SECRETS OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE
you looking for financial security? For retirement, for
education or leisure? Riches are the overflowing abundance of material
possessions - houses, cars, boats, and furnishings - everything you ever
SECRETS OF THE RICHEST PEOPLE
you like to realize your goals? Maybe you'd like to run your own business,
expand your material possessions, or succeed in the arts. There is no one path
to the pot of gold, but many people of all backgrounds have successfully found
you want to follow the ways of the great financiers, the famous politicians, or
the dynamic movie stars, there are common modes of behavior each of them
followed. And in many cases, they have shared their secrets so YOU CAN FOLLOW
you wish to know the road up the mountain, ask the person who goes back and
forth on it," said the ancient sage, Zenrin. What better way is there to
know the secrets than to ask those who made it?
goals do you want to achieve? And what amount of effort can you commit? You may
want money for the extra things in life, money to build a corporate empire, or
money to support yourself while you pursue the fine arts.
you'd like to take the risk to start something new in your life. You may want
to open your own business, devote your energies to an artistic career such as
acting, or reap the benefits of your yearly endeavors with fabulous vacations
several times a year.
will bring you happiness? The satisfaction of success takes many forms. Not
only are people seeking financial fortunes, but also the ancient goal of peace
you worry? You might be concerned about your health or your family's
well-being. You may be anxious about the added expenses of education, medical
bills, or the steady increase of cost of living. There are ways out of the
endless cycles of worry, stress and anxiety. Right now, you can rise above the
whirl of survival to achieve the accomplishments you dream of. When you're
ready to put your whole effort into realizing your goals, YOU WILL SUCCEED.
WHAT ARE RICHES
I but plenty of money, money enough to spare," wrote Robert Browning. And
money is the greatest attribute of riches. A universal desire, money is the
materialization of riches, the stuff that makes the rest possible.
you looking for financial security? For retirement, for education or leisure?
Riches are the overflowing abundance of material possessions - houses, cars,
boats, furnishings - everything you ever wanted.
ago, Horace wrote, "By right means, if you can, but by any means, make
money." For many people it is
a path towards happiness, a cure-all for worry and peace of mind.
others, riches come in the form of satisfaction and personal independence. Satisfaction
comes from accomplishment in employment or attaining goals. It is that feeling
of contentment and confidence from a good task well done. Riches are closely
linked with success. And with that comes fame and acknowledgment of position.
Success might be the feeling of well-being from the rewards of good effort. Or
the enthusiasm and vitality triggered by recognition.
is how well I enjoy the minutes," said producer Norman Lear.
history, the people who lived with riches often achieved them by hard work,
diligence and a belief in themselves. For some people, it took courage, genius
for many others, it took nothing special but the desire to turn dreams into
reality. Whether you want millions of dollars, recognition as an artist, or
personal freedom, you have the ability to make your life as rich as you want.
about what you most desire. It may not be hard cash, but what it can buy. Or it
may be those feelings of inner satisfaction, from creating something beautiful
may want personal independence from the work week, or freedom to live anywhere
you want. You may be looking for something meaningful and significant in life -
something other than things money can buy. Whatever your goals, and however
difficult they seem to be to accomplish, you have the ability to become who you
want. Take a look - can you see yourself surrounded by riches?
the world open and in front of you, ready to become the form of your dreams,
ready to stage your desires. "Why then, the world's mine oyster,"
wrote Shakespeare, "which I with sword will open."
WHO IS SUCCESSFUL?
people who achieve fortune in the world are not born rich. But they accomplish
their dee hard to implement as it will bring in lots of ordersires through hard
work and a plan of action.
type of person on earth can become successful. There are saints and scoundrels;
philanthropists and thieves; poets and politicians; young and old. There are no
limitations or physical boundaries for success.
comes to those who think about success and strive for it. Although many rich
financiers at the turn of the century had no formal education, they overcame
that and went on to great fame.
people strive towards a single goal from early in life, and often attain that
goal while still young. Others are willing to risk new adventures later and
still attain success.
never too late to learn," wrote Malcolm Forbes, the money magnate. "I
learned to ride a motorcycle at 50 and fly balloons at 52."
your task, whatever your obstacles, you can be as successful as anyone else.
