look at them when they were at that low point stems from them taking a deep understanding of themselves.
The people that are self-made are people who take time out of their day to spend time in deep thought. Not necessarily meditation, but spend time thinking. From ideas to problem-solving, a self-made individual is a person who is comfortable and appreciates themselves and their time with themselves.
They Have Control In Many Areas Of Life
When people think of self-made they often turn to money and leave out the other areas of life. Of course, there is more to life than just money and those who are self-made are people who are self-reliant in many other areas as well.
A self-made individual knows how to have complete control over their day-to-day life. They can cook, clean, iron, make their bed and more. They don’t need to be reminded and have the capacity to do this.
But they also go a step further than that in some cases. They don’t need to build their own self-sustaining eco-system, but at the base level they know how to garden and are growing their own food.
They are also the masters of their own time. This means have a schedule or having some level of structure in your life and dedicating to that structure as well.
It follows the same lines as Benjamin Franklin’s schedule. He dedicated specific time to specific activities and disciplined himself to follow it.
They Realize They Didn’t Make It On Their Own And Express Gratitude For It
Call it being humble or expressing gratitude, in the end, we didn’t make it this far with only our blood sweat and tears. While a lot of people fall in love with the idea that every self-made person made it entirely on their own, that’s not the case.
There is always someone out there who helped a self-made individual become who they are today. Whether it’s a mentor, a rival, a friend, a family member, or a complete stranger, there is always someone.
And naturally, the self-made individual realizes this and expresses thanks towards that person.
Because they know what sort of troubles they’ve run into in the past. Many faced hardships along the road and those trials challenged and shook them to their core. It’s hard to forget who the person was who lent a helping hand during those times.
But this aspect goes beyond expressing thanks to those who helped you when you were down. They also express thanks to those who helped along the way and continue to help them.
These are people that a self-made individual sought out to elevate their game in a certain area of life. A good example of this is Arnold Schwarzenegger who famously said that he sought out an expert in a field that he was interested in. He did that throughout his life with bodybuilding, acting, and politics.
They Inspire Others
But the most crucial aspect of a self-made individual is that they inspire and lift others around them. And in order to do that, it’s key to be around others who help inspire them.
They feel inspired and thus give out inspiration to those around them as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean to their group of friends or family. It can be through content or other works.
No matter the case, the self-made individual is a person who respects the give-and-take. They take the things that they need in order to grow themselves but are quick to give back to the world in some fashion. Whether it’s helping a few people or thousands is up to them, but it goes to show how humble a self-made individual truly is.
And now you know what sort of person it takes to be someone self-made.