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Friday, March 14, 2014

How Many Ways Are There to Get Rich?

You have to be kidding me? How many ways are there to get rich? Only twelve? No!

According to Napoleon Hill, one of the great authors of the 20th century there are only Twelve Great Riches. Among those financial wealth is counted as last in importance. And knowledgeable men like Zig Ziglar say "Money is as important as AIR!" How could money be the least valuable of the 12 Great Riches?

What say we Review them?

1.   A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE
      Your mind is that part of your spiritual self that is housed in the brain and it is the greatest gift, Napoleon Hill says, given to us by the Great Creator. Our mind, our thoughts, which are literally of our own personal creation are the only things over which we individually have 100% control. Our thoughts are literally the very seeds from which gestate our every achievement or our every failure. "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it CAN achieve." Notice Mr. Hill does not say "WILL achieve". Only when the thoughts are cultivated in the rich soil of a positive mental attitude can they germinate and grow into rich abundance.
2.   GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH
      This needs no explanation but you notice how high on the list Mr. Hill places this form of riches. Every person of ill health and great wealth says something like, "I'd trade all my wealth just to be healthy" and unfortunately too many people in the medical profession take them at their word.
3.   UPLIFTING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS
      Mr. Hill repeatedly states that he all too often met and interviewed very rich, very unhappy people who had no loved ones to associate with. In their pursuit of  wealth they cultivated their business successfully at the expense of good relationships with family be they their spouse(s) (often several, even many spouses), children, siblings, etc. Friendships were not cultivated, seeds of love were not sown, only business relationships were cultivated therefore upon wealthy retirement there was nothing except cold, lifeless stuff to keep them company. Cuddling IN a car is warm and pleasant. Cuddling a car is a cold comparison, and often dirty and oily.
4.   FREEDOM FROM THE 7 GREAT FEARS
      Napoleon Hill delineates these as fear of poverty, ill health, criticism, the loss of love, the loss of liberty, the fear of old age and finally fear of death. I suppose it really does not service anything to mention that many people declare they would rather die than speak or perform in public. I suppose if it came right down to it most people would prefer to give that speech to taking that bullet (he says with a wink and a little smirk ;-)
5.   HOPE OF FUTURE ACHIEVEMENTS
      Everyone needs something to look forward to upon awakening. It has become well known that retirees who have nothing to look forward to putting productive effort to each day die within just a few years. Hope, however, in not enough. That hope must be accompanies with #6.
6.   CAPACITY FOR APPLIED FAITH

More on this tomorrow.
I'll keep you posted.
Cameron

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