Study the people who accomplished recognition in the areas of your pursuit. How
did they achieve their goals?
don't be afraid you don't have what it takes. As Daniel Webster wrote,
"There is always room at the top."
single attribute that every successful person has is the one-pointed devotion
to attain a goal. "There in the sunshine are my highest aspirations,"
wrote Louisa May Alcott, "I can look up and see their beau§ty, believe in
them, and try to follow where they lead."
are your desires? How can you form them into definite goals that you can
attain? Lawrence Peter wrote, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll
probably end up somewhere else."
you're studying a craft or skill. Perhaps you're caught in a rung of the
corporate ladder. Or, you might feel constricted by your family and the
environment around you.
star are you reaching for? "Ours is a world where people don't know what
they want and are willing to go through anything to get it," wrote Don
the time to think about your own aspirations. Look inside to find what feels
right. Almost everyone entertains the notions of fame and fortune, but put on
the costume that fits you.
requires certain qualities of action. You must be sincere and be willing to
assume responsibility. And you need the self-discipline necessary to work
towards your goals.
you prepared to achieve your dreams? Can you form their reality in your mind?
Will you devote your entire being to attaining what you want?
ON YOUR OWN
millionaires are non-conformists. So are the most famous actors and actresses;
and the most prominent artists. Writers are known for their individual traits
convictions and goals are your own business, even when you find help along the
path. Mentors often take people under their wings to nourish and teach. Or spiritual guides will show you the
path to attainment. But you're on your own to achieve.
a sense of justice and an ability to make decisions. Cooperate with everybody
and develop your own self-respect. And follow good criticism and advice after
you've judged carefully. J. Paul Getty said, "I advise young millionaires
to be skeptical of advice. They should advise themselves; they should form
their own opinions."
Byron wrote, "There is rapture on the lonely shore." And if you
attain your goals with poise and sincerity, you'll find warmth and love at the
top - not the cold loneliness pictured by the jealous.
on blinders to negative comments and criticism meant to hurt you. About the
people who criticize, Voltaire wrote, "Never having been able to succeed
in the world, they took revenge by speaking ill of it."
SEIZE THE DAY
are judged by what they think and what they say. But the true measure of their
character is what they do. Anyone who has achieved suc_cess and fortune in the
world has done it by action.
Jennings Bryan wrote, "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter
of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be
choice of the path you follow is often put before you as opportunity. "Few
people recognize opportunity," said Cary Grant, "because it comes
disguised as hard work."
let opportunities slip past while you're still considering them, and create new
ones as you see them. "Wise people make more opportunities than they
find," said Francis Bacon.
opportunities can you act upon? Woolworth saw a need for small inexpensive
items and opened the chain of stores that grossed billions. Wrigley started
giving gum away as a bonus from a supplies wagon he sold from, and saw the
opportunity to make money from the gum that became in high demand.
successful people the world over have found the opportunities for their own
special talents and acted upon those ways to achieve. Why wait for the time to
pass? There's never a better time than now.
wrote Lewis Carroll believed as many as six impossible things before
breakfast." Take your own impossible dreams and make them become reality.
HOW THEY THINK
of potential millionaires are born every year. And making a million dollars is
coming closer to everyone's pocket. What advice did the money-makers follow?
Onassis worked eighteen hours a day to maintain his fortune. He started as a
welder and aimed for the top. "You have to think money day and
night," he said, "you should even dream about it in your sleep."
D. Rockefeller, Jr., said, "I believe in the dignity of labor, wheth§er
with head or hand; that the world owes every person an opportunity to make a
J. Paul Getty acknowledged his hard work: "I have no complex about wealth.
I have worked hard for my money, producing things people need."
