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Automatic wealth The 6 steps to financial independence - Masreson M.

Masreson M. Automatic wealth The 6 steps to financial independence - Wiley & sons , 2005. - 291 p.
ISBN 0-471-71027
Download (direct link): automaticwealththesixstepsto2005.pdf
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But that’s fine. The important thing is to begin, to create momentum. A basic class in physics will tell you that it takes a great deal of energy to get a stationary object moving—yet once it’s moving it takes very little effort to make it change course, speed up, or slow down.
So to get you going on your path toward financial independence, I’ve endeavored to make things as simple as possible. And I’ve tried to make the work seem easy. The point is to get you in motion. Once you are up and running, I promise you that it really will feel that way. So now, turn the page and let’s get to work . . .
STEP 3
DEVELOP WEALTHY HABITS
“Think and grow rich.” How many times have you heard that before?
It’s the title of one of the most popular wealth-building books ever written. And it’s the idea behind so many success books, courses, and seminars that people think of it as a truism. But is it true? Can you really think yourself to riches?
In The Power of Positive Thinking (Ballantine Books, 1996), Norman Vincent Peale says:
Too many people are defeated by the everyday problems of life. They go struggling, perhaps even whining, through their days with a sense of dull resentment at what they consider the “bad breaks” life has given them. In a sense, there may be such a thing as “the breaks” in this life, but there is also a spirit and method by which we can control and even determine those breaks. It is a pity that people should let themselves be defeated by problems, cares, and difficulties of human existence, and it is also quite unnecessary. . . . By learning how to cast (obstacles) from your mind, by refusing to become mentally subservient to them, and by channeling spiritual power through your thoughts, you can rise above obstacles which ordinarily might defeat you.
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The opening chapter of Napoleon Hill’s The Law of Success (Wil-shire Book Company, 2000) expresses the same sentiment:
Success is very largely a matter of adjusting one’s self to the ever-varying and changing environments of life, in a spirit of harmony and poise. Harmony is based upon an understanding of the forces constituting one’s environment. The most successful men and women on earth have had to correct certain weak spots in their personalities before they began to succeed.
As someone who has always been interested in the potential of the mind, I find this sort of idea appealing. If, indeed, I could think myself rich, what else could I do with my mental machinery? Maybe I could think myself cured of this chest cold? (And, yes, there’s a large field of healing based on just such a notion.) If I can use thoughts to get healthier, why not to get smarter, too? And better looking? And taller? The possibilities are endless. And tantalizing.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THINKING . . . IT’S ABOUT DOING
But if getting rich and successful were simply a matter of replacing negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones, why are so many of the richest, most successful people that I know miserable, grouchy, and gloomy?
Not all the time. And not in all circumstances. But as a general rule, it seems to me that most of the people out there making the big bucks are more driven than dreamy, more testy than tranquil, and more hard-pushing than easygoing.
Don’t you agree?
Think about the really positive, really happy people you know. Are they the industry captains? Are they the million-dollar earners? The happiest and most well-balanced person I know is my wife—and she hasn’t made a nickel in 15 years. A list of the other most happy people that I know would include
• TG, a bartender and beer guzzler who hasn’t had a steady job in 30 years
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• JF, who gave up a lucrative CEO spot 12 years ago to teach tai chi
• CF, who makes a living watering indoor plants
I’m not knocking positive thinking. And I’m certainly not saying that having a good mental outlook is detrimental to growing rich. What I’m arguing is that there is no statistical evidence that equates positive thoughts with rising net worth. In fact, the little data that we have on the subject suggests a different story:
• It is how you act, not what you think, that will determine your success.
• It is how you think, not what you do, that will determine your happiness.
RICHER DOESN'T MEAN HAPPIER
• A survey by Forbes magazine—itself owned by a billionaire-revealed that 37 percent of the 400 richest Americans are unhappy.
• A British psychologist, Ronit Lami, has interviewed many affluent people who develop a bunker mentality to protect themselves from a world that "doesn't understand." She recently teamed up with the Allenbridge Group, a wealth management service, to give the firm's clients advice on how to deal with the psychological effects of being seriously well off.
• A 2001 study by American psychologists found that excessive wealth, particularly for people unaccustomed to it, can actually cause unhappiness.
• Camelot Group PLC, operator of the U.K. National Lottery, released the first ever major survey on the lives of lottery winners and found the following:
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