Riches may not bring happiness, but neither will poverty. When it comes to making money, you must use money itself. To bet on a horse is gambling; to bet you can come up with three spades is entertainment, to bet on cotton going up three points is business. You see the difference?
Most people have it all wrong about wealth in America. Wealth is not the same as income. Wealth is what you accumulate, not what you spend. The Good Book teaches us not to trust in money, but it does teach us to place it in trust. Money that is not moving is not money at all. Money is a seed to use in order to accumulate, but it cannot increase without movement. Nothing good can come from you holding your money hostage.
There is a lesson in the seed of a man. When a man emits semen into a woman, millions of sperms are discharged, but only one has the assignment of the production of life. You may still have that one thing you won’t release and it may be the very seed to increase your capacity.
People who are looking for the next financial miracle are those who have not planned or made provisions for their future. These people are literally playing Russian roulette with their lives. Are you?
The point I’m making, is finances and creating finances, is not a game. Through nutritional research, we’ve learned the body reflects the diet fed to the body. Physical stamina, resistance to disease, body size, even how long we live, is all closely related to what we eat. The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed. Mind food is the countless things which influence our conscious and subconscious thoughts. The mental foods we consume determine our habits, attitudes, and personality. The mind reflects what its environment feeds it, just as surely as the body reflects the food you feed it. So, your belief about money may be the reason you don’t have enough of it.
Have you ever thought what kind of person you would be had you been reared in some foreign country instead of the United States?, What foods would you prefer?, Would your preference for clothing be the same?, What would be your religion?, What sort of entertainment would you like the most?
Environment shapes us and causes us think the way we do. Try to name just one habit or one mannerism you have, which you did not pick up from other people. The way we walk, cough, hold a cup; our preferences for music, literature, entertainment, and clothing—all stem in very large part from environment.
More importantly, what you believe about money, the size of your thinking, your goals, your attitude, and your very personality, is formed by your environment. If most of the people you spend your time with are financially broke, and they have no ambition to change their financial status, the likelihood of you living with that same mindset is at least ninety percent. If you hang around three broke people, you are sure to be the fourth.
There once lived a very wealthy man who was famed for his great wealth and his liberality. There were certain friends of his younger days who came to him and said: “You are more fortunate than we. You have become very rich while we struggle for existence.
You can wear the finest garments and you can enjoy the rarest foods, while we must be content if we can clothe our families in raiment that is presentable and feed them as best we can.
Yet, once we were equal. We studied under the same master. We played in the same games. And in neither the studies nor the games did you outshine us.
And in the years since, you have been no more an honorable citizen than we have. Nor have you worked harder or more faithfully, insofar as we can judge. Why, then, should a fickle fate, single you out to enjoy all the good things of life and ignore us who are equally deserving?”
The wealthy man said to them, “If you have not acquired more than a bare existence in the years since we were youths, it is because you either have failed to learn the laws that govern the building of wealth, or you do not observe them.”
There are no excuses for staying in the same predicament. Start your process of change by changing your attitude about money. Just like you learned about everything else you presently know, if you will just make a choice about money and how it grows; your financial situation can change in an instant.
Remember, all you may know is not all there is to learn. Learn to respect money and you will attract it.
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