The other day (Wednesday), an acquaintance approached and asked me quite bluntly, “Why are you rich and not me?” I told him I knew why money comes easily to me, but I didn’t have a clue as to why he had a problem attracting money. He then asked if I’d tell him my secret to money-success. I said, “Sure.” And now I’ll give it to you.
John Wooden (a man who won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period while coaching basketball at UCLA, including a record seven in a row) said, “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.” He was nicknamed the Wizard of Westwood, and I took that nickname seriously and so I took his advice seriously.
When it comes to making money, I have always been concerned with who I create myself to be, not with what others thought of me. I created myself to be someone who is very valuable to society, knowing that if I am very valuable to society then I will give great value to my community, and consequently I will receive great value in return. A simple matter of Cause and Effect – eh?
Deciding who I had to be wasn’t about what others might think of me, but it was about what I might think of myself. It seemed logically clear to me that if I considered myself valuable, I would engage in acts of value. I’d be on target and effective with my plans and intentions, and waste no time with foolish drama and soap operas. It makes clear sense to me that “that’s” what a person has to do in order to cash in on life’s many rewards.
Free to do right. Free to do wrong. I choose the former. That’s why I’m rich.