It’s hard for anyone to admit failure, but what’s even worse than acknowledging failure, is not even knowing that you’re striding down the wrong path. By knowing you’re failing, you have a chance to change, but by staying in the dark, you’re doomed.
The wealthy do not possess any secret that you’ve not been privy to – I’ve been a poor man and I’ve been a wealthy one – the differences are embarrassingly small.
In other words, wealth and poverty start from within, and I’d like to share with you a truly controversial observation, which I hope will make you think about your current plan. It is based on my own personal experiences, but also on the countless people I’ve met along the way.
Becoming wealthy requires, first and foremost, deciding that you’re going to become one and setting a definite date and amount you want to be worth.
Sure, I have rarely seen anyone meet his exact goal down to the date and the amount, but that’s beside the point. The truth is that life is so complex and dynamic that we can never achieve precise goals, with mathematical-like precision, but the great news is we don’t have to.
The purpose of all the internal, mental exercises we make, like sitting down and writing goals, creating vision boards, affirming certain mantras, and many other strategies, which the personal development industry publishes, are in and of themselves useless.
The real hurdle with becoming wealthy is to persuade your subconscious and your conscious mind that you already hold the key to wealth, because once you’ve trained both of these ninjas to think of wealth, they’ll begin concocting plans to seize opportunities. If you can do it without using autosuggestion, you won’t need it.
Your subconscious and your conscious will, then, stop you from self-sabotaging your own efforts, which millions of people do every day, whenever they lie, break promises, are late, allow themselves to appear weak at the wrong time, and the myriad of other acts you see people commit, which hold them back from taking advantage of their full potential.
The greatest wealth hoax of all time is that in order to generate the type of income you strive for, the fastest way is to do a good job.
Yes, if that’s all you do, you’ll always stay put. Performing tasks in the best way possible is not enough, but any parent will tell you that that’s exactly how he teaches his children to think. We all think doing our best to complete the task at hand is enough.
Being the best in your current position will make sure that you keep it, but if you want more, if you’re after the greater vision of life, which includes sound mental health, loving relationships, tangible wealth, and time to explore and travel (all of which requires massive income) you must forget this hoax and become an initiator. This means you cease to be a creature of circumstance and transform into a creator of your conditions.
The major step to take in order to bend your surroundings to stop objecting your ideas and instead become cheerleaders of them, who help you fulfill them, is confidence, blended with flexibility.
In all my dealings with people and businesses throughout the years, the people I trusted most and paid most, were the people that (1) I knew would do the right thing, without being told to do so, and (2) had clear goals to provide more value to the business.
I dare you to realize that you’ve been duped to think that doing a good job makes you eligible for a raise or a promotion or more clients in your business. Instead, focus on doing much, much more than ever before, without the constant need for gratification by anyone.
At the right time and in the right place, your progress will occur, and if you habitually do much more than expected, you’ll have more wealth than you know what to do with – the key is confidence and flexibility, and the time to begin transforming yourself is now.
I knew a salesman of a furniture store in Italy. One day, when an elderly woman came in because it was pouring rain outside, not one sales representative thought she needed help, since she stood by the door and appeared to be hiding from the rain. My friend approached her with hot tea, gave her a chair, and made her feel welcome.
Two months later, she returned to the store with her boss, who was a regional sales director for a large furniture company, which was expanding into new markets. The elderly secretary convinced him that my friend was perfect to manage their operations and his salary offer was 4 times bigger than the one he was being paid at his current job.
You must be open to the world at all times – the flow of opportunity is constant, but for it to be directed your way, is totally up to you.
My friend is now a partner in this firm and he helped raise sales by 198% to date.