Surf the Internet and you’re bound to find dozens, if not hundreds of articles about how to become a millionaire. Most will claim to reveal “secrets.”
Read a few of those articles and you’ll find a few common threads.
A couple of the “secrets” that stand out are …
- Believe that you can do it.
- Articulate your vision for success.
- Work hard — and you’ll get lucky.
- Live below your means.
Alan Corey, the author of A Million Bucks by 30, did something that I tell people to do: read all the biographies and autobiographies of millionaires that you can. When you do, you’ll see that what they achieved was the result of …
… a (sometimes) good idea …
… thorough planning …
… and hard work …
… as well as a belief that they can do it.
First, they had knowledge of their power; second, they had the courage to dare; and third, they had the faith to do.
When you read biographies and autobiographies, you will see beyond the trite anecdotes that you often hear. You’ll see them in all their naked, sometimes unflattering, glory — warts and all.
More than likely, you’ll see a little of yourself in them and you’ll be convinced on a very deep level that you can achieve the success you want.
And it all begins with a goal.
A glorious, cinematic, full-color goal.
Vague and general goals are of not great value; rather, you should be specific about your goals.
Saying “I want to be rich” is vague. Way too vague.
Instead, imagine — visualize — what your life as a millionaire will look like. For example: “I want to have $10,000,000 invested so that I can live off of the interest. Then I will volunteer, travel, and enjoy picnics at the beach with my family.”
One of the best books that you can read to hone your vision of success is The Master Key Workbook.
Get it …
… read it …
… do the exercises …
… and you will have a very clear picture of what you want — and a plan to achieve it.
Then embrace hard work, as that is the true “secret” of any success, regardless of what some infomercials and “gurus” will tell you. Just ask every successful person you know.
4. This is another psychological fact which is well known, but unfortunately reading about it will not bring about any result which you may have in mind; it will not even help you to form the mental image, much less bring it into manifestation. Work is necessary — labor, hard mental labor, the kind of effort which so few are willing to put forth.
He returns to this idea of hard work again in Point #28.
28. Thought force is the most powerful means of obtaining knowledge, and if concentrated on any subject will solve the problem. Nothing is beyond the power of human comprehension, but in order to harness thought force and make it do your bidding, work is required.
How about Donald Trump?
Donald Trump attributes his success to his hard work, which to outsiders often appears to be luck. But Trump says luck only comes from working hard. “If your work pays off, which it most likely will, people might say you’re just lucky. Maybe so, because you’re lucky enough to have the brains to work hard!” he says.
Many successful people (millionaires) live below their means. In fact, many are down-right cheap! Two highly successful people that I know have a friendly competition about who got the better deal on their purchases. One will point to his shoes and say, “Target. Fifteen bucks.” The other will smirk and reply, “I used a coupon and got these for twelve.”
In other words, they don’t aspire to look rich, they intend to be rich.
8. Those who recognize this principle have a great advantage in the affairs of life. They do not wear themselves out. They can eliminate vagrant thoughts with facility. They can readily concentrate to the highest possible degree on any subject. They do not waste time or money upon objects which can be of no possible benefit to them.
Take these ideas to heart.
More importantly, put them into daily practice.
Attaining a million dollars (at least!) is very doable as long as you go about it intelligently.
Look at it this way …
You can purchase lottery tickets and wish and pray for your one-in-a-billion chance to win the money …
… Or …
You can plan your work and work your plan and practically guarantee your success.
One path is more difficult than the other.
One path is also more rewarding.
Not just on a materialistic level, but on also on any scale you can think of — mental, spiritual, and moral.
Listen to what real millionaires and successes say about becoming a millionaire.
Put their words of wisdom into practice.
It may be difficult in the beginning …
In fact, it will be difficult at times …
But you’ll be glad that you did it.
Because winning is awesome.
And that’s no secret.
Read great books because you want to be successful.