So you want to get rich?
Maybe you where also thinking about how to get rich from nothing.
Great! You are about to make the best possible contribution to yourself and the world.
Don't let them fool you with their attacks when you go after your dreams.
They will call you money hungry, selfish, self-absorbed, and all the other names.
But the truth is that money changes everything.
It changes your world, it changes your community, city, country, and the world when you step up and start building wealth.
Your personal reasons for getting rich are irrelevant to me.
You are here reading these words and that means you want to get rich.
So your motivation and desire are your business.
“The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat.” – Napoleon Hill
What I want to share is a simple list of guidelines to help you on your road to riches.
If you follow these guidelines you have a good chance of getting there.
But there are no guarantees and that's what makes the game of life fun.
If you had a guarantee the thrill of the game would be gone.
Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants
All my success in life has been built on the shoulders of giants.
I have learned from the greatest men, from different fields of study, that have ever walked this planet.
And when it comes to wealth I have learned from many highly successful men.
I learned from them by reading their books and studying them.
I am not going to name all of them here but I will mention one.
The man's name is Felix Dennis.
I am here today because I learned most of these principles from Felix Dennis How To Get Rich.
Felix Dennis was one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom.
He was the founder and owner of Maxim Magazine and many other famous publications.
The man was a genius entrepreneur and lucky for us before he left this planet he wrote a book called “How To Get Rich”.
The book is a Blueprint of how anyone can get rich.
And yes I know there are many books about getting rich, but there are few that give practical advice.
And even fewer that were written by people that have actually done it and have been successful.
In my opinion this is the best how to get rich book out there.
I have applied these lessons in my own buiness and although I am nowhere close to Felix Dennis in terms of wealth I have been able to build enough wealth to live independently and do whatever I want.
The point is that the guidelines in this book are simple, and practical and will give the results if you apply them.
And the key is doing the work.
This is not a magic pill, it's practical wisdom from a man that has been there and done that.
The guidelines in this article are based on the book by Felix Dennis combined with some of my own guidelines based on my experience.
I can't guarantee that you'll get rich if you follow these guidelines, but I can guarantee what will happen if you don't follow them.
You will end up nowhere in terms of business.
So take the guidelines and make them your own and most importantly: DO THE WORK
How To Get Rich Felix Dennis -The Lessons Learned
“A genius is simply one who has taken full possession of his own mind and directed it toward objectives of his own choosing, without permitting outside influences to discourage or mislead him.”
― Napoleon Hill
You have to commit and go all in.
Half measures are for cowards.
If you are going to dabble in making money you are going to lose.
The playing field is too competitive for dabblers.
The fierceness of the game is of such a nature that if you are not all in on creating wealth then you will be spit out and forgotten about.
So make a decision to go all in.
Or dont and go back to the life you came from and watch from the side.
“More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the earth it self”
― Napoleon Hill
You need an idea.
You need to start executing on an idea.
The idea doesn't have to be the first of its kind in the universe.
This is what holds a lot of people back from success and getting rich.
They look and wait for a perfect unique idea before they get started.
So they end up waiting forever and never get started.
You can take an average idea and execute it well and you have a chance to win big.
An average idea is better than no idea.
Don't reinvent the wheel, it's unnecessary.
Find someone that has done what you want to do and do it in your own way.
Give it your unique spin and get going.
Guess what? Facebook is now the biggest.
“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”
― Napoleon Hill
“Focus on the possibilities for success, not on the potential for failure.”
— Napoleon Hill
“If you chase two rabbits…You will not catch either one”
Whoever said those words spoke the truth.
If you after 2 things at the same time you will not catch one of them.
Even a guy like Elon Musk focused on one thing when he was building his first company.
He is now in a different position which allows him to focus on several companies.
But when you make the climb you have to have an obsessive focus on the “main thing”.
Find your “main thing” and stay absolutely focused on that thing and align everything in your life with that “main thing”.
Do that and you will start building momentum.
Do not start listening to others telling you to try out the next best thing.
“There is a difference between WISHING for a thing and being READY to receive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be BELIEF, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief.”
― Napoleon Hill
If you are looking for a pat on the back from others on this lonely, dangerous, and challenging journey than you have chosen the wrong road.
The choice to get rich is not what they tell you about in the magazines and feel good blogs and Youtube channels.
You could potentially go down and lose everything, that is the reality of building a business and getting rich.
And the reality is nobody is going to believe in you until its done.
Before you get it done there will be a lot of “I told you so” and “You should never have quit your job”.
