how to Create Success and Wealth

Anyone can create success and wealth for themselves very simply. it's just a matter of going about it in the right way. In many ways our attitude to money comes from our background and how we were brought up to view it.

Many people have the view that the pursuit of money is somehow a bad thing, particularly here in Britain, where 'old money' is valued and 'self-made' wealth is seen as brash or trashy. Some people take the view that spirituality and money cannot go together, and that to be enlightened one must first give up money and worldly goods. It's no wonder then that most of us have such an ambivalent attitude towards the stuff, and hence there's never enough of it to make ends meet.

How to Create Success and Wealth

 We're giving out mixed messages, on the one hand we need money to live and to enjoy life.  That is a fact.  Our entire world is built on the exchange of goods for money - no money = no goods, so we really do need a steady supply and plenty of it.  However, we then feel really guilty for wanting it.  How many times have I heard someone say that they shouldn't complain really, that they've got all the best things in life.  And thats' fantastic, but it doesn't pay the mortgage.

This basically Christian dichotomy is not the only viewpoint (Mark Knowles has some interesting comments on Christian points of view. Buddhism sees money and spirituality as all part of the same thing. The material, physchological and spiritual worlds are all one and you need good amounts of all of them to function well. Therefore in Buddhist terms it's really OK to go all out to make money and to be successful, in fact, it's important to do so.

Many thousands of Buddhists chant a simple phrase twice a day to ask for things which they need in their life such as: a new car, fantastically performing Hubs, a new job, girlfriend, boyfriend, the latest Prada Shoes - whatever is important to that person.

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism

Now would probably be a really good time to read my other two hubs on Buddhism, just to get some background information before learning more about making success and wealth really easily, then come back here.  Read this one firstThen this one.

Become Rich Without Guilt

So, now you've read the other two, you know where I'm coming from with this. You can have money and success, in fact, it's good for you. There's nothing to stop you from starting right now. You could begin chanting the simple phrase today and see what happens over the next few weeks, then maybe you'd like to learn more from a few books, or the Soka Gakkai organisation.

The way Buddhism looks at money is through your current life-state (the ten worlds) and value creation.

Value Creation and Hubpages

Value creation is a good place to start. It's a way of looking at what you have at the moment and evaluating what it's doing for you, and you can apply it to just about everything, from a pair of shoes to a job.

2eusday published a great hub recently about her 50th article and about what she was getting out of writing here at Hubpages, but we could just have easily used value creation to explore this.

Value creation divides everything into three aspects, BEAUTY, GAIN and GOOD, so if you wish to create more wealth, look at where you are now and the job you are doing through these three aspects:

Beauty: does what you're doing now have beauty, not just aesthetic loveliness, but do you enjoy it? For example, I thoroughly enjoy writing here on Hubpages, because I get to choose my own subjects, research them and share them, so yes, for me writing on Hubpages has beauty.

Gain: is what you get from whatever it is you are assessing. It doesn't only mean in monetary terms, but also in pleasure received or other more spiritual rewards. For example, I earn money through Hubpages, so yes, I have monetary gain, but also gain from being part of a community of writers who encourage and help each other.

Good: does what you are doing provide good for others. This could be any type of good. Taking the example of Hubpages again, I like to think my articles are useful to people, or that they enjoy reading them, or that they find a few bits and pieces funny.

For me, writing on Hubpages fulfils all three aspects of value creation really well.

Anyone can apply these criteria to their lives to work out what it is they would like to do, then chant their little socks off to find a way to achieve it.

Money and The Ten Worlds

 If you've read my article on The Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin you will know about the ten worlds which inhabit our life-state from moment to moment:

Hell, Hunger, Animality, Anger, Humanity, Heaven, Learning, Realisation, Bodhisatva and Buddhahood.

looking at money in the terms of our current life-state might tell us why we never seem to have as much of the stuff as we would like.

Hell state - this is fairly easy. In monetary terms it would simply mean that there's not enough to go round, maybe you're on the verge of being bankrupt, the bailiffs at the door. That would seem pretty hellish to me.

Hunger - this would relate to the eternal questing for money whether it was needed or not; it's the type of hunger for money that is never satisfied.

Animality - would be foolishness with money, squandering what you have - the easy come easy go attitude.

Anger - using money as an ego prop, to keep score, keeping up with the Joneses, as a way of competing.

