It is extremely rare to achieve financial success as an employee. Salaried folk, unless you are the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees, will not get rich. You can say some Microsoft employees got exceedingly rich but their wealth came through ownership, not through salaries. Basically you have to own something that appreciates majorly to realize great wealth.
Probably the best way to do that is to build a business. One thing that distinguishes super successful entrepreneurs from the run-of-the-mill is a contrarian mindset. Super successful entrepreneurs start out not liking the status quo. They have a low regard for the conventional. Their enterprises express their contrarian views in any number of ways. They can deviate markedly from the norm in terms of quality or price or service or features or marketing or customer relationships or employee treatment or technological advantage or cultural convention or tradition or you name it or all of the above.
These contrarian guys and gals are NOT driven by the desire to amass great wealth. Instead they are driven by passion. Wealth just happens as a by-product of their passion. One of their passions inevitably is a higher purpose, a sense of social responsibility. They see themselves as part of a bigger picture and functioning to bring about change to that big picture.
As a result, they thrive financially and live fulfilled lives.
To be successful, you must either become one of these contrarian-types by nurturing the rebel within you OR you have to team up with one.
He who embraces the status quo is destined to punch a time clock until he can punch no more.
In my next post (whenever I get around to it), I will discuss how to identify the passion(s) that will bring you your greatest success.