Phil loved reading about and learning from those who were more successful than him, regardless of whether they were older or younger. One of his favorite businessmen and authors was Robert Kiyosaki. This is a direct quote from one of Kiyosaki’s books that Phillip always talked about and I want to share it with you.
“If you are the kind of person who has no guts, you just give up every time life pushes you. If you’re that kind of person, you’ll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for some event that never happens. Then you die a boring old man. The truth is that you let life push you into submission. Deep down you were terrified of taking risks. You really wanted to win, but the fear of losing was greater than the excitement of winning. Deep inside you and only you will know you didn’t go for it. You chose to play it safe.”
My mentor loved this quote because it scared him of being average. This quote described the exact type of person that he didn’t want to be. Upon reading Kiyosaki’s book for the first time, he was motivated to start taking more risks and being more bold. The first thing he did after acquiring this knowledge was invest in a company called Corpus Christi Carpet Cleaner. It was a smart investment I might add and ended up making him a lot of money.
Point is he didn’t let life push him around. He didn’t play it safe. Yes, he was scared of taking risks just like everyone else but he did it anyways because he knew that was the only way he could ever achieve his goals. His desire to win was much greater than his fear of losing. If you do not have this same attitude and mindset towards attacking and living life then you will never truly be satisfied with yourself.
It is not always about achievements, but knowing deep down that you gave it your all and didn’t leave anything on the table. You took the risks necessary to win and if they paid off great, if not at least you can say you weren’t an average joe scared of life. I can guarantee you that when Phil was on his death bed, he knew that he had given this life everything he had. He definitely didn’t play it safe.
I highly recommend you read Robert Kiyosaki’s book Rich Dad Poor Dad. It will definitely be worth your time. If you have any questions regarding this post or the book, feel free to shoot me an email!