Why Working Harder Can Make You Poorer

Why success means doing less in order to make more

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve shared some of the insights my rich dad gave me regarding the B-I Triangle (“Moving Beyond the Great Idea,” and “Invest in Systems, Not Products”).

This week, I want to share one more insight rich dad gave me: the paradox of hard work.

Rich dad told me, “Your dad believes in hard work as the means of making money. Once you master the art of building B-I Triangles, you will find that the less you work, the more money you will make and the more valuable what you are building becomes.”

At first I didn’t understand what rich dad meant, but after a number of years of practice, I understood it more fully.

Today, I meet people who work hard building a career, working their way up the corporate ladder, or building a practice based upon their reputation. These people generally come from the E (employee) and S (self-employed) quadrants of the CASHFLOW Quadrant.

In order for me to become rich, I needed to learn to build and put together systems that could work without me. After I built my first B-I Triangle and sold it, I realized what rich dad meant by the less I work, the more money I will make. He called that thinking, “Solving the B-I Triangle riddle.”

I have found the difference between those in the E and S quadrants and those in the B (business owner) and I (investor) quadrants is that the E and S people are often too hands-on.

They fall into the classic error that it’s more important to work in your business than on your business. By getting bogged down in day-to-day details, they never work on the business to take it to the next level. They don’t trust that anyone can do a better job than them, and they don’t trust a system that can run without them. They are the barrier to their own success.

Rich dad used to say, “The key to success is laziness. The more hands-on you are, the less money you can make.” Rather than being hands-on and working hard, successful people find innovative ways to do more with less—and they empower their teams to be successful for them.

If you are going to be the kind of person who creates assets that buy other assets, you need to find ways of doing less so that you can make more and build more.

If you are a person who is addicted to hard work, or what rich dad called, “Staying busy in your busyness and not building anything,” then I would suggest learning more on how working less can make you more money.

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