Want To Be Rich? Start With Why

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So, you want to make money. You want to become wildly successful, maybe the richest man in the world (someday). 

Hurrah! That is a worthy goal. And I’m not even being sarcastic. 

Having a desire to become very (or moderately) wealthy is a good thing. It is in the nature of all creatures to aspire to be more. 

Getting wealthy will help you achieve your full expression, and allow you to help others do the same (remember when we talked about giving a part of all you earn). 

But there’s a question that needs asking. 

Maybe you are already on your way to becoming wealthy. You have learned principles and skills to help you accomplish that aim. 

Awesome! 

But first, why

That is an important question you must ask and answer for yourself. 

In his book, Start With Why, Simon Sinek talked about the importance of having a strong why for any endeavor you are embarking on. 

This why will be your compass, always pointing you to your True North. 

This why will help you hold on to your vision when things go crazy. And make no mistakes, they will. 

And when figuring out your why, forget about getting all fancy and poetic, or showing some pretend altruism. 

It’s not everybody that wants to get rich so they can solve the problem of malaria in Africa. And that is okay. 

The fact that your why seemingly doesn’t affect all of humanity doesn’t make it invalid or unworthy (…And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same – Marianne Williamson). 

Maybe the reason you want to get rich is because, growing up, you saw how hard life was for your family, and you made a promise to give your children a better life than you had. 

That is a worthy goal! Pursue it with all your heart. 

A practice that can help you greatly in figuring out your why is one called Seven Levels Deep. 

I learned this from Dean Graziosi

Preferably, do this with someone you trust, but if there’s no one, you can do it all by yourself. 

Ask the first question – why do you want this? 

Whatever your answer is, go one step deeper, why? 

Keep going until you get to the root. 

So, taking the example of getting rich, 

❓Why do I want to get rich? 

❗So that I can afford a good life for myself and my children. I want to have money to enjoy the good things of life. 

❓Why do I want to enjoy the good things of life? 

❗Growing up, I lived in poverty. Even getting three meals a day was a struggle. We couldn’t even buy Christmas gifts or clothes. I don’t want that for my children. 

❓Why is it important to me that my children don’t live like that? 

❗Because I want them to be proud of me as a father. 

❓Why is it important to me that my children be proud of me? 

❗Because I resented my parents for the kind of life they brought me into. I resented them for not giving me the opportunity to measure up to my mates in a lot of ways. 

❓Why is it important that I measure up to my mates? 

❗Because… 

You get it. 

It may take you a few tries to get it right. But don’t worry. Keep trying. 

If you do this honestly, you will have gotten to the very core of why you want what you want. 

This will serve as your motivation, because external motivations are highly unreliable. They’re there today, gone the next morning. 

But if your motivation is from inside, it will be hard to lose. 

You must always remind yourself of your why. Keep it visible at all times. Maybe write it somewhere you will always see it every day. 
So I ask again, why do you want to become wealthy?

Samuel is an avid reader and a freelance writer, in that order. He fancies himself funny, but his friends regularly don't laugh at his jokes. I have been a student of personal development for several years, and I created this blog to share my knowledge with others and help them become better versions of themselves.

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