“Opinions are the cheapest commodities on earth. Everyone has a flock of opinions ready to be wished upon anyone who will accept them. If you are influenced by “opinions” when you reach DECISIONS, you will not succeed in any undertaking.”
― Napoleon Hill
The only person that will give you a pat on the back will be you.
So you better start believing in yourself.
You better become your own best friend.
Start encouraging yourself.
Start believing and keep the faith.
Believe that no matter what you will make it.
There will be times where it seems that everything is lost.
Don't believe it even if it seems insane.
Keep pushing. Keep moving forward.
(5)Stop Caring What Others Think.
“Put your foot upon the neck of the fear of criticism by reaching a decision not to worry about what other people think, do, or say.”
― Napoleon Hill
If you care too much what others think then you have chosen the wrong profession.
Entrepreneurship and business are not for everyone.
You might have the talent but if your mindset is not tough then you will start listening to the popcorn gallery and all their “wisdom”.
You have to turn your back on people who are trying to stop you.
You might lose friends and even lose contact with family at times.
You can not afford negative influences.
So cut them loose.
This is what it takes.
If you stop to please others,you will lose momentum and lose it all.
So follow your inner voice and keep pushing.
“If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.”
You can't do everything yourself.
In the beginning, you will do most of the heavy lifting yourself but you can't sustain that in the long term.
You will have to take the Tim Ferris- 4 Hour work-week approach and start outsourcing work and/or hire staff.
This will all come together with time.
You will have to build a team.
When you do hire people in specific areas, hire people who smarter than you in those areas.
If you are always the smartest person in the room you will never learn and never see your own mistakes.
(7) Fear Nothing And Nobody.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I get it!
It's easy to say fear nothing.
But what is there to fear?
Everything and nothing at the same time.
But the truth to remember is that you and I are going to die.
We know this as a fact.
What we dont know is how you are going to live until we get there?
That is up to you and me.
If you really accept this as truth then ask yourself this: What do you have to lose?
Wake up to the fact that we are all ultimately doomed.
Death will come for us all.
Don't let this be something you get depressed about.
Let it be your liberation.
Let it give you the freedom to step out of your comfort zone and truly step into fear and confront it.
Dont take a step back.
Fear nothing and nobody.
I'm not saying be an idiot but I am saying move through fear.
Because you have the ability to do so.
Fear will never totally go away, that's a good thing because it keeps us sharp and motivated.
But dont let it stop you.
Don't let it consume you with worry.
Cowards and complainers die a hundred times a day.
Be the hero of your own movie.
If being a hero isn't your style, then fake it until it becomes real.
Reality will catch up eventually.
Build your mental toughness and embrace the fact that your time on this planet is limited.
(8)You Have To Walk Alone.
“I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.”
As you start your journey on this road to getting rich and getting the life you want.
Remember you will have to walk alone.
There is no greater test for a man when he walks away from the group and the safety of the pack.
Only lions with a fire burning in their hearts walkway from the pride and walk alone.
The risks are big but the rewards are bigger.
There can be no reward without risk.
There can be no improvement without risk.
There can be no riches without risk.
And to get to your objective you have to walk alone.
There is no other way.
The road is lonely, filled with obstacles, dangers, and tests.
You dont have anybody to hold your hand.
Nobody will see it from your perspective.
Nobody will understand what is at the stake and nobody will care.
It's all on you.
They will only care when it's done.
So for now, you have to walk alone.
(9)Work For Yourself.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. “Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it “eventually,” just do it and correct course along the way.”
You have to work for yourself.
You are the boss.
You can't work for someone else.
You can but it will take a lot longer and you won't get the rewards of doing it your way.
You have to be number 1.
Working a normal job is not going to get you rich.
You might get rich but you will be 75.
You have to go in your own direction.
Like I mentioned in the previous point, you have to walk alone and build your own empire to truly build wealth.
You control it.
You take all the risk and get all the reward.
And the reality is you will never work as hard for someone else as you would for yourself.
(10) Manage Your Time.
“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
I mentioned the reality of your death earlier in this article.
Death and time go hand in hand.
The clock is ticking.
You have to get moving right now.
Manage and guard your time, because once it's gone you never get it back.
Plan your days, weeks, and months to get the most out of every minute.
Self Discipline will help you structure and take control of your time.
Combine your precious time with smart cause and effect actions.
Then you will move mountains while you are walking this planet.
(11) Manage Your Mind.
“Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds”
― Napoleon Hill
There will be no bigger friend and enemy on this road to riches than your own mind.
