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What Is Success And How Is It Achieved?

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

“Does Hard Work Lead To Success?”

At a recent Teen Award Ceremony in the US, actor Ashton Kutcher started a short speech by saying, “First of all, I don’t have a career without you guys.  I don’t get to do anything without you guys.”

The acknowledgement of the other half of  “success” was an interesting opening comment I thought.

The “other half” it seems, is something that’s often missing in any description of what success is.

Kutcher went on to say that in his experience “opportunity” looks like hard work. He then described a number of low skill jobs he worked in during his late teens and early twenties… noting especially that he had never had a job in his life that he was “better than”.

Yet how many people do you know who do the exact opposite? The most graphic of these are people who prefer the dole rather than taking on jobs they perceive they’re better than. Of course this is not an across the board thing as many people would take on any job if only they could get one.

The point I’m making though is that when people ask me how to become wealthy, depending on their current circumstances in life, I often start by saying… “Get a job”. Any job. The reason behing me saying this is because they could then use the “money” to undertake the next stage of their learning. The replies that shock me the most come from an attitude implying that they are much bigger than just any job.

When I was starting out on my journey to financial freedom, I worked four part time jobs. At one job I was paid $15 per day wrecking houses. (But the real value in this job was what I learned. It allowed me renovate houses and acquire second hand materials which I could then renovate and reuse. This enabled me to create my first $100,000 in asset value within 6 months).

The reason for 4 part time jobs, instead of one secure full time job, was so that I could work more hours and more days which meant that I earned more money than one full time job. I could then apply this money to learning the important lessons I needed to learn. In fifteen years of teaching people how to become wealthy, I’ve never met anyone who was willing to start this way. That they are still not financially successful is telling.

Another idea Kutcher promoted in his talk was the idea of being “sexy” which he described as “being smart… thoughtful and generous”.

A third offering came as a result of remembering something Steve Jobs often talked about. Jobs observed that as we grow up, enculturation teaches us that the world is the way it is and that we should live our lives inside this world. We’re told to follow the rules, not get into trouble, get a good education, get a good job, make some money, become a good consumer, get married, have a family and so on as the rest of the story goes.

The point he was making is that life is much bigger than Enculturation’s Plan for the masses. The idea that life doesn’t have to look like a life on the “work/stress, not enough time, not enough money treadmill” is foreign to most people. Instead of building a life experienced around the idea of financial freedom,  generation after generation fall into the trap of having a life based on the consumption code and servitude, rather than purposefully building a life based on the enterprise code and freedom.

While I’m not sure how much of his own wisdom Kutcher was sharing, as opposed to the wisdom of Steve Jobs given the film he’s just made… none the less, it’s hard to fault the wisdom itself.

While hard work may indeed lead to success, it is not the cause of success itself. One of the reasons for this is that success, in any endeavour, does not follow the “cause and effect” principle. Success is actually an “emergent”. No matter how hard you try, something else has to provide the spark…

The concept of “emergence” has been around since the time of Aristotle but the term emergent was coined in 1875 by pioneer psychologist G. H. Lewes who said that… “Every resultant is either a sum or a difference of co-operant forces; their sum, when their directions are the same — their difference, when their directions are contrary.”

As an emergent, success unfolds as a result of a series of effective moment-by-moment decisions made from a large number of options available every time you need to make a choice.

Instead of every day placing themselves in positions where an emergent process can happen, most people continue to place themselves into positions where servitude, predictability, and sameness always happen.

Love for you to share your thoughts on this.

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Paul Counsel

P.S. If you’d like to know more about The Consumption Code and The Enterprise Code, you can watch these videos here.

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The Psychology of Wealth

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth states that in order to change your financial results, something inside you must change. Whether it’s beliefs, values or tightly held attitudes, if these do not change, then the results of those beliefs, values or tightly held attitudes cannot change because your results are driven by them. At their most basic, there are two positions you can occupy in life. One position has you being the hero of your own story. The other position has you being the victim of someone else’s story. So which position do you currently find yourself in?

Whatever position it is, it’s important not to make it good or bad, right or wrong, fair or unfair. Just take a deep breath in and say, “Well it is what it is!” What’s of critical importance is what you’re going to do next. If you find yourself being disadvantaged by someone else’s story – eg, the story you bought through enculturation – this story will be denying you the financial freedom or the money mastery you seek.

