Can You Afford Louis Vuitton?

Can You Afford Louis Vuitton?

I walk into the Louis Vuitton store and point to a bag that has a price tag on it worth more than my first car. I pick it up, try it on and as I know I would never actually spend this amount of money on this piece of cow skin I tell myself… “If you want it… get it!”

I spend the whole day walking into stores checking out Chanel purses for Chelsea, Burberry bags for my sister and Mont Blanc pens for my father. I shop. I dream and I did it for one reason.

I sometimes catch myself being afraid to walk into “fancy” stores or I think “nice things” are out of my reach. I have to constantly train my brain to think otherwise.

I don’t need a Louis Vuitton. However, I want to be able to have the power to buy one if I want. I want the mind set of “If I want it, get it!”

This post isn’t about material things or money. It’s about mindset. You become what you think you are. What thoughts are feeding your mind so you can give, live, save and travel the way you really want? Why can’t you buy a fancy bag? Why can’t you write a check for a million dollars to an organization you love? Why can’t you support the people who have supported you by buying them a trip around the world?

Have you ever written a check for a million dollars to an organization? I have. I might not have cashed it yet, but I have it stored in my desk waiting to send one day. If I am afraid to write the check, I will never be able to accomplish it in the future. It’s all about our mindset!

Same goes with being a speaker, leader or entrepreneur. I get asked “How do I become a speaker?” all of the time. You have to believe you are one and you can be one. You do that by changing your mindset and convincing yourself first.

How can you convence others, if you don’t believe it?

So can you afford Louis? Yes!
Can you be a speaker? Of course!
Are you a leader! You know it!

Action Item: Walk into a fancy store and shop around. Get on stage at a big auditorium and practice your speech. Write a check to your favorite charity and hold it. If you are afraid of doing that, what makes you think you will ever actually be able to do those things “one day?” Go out there and convince yourself you are worth whatever it is you want. Because you are.

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This post was written by
At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

9 Comments on "Can You Afford Louis Vuitton?"

  • You (and Chelsea) amaze me. I have six children…all older than you two….and they haven’t “got it” yet. It’s certainly not for lack of trying on my husband’s and my part. I’m going to pass this on to all of them, as well as, share it with our Toastmasters Club.

    Thank you two for being such inspirations! Gives me hope for the younger generation.

    • Thank you Mary and thank you for sharing the article, that really means a lot!

  • This reminds me of one Christmas, we had absolutely no money and my mom and I walked around to each store in the mall and said what we would buy for each other out of each store. It was lots of fun and started me on a path of dream building that helps me today.

    • I like that idea, I am going to do this with Chelsea!!!

  • Scotty Slack says

    Great Article Ryan, sometime i forget myself.

  • Michelle Mata says

    My husband and I walk into Tiffany’s every year to Iook and try on the Tiffany engagement rings and wedding rings. Combined, our current three rings were less than the national average car payment when my husband proposed. He had just graduated from college and was hired off an externship in the social services field. The Tiffany rings are our planned “upgraded” rings once we finish our Financial Peace University Baby Step 2: Debt Snowball & Step 3: Emergency Fund of 3-6 months. Do we need the new rings? No! Would it be nice? Sure. We might even have breakfast in the patio area right outside the store.

    • Thank you for this Michelle. It is great to hear other peoples BIG dreams and see how others set their mindset!

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