Laws of Success
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These next two "secrets" are not secrets at all. Everyone knows them. But what you may not know is that, taken alone, without the previous eight secrets, they are nearly worthless. Having someone tell you these two secrets without telling you the other eight is like having someone tell you the punch line without first reciting the joke - you just won't get it!
OK, so you've followed the first eight secrets and you are ready to move on (of course, in real time the previous eight steps may take months to effect). You are now ready to find the method of getting from here to there. After all, you can't expect to sit in front of the tube watching Fox News all day while the wealth just rolls in - this will happen later, when your money is doing all the work. But for now, the effort must be all yours.
Choosing a method may not be easy. You may need to find something that you feel comfortable with. Perhaps it will be something that relies on your specific skills or education. Then again, it may well be something that, for now, is totally unique to you.
I did not start out as a real estate investor. My education was in Theology, and in business. My skills were as a musician and carpenter. Weird, huh? But I realized that none of the above were capable of getting me where I wanted to go, in a reasonable period of time. Sure, an MBA opens doors to a great income, but a great income from working for a corporation just wasn't good enough, and the stresses from all the competition and ladder-climbing did not appeal to me. Nor did the backbiting, and hectic routines of that kind of lifestyle.
I chose real estate partly because I understood it, and knew it was capable of creating huge wealth in a short time. I knew this because my dad had been an investor. I knew, too, that real estate was the one career that did not require a costly education, and anyone could do it, as long as they were willing to learn the basic ins and outs. And I also knew that you don't need money or credit to get started. Since I had neither, at first, it was a great vehicle to pursue.
You may want to consider real estate, yourself, for some of those same reasons. Or, you may decide to choose consulting in your area of expertise, or writing books, or marketing products. You may simply decide to turn a hobby into a moneymaking business. Frankly, there are almost as many methods as there are people.
So how do you discover your method? If you have followed the previous eight steps, you should already have a fair idea on some possibilities. In the section about discovering and evaluating your assets, you may have found an opportunity that you hadn't thought of before. Keeping an open mind, letting your imagination run free and learning new things are the keys to uncovering your method.
Which method you choose may be determined by your needs and goals. For example, if your goal is to get there fast and solid, you might choose to learn how to invest in real estate. You certainly would not choose a method that only increases your net worth by 10% a year. If your goal is to have your name become a household word, you may choose something that has potential to be high profile, like authoring a best seller.
Only you can choose your goals, and determine which method is best suited for achieving those goals, based on the assets you have available to you or the assets you can get your hands on, such as books that will teach you what you need to know.
If you do not have a college education, you would probably not consider choosing a method that relies heavily on a diploma. If you do not like crowds, you would avoid methods that place you into crowded situations. If you love the limelight, you may consider a method that puts you there, and takes advantage of your endearing smile.
In all truth, the method does not matter much, except that it fills your needs and you can learn to enjoy it, and it suits you.
If you find yourself having difficulty choosing a suitable method, try making a list of all your assets, skills, training, special knowledge, likes and dislikes. Then ask friends and relatives what they think would fit nicely, based on that list. This is pretty much what those aptitude tests do - they find out what you like, and what your strengths are, then determine what careers might be best suited for you. Brainstorm with people you know and respect. Make a party game of it, so your friends can do the same. Maybe some of them will profit, as well.
This is one of the reasons that, later on in this book, I will ask you to please distribute copies of this to everyone you know and care about. The more people in your circle who profit and succeed, the more your own wealth will grow. After all, how are you ever going to attract any money away from people who don't have any? Help others to prosper, and you become valuable to them, to the point that they will try to help you prosper. In this way, both of you enjoy greater wealth. If you can't make any money from the poor, then you should work to help them prosper. And now that they have money, you can bring more of it home to papa. It's like planting corn - if you plant a single kernel, it will grow and produce about 1000 kernels. You eat 900 of those kernels, and plant the remaining 100, which in turn will produce 100,000 kernels. And so it goes. Before long you are producing so much corn that you are selling all the excess, turning it into more money, which can then purchase more seed for other crops. You grow and prosper. And there is food enough for everyone.
Secret #9 Summary: Choose a method to take you where you are going. And assist others in getting there, too, so more wealth is made available to you, and you gain the "protection" of others who value your contributions to their own futures.
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