Proverbs advises: "In all labor there is profit."
Bach, the author of the best selling "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
wrote, "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to
make it true. You may have to work for it, however."
Empress of the British Empire, Queen Victoria, admonished, "We are not
interested in the possibilities of defeat."
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
are qualities of endeavor and achievement that are common to many people who
make it to the top. The following questions are a guideline to self-enterprise
and attaining your goals.
1. Do you prefer to work for yourself than
2. Are you well-informed on current
business and political affairs?
3. Are you a leader?
4. Do you take advantage of opportunities?
5. Do you pay attention to what other
6. Can you finish a job even when it is
difficult or unpleasant?
7. Are you challenged by problems?
8. Do you have a goal you want to achieve?
9. Do you consider other people?
10. Do you strive to attain?
11. Can you obey commands?
12. Can you bounce back after defeat?
13. Do you believe in yourself?
14. Can you stand by your actions in spite
15. Can you follow instructions?
16. Can you
respond to the needs of others?
17. Will you
give credit to other
18. Can you
make your own decisions?
19. Are you
20. Are you
ready for success?
ESTABLISH A GOAL
do you want? Are you looking for financial security, professional
acknowledgment, and spiritual attainment? Do you want to fit better socially,
or become more expressive creatively? Establish the goal that's right for you.
turn that goal from a dream into a desire. You want to realize that goal, not
just wish for it. Aesop said, "Beware that you do not lose the substance
by grabbing at the shadow." Know exactly what you want, then go for it.
be tricked by your own procrastination - especially if you want to achieve
something artistic. The writer Thomas Wolfe wrote, "I had been sustained
by that delightful illusion of success which we all have when we dream about
the books we are going to write instead of actually doing them. Now I was face
to face with it, and suddenly I realized that I had committed my life and my
integrity so irrevocably to this struggle that I must conquer now or be
you see what you want? If you want the abundance of material wealth that money
provides, what goal will give you that money? Do you want the prestige of
owning your own business? What business do you want to begin?
are the opportunities for you? Talk to everyone in the business you want to
join. Make friends in the literary or art societies in your area. Read books
and articles about your field of endeavor. How can you attain your goal?
you don't want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you don't
have to work," wrote Ogden Nash. And isn't that the way" Money makes
money; success breeds success. But not always. How can
you break through those thoughts to help yourself to the rewards?
David Thoreau wrote, "I have learned this at least by my experiment: that
if you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, and endeavor to
live the life which you imagine, you will meet with success."
big and visualize success. Do you see yourself in a big house? Maybe you
picture your artwork hanging in a gallery. Can you feel your book in print and
in your hands? How does it feel to be a person of success? Believe that you
are; believe that it is in your grasp. That's what the others did, and that's
how people make it to the top.
get down to basics. Be
precise. Exactly how much money do
you want, and by what date? And exactly what are you going to do to earn that
money? Be realistic, but give yourself short-term goals.
it down. In six months or one year, you will have how much money. And repeat it
until it feels good. Then repeat it twice a day until it swirls in your
subconscious, until it becomes your one-pointed goal.
goal stands up, the keeper stands up to keep the goal," wrote A.E. Housman.
KEYS TO SUCCESS
people feel at ease. They will respond to your needs as you respond to theirs.
the spotlight. Give credit to those who deserve it - and to those who strive.
Don't grab praise away from other people.
confidence in your own value. Don't do anything that won't credit your own
self-respect. Follow up your actions as they reflect your own self-worth.
well to others' comments. Then weigh your own actions. Cultivate relationships
with people who have good and important things to say.
in life. Be active in business meetings and endeavors; volunteer to be part of
organizations and groups. Social interaction will boost your sense of well-being .
worthy of your own goal. Know that you can attain it and that it is right for
your own challenge. Don't give yourself impossible goals, but always reach
and be yourself. Each person is different and just as wonderful as the next.
