I came upon this article, which quotes George Bernard Shaw, a famous Irish playwright who was awarded both a Nobel Price in Literature in 1925 and an Oscar in 1938. He said, “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, they make them.”
This is a very real statement in life. It also applies in the financial state of each person. This is why I have always advised that each person should have a Personal Financial Plan. No matter how small your assets may be and/or how small your income is, you need to know how much you are worth financially. From that realization of what you are worth, you can then plan on to what you want to have at each future stage of your life.
Each of you has a choice on whether you want to move on or not. You might say perhaps that that is not true for in your case because you are just too poor and you just do not have opportunities. Beggars in the streets may be there because their minds just do not have the capacity to think and they don’t know any better. But, if you can read this article, then certainly you don’t fall under that category.
If you are someone who is just worrying and wondering what will happen to your financial life, then your financial life really goes nowhere and becomes nothing.
In his book, the Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale gave this very clear example of how the mind works. He said: “Suppose a farmer has some land, and it’s good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn’t care. It’s up to the farmer to make the decision.
We’re comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn’t care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn’t care what you plant.
Now, let’s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land…and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn’t care what we plant…success…or failure.”
Using the above story of Earl Nightingale, in the same way, your financial life depends on how you think. Therefore, if you think success in your financial life, plan how you will get there and work hard to make the plan happen, you will reap success.