The word positioning means to be well placed in a path of opportunity, ready and able to harvest, extract, and leverage opportunities when they show up. This means that positioning that creates wealth involves three things: a path where opportunities flow, your position on that path and your ability to extract and leverage opportunities when they show up. Thus, for positioning to work for you, something of value must be flowing your way.
Thankfully, one of the resources that flow our way is money. Money is in constant circulation because the moment it enters your hand, it is ready to either leave or stay. When it leaves, it enters the central money circulation system, ready to be extracted by someone else who is well-positioned for it. When it stays, it remains with you as savings until you decide whether to invest it or lose it. Thus, if you spend 90% of your income every month on expenses, you are losing 90% of your money back into circulation.
While we all must lose money back into circulation to keep life going, money lost into circulation does not make you rich. It is money harvested from circulation, saved, and well invested that leads to your own freedom. Thus, unless your money harvesting abilities exceed your money-losing abilities you will not achieve financial freedom. When you contribute money into the system more than you harvest you are hustling. But when you harvest more money than you contribute you are positioning.
So, what is the difference between Hustling and Positioning for wealth?
The Difference between hustling and positioning
Hustling is the constant grind of pursuing money because you are losing more money by putting back into circulation than you are getting out. Positioning is being in the path of opportunity flow and having a system to harvest more money than you lose. To illustrate this concept, let me use an example. Imagine for example that I give you the task to catch 1000 butterflies. Butterflies are a species of animals that are in constant motion just like money. So, let’s see the different ways you can achieve your goal. Your first strategy may be to catch the butterflies by hand.
To do this, you will have to pursue them one after another. Yet, butterflies have an advantage that you do not have—they can fly and are faster moving than you. Thus, if you choose this strategy, you will wear yourself out by the time you have caught only 100 of them. This is what hustling looks like, and what 80% of working professionals are doing. They are pursuing a fast-paced moving item—money, wasting time, and catching only a few.
Ok, let’s look at another strategy …….