Learning how to live life better

How to be rich

Man watching the sunset on the beach in Mal Pais-2Here are the rules to follow for getting rich:

Control Your Thinking

In order to do things in a way you want, and have them turn out the way you want, you will have to acquire the ability to think the way you want to think. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth and principles regardless of appearance is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work. There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world.

Believe In Abundance

See the world as limitless. Don’t look at the current supply of things to determine what’s possible. Let abundance guide your thinking and decisions – there is more than plenty of everything in the world, including money, things, time, knowledge, skills, and love. The best way¬†to help others is to become greater yourself.

Act In Balance

Seek out total balance in your endeavors. Pay equal time to your body, your mind, your spirituality, others, yourself. Spend just as much time working on your body as you do on your family, your job, your finances, your beliefs, your car, your lawn. Neglect nothing. If you find you have too many things to handle, do fewer things, but always spend equal time on three key life areas – body, mind, soul. Spending a lifetime serving only others is no different than spending a lifetime serving only yourself. Both are errors. Life is to be lived broadly, and your life is not less important than another’s – to think so is to misunderstand that life is precious in all forms. Equally, to put yourself above others in an imbalanced way is a mistake. Imbalance in time/effort spent in any one area will reduce the whole of life.

Create Value

Look for ways to create and add value. Do something differently than someone else has done. Offer something for sale or trade that is worth much more to the buyer in actual use. Mine iron and sell it to a refinery. Refine iron and sell it to tool manufacturer. Manufacture a tool and sell it to a builder. Build a house and sell it to a homeowner. Always look to add value somewhere in the system, and create something with your time and expertise that benefits another person much more than it costs them.

Practice Gratitude

Be grateful for everything, all of the time. This doesn’t just mean all good things – it means the bad things too. The ability to prosper in life is made possible by all things, not just the things you prefer or desire. Corrupt politicians, lazy people, unfair rules, unfriendly competitors, terrorism, natural disasters…they are all part of reality. And to reject any part of reality is to deny life, delude yourself, and limit yourself. It’s all part of the mix, and in order to live life to the fullest you must embrace it all.

Visualize

Think only about positive things and the things you want. Don’t waste any time fretting over what should have been, what troubles surround you, what troubles may befall yourself or others. Never use your mental energy to focus on the negative and its’ causes. Instead, direct your attention on positivity, the desired results, and the steps to get you there.

Have Faith

Have faith in yourself and in your ability to work through difficulties and make things happen. Have faith in the universe to provide the structure, raw materials, and magic to allow you to create the life you desire.

Take Action

Take immediate and consistent action toward your goals and desired outcomes. Act early, act often, but most importantly act in the present. Do all of the simple things every day that make progress toward your desired life.

Act Effectively

Follow the 80/20 rule (20% of the things you do produce 80% of the results). Do the most important things, do them first. Do things with the most return on investment, the things that move you most quickly toward your goals. Fight off procrastination and time-wasters. Look for force multipliers.

Do Your Best

Whatever you choose to do – do it to the best of your ability. Do everything you can do to become your best. Push yourself. Do the best you can.

Have Passion

Be passionate about your life, your work, your goals. Find what drives you, and drive to it with fervor, every day.

Think Big

Always think bigger, especially when planning, setting goals, creating, challenging yourself, or helping others. Ask if this is the best you could dream of, and if it’s not, think bigger. Big goals create passion and focus. Make your life so big that you can’t help but wake up every day excited about getting to it.

Be Bigger

Convey a largeness about yourself, a personal abundance. Be open, be giving, listen to ideas, absorb information. Help others achieve their dreams. Seek out ways to benefit others while helping yourself prosper.