Don't count your eggs until the chicken's laid them.
One day, a huge alien ship arrived on planet Earth.
The aliens on the ship surveyed humankind and were so moved by the poverty they saw. They pitied the poor so much, they decided to help. They left behind one of their very special chickens.
Looking around, the aliens chose Mang Pong, a very poor farmer, to receive their wonderful gift. In the middle of the night, they teleported this chicken to the backyard of Mang Pong. And in a blink of an eye, the ship rocketed away to a far distant galaxy.
When Mang Pong woke up the next morning, he discovered the strange-looking feathered creature at the back of his little hut.
"Where did that weird animal come from?” Mang Pong asked. "It's extra-large and has golden-colored wings!”
But then something even weirder happened. When the chicken stood up, Mang Pong saw a shiny egg underneath it, glimmering under the sun. The chicken just laid a golden egg!
Boy, was Mang Pong excited.
He rushed out, sold the golden egg, and bought lots of food, new clothes, and new furniture for his tiny house. Life was great that day!
The following month, Mang Pong couldn't believe his eyes. Because the chicken laid another golden egg! So he ran to town, sold again the golden egg, and bought an iPod, a laptop, a jacuzzi, and a 60-inch LED TV. Ah yes, life was becoming very sweet for Mang Pong.
And when the third month came, he already expected the egg. And he sold the golden egg and bought more stuff.
But the next day, Mang Pong grew very impatient. He realized that he had to wait for another month for the next egg. But he wanted buy his own personal helicopter and his very own private helipad. He badly needed more golden eggs!
And then he had a brilliant idea—or so he thought.
You see, Mang Pong wasn't very bright.
He said, "Where are these eggs coming from? From inside the chicken!”
So he grabbed the alien chicken, got his sharpest knife, and cut it open.
But alas, Mang Pong didn't find a single golden egg inside.
And the alien chicken was now dead!
Mang Pong cried at the loss of his chicken and all her golden eggs.
And slowly, the farmer had to sell his clothes, his furniture, his iPod, his laptop, his jacuzzi, and his wide-screen TV.
And in a year, the farmer became very poor again.
One day, as he walked around town depressed, he met one person who had become very rich. And the man was thanking him profusely.
"Why are you thanking me?” he asked.
"Remember the golden egg you sold me?” he said.
"Yes, of course,” Mang Pong said.
"Well, the egg hatched…” he said.
"What do you mean the egg hatched?” the farmer asked.
"I placed it in an incubator. After 12 months of care, it hatched and out came a chicken. A very special chicken. It's extra-large and has golden wings. But more importantly, it lays golden eggs!”
Mang Pong could only stare in disbelief.
Every egg he sold—given the right conditions—could have become a chicken!
Oh, if only he kept the eggs and made it hatch—then he would have had many chickens laying golden eggs for him every day.
After many years, the alien ship returned to planet Earth.
They were happy to discover some had become wealthy.
The rich were those who owned chickens that laid golden eggs.
But they were also sad that many remained poor, including Mang Pong.
Money or Money Machines?
This is the story of many poor people.
The poor prefer golden eggs (money) rather than the chicken that lays them (money machines).
Remember this lesson: Every golden egg has a chicken inside.
Do you have money right now?
Inside every coin and paper bill is a money machine.
You just need to "incubate” it for some time.
So you always have a choice.
You can "spend” the egg or you can make the egg become a chicken.
Blessing or Burden?
How many of you are praying for a house?
How many of you are praying for a car?
Do you want to make that happen?
I'll teach you to adjust your prayer.
Don't just pray for a house or a car.
Because if you do, this is what will happen:
Mike says, "Lord, give me a car!”
And kaboom, the car appears in front of him.
"Praise the Lord!” Mike says.
But in no time, he'll have more needs.
Very quickly, he'll be praying, "Lord, give me gas!”
Soon, he'll also pray, "Lord, give me money for the tune up and change oil.”
The car that was a blessing has become a burden.
Remember: Money without money machines are not blessings but burdens.
Because the things that you buy with your money need more money to maintain them.
Here's how you should pray for a house and a car.
"Lord, give me a money machine so that I can buy a house and car!”
The money machine should come first.
The liabilities should come later.
Spend vs. Incubate?
Your golden eggs—if you incubate them—can become chickens.
Your money—if you don't spend it—but incubate it—can become a money machine.
We've been brainwashed with a wrong spirituality: We've made God the chicken. We've made Him our money machine.
But from experience, God doesn't give money.
He gives us money machines that will give the money.
God wants to provide money machines for you.
Here are the different types of money machines: (1) job, (2) self-employment, (3) paper investments, (4) businesses, and (5) properties.
I repeat: Don't just pray for money.
They'll become burdens, not blessings.
Instead, pray for money machines that produce the money.
Two Components of Financial Wealth
Friends, let me define what Financial Wealth is to you.
Financial Wealth is not money. Or property. Or stocks. Or jewelry. Or houses. Or cars. All those are simply fruits of wealth but not wealth itself.
In fact, I believe wealth consists of two things.
First, having a mindset to create money.
Second, having an ability to create money.
This is what wealth is all about.
Some people are confused.
They think that wealth means golden eggs.
But wealth is not owning golden eggs.
Wealth is owning the chicken that lays the golden egg.
Some people think rich people have Rolexes, BMWs, and expensive clothes.
No. All these are golden eggs. (Some of them have borrowed those golden eggs and are paying huge interests!)
It's not how many golden eggs you have.
It's how many chickens you have that can lay golden eggs.
May your dreams come true,