There aren’t too many people that grow up understanding what the 98% and 2% are. Many people are 98 percenters without realizing it. I was in the same boat until I stumbled upon a book titled “The Cash Flow Quadrant” by Robert Kyosaki. After reading it, my mind has never been the same. I was so intrigued that I decided to do more research. To my surprise, people of the 2 percent origin are responsible for more than 60% of the economy and control more than 90% of wealth on the planet. I started to think they are bad mama jamas! So what is the differentiation? Finances are not the only thing that creates the distinction. It is the individual’s mindset!
People that are 98 percenters are comfortable in their life, insecure with their judgments which lead to fear-based decisions. They are also procrastinators, negative, mediocre, arrogant, leveraged, close-minded, uninspired and unmotivated. They feel entitled to everything yet they have a dozen of excuses as to why goals or tasks aren’t accomplished. (Unfortunately, most people were raised as 98 percenters so it is easy to buy into excuses). 98 percenters have a poverty mindset and a victim mentality. They do not have dreams so they are dream stealers to others.
2 percenters are risk takers, self-starters, positive, confident, open-minded, doers, fearless, energetic, perseverant, disciplined, persistent, leaders, driven, team players, coachable, successful, leader builders, humble, always a student and they embrace being uncomfortable. They have visionary mindset because they know where they are going. They don’t live in the past but live for the future. Every minute is spent doing something that inches them closer to their goal.
When I decided to start my business, it changed my life, I made the decision to convert to a 2% mindset. I knew that it would be a tough fight seeing as I had a 98% mindset for 32 years. As much as I would love for the transition to happen overnight, I knew it wouldn’t. The first thing I eliminated was TV. I gave up some of my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, The Flash, etc. 2 percenters are present in the moment and live to create a change. In lieu, I started to read personal development books which fed my mind. I also gave up the radio instead I would listen to a motivational video on YouTube. I banned junk food and sweets! That was a tough one for me since I have a sweet tooth. Again I was feeding my mind only healthy things. I developed unwavering faith and belief in myself and what I was doing. This was tough one considering that I didn’t have a steadfast conviction in me and my abilities. Now I’m not saying everyone should give up everything but what I will say is that sacrifices must be made to get into the 2% mindset.
It is so easy to go back to being the 98%, especially if there aren’t any friends and family on the same journey. However, the journey to success is lonely and a road less traveled. Your focus must be deliberate and directed on how you spend the time to break habits and develop yourself. Although your programming may reflect a 98 percenter, persistence breaks resistance which will cultivate new habits of discipline. Tread lightly when you are making the transition to any step can lead you back to where you began.