Therefore you have to get it under control.
The dominant thoughts in your mind will decide whether you win or lose.
If you allow negativity and toxic ideas to take root in your mind you will fail and find it very hard to get any momentum.
So you have to take control of the influences on your mind.
Who are the people you surround yourself with?
The books you read?
The music you listen to?
The blogs you read?
The videos you watch?
Be very selective with the influences in your life.
Ideas can build you up or destroy you.
So be very careful with what you allow into your mind.
(12) Look After Your body.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
The body is almost as important as the mind.
What you eat you become.
Take care of our body and your body will take care of you.
You will need to spend long hours working on your business and doing things that will push you to your physical and mental limits.
To stay healthy and strong you will need to manage your body.
This means physical training and a healthy diet.
This means a healthy lifestyle.
Not just something you do sometimes.
Everything has to be in alignment with your mission, which includes your body.
(13) Believe Money Is Great.
“To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit that serves as the life-blood of our own country – your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.”
― Napoleon Hill
Dont believe all the weird negative talk about money.
Those people that say “Money is the root of all evil”.
These peole obviously haven't read a history book. Before humanity had money and capitalism things were pretty brutal.
Nothing in history transformed the world like capitalism, money, and the power of the individual.
Money is good.
Sure people can do bad things with money.
But money is good, it has the potential to change your life and the world around you.
Money won't necessarily make you happy.
But it makes things better.
A lot better.
And if you take care of the challenges in your life then yes money has the potential to contribute massively to your happiness.
One thing is certain, having no money sucks.
I have been there and I'm sure some of you reading this has been too.
It's bad and dont dont let anyone tell you being poor is cool.
It's a lie.
(14) Build Systems.
“The 80-hour-per-week, 500 000$-per-year investment banker is less “powerful” than the employed New Rich who works 1/4 the hours for 40,000$, but has complete freedom of when, where, and how to live.”
You have to build systems.
Systems to simplify the many things you have to do every day.
This will let you get as much out of every single day as humanly possibly.
For example, I have a startup ritual that I use to start my day.
This includes everything from the moment I open my eyes until I start working.
It's all set up so that I dont have to think about what I have to do.
My actions have already been worked out so I don't have to think about what happens next.
It simplifies everything and makes everything more effective.
If you want to learn more about my ritual I talk about it in my book Self Discipline.
(15) Invest In Yourself.
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
― Napoleon Hill
You need to build an attitude in life that learning never ends.
The more you learn the more you earn.
The most successful people in the world read every single day.
They know that all it takes to change things is one new idea to shift momentum.
All the success I have is because of the amount of money I have invested in myself.
With invest I mean the amount of money I spend on books, video courses, and consulting.
That investment is very very small in terms of what that self-investment gave me back in money terms.
I became financially independent because of my self-education.
And I know many highly successful people that will tell you the same.
Elon Musk learned how to build rockets through reading books.
So ask yourself what can you do if you decide to take your self-education seriously.
(16) Think Longterm.
“Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind's eye, and you will be drawn toward it.”
― Napoleon Hill
Everything you do now might not show any returns.
You might expect to see immediate results when you take a specific action.
But cause and effect actions have different time frames.
Sometimes the reaction you are looking for might be months or even a few years away.
So think long term and be patient.
I'm not saying wait forever, but have some patients and wait for your positive actions to show some returns before you just give up.
If you decide to get rich approach everything as a long term project.
If you think in the short term you will start thinking in terms of overnight success.
And that doesn't exist.
Also, watch out for the shiny object syndrome.
The shiny object syndrome is when people dont get the results they want fast enough so they jump onto the new overnight success dream.
That dream almost always ends in tears.
(17) Start Now.
“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
If you are reading this then I know you have a burning desire in you to transform yourself and your whole life into something extraordinary.
If that is the case then dont wait.
Start taking action right now.
Even if you dont have an idea yet start acting like you have one.
You can start by reading a book, eating healthy, working on your mind, and finding something to start building momentum.
The idea will come if you start now and let the universe push you in the right direction.
“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for the mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time and energy-consuming.” -Tim Ferris
You are about to go on a dangerous journey.
It's not for everyone.
If you have read this far then I know you have already made up your mind.
You are one of the few that will confront fear and start pushing forward.
You live in a time with the most opportunity in human history to build wealth out of nothing.
The internet has changed the way we live and do business.
The question is this: Are you going to take advantage of this reality or let it pass you by?
Just make a decision!
Step up and take it!
Until next time my brothers….