OK…In chapter 2, we were given “six definite practical steps, as our first move in translating the desire for money into its monetary equivalent.” This lesson is the green personality approach to putting down the hardcore DEFINITE practical plans to turn that desire into money.
At first glance it looks like a check-off list…and it is. I was happy that in “how to build plans, which will be practical,” I had already done the first step by becoming part of this Think & Grow Rich mastermind group. Good Start…a. b. c & d…DONE
Then, Hill throws us a curve. “NO FOLLOWER OF THIS PHILOSOPHY CAN REASONABLY EXPECT TO ACCUMULATE A FORTUNE WITHOUT EXPERIENCING “TEMPORARY DEFEAT.”
This comes immediately after, “We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before ‘arriving.’”
That comment could be a big gulp to swallow, preparing to accept temporary defeats, we at least know that they are a part of the process of ALL who have accumulated great fortunes.
Hill goes on to encourage us by explaining that we are each either LEADERS OR FOLLOWERS. Both are fine, followers just make less money. Further encouragingly, he says we mostly START as followers and then become leaders.
After this, he gives us several lists to ponder:
1. The major attributes of leadership.
2. The 10 major causes of failure in leadership
One of these is the unwillingness to render humble service.
This can be observed now by how differently the various
governors are using their extended power to reopen their
states or to keep their people in quarantine.
3. The 30 Major causes of failure
4. List of what may be holding you back.
5. Self Inventory – 28 Questions
Don’t expect to conquer these in a day, a week or a month. These are lists to review quarterly or annually.
If we ponder ALL of these 5 lists at the beginning, then pick one item, & ONLY one item from each list, where we are weakest, these will be the challenges for us to develop in the next year. At the end of the year, we will have become better in these areas, so drop them and choose again your weakest areas to work on for the following year. It will get easier as the years pass.
In fact, many years ago, I had an inspiration that I was to work on one particular project toward spiritual growth for the next year. I was aware of nothing else that I needed. Toward the end of the year, I had improved in that area and was suddenly struck, as if I had been shaken, with the awareness that I had another area to begin working on. I had probably needed the second one the previous year as well, but never saw it. How gentle is the teaching of the Infinite Intelligence that I call God. We, likewise, need to treat ourselves gently through our path to riches.
I’m so grateful to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for sticking with us through this process and allowing us to grow together. Thanks also to all who participate in any way.