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The 10 Vows of the Rich

The 10 Vows of the Rich

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What’s the core difference between those who struggle financially and those who are millionaires? It’s simple: Those who have a rich life think and behave differently. Inspired by Og Mandino’s book, “The Greatest Salesman in the World, Part 2: The End of the Story,” here are the 10 vows you need to make if you want to be rich. 

Never again will I pity or belittle myself

Earl Nightingale once said, “Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness.” If you have self-pity, then you are at risk of becoming a victim in your own life. If you’re a victim, you’re not in charge. If you’re not in charge, you will never change your economic circumstances. Being broke is simply a state of your account, but being poor is a state of mind. To be rich, you have to fix the mind and the account. Change your mindset and you will change your life.

Never again will I greet the dawn without a map

Without a clear map of where you want to go, how will you ever get to your destination? Those who have a map are far more likely to succeed than those who have no idea where they’re going. Draw a map of where you want to go and then take the steps you need to get you there. A calendar and a to-do list are great places to start!

Never again will I be disagreeable to a living soul

Courtesy and respect are, without doubt, vital to success. After years of spending time with extremely successful people, I can say that, without exception, the most prosperous are always courteous and respectful to others. The truth is, building relationships with people is the best way to build a business – and it’s also the best way to build a life.

Always will I seek the seed of triumph in every adversity

Not everything will go your way. There will be disappointments and failures on your journey. When you fall at a hurdle, ask yourself what went wrong and what you can learn from it. As Tim Fargo said, “Analyze your mistakes. You’ve paid the tuition, you might as well get the lesson.”

Never again will I perform any task less than my best

Always give the utmost of your ability according to your priorities. Do not be complacent, work hard and do your best.  As Estee Lauder once said, “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” Hard work pays off!

Always will I throw my whole self into the task at hand

Every task is a stepping stone to success so concentrate fully on the task at hand – whatever that may be. With energy, enthusiasm and commitment, you will get to where you want to go. It’s never too late – Warren Buffet made 99 percent of his money after the age of 52!

Never again will I wait in hope for opportunity to embrace me

The only time you should be waiting is when you’re planning. You don’t wait for opportunity to present itself – you prepare for opportunity so that you’re ready to meet it head on. As Og Mandino once said, we should pray to be given abilities that will match our opportunities. 

Always will I examine each night my deeds of the fading day

This is one of my favorite vows and, without doubt, one of the reasons for my success today. At the end of every day, you must recap what went well, what didn’t go so well and what’s still left open that’s important. Recapping and reviewing like this is essential to evaluating your progress and allowing you to plan ahead.

What infirmity have I mastered today, what passion opposed, what temptation resisted, what virtue acquired?

In doing your recap of the day’s events, ask yourself these probing questions. President Benjamin Franklin used to do this as a way to get perspective on the day’s events and to strive to improve.

Always will I maintain contact through prayer with my creator

Faith is a vital part of a rich life. Whatever form your faith takes, make sure to take the time to tap into it. According to statistics, 69 percent of millionaires have a deep and abiding faith. To whom much is given, much is required.

My wish for you is that you build a fortune, enjoy the good things of life and then help others who need it. That really is a rich life!

Listen to the latest episode of “It’s a Good Life” to hear more about how to live a rich life.    

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