Remember when phones were for talking to someone? What encyclopedias used to look like? The kind that had pages and that your parents paid for in installments? Last I heard Encyclopaedia Britannica (formed in 1770) had more than 100 editors on the payroll. Editors for Wikipedia work for free. Which information source does your child use?
Yesterday while in the waiting area at the medical center where my mom was having her cataract surgery, I overheard some people discussing the “New American Dream.” Not that I was eavesdropping, but this is how they described the new American Dream: You don’t get downsized out of your job and your house does not get foreclosed. I restrained myself from reminding them that despite recent challenges, more people own their own homes in this country than anywhere else.
Regardless, the world works differently today.
This is not about fear mongering. The point is, it’s a Lady Gaga economy. For those brave enough to face the new reality, there are incredible opportunities that are waiting. The thing is, FedEx doesn’t deliver these opportunities. they’re already delivered; you just need to see them.
That’s why I offer you 10 reasons why savvy is the new rich:
1. Savvy knows that hoping for the best is not a plan.
Savvy is taking your head out of the sand (cleverly disguised as crisis management, aka "crazy busy") and taking a look at where you are and where you really want to be. It’s taking time out to quiet the mind chatter and listen to a deeper voice in your heart. As Christine Kane would say, “It’s about responding instead of reacting.”
2. Savvy decides who to be.
By knowing what you want to do and have, you decide who you want to be. What kind of person? What habits support this person? What do you need to learn to be this person? How are you expanding your comfort zone?
BTW, a good exercise for this one is to finish this sentence 20 times: I’m the kind of person who….
3. Savvy spends money consciously.
You’ve never had as many different ways to spend your money before now. Truly. the choices can be overwhelming. Savvy is learning to feel rich now, while being a wise steward of your income. It’s making conscious decisions about where to spend, and where to slash spending.
4. Savvy constantly improves local health care.
Getting regular exercise is the best thing you can do for your health. You don’t even have to break into a sweat, although it’s better if you do. Your body and your mind need movement. The medical community accepts that roughly 80% of illnesses are the result of issues within our control: smoking, drinking, overeating, stress and not exercising. Taking extreme care of your health NOW is a way to maintain your health down the road.
5. Savvy is a maniac about personal energy conservation.
Of course it’s not just a matter of recycling. It’s awareness of the fact that personal energy is limited in supply and can only be managed by one person, that would be you. It’s taking time to identify and deal with energy drainers, and finding ways to boost your supply of personal energy. Increasing your energy level is something you work on at both the physical and emotional/mental level.
6. Savvy is all into marketing and building relationships.
Let’s define marketing as getting out the message of your contribution so that your fans can easily find you, pay for and praise your unique solution to their problem. Marketing takes place in every interpersonal or electronic messaging exchange. Your marketing changes the world and is the conduit for your contribution.
7. Savvy learns to laugh a lot.
If you don’t laugh easily, you’re not being savvy. Believe me, learning to take yourself not so seriously takes commitment, but it’s totally worth it. Make sure you’re spending quality time with funny people and learn to see the funny side of life.
8. Savvy knows that rich is more than dollars, or euros.
Not saying money doesn’t matter, it totally does. But your happiness can happen now. Abe Lincoln was right when he said that people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Being rich is not how much money you have, it’s how you feel about what you have.
9. Savvy creates multiple streams of income, even if they start out as tiny trickles.
You don’t even see how this is possible until you decide to do it. There are all kinds of ways to create streams of income, and some of if can be passive. Passive income is the kind that comes in even when you’re sleeping.
10. Savvy is hopelessly imperfect about all this.
Savvy people usually stick to having great days and good days, but an occasional icky day can slip in. Mistakes are made, only savvy knows that making lots of mistakes is the only way to learn and move forward.
If Lady Gaga is the new Madonna, isn’t savvy is the new rich? Soon you’ll see a new opportunity to be more savvy yourself with a group of smart people just like you at Mixonian Institute.