My Dad Hinders My Financial Success Online
Nevertheless, I always thought he was like the poor dad from ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’. I was wrong.
Yesterday I told my dad about an online incident that occurred in which my Facebook group had been wrongly called out.
He was immediately worked up and started saying I shouldn’t risk myself like that. That I should be a nobody online, invest in my regular job, and build a stable life.
He even threatened not to help me if something happened that made me pay money instead of making it online. My dad is a worrier, and he takes everything to heart. My financial problems keep him up some nights.
I can understand what drives his decisions. I’m still living in his house, I’m not married, I don’t have any savings, and I don’t own any property. I’m thankful that he worries about me — but that worry also hurts my efforts to build a life.
Granted, I’m not leading a stable life at the moment. If I were to lose my job tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to survive more than one month without a job.
I’m still in huge debt. 52K dollars to be precise. Some of it I pay directly to my parents.
So it would stand to reason I would do anything in my power to get rid of the debt. That includes the best tool of my generation — The Internet. Unfortunately, my dad is an old school. He believes in the tried and true. In his eyes, the best way to earn money is either looking for a job with a higher salary, dabble in real estate, or find some real need that you could start a company from and make an exit.
My dad dabbled in real estate in his time. He made risky decisions he never regretted but was afraid to follow through with at the time. But he did. That mindset separates him from the poor dad in my opinion but he is still not the rich dad who can adapt to situations and take big leaps.
What he doesn’t understand is that to make all of these happen, you need to put yourself out there. You need to show up every day. You need to face adversity, stand your ground, and be consistent. You need to avoid being a pushover or a nobody — precisely the things you should do when you try to make it online.
Maybe these things worked in his generation. But we are the age of ‘We’. If I don’t speak up if I don’t sharpen my voice if I don’t dabble in the community surrounding whatever it is I try to achieve — what am I even doing here?
Changing his mind will be a fight I can’t win, so I won’t even try. But at least I can share this message with you people.
Show up every day. Your dreams will not become real without you being active. My dad needs to be proven wrong to make him understand, and I intend to show it to him that even in my case — no — especially in my case, you can make a living online or at least support your existing one.
My goal is to pay what I owe him soon and tell him that this money came from my success online.
And if I show up every day — I will.