Prosperity: The Choice Is Yours
August 08, 2003
It's Your Day To Win
By: Mike Brescia
When we were doing the research for our upcoming audio
program, Financial Abundance Now!, I was stunned by a few
bits of information researchers Thomas Stanley and William Danko
had published in their 2 million copy best seller,
'The Millionaire Next Door'.
Among their many remarkable insights gained by
interviewing first generation millionaires (not inherited)
for 20 years was that even though Russian households in
America account for only 1.1% of all households, 5.8%
of all households in America with a net worth of one million
dollars or more were of Russian ancestry.
So Russians in America are 5 times more likely to become
wealthy in America than the average American household.
An amazing 22% of all households in this country where
the person responsible for making the financial decisions is of
Russian descent are millionaires.
That's 1 out of 5 millionaires in America are Russian!
It's a prosperity mindset. And that translates into
action and wise financial decisions.
Interestingly, in America, 80% of all wealthy households
are first generation rich. Only 20% are second generation or beyond.
What does this mean?
Well, one thing it means, according to Stanley and Danko,
is that by the 2nd and 3rd generations most of the wealth
is usually gone. Pfffft! Spent.
See, if the kids are born here, the society orients them
not to the value of hard work, or of sacrificing for the
good of their family, not with teaching values of thrift.
We're taught here to be good consumers... to spend it.
All of it.
Hey, man. When the economy is in the doldrums
and you're in serious danger of losing your job, SPEND!
Don't get another job. Help the economy and spend all your
spare time spending all your money! Put other people to work
serving you... 'Cause you deserve a break today!
That's no joke.
Honestly, this session wasn't supposed to be about
finances. The actual topic revolves around the
Empowering Quote and Question. The subject is interchangeable.
It can be about money, relationships, career, health or
spirituality... you plug in your own topic.
Finances just provide an interesting backdrop to how the
typical person in America views tasks - any task besides
Not to say we don't put in long hours. Studies show we
"work" longer than ever before. But our performance
as it compares to what we're capable of doing is, well... it sucks.
The average person hates doing things that could actually
give them a better life - things that could give them true
freedom of choice.
Listen... the floor you've got to refinish, the walls that
you're painting, the book you have to read and
the test on those chapters are the greatest gift you could ever be given.
I remember how I used to avoid labor of any kind.
My habitual inner thoughts were,
'How come I have to do this?'
'Gosh, they're picky. It's good enough.'
'Why can't someone else do this? He hates me.'
'I'm too good for this.'
'Oh, I can't wait until this is over.'
'I can't do that. It's too hard.'
'I'll never get this done.'
'What can I spend this money on?'
'The boss is gone. Let's take a break.'
'I'll do it tomorrow when it's cooler outside.'
And I woke up each day dumber than the day before.
Man, your tasks are a part of life. If you shirk your
responsibilities, other people may get hurt, but think of
it this way. You might "get out of" doing something, but
you are hurting yourself more than anyone else.
I was the laziest person alive. Many people told me that.
I was forced to live in a van because of it. I was drugged
out, drunk and stupid for years, yet with some neat technology,
turned it all around and now have choices than 99.999% of
all living people don't have.
Because I began looking at responsibilities as a blessing.
Dirty floor? Wow! Cleaning it will be more practice at
being who I admire... a do it now person.
Build a garage? Cool. Think of the space we'll have
after it's done. I'll have acquired some great skills, too.
Tearing down, moving and re-installing thirteen office
cubicles? Ooh, lots of work. But we'll
be so much more productive when it's done. Tons of benefits. Awesome!
What will I think of myself if I do the best job I'm
capable of? What will I think of myself if I put in a
You see, when you do less than your best on a regular
basis, you see who you are. You can't hide
from yourself. Deep inside we all know what top performance
looks like - what it feels like inside.
And I'm telling you that your tasks aren't punishment
from the Gods. They're valuable practice for when it really
matters. Every thing you do, no matter how small,
creates your character. Your self-image is built from
how well or how poorly you do the jobs in your life.
Your gorgeous blond hair doesn't improve your self-image. Your actions do.
When you leave the kitchen table a mess every day, you're
creating a destiny. If you start lots of stuff, but finish
little, you're watching. You may be ignoring it
consciously, but your subconscious mind knows and one more
grain of sand is put on the "Loser" side of the scale in
Get angry a lot? Ever wonder why? It's not because of
what other have done to you. It's often from watching
people in your same station in life gaining characteristics
and opportunities you wish you had but never made work.
It's impossible to act like a loser, to perform poorly at
even unimportant tasks and feel like a winner.
The truth is, there are no unimportant tasks. None.
Every one is practice for the next one, training to help
prepare you for more challenging, more rewarding
opportunities. Practice bad habits day in and day
out, and you cannot perform well or make correct decisions when you
Every little short cut you take - Every time you lie to
someone to cover up a mistake - Every time you take
something that isn't yours, YOU are watching. No,
you may not get "caught" by someone else. But you caught you.
And that is a whole lot worse.
Ever start to achieve success in some arena of life only
to sabotage it? Try to quit a habit but always go
back to it? Does this happen over and over?
It's probably because you've caught yourself failing so
often, that when you do start to succeed, since you now
don't see yourself as a success, your mind literally forces
the failure oriented behaviors.
I know today's session was a bit of a pummeling.
But the best leaders who ever lived don't pull punches.
You must assess yourself honestly and understand the implications
of every action you take, or you will consistently be in spots
you can't get out of. Success in life is knowing how to
duplicate successes. Master success in one arena, and
you've created the ability to do it in all other parts.
But you need to know the formulas.
We talked about some critical areas just now. Pay
attention to them. It's vital to your life. Success and
happiness are not mysterious.
It can be predictable. Ask any Russian American.
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Helpful Hints for a Better Life
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say NO to projects that won't fit into your time schedule,
or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two
are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects
over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern,
find out what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety.
If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra
house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice
can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You every day.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough exercise.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality
21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small
problems in the bud. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed
to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and
hope is often a good "Thank you, Jesus!"
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but yourself not at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful
for that you've never been grateful for before.
GOD HAS A WAY OF TURNING THINGS AROUND FOR YOU. "If God is
for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
Sent in by: Elaine Diehl
"If you envy successful people, you create a negative force field
of attraction that repels you from ever doing the things
that you need to do to be successful.
If you admire successful people, you create a positive
force field of attraction that draws you toward becoming more and
more like the kinds of people that you want to be."
~ Brian Tracy ~
Leave You With a Laugh.....
Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob
tells Luther, "Ya know, I reckon I'm 'bout ready for a vacation.
The last few years, I took your advice about where to go,
but this year I'm gonna do it a little different.
Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii
and Darlene got pregnant.
Then two years ago, you told me to go to the Bahamas,
and Darlene got pregnant again.
Last year you suggested Tahiti and darned if Darlene didn't
get pregnant again."
Luther asks Billy Bob, "So, what you gonna do this year
Billy Bob says, "This year I'm taking Darlene with me."
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