This is an updated version of an article I wrote and made publicly available awhile back:
Baffled by the bewildering array of money-making opportunities they find in their inboxes and mailboxes, hear from others and on the radio, read in books, ebooks, magazines and newspapers, and see on the internet and television, I receive questions almost every day from good, honest, hard-working people who are sincerely looking to do better financially, questions like:
• Can you really make money in real estate?
• How about stocks? Should I start trading stocks?
• Should I buy a franchise?
• Should I get involved in sales?
• Should I open a business with a physical location?
• Should I start an online business?
• What about those multilevel or network marketing deals? Can you really make any money in them?
• What about this business opportunity or that one?
The list of questions I receive like those is practically endless, however, they all have one thing in common.
Regardless of how it's phrased, the single, most important, underlying question all of those folks are asking me is this:
What's the #1 best business to get into if I want to get rich?
That's their real question, isn't it?
Well, here's the deal:
You can get rich in any business.
Let me say that again:
You can get rich in any business!
Think about it. Bill Gates got rich creating and selling software. Donald Trump got rich buying and developing real estate. J. K. Rowling got rich writing books. Jeff Bezos got rich selling books. Michael Dell got rich building and selling computers. Warren Buffet got rich buying and selling stocks. Wayne Huizenga got rich hauling trash.
Bill Gates, Donald Trump, J. K. Rowling, Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell, Warren Buffet and Wayne Huizenga each got rich in a completely different business, didn't they?
Take a look around you. There are people right in your own community, right now, right this very moment, who are getting rich in every conceivable business, aren't there?
So, since a little thought and observation easily proves you can get rich in any business, the question then turns to one of what's the #1 best business for YOU to get into if you want to get rich?
As a general rule, you'll get rich most easily in a business that uses your strongest abilities, skills, or talents whether inborn or developed.
In other words, you'll get rich most easily in a business that uses the natural or developed abilities, skills, or talents you already possess.
For example, if you have strong mechanical ability, you'll get rich most easily in a business that makes use of your mechanical ability. If you have strong writing skill, you'll get rich most easily in a business that makes use of your writing skill. If you have strong musical talent, you'll get rich most easily in a business that makes use of your musical talent.
However, nowhere is it written that you're limited only to a business that uses your strongest abilities, skills, or talents.
Because there isn't an ability, skill, or talent that's ever been demonstrated by anyone, anywhere, anytime that you weren't born with at least the basics of and that you can't develop if you want to.
Do you think Bill Gates was born knowing how to code software?
I doubt it.
What about Donald Trump? Do you think he was born with the skills necessary to build a highly successful, multi-billion-dollar real estate empire?
Of course not.
Although each of them may have been born with some natural inclinations conducive to their respective businesses, both of them developed the necessary abilities, skills, or talents necessary to get rich in their chosen businesses, and so can you!
Since you can get rich in any business, since you can develop the necessary abilities, skills, or talents to get rich in any business and since, chances are, you're going to be doing something to earn money anyway, why not do something you like doing?
In his book, The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace D. Wattles wrote:
"...you will do best in a business which you like..."
There you have it, plain and simple, the #1 best business to get into if you want to get rich:
A business which you like!
If it uses your strongest abilities, skills, or talents, all the better. If it doesn't, no big deal, you can develop them as you go along.
One of the biggest mistakes I see people making, and I see it all the time, is they decide they want to do better financially, they decide they want to get rich, then they start looking for ways to make money without any regard whatsoever to what they like to do or, just as important, what they don't like to do.
In other words, regardless of how they justify it, they look for a business to get into based purely on the money they think they can make.
From my own personal experience, I can tell you this:
Whenever I've done anything purely for the money, which is exactly what I did the majority of my life, not only was I absolutely miserable in the process but every single time, without exception, I ultimately ended up falling flat on my face... Big time!
So, if you want to get rich, here's my advice:
Rather than chase after every new so-called money-making opportunity that comes down the pike, figure out what it is you like to do and then think of a way or ways to get rich doing that.
Note: Interestingly enough, based on the stats from the service I used to distribute my public articles on the internet and the article sites they submitted to on my behalf, this article is the most read article I've ever written and made publicly available... By far!
Well, I don't know for sure, but my guess, and I believe it to be an accurate one, is a whole lot of folks out there are searching for that one magic business that's going to make them rich.
It doesn't exist.
That's right, just in case you haven't been paying attention here, it doesn't exist!
And the sooner you come to that realization and get on with what will make you rich, the faster you'll get there.
The truth of the matter, as Mr. Wattles' so correctly pointed out in The Science of Getting Rich, is this:
You can get rich in any business or profession.
You can get rich in any business or profession!
And that being the case, you might as well get into a business or profession that you like!
If it makes use of your strongest abilities, skills, or talents, all the better. If it doesn't, no big deal, you can develop them as you go along.
In his Wealth Science Course, Mr. Wattles wrote:
"Perhaps the most essential part of wealth-culture consists in finding the place where you will be happy in your work."
Quite frankly, I think it's a bit more than perhaps; I think finding the place where you'll be happy in your work is the most essential part of wealth-culture, for when you've found that, you've found the #1 best business to get into if you want to get rich.