How many of our youth want to be rich? If you were to ask a thousand teenagers in a room, how many would not raise their hands? Now ask the same teens, what is your plan to achieve this wealth? I believe that only one or two hands would remain in the air. Imagine what they would say. They would gush with dreams of fame and fortune. Their imaginations would be gallop forward only to be restrained with reality.
Youth have several huge advantages over experience. They feel invincible. Life has not drained them of the impossible. The Lord has also blessed them with imaginations without boundaries. Young Christian Entrepreneurs will help them to harness their youth and connect it with Biblical principles for success.
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There are many self-help books. I actually love most of them. They can make you feel like you can do anything; for example, if you put your mind to the task of getting rich. The problem is what is rich? Who defines rich? Is rich being able to stop worrying about where your next meal is coming from? Is rich owning a Cadillac, a motorcycle, the bat mobile, several houses, and sleeping till noon because you can? When I was ten, I wanted to be rich; rich like a millionaire. I did not know how to get there, so I started reading. I will list some of these books in the back of this book. All of those books lacked the same theme, God. When I was young, this did not occur to me. The men that wrote these books were rich, and I wanted to become like them. Every year, I would read the same books over and over again. They helped me to continue my drive. To consistently push for any dream, you will need drive and a passion.
Like most of you, I had no money. This was a problem. How can you become a millionaire without any money? I started reading about quick get rich schemes. I even tried a few. The first scheme was sending out a thousand letters with a list of names in each letter. The letter told the recipient to send me one dollar. Then mail back out the list to a thousand more names with their name at the top of the list. The idea was that everyone on the list would eventually receive $1,000. If this doesn’t make sense, don’t stress too much. The only person that made money on this was the person that sold me the stamps. I never received a letter back. The next grand idea I tried was the called the airplane. The idea is to sell an imaginary seat on the make-believe airplane to thirty-two people. Each passenger gives you $10 for their seat. When the plane fills up and “takes off”, you get $320. At that point the airplane splits into two new planes. The first two people that purchased a “ticket” from you become pilots, and they sell seats to new passengers. The scheme works fine if you keep finding more passengers. My airplane never took off. The people below me kept the money and never passed it up. Both of these ideas are illegal. When we are young, getting rich seems more important than the law.
By now I have no money, and really wanted a car. I downgraded my goal of becoming a millionaire to becoming a car owner. I started to notice that girls liked it when you had a car. I am not sure how it started, but I stared selling lollipops at school. I would go to Sam’s Club, buy a box of blow pops and re-sell them at school for a quarter each or 5 for a dollar. I was amazed how much kids loved sugar and a blow pops. Watermelon was the top seller. I even had teachers for customers. People really like candy, and I really wanted a car. My customers drove me to candy bars. You have to keep your customer’s happy. So, we started carrying Reese’s Cups, M&M’s, and Snickers. I say we, because, I found a few young freshmen to help me with my enterprise. The school loved my candy so much they made me student body president. One of the perks of being the school president was control over the assignment of lockers. I would put a full bag of candy in the morning in a set locker, and pick up empty bag and cash after each school day. This allowed me to stop selling, focus on school work, and pick out my new car. My shiny used car was a blue Honda Civic hatchback. Not the coolest car, but it was mine. This was the beginning. I knew that I needed to work for myself, but it needed to be legal. The federal government wants their money. (side note: render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and I suggest a little more to be safe) I had built a decent resume in high school, saved some money, got an Army scholarship, and enrolled at Clemson University. During my college years, I focused on business studies, but stopped reading my many self-help books. More importantly, I stopped reading the Bible and going to church. To answer my earlier question, what is rich? Rich is knowing God. Generational wealth, is teaching your children about Jesus.