My Sweet Little Ellie,
The start of anything you want to accomplish in life is much simpler than you realize. You just need to break the project down to the next step that will make everything else on your journey easier or unnecessary. Rinse and repeat.
The easiest example I can think of to explain the topic of “simple” is money – specifically “how to become a millionaire” for example.
Everyone wants to be a millionaire, but most people view becoming a millionaire as a far off idea that might magically happen to them one day if they’re lucky. But that’s not how it works.
Becoming a millionaire comes from saving more money than you make as you earn it. And you start simple. You start with a dollar. Then you save another dollar. And another.
You repeat the process of saving a dollar over and over until you reach your millionaire goal. Sometimes it will come in chunks of thousands. Sometimes it will be pennies. It can be money from your job. Or your saved money may make more money for you automatically from investments. But either way, you’re finding ways to save a dollar.
Throughout the process you can accelerate your savings by making even more money, building something and selling it, or doing any number of things that produce an income for you in excess of what you need.
For some, this can take years. For others, they may create a business someone else buys and become a millionaire the day the deal closes. But again, it starts with a dollar.
Every other journey you want to take on in life is the same:
- Want to be a concert pianist? Start by learning middle c.
- Want your learn to cook? Start with learning how to prepare one ingredient.
- Want to change the destiny of the world? Start by changing yourself.
All this is to say that I have always wanted to write a series of motivational and inspirational letters to you that you could keep long after I’m gone. You’re only 6 years old, but I wanted to plant the seed in your precious little mind that you can do anything you want in life.
Also, I hope you don’t mind, but I’m making these letters open to the public via this blog because I think other kids and parents might be motivated and inspired just like you, and there’s no such thing as too much dad advice.
For now, I just want you to know I love you to the moon and back (and then some), and I’ll talk to you again soon.
P.S. What is an astronauts favorite time to eat?
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