How To "Have Your Cake and Eat It Too"

by Robert Kothe


The cliches you have heard time and time again actually contain the most timeless advice ever written. For advice to become a cliche, it must stand the test of time. Cliches bridge generations. Knowing this you should be using cliches for decision making and problem solving.

Today, many people are complaining that they do not have any time to do what the want. Working people feel that they are stuck in a dead end job. Worst of all, peoples' stress levels are at the highest point ever. You can use clichés to solve some of these situations.

I am not going to tell you how to solve all of your problems, but I can share with you some creative solutions to help you move forward. Using cliches, I will help you sculpt the life that you have always dreamed about.

A little background about myself; I am a person who strongly feels that if you do not get advice where there is a similar cliche already available, the advice is probably not worth anything. (re-read that last line it is a killer.)

If somebody tells you that you should do the right thing right now or else it will come back to haunt you, it translates to the cliche, "A stitch in time saves nine".

When a friend advises you that you should probably stop arguing with someone, you made your point, the cliche, "Quit while you are ahead" is interchangeable. Cliches are based on redundancy and years of experience. You can be assured that they are factual and true. Advice that can not be related to a cliche, is simply un-tested. Perhaps some day it may become a cliché but in the mean time I'm not applying it until it is a cliche.

How I Found Out Cliches Are So Powerful

When I was writing my first book, "Millionaires' Secrets Revealed, I conducted countless hours of research. I interviewed self-made millionaires. I read self-help books. I studied success classics like, "Think and Grow Rich", by Napoleon Hill. (Incidentally, the book's title is practically a cliché these days. Entire motivational speaking careers have been built on this single phrase.) As I researched my book, I kept seeing the same advice phrased in different ways.

In the beginning of my research it seemed like a coincidence. As the same information continued to surface I knew that I found some common factors that made successful people. Essentially, many of these authors took a cliche and turned it into a chapter. This article will show you how to take a chapter and return it to a cliche. A cliche is probably the most sincere form of the truth.

For example, most successful people insisted that you must care for your body. You must exercise and eat well. This translated to, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." It can also be said that, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." These days the cliche is forming, "eat well and exercise."

Bad Advice Is Never Turned Into a Cliche

Have you ever heard this one? "Sticking your finger in an outlet saves the amp meter". Or; "Lying to friends, makes amends." What about this one, "An ounce of procrastination is worth a pile of time." These will never make the main-stream because they are all bad advice. This further proves my point that when advice become a cliche it is absolutely true."

Now Let's Fix Some of Your Problems With the Right Cliche

First we must address the dead-end job and your high stress levels. We will need my favorite cliche. "I would rather be the watch maker than the time keeper" (that cliche made it into my book.) What does this mean? Lets suppose that you work in a retail store. If you did not show up for work, the schedule would probably be ruined. You would fall into the category of "Time Keeper". Is your job, "mission critical"? Do you have to trade with people to get days off? Are you the only person who performs certain tasks? Do you need to plan in advance to get time for yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a "Time Keeper".

The solution, take small steps today that will take you closer to becoming a "Watch Maker." The "Watch Maker's" job is finished when the watch is made. From that point on it is up to the person who purchased the watch to check what time it is.

You don't have any time for yourself. Why don't you, "take a moment to smell the roses." Lets break down this cliche. 'Take', is an action. 'Take', empowers you to do something. It is up to you to give yourself the time. If you rely on others, they will only ask you to do something for them. 'A moment', is a small period of time. Sometimes it is just a little nap, or a small break that will re-charge your energy.

In closing, I would like to leave you with a little investing advice, "Buy low and sell high." Before you give any investing advice yourself, you should, "Put your money where your mouth is."

Keep applying those cliches and you will improve your live. Always remember, unless it is a cliche, it is not worth listening to. A cliche is the most notable quotable!


Robert Kothe is the author of "Millionaires Secrets Revealed." This book is a guide written for people who are determined to become self-made and successful. It is a balanced perspective on how to have a good family life and financial freedom.

Robert can be reached at (516) 427-3292 Ext. 900. OR Write to:
Factx-Back
PO Box 152
Huntington Station NY 11746.
Copyright 1999 FActXback.

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