Albert Einstein once said that, “You must first learn the rules of the game and then play it better than anyone else!”
Have you ever played the game Monopoly at least one time in your life? Likely you have because it is one of the most popular board games ever created. I remember at a very young age running to the kitchen table to be the first so I could claim my favorite token (mine was the Top Hat).
I also enjoyed counting the different color money and collecting more of it every time I passed go. The goal was to ultimately build a mega real estate empire and wipe my opponents off the face of the earth without rolling the dice and going straight to JAIL.
I HATED PLAYING THAT GAME!
Seriously I did, I thought it was mundane, laborious and boring. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the camaraderie and connection with friends and family but the game itself just took too long for my taste. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who felt this way? You want to know what’s funny. It wasn’t until recently that I discover that all this time I had been playing the game incorrectly!
Did you know that the rules actually state that if a player chooses not to buy a property after landing on it that before the dice is rolled by the next player that property must go up for auction to the highest bidder? Seriously look it up. So I suffered through long drawn out, action-free periods in which I endlessly would circle the board in search of the properties needed to complete a set to position me to win the game all because I didn’t know the rules.
WHAT’S MY POINT?
So you may be wondering why I just took time to share this bit of information about a board game – or as my sweet grandmother use to say, “What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?” Well, it’s because in my opinion, so many people are playing the game of wealth the way I use to play Monopoly.
They are crossing their fingers, rolling the dice, hoping to land on their Boardwalk or Park Place to create the wealth they’ve always desired while in the process of waiting they are experiencing frustration, boredom, dissatisfaction, traps and defeat – and they’re ready to give up! All because they haven’t learned the rules of the game.
Jesus even bought up the importance of knowing the rules in the gospels (see Luke 14:28). Therefore I don’t think it’s something that should be taken lightly.
THE RULES CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR QUESTIONS
Personally, I believe that if you learn how to ask the right question than you’ll have the key to success. What are those questions? I talked about these seven questions in a prior blog that can be found here and I believe they are vitally important to ask yourself if you want to succeed financially. These questions will help you face some hard answers and point you in the right direction towards your success. They are the where, what, why, when and who that will provide the details to your success.
So you’re ready to stop circling the board of life, waiting desperately to hit your JACKPOT? If so than I recommend that you examine the questions and then seriously answer them. Remember, you must learn the rules first, than play the game better than your opponents. Now go get in the game!
Shawn Dorrough – The WealthShift Strategist