- Personal Finance
11 Ways Information Can Make You Prosper
In this day and age we have so much information being thrown at us it’s difficult to sift through it all and make it fit into our lives. We have to be mindful of what information we allow into our lives. We must consider how specific information will affect us and/or our family. Most millionaires use information to help them create their wealth and to keep their wealth. We can allow information, if we don’t apply it properly, to use us, to abuse us, or to confuse us.
1. Information is Money.
Information is the new currency, and like money, we need to make it work for us. Like money, we need to invest it in our lives and expand our knowledge base. If you have information that is pertinent to others, you can get paid; yes, people will pay you for what you know. Package your information appropriately to sell such as in books, DVDs, CDs, membership websites, webcasts, podcasts, webinars, teleseminars, etc. Package your information in articles, blogs, or Vlogs (video blogs) as well.
2. Learn to showcase your information.
Allow information to help you find that next job by showcasing your newly acquired information and/or reconfiguring the information you have stored away. There is always something one person knows that another person doesn’t know. There will always be someone in need of information. People tailor their information all the time, i.e. their resumes; that’s right, people have several resumes based on their knowledge and/or information.
3. Dust off that old information.
Some of us need to “dust off” information we have shelved and never used because we didn’t have time to use the information, or was just too lazy to do something with the information. Have you written a book that you’ve never published? Some of us have bestsellers in file cabinets or on a computer. Some of us have enough information to teach a class or a workshop.
4. Don't fear information.
Some of us need to rid ourselves of the fear of information. Fear of information can stunt financial, physical and spiritual growth. When you don’t know much, you don’t own much. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s foolishness. Feed yourself information that will keep you healthy, wealthy, and wise. A person who is fearful of information is lacking in most areas of their lives. A person who is fearful of information will depend on others to feed them the information they need, which can wear other people out as well as get on their nerves.
5. Don't let information leave you behind.
Information can leave others behind. It’s common for employees who have learned a new skill, took a class, etc., to quickly move up the corporate ladder. While other co-workers murmur about the additional information required of them, there was an employee that saw value in the information and how it could work for him or her, and it did work for them which was obvious by the promotion they received. A gap between the rich and the poor is the information gap. Yes, everyone is not meant to be rich, but someone can live comfortably, and getting to a comfortable lifestyle involves getting the necessary information to do so.
6. Goals require information.
Choose information to help you reach your goals. Specific goals require specific information. You can’t be a lawyer by going to medical school.
7. Be prepared to pay for information.
Information has a cost or can be free. Start with the free information since free is in everyone’s budget. Assess whether certain information is worth the cost, and if it is, put the cost of the information in your budget, e.g., schooling. Certain information has an astronomical cost because of the results the information will bring if used properly, or because of the perceived value of the information.
Do you have some information that can help you to prosper?
8. Choose information that fits you just right.
Information is not one size fits all. Information affects people differently, and opens up the minds of some while closing the minds of others. Certain information is not for everyone, but is for those who can skillfully weave and use it to their advantage.
9. Information doesn't care who you are.
Information is not a respecter of persons. It doesn’t deny its use based on race, gender, religion, or ability. Information encourages its use by all who dare to engage it. Information is an equal opportunity product, most information doesn’t have a “Use By” date, or most doesn’t expire; most information may just need a little reconfiguring, adaptation, or updating.
10. Information can come with new friends.
Information can change your social and/or professional affiliations. How? For example, becoming an author can place you in arenas you would not have otherwise been exposed to. If your book is good you could find yourself as a guest on radio and/or TV as well as be a guest speaker for an organization. When you possess specific information find organizations that need your information and join those organizations. New valuable information can attract new and valuable friends, and this is what you want; the key word is “valuable.”
11. Be many things with the right information.
Information breeds versatility. The more information you know how to use, share, sell, or manipulate, the more valuable and versatile you become. An example, someone has taught themselves or has taken classes for website design, and then he or she can develop their own website without having to pay someone else. Because of certain information you possess you can divide it out into several avenues for use – the information can make you a seller, a speaker, a teacher, or a do-it-yourselfer. Information can not only make you versatile, but it can make you less dependent on others for certain information.
What you don’t know or don’t use what you know can cause you not to prosper. Ignorance is not bliss it’s to be minimized whenever possible. One of the worst things you can do is to depend on someone else to dig out the information that will help you. No one cares about your situation more than you do. No one will be as persistent to dig out the information you desperately need more than you. Information can be like gold, so seek it, cherish it, and use it to cause you to prosper.