Humanity - using money sensibly, making budgets, saving a bit, getting your head down and working for it. The downside may be that we can become completely tight with our money, or unable to enjoy ourselves when we ought to.

Heaven - the elation we feel when we get a little money for our hard work, or a win, or an unexpected bonus. however the elation doesn't last so we keep seeking more elation.

 

Learning - is easy, someone studying economics or accountancy is learning about money.

Realisation - would be observing it's effects in your own life, or observing how the economy works in society.

Bodhisatva - would be where a person uses money to help others, whether it's a tithe to the church or a charity gift, or having the millions to set up a charitable organisation.

Buddhahood - would be developing the wisdom, courage and compassion to not be blown along by the six lower worlds and to creat maximum value for yourself and others in any given situation.

Buddhist Chanting

 Examining the state of your success and wealth through the criteria of value creation and the ten worlds helps you work out where you are now and where you want to get to in terms of success.  Be specific and critical in your own evaluation, so that you have a clear goal.

You can work it all out without chanting, but if you want to give the whole buddhist thing a go and evaluate that as well, then chant the simple phrase, whilst focussing on what you've learned from your evaluation.

What's the phrase?

 Nam myo ho renge kyo

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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Thank you for the compliment about my hub. This hub is thought provoking I think I have witnessed people talking down their 'good fortune' but I need to read this again to fully appreciate a different attitude to how things happen so I bookmarked it to read again. Very interesting subject thank you Georgina for the mention and the hub.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Good writing always deserves a bit of a boost if possible, and I enjoyed your your hub.


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J Rosewater 6 years ago from Australia

Yes - in a way, I've been doing this all along, not knowing its basis is Buddhism. I'm moderately successful and moderately wealthy... which must mean I'm doing moderately well in my wishing for stuff and doing something about it. Thanks for confirming at least some of what I do!!


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Good, pleased it's working for you whether you call it cosmic ordering, paganism, manifestation or Buddhism, it seems to work.


PWalker281 6 years ago

Thought-provoking hub! We are indeed conflicted about money, especially here in the west. I'll definitely take a look at your other hubs on Buddhism.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you. We really do feel guilty about having money in the UK. Other nations are much better at asking to be paid a decent amount for what they do.


Chanting Hub 6 years ago

Great hub to get the right mind set in place. Money is just another form of energy and there is nothing wrong with abundance.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thank you Chanting hub, that's how I view it too.


financial spreadbetting 6 years ago

Some great inspiration. Now we need to take some action.


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Cemil 6 years ago from Land Down Under

Interesting Hub. I believe that there is nothing wrong with wanting to create wealth and be successful - as long as it is for all the right reason.

Having the ability to take care of loved one's, help the less-fortunate and experience life's wonders are my driving force.


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Georgina_writes 6 years ago from Dartmoor Author

I agree Cemil, sharing the success around is the best feeling in the world.


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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Chanting? Hmmm. Seems that's the plight of those darned Occupiers we've got around our place here in the States. Wishing things to be rather than putting forth the risk, energy, and intestinal fortitude to make things happen for themselves.

I agree with you that some people put quite a stigma on money, wealth, and particularly the wealthy. I think that comes from not knowing where those things come from, which are of course the things I described above. Risk, energy, and intestinal fortitude.

I often find myself agreeing that just because I do all the right things—particularly when it comes to money—it doesn't guarantee I'll arrive at the finish line with truckloads of it. I can do all the right things and still wind up failing. Hey, that's life right? That's how it goes sometimes. But one cannot fault themselves for having arrived at the finish line broke provided they did all they could do not get there broke. Failing having tried isn't really failing at the end of the day. It's just the nature of things. So be it. I can live with that. Having failed having done nothing to succeed is whole other story, and it's the one thing I cannot accept. If I don't die wealthy, I'll sure as hell die having tried to BECOME wealthy.

Of course wealth CAN, as you also pointed out be measured outside of dollars and cents (or perhaps in your case, pounds). I found your ideas about value creation interesting.

Very interesting hub overall though. Keep on hubbing.


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What a lovely well written and insightful hub. Thank you so much, just what I needed to read today.


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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor Author

Thanks Trinity M. Being positive works.


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Joseph Dean 4 years ago from Macon, Georgia

This will help me to go BEYOND!!

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