As a teenager I worked in a bakery, frying doughnuts for the morning customers. This meant I had to be at work by 3 a.m. Often I would drag in thirty minutes late, half-asleep and disheveled. My boss, Sandy, would shake his head and say, “You know, any old fool can go to bed at night, but it takes a real man to get up in the morning.”
I must have heard that phrase a hundred times, but never really understood it until I went into business for myself. It’s a principle as simple as it is timeless–one that every successful person has learned in one form or another. Knowing what you need to do and doing it are not the same things.
Almost all of us have a desire to earn extra income for our family or to at least make the best possible choices when it comes to money. We want to be wise about how we use our time, talents, and resources. We long for the day we can give more, worry less, and be financially independent. And we know that there are steps we need to follow in order to achieve those goals. As the Bible proverb advises, “Take good counsel and accept correction–that’s the way to live wisely and well” (Proverbs 19:20).
If you want wisdom on finances, this little book just may be your first step toward doing what you know needs to be done in order to move forward. There are thousands of ways
to increase your family income, but you need only a few of them to succeed. Included here are ninety-nine tried-and true ideas to get you started. It’s not an exhaustive list–just a few thoughts worth getting up in the morning for.
Excerpted from 99 Ways to Increase Your Income by Frank Martin. Copyright © 2009 by Frank Martin. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.