“I Wish I Was Rich Like You…”

I hear it all the time, and there is probably nothing more insulting or demeaning for a successful person to hear, than “I wish I was rich like you!“, or the same type of phrase, but attributed to what makes them successful. No one realizes or appreciates the full amount of effort it takes to get to where many successful people are today.

How many times have you heard or even said, “I wish I was rich as Bill Gates“… or “I wish I could play golf like Tiger Woods“, yet have never took the initiative to start your own business, or even attend a golf swing class. While many are sitting back wishing, the successful people are DOING!

With that said, here are a few motivation quotes from people over the years who have experienced success and failure.

“To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish; then resolve to pay the price to get it.”
Bunker Hunt (Former billionaire that lost his fortune)

“If your work is becoming uninteresting, so are you. Work is an inanimate thing and can be made lively and interesting only by injecting yourself into it. Your job is only as big as you are.”
George C. Hubbs

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
Peter Drucker (Author known for predicting many of the major developments of the late 20th century)

To have success, you must put forth an investment. That investment can be almost anything, ranging from time, training, work to even just reading or listen. Your success start with you.

If you are afraid of failure and the possibility of losing money by trying to start your own business, you most likely won’t succeed. How many people have spent $100,000+ to go to college for 4 years (or more), and end up with a job they hate, or no job at all? In the end, this was still an investment of time and money, putting many on the path to the career they were looking for. Why are so many people so scared of spending a few dollars to test their ideas, but so ready to pour everything they have into attending college? It takes a different type of mindset to be your own boss, but that is your decision to make. Not everyone has what it takes to make the plunge, that’s why so many people are “wishing” instead of “doing“.

No big success was accomplished in one day… but today is the day for you to start working towards your goals.

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  1. Very well said!

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  2. Definitely words of the wise, but not for everyone. Some people thrive on having things to complain about, some people believe they are failures so they need to fail in order to confirm their own beliefs. Added to which, if everyone is out there trying to win, there’s just more people in the way of those who truly want to win.

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  3. Love posts like this. So simple, yet the vast majority of people don’t understand this concept.

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  4. Some real words of wisdom, Zac. I hear from friends all the time, “I wish I could work from home.” Stop wishing and start doing!

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  5. I won’t bore you with the A$$ kissin, but I think that when (If) someone says “I Wish I Was Rich Like You…” to you, it’s admiration.

    It’s not that they don’t want to work for the money, it’s that they don’t have a clue how to start!

    A friend of mine once told me years ago “Stop thinking about what to do, & just do something, right or wrong, JUST DO SOMETHING!”

  6. @SlimJim: You’re definitely right… people need to make the first step, no matter what it is. I was going to go into detail in this post and say “go buy your first domain” or even “setup a wordpress blog”… anything to get started. Time and time again, I will tell people to read over this blog before they can even start to think about making money online, or having me help them. Everything is out there… just need to want it enough.

  7. Hey Zac, that is a great post. Beautifully done.

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  8. Very true Zac, well said. Some people just expect things to fall out of the sky for them and they will become successful. I say less waiting and more action!

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  9. This is all very true Zac. I’ve been reading and reading and reading…wait, to damn much reading. Lately I’ve started to act and act…you get the point. If you really want something go get it. Thats what it boils down to. People need to set a goal, whatever it may be. Do something with a positive progression each day. Not 1 out of 3. Make advancement EVERY DAY! I’m working a full time job and trying to renovate my house and blah blah blah. Each day i’m still spending at least some time to move ahead. It’s within everyone’s ability to BE “rich like you”!

  10. Zac,


    I'm at the stage in my career, where the old skills have become unmarketable.

    Of course I have selected as my new career one of the most difficult industries to understand and succeed with, Affiliate Marketing!

    Challenges, Yes! But I do not understand the word, 'quit' and hope to share my success stories with others as they are realized.

    Thank you for taking the time to share what you know with others. Now we just need to apply what you have shared, and never stop.


