Navigating Your Way to Wealth

Since we are living in such unpredictable and complicated times, it is vital that people have a sense about how to navigate their way to success. Learning to dictate the direction your life is going to take during uncertainty in our economy and instability in our government is vital in maintaining mental focus and structure. Control, with a sense of calmness is the key component to avoid panic and frustration that occur while battling the giants of discouragement and mental bankruptcy.

While many of Americans are seemingly drowning in an ocean of despondency, many people are looking for rafters to float on instead of swimming to the shores of safety. Since times are turbulent and unpredictable, it is time to make a conscious decision to predict the direction of the shaking to balance your thoughts and actions. In other words, like a surfer, you must balance and navigate yourself on the waves of financial turmoil and turn the ride into a profitable and exciting one.

You and I cannot do much about the financial mess our country has settled into. However, we can do something amazingly incredible, which can strengthen our resolve against possibly yielding to and being negatively affected by the fear that blankets this era. We can create opportunities to first develop a pattern for success and then teach others how to succeed with our proven method.

There is no greater story that can illustrate what I am writing about than the story of Harriet Tubman. She was a black female slave that lived during one of the darkest periods of American history. She was born in 1820 during a time when America was becoming increasingly divided on the issue of slavery. These were horrible times for slaves and hundreds of thousands of slaves were horribly mistreated and demeaned as human beings. Especially when slaves would be caught after trying to escape, their punishment was worst any domestic animal would ever be treated by a human being. Harriet Tubman watched her brother attempt his escape from slavery three times and all three times, he would be recaptured and brought back to the plantation. Even though her brother could never escape to freedom, it did not detour her from properly planning and navigating her own escape.

Harriet Tubman, self-emancipated slave fled from Maryland to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849 along the secret route to freedom known as the Underground Railroad in which she became the conductor. For the next 10 years after her successful escape, she made repeated secret trips back to Maryland and other slave states, leading over 300 escaped slaves, (including her brother who could never succeed on his own), north to freedom in Canada. Even though her husband, who was a free slave, had threatened to inform her master of her attempt to escape, she went triumphantly through the night believing she would succeed.

How could this uneducated black female slave accomplish such a task during a time there was a bounty on her head for more than forty thousand dollars which was a lot of money in those days? Was she completely oblivious to the dangers of her travel and the almost insurmountable obstacles that stood in her path? The answer is an emphatic no! Harriet Tubman knew of the repercussions if she were caught and completely aware of the dangers and possible spies deployed to catch her. However, she ignored them all and diligently fled to freedom.

Like Harriet Tubman, you too can navigate your way through the darkest of night, the rough terrain of high unemployment, and the uncertainty of our economy and yet succeed. Hard times does not keep you from success, it just creates greater challenges to success. In order to navigate through tough times emotionally, spiritually, and financially you must become tougher than the present time. Maintain your focus and sobriety and do not allow yourself to become drunk on the eve of reconstruction. You can navigate your way out of debt and into wealth. Stay in control of your actions and your actions will cause favorable circumstances that will not leave you barren or unproductive despite the times.

Understanding Your Commodities

Don’t spoil today by worrying about tomorrow. Pressure is not your enemy; it is what is in you that causes you to react to it the way you do. Pressure normally occurs when the flow of something is held up either by the narrowing of the channel through which it flows or when momentum is met with a dead end. If the hindrances persist, the pressure will build until it stops the flow or until the flow violently breaks out under pressure. Pressure squeezes what is in you out of you. If there is a lack of character in you, it will come out under pressure. When life’s pressure pushes you in a corner, the first lesson is to not panic.

Some things may get in your way but they don’t have to stay in your way. Bats are said to live longer for their size than any other animal. They have a life span of twenty years. It has been suggested that the secret to their longevity is their ability to relax and go quickly into the deep sleep of hibernation. Right after fighting, bats can almost immediately slow its heartbeat from 180 per minute to three and it can retard its respiration from eight breaths a second to one every eight minutes. A person under stress needs to study the life of a Bat and practice its habits of rest because it may not only extend one’s life, but also strengthen their psyche.

A woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a short time to live. She and her husband began to live each day with tremendous clarity and love. When it was nearly the end of her life, a friend finally got up the courage to ask the dying woman a question: “What does it feel like to live each day knowing you are dying?” She raised herself up on one arm, and then asked him, “What does it feel like to live each day pretending that you are not?

When life is underestimated, so is the value of time. Moreover, when time is misappropriated, life is simply wasted. Doing nothing is about the most tiresome work in the world because you cannot stop and rest. God may be in control of time, but you determine what to do with it. We cannot recuperate lost time or lengthen the amount of time given to us. However, if we are wise, we can fundamentally know how not to waste it. The law of waste dictates that when something as precious as time is squandered on worrying, it becomes litter or trash. If wasting time was against the law, how many people would be in jail or fined? I do not believe that it is possible during this lifetime to estimate how much time is wasted doing nothing. Worrying is like throwing time away when it could be used for brainstorming solutions.