If you find yourself here, and you want to be free of it, you now have to break out of that story in order to progress towards more productivity.

Believe it or not but there’s A Law of Victims which states that in order to be a victim, you have to relinquish control to someone else. It also clearly states that you can’t be a victim if you don’t relinquish control to someone, (or someone else’s story) that’s capable of making you a victim. So here’s your choice, to continue bequeathing control to others, or to become the hero of your own story and go after your version of the prize.

Sadly though, people unconsciously relinquish the responsibility for money mastery and gift it into the hands of others or happenstance, beliefs, values and attitudes that are destructive of financial freedom and time independence. They become a servant to the enculturating system and while this type of servitude is normal, it’s hugely destructive to the gaining of wealth and all its accompanying benefits.

From the moment we fully enter society, we’re taught to strive for the latest in technology and pleasurable pursuits regardless of the short or long-term consequences that emanate from such behaviour. Buying into the instant gratification model of status ranking, leaves you indentured to years of status anxiety and keeping up with your peers. This literally and figuratively keeps you condemned to lifestyle of financial imprisonment because you have to work to pay the bills. You have to keep working in order to keep buying what is always rapidly devaluing.

Enculturation teaches three things when it comes to money. Basically, it teaches you to get money through the exchange of labour and time. Then it teaches you how to spend the money you’ve exchanged your time and labour for. Then, and this ensures the prison sentence, it teaches you to buy all the things you cannot afford by purchasing on debt and credit. The more stuff you buy that you can’t afford, the longer your term of financial incarceration becomes… you’re now the victim of someone else’s story.

MJ DeMarco notes that, “When instant gratification entices you to bite the bait, you become a casualty of the hook: Lifestyle Servitude. Instead of you owning your stuff, your stuff owns you.” When you fall into the trap of debt in order to satisfy peer pressures and instant gratification, you immediately immerse yourself in the quicksand of debt servicing and give up any dream you had of stress free living. It’s the financial equivalent of chocolate’s “instant on the lips but a lifetime on the hips”.

In order to change your results, you must change the beliefs, behaviours, values and attitudes driving those results. You must change your choices. Remember that beliefs and values preceded choices, and choices precede action and actions precede results.

The Psychology of Wealth states that great wealth is preceded by great processes and the money mastery process is one of those great processes.  Learn while you still can, learn from The Psychology of Wealth and tap into your wealth genius.

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The Psychology of Wealth

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

The Psychology of Wealth asks, “Was there ever a time during your childhood when life was full of learning, where each day was one adventure after another and new experiences were eagerly sought? A time when as long as your parents knew where you were, and your activities were considered safe, you had the freedom to roam and do as you chose. This is the lifestyle I remember when I was growing up in the Tasmanian bush but during my twenties and thirties, I lost my way to the demands of enculturation, bills, debts, unproductive jobs and the list goes on.

At the age of 40, when I finally realised what was happening, I set out to reclaim that lifestyle of freedom and in a few short years, that reclamation was complete. The Psychology of Wealth is the story of that journey back to the freedom of youth.

 But what about you? What’s your journey been like over the past few decades? Can you remember a time of escapism and freedom, a time of space and play? Ask yourself what happened between then and now?

Where did that lifestyle go?

Like a seed that has all the potential to grow and blossom, you have all the potential you need to reclaim that space, to achieve what you truly desire. Like a seed, to achieve your potential, all you need to do is to insert yourself into a fertile environment where learning can take place. As soon as you do, you start attracting to yourself all the knowledge you need to successfully navigate your journey of change. You must know that success is possible because thousands of people have taken the journey before you and are now living a life of choice, money mastery and financial freedom.

Deep down, most people know they need to do something about their financial health because time is running out. Intellectually they know it and emotionally they know it. While the statistics for males and females vary slightly, if you take an average life of eighty years, or four thousand one hundred and sixty weeks, and subtract your current age, then you could assume that the remaining years represent the time you have left to improve your financial circumstances. The greatest change will incorporate The Psychology of Wealth because when you change your wealth psychology, everything changes.

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