Monday, May 16, 2011

Success is in Your Hands

One of the most rewarding things about being in this profession is hearing the amazing success stories of ordinary people who have found a way to do something extraordinary in their lives. Meeting just one or two people who succeeded in creating massive abundance in their lives would be inspiring and heartwarming enough, but I’m talking about success stories numbering in the hundreds and thousands since I made a commitment to this industry back in 2003. When I say “massive abundance” I’m talking about success on your terms – as you define it – whether that means better relationships, more freedom, personal fulfillment or generational wealth you can pass on to your children’s children.
While most of us are familiar with the Hollywood version of  “old money” or inherited wealth, statistics show that more than eighty percent of today’s millionaires are not only self-made, but also come from very diverse middle and lower middle class backgrounds. The good news here is that the secrets of wealth creation are no longer reserved only for those who are already wealthy. The bad news is that it puts the responsibility to choose abundance squarely back on the individual. This was the realization that transformed my life in the blink of an eye when I was first introduced to this industry – that I had to create results for myself instead of waiting for anything to be handed to me.  I discovered that hope is not a strategy!

In my eight rewarding years enjoying my own success and celebrating the success of countless others in the home-based business world, a few key principles keep rising to the top. One is that GRATITUDE is the universal multiplier. When you greet each day with a grateful heart as a habit of life, you are exponentially more likely to attract the people, resources and opportunities you need to create abundance. But although you aren’t likely to build lasting wealth without it, gratitude alone is not enough to get you there – you need something more.

The one factor that seems to set those who truly get ahead apart from those who just get by is a “stick-to-it-ive” mentality – a relentless pursuit of their objective no matter what. In his powerful book The Traveler’s Gift, author and speaker Andy Andrews calls this the ability to stick to your principles without exception. Media personality and breakout Libertarian candidate Wayne Allyn Root (another self-made millionaire from humble beginnings) attributes his amazing success to being relentless in the face of resistance from folks who told him he’d never be on TV, never get published, never get nominated. He’s exceeded all these goals and more.

When it comes to opportunity, I don’t know of any other industry that allows literally anyone to become a self-made millionaire or multi-millionaire if they have the desire, drive and determination to succeed. You don’t need any special education, qualifications, certifications or huge amounts of up front capital to make it in the home-based business world. All you need to do is go after it relentlessly and with a grateful heart. If you’re willing to do what others won’t for the next three to five years, you can enjoy rewards that others don’t for the rest of your life. This is why I’m so passionate about this industry – because it’s made a difference in my life and my family for generations to come.
In the early days of networking, most people had to operate on a “kill and eat” basis, meaning that they only profited from their personal production without an opportunity to create true “walk away” income. Today a few innovative, integrity-based companies understand the importance of mentoring and teamwork. They reward entrepreneurs for investing in the success of others and this is another key to creating massive abundance – the success and wealth you create in others will return to you many times over.

How can you be this kind of leader? If you’re new to the industry, watch what the winners do and model their success habits day in and day out. People will follow you when they sense that you have certainty about your direction in life and before long you’ll find that they’re patterning their success habits after yours! The best way I know to get this kind of certainty is to fixate at a granular level on what it is that you really, really want. Write it out in vivid detail in the present tense. Jack Canfield, author of The Success Principles calls this “acting as if” your goals are already an accomplished fact. Start each day with gratitude for the opportunities around you, imagine your dreams and goals with specificity and pursue them relentlessly. Do this with resolve and your obstacles will dissolve.  Until then...


Michael Hamburger

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