    Nicholas Chase

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  11. There’s no shortage of “get your ass in gear” posts these days, but I never get sick of them. The funny thing is, even if you inspire someone to get started they will complain about not knowing where to begin. I tell people to just do anything! It doesn’t have to make money right away. Start a social profile, weekly blog or special interest website. Try to find answers to your questions from people that have done it before and learn as you go. The best teacher will be you, and the mistakes you make along the way. If you so new to the internet you can’t even do the things above, start by reading these blogs or by signing up at WebmasterWorld and reading the Quick and Dirty Guide to Twitter.

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  12. Great post Zac!

    How many times do you hear, “I failed a 100 times before I succeeded”? We’ve all been there. Even if you fail, you’ll learn so much on what you did wrong and eventually you will get it right. If you don’t take chance you will always wonder, “What if?”

    As Nike slogan states “Just Do It!”

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  13. Dude, I feel for you completely. I get this a lot at school with “I wish I was smart as you.” These people make these comments, but they fail to acknowledge the fact that getting where you were took a lot of hard work and focus. You didn’t just “become” rich, you achieved riches.

  14. What a great post Zac, I am one of those believers, that often the mindset of a person determines their success before they even start. I hear it all the time from the people I know who complain about life, instead of going after it, and getting things done.

    Till then,


  15. @Affiliate Failure:

    I agree. "I don't know where to start" was one of the reasons I started blogs showing people how/where to start. I didn't know where to start either, so I just jumped in and started doing and figured I would chronicle how I am doing it – presto a starting point.

    Google is by far the best tool to teach people how to do something. Don't know how to change code to call a plug-in? google – call function wordpress and just like that there are a ton of sites that will show you how.

    Bottom line – all you need is One Answer to One Question to start. "What do you want to do?"

  16. Great post! My friends are always wishing they could be like me (smart) while they sit on their behinds an watch TV. I only started doing IM recently and have yet to see great results, but then again, patience is a virtue…

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  17. I could not agree with you more, and while the envious are sitting around, we are taking action and that feels really good!

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  18. very well written and I dont think anyone can argue with what you say. The ones that sit around scratching their nuts only wishing they were rich will sit in the same spot for years to come…the true people that succeed run with their ideas and take action when necessary.

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  19. @Tim Jones:

    No doubt – I've got a friend that constantly marvels about how "lucky" I am to work from home.

    For some reason, he doesn't envy the 7 day work weeks, lack of vacations, working until 2 am, the stress and risks, etc.

    I wouldn't trade that stuff for 5 days in an office, but diminishing hard work as luck does get tiresome.

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  20. Good post and good comments. Working toward the dream!

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  21. I do supply him a room to sleep in, well, to be honest, a closet, and I let him eat all the leftovers the cat won't eat, so I'm just wondering what would be the going rate.

    He's not all that good but at least he hasn't made advances to my maid. He may well be gay. I don't really care. But he is very good at coordinating my attire.

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  22. BS repeated number of times without any clear directions on how to start. 'Do what you like and better yet buy something from my website'. I really don't like posts like this. Many people want to be doing something, but that something is never precise that's why the hesitate. What if someone wants to be their own boss, but has no idea what to sell? Where do advertise something you have no idea about? Tell us how to get profitable ideas first and then tell us to do something about them.

    Take an engineer for example. He can do lots of advanced things, but he can do them only because he has a clear plan of what is expected of him. Things that he creates are of no interest to him and he really doesn't understand why people pay for the end product that he contributed to. His worldview is different. Only his part of the engineering is interesting. That's just one example. People work in certain field because they find it interesting. Profitable ideas are based on selling some boring stuff to the public hoping they are dumb enough to need it.

    You really created another great diet to get that $39 for an ebook? I don't think so.

  23. Fear is the big barrier. When I was on my own I took great risks and reaped great rewards. Now that I have a family I am much more conservative.

  24. @Matt Fyffe:

    Okay, so what about the rich people out there who fell into money, lottery, death of family member…whatever. They did NOTHING to get there, but just be at the right place at the right time. So I have to say I don't agree with Zac or his attitude. You are assuming that people that make that comment aren't doing anything to try and better themselves or get more money. Pittiful that people really think like that and approve your thinking.

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