Don't be plagued by what you think others think of you.
bathe in success - use it. Once you achieve your first goal, go on to others.
Use the money you earn for the rewards you look for. Then go on to the next
slow to criticize others' achievements. Find out how they did it and learn from
use subterfuge. Don't go behind someone's back. Speak your mind and earn
negative thoughts and traits. Restructure your life to exclude bad habits.
in yourself and what you are to accomplish. All the power in the world is
within you to achieve.
WORK TOWARDS YOUR GOAL
get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work, is
as impossible as it is to live without being born," wrote A.P. Gouthey.
Every person who has attained something worthwhile has worked for that goal.
Grant said, "I do believe that people can do practically anything they set
out to do if they apply themselves diligently and learn."
path is the right way towards your goal? Do you need more education? Do you
need a few years experience in your field of business? Maybe you need a teacher
or guide to help you practice.
have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that
one has reached, as by the obstacles which are overcome while trying to
succeed," wrote Booker T. Washington.
obstacles are in your way? Consider them as easy to pass through as hurdles are
to a champion runner. Take each obstacle as a special challenge placed
especially for you. Approach it with intelligence and courage, then learn what it has to teach.
is a journey," said Ben Sweetland, "not a
destination." For some, the process of attainment is the attainment
itself. They move on, keep growing and expanding. There is no still water at
message from the moon is that no problem need any longer be considered
insoluble," wrote Norman Cousins. And you can attain anything that seems
you have a problem that needs to be solved, sit calmly and consider it with a
clear mind. Observe all the consequences of the actions - both good and bad.
Ponder the paths and actions and contemplate the core of the problem. The
solution will appear.
and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened
to you for everyone who asketh, receiveth.
He that seeketh, findeth and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened."
the inner self and encourage positive actions. With each outgoing breath,
release the impossible; at each incoming breath, inhale the attainable. Demand
the best of yourself, but don't despair from an overused sense of perfection.
can you learn? And who can teach you? Can you attend classes and seminars from
universities near home? Check out books from the libraries and absorb the
material. Find a master and become an apprentice.
who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty," said Henry Ford.
"Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to
keep your mind young."
stop learning; never stop growing and expanding as a person and in your
you consider the success you desire, you need to affirm its possibilities and
develop the self-confidence necessary to attain the goals. Learn to do things
well. "If you know how to do one thing well, you can do everything,"
wrote the philosopher Gurdjieff.
Are you ready
Is what you
are doing now helping you to achieve your goals?
Do you weigh
the consequences before making a decision?
Is this the
best use of your time?
cooperate with everyone and help cultivate their best potentials?Are you warm and sincere?
Do you have
the courage to succeed?
Do you have
the self-discipline necessary to achieve your goals?
Do you have a
realistic sense of self-worth?
Do you give
more than you take?
Do you have
the courage to fail, and then pick up and try again?
assume responsibility without blaming others if things go wrong?
Can you be
sympathetic to life and its sufferings?
Can you say
follow your convictions and plans to achieve?
sincerely want to achieve the goals you have chosen?
price of greatness is responsibility," wrote Winston Churchill. Are you
willing to take the responsibility once you attain the success you desire?
deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the
difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact
become," wrote Ashley Montague. And the greatest tragedy is to become less
than your full potential, using less than the abilities you have to work with.
you waiting for something to happen? Maybe you're waiting for a job offer, or a
promotion. Perhaps you're waiting until you get good enough at a craft or
skill. Or are you waiting for the inspiration of creativity to strike your
is up to you to take the actions and be responsible for their consequences.
