The story is told of Thomas Edison at the height of his career and fame once went into his shop and asked one of his young employees what was his number one goal was in the whole wide world? Without hesitation the young apprentice replied, “Oh Mr. Edison I want to wealthy like you”. Mr. Edison smiled without saying a word and left the building.
A short time later Mr. Edison returned with a pair of glasses in which he replaced the lens with silver dollars. He asked the young man who had told him that his greatest dream was to be wealthy to put on the glasses and tell what he saw. The young man put on the pair of glasses and replied, “Mr. Edison, I don’t see anything”. Mr. Edison then told the young man, “that is your problem, money is right in front of your eyes and you cannot even see it!”
If there was anything my Millionaire Mentors taught me they taught me the skill of spotting and “Seeing Opportunity”. If there is one thing that shocks me still after being in the personal development industry for over thirty years is the thousands of people who cannot see “Opportunity” when it is sitting there right in front of their eyes. Everyday millions of people wake up and complain about their terrible circumstances in life, when standing right in front of them calling their name is the Opportunity to changes those unfavorable conditions.
However, seeing opportunity is only half of the equation of success, the second part which is just as important as seeing it is the ability to “Take Action on Opportunity” People have burned to death in a burning building because they were afraid to jump even though there were firemen and a net ready to catch them to safety. They were aware of the horrible situation; they saw the opportunity to save themselves from a burning building but stood there frozen and not take action.
It is important to take some time today and look around at the dozens of opportunities that are knocking on your door. Learn to become proficient in seeing opportunity and then make sure you work on developing the self discipline to take action on those opportunities. Playing it safe, procrastinating, and waiting for the perfect conditions can all be a death warrant to your future finances.
I will close with the wisdom that Bob Proctor taught one morning when I was having an early breakfast with him in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were talking about decision making and its importance. He looked at me and said, “Don the way you make the right decision every time is to ask yourself two questions;
- Will this decision move me closer to my dreams?
- Is this decision in harmony with what I am doing?
If you answer yes to both those questions, you move forward and make that decision. You don’t worry if you have the money, ability, resources, time, energy or anything else, once you make the right decision based on those two questions everything else you need will show up.
That wisdom that Bob Proctor taught me many years ago has served me well and has never failed or let me down, even when it went against (and many times it did) conventional thinking and apparent evidence to do other wise.
Remember this economy we are in today is not the cause of your lack, but it does demand that you take responsibility for your results in life.
Have a great Sunday, and I will see all on Monday.
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Don and Melinda