The Yin and Yang of Making Money

Yin and yang, fire and water, selling and closing. There is duality everywhere in life. Confucius said once, “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Depending on the time frame you’re looking at, your goals will change. Are you looking at 1 year, 10 years, or 100 years down the road?

Let’s break Confucius’ quote and translate it to your financial life.

1 year — plant a seed: I’ve said before that you can get rich quick, but nobody gets wealthy quick. A year from now you can get rich if you start planting the right seeds today. You won’t have a big oak tree in 12 months, but something will bloom a year from now. What are you planting? Are you training daily on Cardone University? If you don’t start planting now, there won’t be much of a harvest later.

10 years — plant a tree: A decade is more than enough time to begin building generational wealth that will change your entire family’s financial future. There’s no reason that you can’t get multiple flows of income going by 2027 and have your life look completely different than it does today. Bill Gates once said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” A decade is a long time, and if you stay focused on BIG goals you can reach them and then some.

100 years — teach the people: Once you start thinking long term, what is it that you want to accomplish? Nobody just wants money. We want money because of what money can do. Do you want to build something, start something, help something? Start thinking about the year 2117 and what you want your money to be doing. This is where your legacy comes in, the lasting impact of the dollars you make.

One year, plant a seed; 10 years, plant a tree; 100 years, teach the people.

What are you doing today to ensure there will be a harvest 12 months from now, a decade from now, and 100 years from now?

Unfortunately, most people are not even planting a seed, let alone a tree.

If you’re ready to get your finances right within a year, get on my 7-figure sales certification today. Do not wait even 1 more day, it will only delay your harvest.

Be great,


Grant Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author, the #1 sales trainer in the world, and an internationally renowned speaker on leadership, real estate investing, entrepreneurship, social media, and finance. His 5 privately held companies have annual revenues exceeding $100 million. Forbes named Mr. Cardone #1 of the “25 Marketing Influencers to Watch in 2017”. Grant’s straight-shooting viewpoints on the economy, the middle class, and business have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. He regularly appears on Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, and MSNBC, and writes for Forbes, Success Magazine, Business Insider,, and the Huffington Post. He urges his followers and clients to make success their duty, responsibility, and obligation. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and two daughters.

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