"Our responsibility: every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a
duty," wrote John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
yourself. Read books that will spurn you to action; talk to people who have the
vitality you admire. How would you like to lead your life? And make the changes
necessary to be like that. "There is nothing permanent except
change," wrote Heraclitus. What changes do you
want to make? What are you waiting for?
actions will take you closer to your goals? Decide upon the steps and write
them down. Review them until you feel comfortable with those steps. Then repeat
them at least once a day, crossing them off as you accomplish them.
believe there is no escape from the rule that We must
do many, many little things to accomplish even just one big thing," said
James Dupont. "This gives me patience when I
need it most."
most rewarding accomplishments are those that take long to achieve and present
difficulties. It is only through these difficulties that a person can rise
above the rest to be the unusual, the outspoken and the well-deserved.
if building a kit, follow your own instructions. Decide your best courses of
action and achieve their benefits. Whether the steps are small or large, make
them achievable and then do them. Don't commit yourself to things that you
never intend to do.
if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there,"
said Will Rogers. Don't be paralyzed by inaction; rather act upon your own
yourself up for rewards. Don't give yourself goals that have no feeling of
satisfaction or no monetary rewards. If you want to be an artist, be the best
and learn from the best. Don't dwell on imperfections or the awkwardness of
you go into business, do it for profit or reinvestment. "In business, the
earning of profit is something more than an incident of success. It is an essential
condition of success. Because the continued absence of profit itself spells
failure," said Justice Brandeis.
Marchant wrote, "To be a success in business, be
daring, be first, be different." Think of ways to
achieve the best; formulas to increase productivity or decrease overhead.
Profit is your drive.
is the sovereign criterion of the enterprise," wrote Peter Drucker. And, profitability is the core of any achievement
- whether financial or artistic.
you achieve your goals, think of ways to benefit others. "Money-getters
are the benefactors of our race," said P.T. Barnum. "To them we are
indebted for our institutions of learning, and of art, our academies, colleges
and churches." How can you benefit humankind and still keep enough to
fulfill your own desires?
THE HIDDEN ASSET
all success can be counted in dollars; not all richness is measured by money.
"The great secret of success is to go through life as a person who never
gets used up," said Albert Schweitzer. "Retire upon yourself and look
for the ultimate cause of things inside you."
within yourself for the ultimate inspiration, and follow the true feelings you
discover. "One of my favorite methods is to whisper," said Alfred
Hitchcock. "I've discovered the best work is done with sweet reason."
upon your own conscience -that guides; that judges your actions and signals
your behavior. "Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone
may be looking," wrote H.L. Mencken.
what you desire; fulfill your inner yearnings. But don't compromise your
do our best that we know how at the moment, and if it doesn't turn out, we
modify it," said F.D. Roosevelt.
the paths that life offers you and live the fullest existence you can.
TAKE A LOOK
at yourself and look at those who have succeeded throughout history. Do you
have what it takes? Even if you have only a few of the qualities of the other
great people, you can achieve your heart's desire.
for the highest, then reach higher. Accomplish your
steps one by one on a daily basis, always moving forward, always making
progress. Encourage yourself. Insist that you can succeed and affirm these
a sense of proportion and judge for yourself. Then keep busy at the tasks
you've set out to accomplish. What's keeping you? "Genius is one percent
inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,"
said Albert Einstein.
inspiration wherever you can. Talk to people; read about people; learn your
business or craft. Believe that you can do it and you will. The only way to
dispel the doubt that you can do something is to finish it.
be the best you can be. Never fall short from fatigue or lethargy. Don't
attempt to do anything that you can't give your all to.
is no way to inner satisfaction without appealing to the higher consciousness.
Search within and without to find the paths that are meant for you and follow
them with conviction and a steady heart. And, you will succeed to become as
rich and full as you ever desired.
Ickes wanted the "freedom to live one's life
with the window of the soul open to new thoughts, new ideas and new
Woody Allen looked for a clear path. "If only God would give me some clear
sign" he said. "Like making a large deposit in my
name at a Swiss bank."
Sophie Tucker sums up everyone's worldly outlook: "I've been rich and I've
been poor," she said. "Rich is better."
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