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Financial success is not the property of the privileged, neither is it the bounty of the fortunate few; financial success is the certain possession of the individuals who are willing to follow the principles of financial success.
These principles that I’m referring to will work for anyone who applies them; no one can apply these principles and not succeed, anymore than someone can add 1+1 and not get 2.
What I will be discussing in these next few moments does not entail a get-rich-quick scheme, because there are no quick fixes. It is in the chasing of “fool’s gold” that the priceless gift of time is squandered and dreams lost.
This article contains a concise compilation of the primary principles requisite for the attainment of financial success.
You can look at the lives of any financially successful person and see these principles readily at work in their lives. It was these principles that I utilized to manifest the funds for a seven bedroom home when I was 24, and these principles will work for you just as surely as the sun rises in the east and lays its head to rest in the west.
You may be thinking, that’s all fine and dandy, but “money won’t make you happy!” Yeah, and your feet don’t talk either; the purpose of money is not to make you happy; the purpose of money is to solve problems. You need money to solve problems!
I wrote this article as a guide to help you solve problems.
Note that the advice in this article is based on my personal experiences as well as my private observations.
The 3 Keys to Financial Success:
“Good judgment comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgment.”
~ Jim Horning
We live in a society where people often want something for nothing, or at least very little. They want to diet for a week and then be thin for a lifetime, they want to save for a month and spend for a year, they want to invest a dollar and make a million, but it doesn’t work that way.
To succeed financially you need experience; you must first “put in the time!” There are no overnight successes; it takes years of focus to grow into an individual that it is capable of providing enough value, to enough individuals, to reap a significant financial harvest.
There may be people who “seem” to have had overnight successes, but things are not always as they appear. You are unaware of the summation of their childhood experiences, you are ignorant of the price that they have paid; while you were “hanging with your friends,” they were preparing for greatness.
It takes time to succeed! This is why it’s critical to work in an area that you love! It will serve you well to do something that you thoroughly enjoy, something that you’re passionate about. It’s your love that will allow you to work when everyone else has gone home; it is your passion that will drive you to the finish line.
Financial success takes time and experience! Often someone will see an individual who seemingly experienced an overnight success and try to duplicate that success. The problem is that they don’t know the story in its entirety. They are unaware of the many years of preparation this individual had to tread through; they see the results and assume they’re easily duplicative. They don’t recognize that for every “one” person who succeeds “the right way,” 10,000 individuals attempt to duplicate that same success overnight only to fail.
It takes time! Bill Gates spent years learning about computer software before he succeeded financially, Michael Jordan spent years learning about basketball before he became a financial success. Name the person, if they’ve succeeded financially, they’ve put years into becoming an expert in that field.
You are paid for your expertise.
There was a time when Michael Jordan never scored in a basketball game; there was a time when Bill Gates wasn’t exactly sure how to create the Windows operating system. But through failure, determination, time and experience success was born.
Never despise small beginnings, the giant oak tree slumbers in the acorn, the bald eagle waits patiently in the egg. If you are consistent, and if you commit to put in the time, you will become an expert, and it is your expertise that is the doorway to your financial success.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.”
Who are you impacting? Put it another way, “Who’s problems are you solving?” You will only be rewarded in this lifetime for the problems that you solve for other people. To have great financial success you must solve the problems of a great number of people.
Michael Jordan has entertained millions of people, which is why he has millions of dollars; Bill Gates’ software has improved the lives of billions of people, which explains why he has billions of dollars. How many people are you influencing, your financial success lies in your ability to impact the masses.
This is why growth is so important. When you take time to grow and to expand your mind through reading, studying and experiences, you become a better you.
As you grow, your ability to influence increases; you must “grow-up” before you can wield your influence. Two people stuck in quicksand can’t help each other. To the degree that you grow, is to the degree that you will attract people who want to be influenced by you. If you become worthy of being duplicated, then people will want to duplicate your activities, they will want to do what you’re doing, but this only happens when you make the conscious choice to “grow-up.”
If you want little financial success, grow a little, and help a small number of people. If you want great success, grow big, and help a great number of people. The choice is yours, no one can stop your growth except you.
If you want to succeed financially, you should always be asking yourself, “How can I increase my influence? How can I grow-up?”
We’ve now covered the financial success principles of Experience and Impact, but if you don’t get this next principle right, you will never be able to stay focused long enough to get the experience required, and you won’t grow enough to make a significant impact.
The final installment in the trilogy of financial success is Vision.
“Where there is no vision the people perish.”
Helen Keller said, “It’s a terrible thing to see and have no vision.”
You can’t get to a place you can’t see! You can’t become a financial success if you relentlessly see yourself as “poor.” You can never rise above the image that you have of yourself. If you see struggle, you must struggle.
Your vision must be fixed on your goal like the commander of the ship is fixated on the dock in the port in which his ship is being directed.
This is why the imagination and visualization is so important. Your imagination gives you the ability to pre-play your future; your ability to visualize may be the greatest gift you possess. Are you using it? Its visualization that allows you to conceive the possibility of a better life; it is through visualization that the gift of financial success is conceived.
Conception first takes place in the mind, and through the process of “experience” and “impact,” financial success is birth into your world.
But you must first see it in your mind. If you can’t see it, you can’t have it. Your financial success must first be conceived in the very real world of your imagination.
When you see it in advance, you’re not surprised when it happens. If you would be astonished with a million dollars in your bank account, then that’s a sign that you’re not ready for it, it’s a sign that you’ve not yet had the experience, the impact, or the belief in the vision to turn that thought into a reality.
If you can’t see it, you won’t manifest it, and you will consistently grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. But if you can see it! I said, …”But if you can see it!” The word “but” disqualifies the previous statement, and places the emphasis on the upcoming statement.
But if you can see it, if you can see your success, if you can see it when you lay your head down to rest, if it surrounds you in your imagination, if you can sense it in the atmosphere, then it is only a matter of time before the un-manifest becomes manifest.
It’s only a matter of time before the clouds have filled with a sufficient amount of condensation to cause a downpour of rain.
If you can see it, if you can see it when you close your eyes, if you can believe that vision as so, then you will gain the experience, you will make the impact, and your vision will cease to be a vision, it will become your reality.
What once was a dream on the inside of you, you will literally step into. What you conceived in the dark, will be made manifest in the light. Financial success will indeed be yours. It will be yours because you labored for it. It will be yours because you deserve it. It will be yours because it is the reward for helping your fellow man.
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