Stop complaining and change your mindset to get rich
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I remember hearing a story like a child called the The farmer’s donkey. One day, a farmer’s donkey fell into an abandoned well. The farmer, in love with his faithful animal, tried and tried to find a way to raise the donkey from the well. In tears, he decided the animal was impossible to retrieve and that the well had to be slaughtered before other animals slipped into the hole as well. He asked his neighbors to help him, and when the men grabbed shovels and started throwing dirt into the well, the donkey realized he had to run away. As more and more shoveled dirt landed on the donkey’s back, he shook it and took a step forward. The farmer, realizing the plan of the donkey, encouraged the men to continue throwing earth into the hole above the animal. Each time the donkey would shake him and take another step forward. Finally, the donkey crossed the edge of the well and trotted towards the grateful farmer.
Each person controls their future
Blaming someone or something for their situation is common in our society, perhaps because we are continually faced with circumstances that we cannot control.
The consequences of being a victim are heavy – desperation, anger, frustration, stress and depression – and self-inflicted. But you don’t have to cede control of your life to your situation. Helen Keller overcame the limitations of being blind, deaf and mute. Stephen Hawking became the world’s most famous physicist despite having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 21. Oprah Winfrey’s childhood in a broken home didn’t stop her from becoming one of the first African-American billionaires. Each person has the power and ability to take control of their destiny and to achieve their dreams successfully.
The path to wealth
If wealth is your goal, complaining won’t increase your bank account. Attitude, associations, and action are the ingredients needed to build meaningful net worth and are accessible to anyone, regardless of their beginnings or current circumstances. People who start with little benefit can achieve great prosperity.
Rafael Badziag and Jack Canfield interviewed self-made billionaires around the world to discover the secrets of their success. Some have credited a willingness to take smart risks. Some have credited the spirit of self-determination with “If it has to be, it depends on me”. Others have credited relentless self-improvement, ignoring naysayers and embracing an appetite for hard work.
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People tend to conform to common behaviors around them, even if they personally disagree with the behavior. They justify their conformity by rationalizing it; if everyone chooses to do one thing, it’s probably a good thing to do. A group of victims and complainants feed off each other. T. Harvey Eker, a self-made millionaire, notes that “Like attracts like. When you complain, you are actually bringing ‘nonsense’ into your life.” In other words, get rid of the bitchers, excuses, and discontent and add inspiring and teaching people to your life. Stay positive and immerse yourself with like-minded thinkers. If you go there first, there’s a much better chance you’ll go in real life as well.
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Newton’s first law of motion states that “an object at rest remains at rest unless it is subjected to it by force.” In other words, changing your situation requires an infusion of personal energy, also known as work.
If wealth is your goal, your tasks include:
- Selecting a profession with the greatest exposure to financial success. Wall Street, finance, and entrepreneurship are popular destinations for making big money.
- Develop the skills necessary to excel in the profession. In addition to the required diplomas (BBA or MBA), it is valuable to know the path and relationships of the money that circulates in a company. Understanding and managing risk is essential, as is knowledge of human behavior.
- Identify the right mentors and associates. Successful people never stop learning or asking for information. Relying on the experience of another is a map of your progress and a source of potential shortcuts.
- Work your tail. Winning the financial competition requires total dedication to achieve the goal, often involving long hours, weekend work, and the personal sacrifice of other activities. Remember that many are called to wealth, but few are chosen.
Being the captain of your ship, whether it sails to the golden city of El Dorado or the paradise of Shangri-La, is a powerful motive for rejecting limitations imposed by friends or society. Anyone can rise above their own situation: a poor man can get rich, an educated fool, or a woman elected President of the United States. Our future is determined by the choices we make, so make the right ones.
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