A young successful attorney said:
“The greatest gift I ever received was a gift I got one Christmas when my Dad gave me a small box. Inside was a note saying, “Son, this year I will give you 365 hours, an hour every day after dinner. It’s yours.”
“My dad not only kept his promise,” he said, “but every year he renewed it-and it’s the greatest gift I ever had in my life. I am the result of his time.”

Time is your most precious commodity; if you spend it wisely, it will not only benefit you but the world as well.

Defining Success! Discovering How?

What is your perception of how you can be successful? I discovered that most people are capable of defining what success is to them; however, how to be successful is what eludes them. Some believe that success is having certain possessions such as power, fame, or prestige. If this is a person’s belief of what constitutes success, then these things will be their signal that they’ve made it.

What is your perception of how you can be successful? I discovered that most people are capable of defining what success is to them; however, how to be successful is what eludes them. Some believe that success is having certain possessions such as power, fame, or prestige. If this is a person’s belief of what constitutes success, then these things will be their signal that they’ve made it. On the other hand, others may say that success is achieving set goals or reaching that certain place when their soul is completely content and worry free. Despite what you believe what success is for you, how to gain it is an entirely different ball game.

Why is it that most people never reach the pinnacle of their own concept of success? What is the barrier that locks away their dreams and aspirations into a personal prison system and keeps them trapped in their own world of underachievement? It may not be as simple as one blockage, but several blockades. People may live their lives behind a series of cell doors where different keys are necessary to unlock their success from incarceration. Moreover, while people may think there is only one, or maybe two obstacles hindering them, it can be multiple hindrances. The truth of the matter is that if you can define what success is to you, why do you find it difficult to achieve it? Let us take a short walk into your belief system because this may hold the keys to your prison doors.

What you believe about something, based on your subconscious thoughts, can mean the difference between success and failure. You see, some people believe they do not deserve to achieve their personal concept of success because they may not have worked as hard, or because of the bad things they have done in their past. Others may feel that they are not as talented or articulate, and therefore, without fail, they sabotage their success. Now, this may seem odd, but some people believe that God has sentenced them to a life of mediocrity or that God destined only a small number of people to be rich and successful. This could not be further from the truth.

I do not want you to be shocked by this statement; but God wants you successful. However, God left success or being successful up to you. I am asking you to put your defenses down and listen very carefully to what I am about to say. God placed within your DNA the potential to be successful at whatever you put your hands to do. However, our understanding of success may be obscured. The real concern should be… does the attainment of certain particular goals produce genuine satisfaction in your heart. For as much as I know people, getting that top position with the corner office or buying that new car or even experiencing nominal success in your business is only the external picture of success. Moreover, achieving one or all of these does not necessarily guarantee internal success, which is peace and happiness.

If success is not measured in terms of possessions, status or performance, then how can it be defined? It is a great feeling to land that huge deal or to negotiate the biggest sale of your career or to marry the person of your dreams. Nevertheless, what happens to you when the money from your sale or huge deal runs low and the notoriety diminishes, or you have marital problems with the spouse of your dreams? Will your success and happiness go out with the misfortunes? Money is great to have and success is a plus, but understanding what defines you as a person cannot be tied up in your finite understanding of success.

Oftentimes, what we call success really isn’t success at all. When you discover who you are, what you are designed by God to do, and where you are suppose to be, that will be the greatest accomplishment of your life. Life will no longer be an experiment or test to be determined by unchallenged failed results. Thomas Edison, with limited education because he did not attend college, still believed that he would create the first light bulb. After over seven hundred attempts, and believe you me, he challenged every one of his failures, he eventually accomplished his goal. Thomas Edison believed that he could help this world by doing his part…he lit up the world.

Defining yourself does not start with your beginnings. George Washington Carver was born of Missouri slaves, yet he did not allow his beginning to determine his end. He attended Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1894 and a master’s in 1896. He then joined the faculty of Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute. His attempts to find crop alternatives to cotton led him to the peanut; eventually he created more than 325 products from the humble legume, helping to create demand for the plant and establish it as a major American crop. Carver also worked with sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans, among other plants, and is often credited with changing the face of agriculture in the American south. George Washington Carver once said, “Our creator is the same and never changes despite the names given Him by people here and in all parts of the world. Even if we gave Him no name at all, He would still be there, within us, waiting to give us good on this earth.” You are God’s creation and God wants nothing more than for you to succeed with the life He gave to you. Don’t give up on God; He has not given up on you.

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
~ George Washington Carver