The Broke Man’s Blueprint

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By: Kenneth Duncan 

I used to fear failure. I used to fear the uncertainty that comes with pursuing dreams. I think we all have. I used to think that the only way to find success was to follow the blueprint laid by others that had been there before. The funny thing about the “blueprints” are that they are written by somebody who has failed over and over and over again. The blueprint to finding success is nothing more than an accumulation of lessons learned from being broke.

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In Daymond John’s “Power of Broke”, the key to his future success was more about what little resources he had than what he did not have. The blueprint to success is finding the power in being “broke” and the distinct advantages of limited resources. When you hit the bottom there really is only one direction to head and that is up! The idea of finding power in your shortcomings is summarized amazingly in the book and I feel it is honestly a must read for anybody that uses their fears, obstacles, or shortcomings as a crutch for mediocrity or stagnancy.

I want to leave you with a few tips from my own personal blueprint. Hopefully these will help you to take advantage of the place you are at in life. Take an honest inventory of all your shortcomings and think of ways to make them strengths in reaching your goals.

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” – horace, roman poet

Get your most creative with limited resources: You have nothing to lose by dreaming wild and crazy! The most successful people are adaptable and DYNAMIC. People respect and admire creativity from those that challenge the status quo. Every idea, enterprise, or organization you share your creativity with has the ability to change the world around you. Solve an issue that you face and in turn, you could help solve the issues of your peers.

In Daymond’s book he talks about the emergence of EDM music from Steve Aoki and how he built his legacy from just a few dollars and some friends. Daymond mentions a young lady that made a business and brand out of being social media personality. How many of us use socila media daily and could be so close to building our empire there? The goal is to use your limited resources to find any and everything that can make a difference and make some money. Look at Bianca, Ify, or Jade from our articles and see people who have built so much with very little.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

Find your Purpose Without Money Involved: What would you do if money was not an issue? Your passion and purpose drives you through the lowest moments and the self-doubt. Very few things are guaranteed in life, but having something to hold fast to is core to who you always will be. Find your purpose and passion regardless of the money and chase that without worrying about money. So many college students can’t wait to finally leave and make some money (also face bills, insurance, and traffic) but fail to realize the ability to impact people where they are today.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”

-Booker T. Washington

Redefine Your Definition of Success: No matter the level of success and wealth I achieve, I hope I never let go of the “power of broke”. This current feeling of destructiveness and invincibility makes all dreams seem possible. The “struggle” motivates me more than anything because every inch of movement is progress and success. Once you hit rock bottom you can focus in and keep your eyes “forward” without mention of failure.

Usually if something is easy, it just isn’t worth it. For the past few months, I have been writing profiles and articles on individuals that are experiencing the college “struggle”. None of the individuals want to take shortcuts. Each of them are trendsetters that are in the process of creating a blueprint. I hope that Right Before becomes THE blueprint. I find that the struggle brings me closest to the place that gives me direction. If you are looking to enhance your time at the place where you are in life, change your definition of what success looks like. Give some of these tips a try and let me know how your mindset shifts!

Kenneth Duncan is the founder of Right Before and a regular contributor. He focuses on the education of financial literacy in underprivileged communities.

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