In 2001, I came across a book that revolutionized the way I thought about work and money. Until then, I was living by the edict, “Go to school, study hard, and get a good job.” Being the overachiever that I am, I excelled. I got my Master’s, graduated magna cum laude, and got a great job with IBM. I did better than anyone in my family did by that age.
By my family’s standards, I was successful.
Then I read Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and I felt immensely resentful. How could they withhold such valuable information from me!!! This whole going to school and getting a good job is such a farce. I’ll be in the E Quadrant FOREVER!!!
While the E (Employee) quadrant is not as sexy as the B (Business) or I (Investing) quadrants, I’ve come to appreciate it. It provides free training, steady income, benefits, capital, structure, and a REAL social network.
When you are living in the E quadrant, you’re on a fixed income. It’s an opportunity to internalize the basics of financial intelligence. With earned income, you can learn how to budget and save. For someone like me who had zero financial education and thought that money is made to be spent, learning what to do with earned income was a significant accomplishment.
What does all this have to do with being a mystic? Acceptance and appreciation for where you are! The longer and harder you resist where you are right now, the longer you will be there. Resistance includes trying with all your might to get out because you absolutely can’t stand it here. It includes prematurely leaving where you are without the bridge to the next step or the tools to get there. Resistance includes beating yourself up for being where you are.
Take a moment to stand where you are and just observe it objectively. There’s good there. What can you use in the situation to help you get where you want to be? What nuggets are ripe for the plucking? Do you see any silver linings?