Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Life Changing Thoughts

There is a wealth of how to book on creating success and becoming wealthy. Many of these books become best sellers. This brings up a natural question, "Why aren't more people successful and wealthy? Are the books worthless?"

To answer the last question first, for the most part, every how-to book that I have read had some good points. The classic self-help book for getting wealthy was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. While it has been credited with thousands for changing their lives, unfortunately it has been read by millions who were not able to achieve the success they dreamed of.

Generally the author of such books had used the tactics and techniques in the book to create their own success. I have to conclude that the content of the book is not the problem. There are some great books with step by step instructions about how to achieve your dream. So it was not the books.

To answer the first question, "Why aren't more people successful?" is a little more difficult. In my experience in dealing with hundreds of businesses and individulals over the years, I find that most people want to start with the how-to. They want to learn the tactics and techniques. But if they fail to have the right mindset, learning all the tactics and techniques will be of little use. You need to have the right mindset in order to really put the tactics and techniques to use so that you get the highest return.

You probably have often heard that as a child you were subjected to lots of incorrect programming. And that to truly succeed in life you will need to change your programming. While we probably understand and accept that thought, we are often left clueless about how to actually change our programing.

In his book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker discussed a lot of the ideas that we where taught about money - most of them wrong. He goes into great detail about how we must change our thinking about money if we truly want to have more of it. It is certainly a step in the right direction to reprogramming our thinking about money and success.

There is one other book which I think does an even better job about changing our mindset. The Top 10 Distinctions Between Millionaires and the Middle Class by Keith Cameron Smith is much more direct and therefore easier to follow. This is a very powerful book that has the potential to change your mindset about money and success in life. The principles are not just applicable to money but to living a truly successful life.

You can substitute "successful" for "millionaires" in any of the following.

Millionaires focus on the long term. The middle class focus on the short term.

Millionaires continually learn and grow. The middle class thinks learning ended with school.

Millionaires ask themselves empowering questions. MIddle-class ask themselves dis-empowering questions.

If you truly want to become a millionaire, you need to start with changing your mind-set. It is true that successful people think differently. You need to understand some powerful concepts that will help you think differently. If you really want to become highly successful, develop the habit of constant learning. The three books mentioned above are great starts. Focus on changing your focus and your focus will change you.

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