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Get Money: 10. In The Flow
Nothing stands in your way until the grim reaper takes you - and wherever you go after that, you’ll be well-placed to profit, be it in heaven or hell...
Using the methods outlined in this book, I made my first million with no initial investment whatsoever. Desperation proved the mother of invention as well as the motivation for harnessing the power that lies within.
I was excruciatingly poor and had a young family to support. So there was no choice. It really was “Get rich or die tryin’.” I had to succeed and thus used the only tangible thing I had at my disposal – and that was mind power.
Unless you’re born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you have no other choice but to get into self-development. You come to realize that you have to change personally to transform your outer circumstances. As far as I’m concerned this was the number one key to my success. Of course, I took a great deal of action in the everyday world too. But it was exploring and utilizing the hidden levels of the mind that brought me the edge. The subconscious, or god within, was the engine that got things done.
“I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.”
Vladimir Putin (b. 1952), former intelligence officer and President of Russia
Despite getting in the money, I’m actually not that big on material things. Too much stuff gets on my nerves. The biggest thing that money brought me was freedom. And I still have it. I don’t have to go anywhere. I work from home. I also have a lot of flexibility. If I want to take the afternoon off to go for a drive or motorcycle trip, I can.
All this only came about when I became genuinely entrepreneurial (and this is another important key to take into account). Before that I was operating as a freelancer. It wasn’t fun. There was no financial security and I was working all the time. There wasn’t a choice. I’d have been better off with a job – God forbid!
When I was writing for national newspapers and magazines, for example, I’d get a call on a Friday night with the editing asking if I could do a piece for Monday. Weekend gone in one fell swoop. Whatever your line of work as a freelancer or independent worker, you’ll be trapped. When you’re freelance, or for that matter self-employed, you’ve really just bought yourself a job, minus the benefits that come with employment.
What you want is residual income, at least to some degree. You want money coming in while you sleep. Yes, you have to work pretty hard to build up your business. But once that’s done and you get it as automated as possible, you start to experience the freedom that comes with having plenty of cash.
For some, however, this can unearth surprising psychological elements, such as feeling guilty at not having to work everyday. Many of us are brought up under a work ethic mentality where money shouldn’t come easily, and work certainly shouldn’t be enjoyable.
Obviously, this is crazy. You should be jumping with joy at having created a business that brings you freedom. But it’s a very definite psychological trait that quite a few business people suffer from. Some will even put in eight or ten hour days when they don’t need to, just to appease their guilt.
It’s like when you reach the winning post you shoot yourself in the foot and can’t allow yourself to make the most of it.
In truth, though, you never truly reach the winning post because it could all slip away from under you – there’s always something that could take you out. Like if you’re reliant on Facebook for your marketing, they can can pull the plug on you. Or when Google’s algorithms change you can lose the top organic search listings you built up.
Recognizing this is the way to assuage any guilt you might feel at your success – to always remember that it can all end at any time.
So my advice to you is to make hay while the sun shines. Enjoy it.
That said, once you’ve achieved a fair degree of freedom, you can look to setting up another business and automate it as much as possible. If it works, this will make you even richer. And if you’ve become complacent – which does often happen when you become successful – it will bring your hunger back. You’ll have another mission.
In truth, most entrepreneurs do what they do for the challenge – for the sake of the money hunt itself.
And if by some turn of fate your whole operation does go belly up, you won’t be daunted. You’ll know that if you did it once, you can do it again. Once you become a successful money hunter, and attain a good grasp of mind power, you’ve attained the ability to survive, come what may. That’s a very powerful attribute as most wage stiffs live in fear of being fired or made redundant, and ending up in a less well-paid job, or on the scrapheap. Whereas you’d just take a downturn, or even total meltdown, in your stride. Dust yourself down and start again.
“Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.”
Paulo Coelho (b. 1947), Brazilian novelist and lyricist, best known for his novel “The Alchemist”
So in the end, it’s not just about getting money; it’s also about gaining the ability to survive and prosper in the world, no matter what happens. By using mind power and taking definite practical actions in the world, you start to lose fear, and gain a great deal of strength and resilience. You become self-reliant. And that means you can get money whenever you want it. You’re a fully-fledged money hunter that knows abundance is everywhere just for the taking. And if there’s a drought, you move on to new hunting grounds.
Nothing stands in your way until the grim reaper takes you. And wherever you go after that, you’ll be well-placed to profit, be it in heaven or hell, or some other realm of the multiverse. Because remember, if you are God, you are eternal, an energy force travelling the moonbeam roads of time and space. You are in the flow...
Be Happy Now
Psychologists call it “conditional happiness.” It’s when you say to yourself, “When [so and so] happens, I’ll be happy.” It could be when you earn a given sum of money. Achieve huge wealth. Or when you get your dream home or flash car. In short, it’s always at some point in the future when you will allow yourself to be happy. The question is, what happens when you do achieve your given aim? Will you be happy then? Or will you postpone your happiness until you achieve some other aim? The secret is to be happy now. Enjoy the ride. Relish every moment of the money hunt. Attaining wealth is incidental to the sheer excitement of playing the game.