HE world has moved from the period of material limitations into the world that is determined by mental concepts. We have moved from the age of things into psychozoic age, the age of the mind. Wealth are contained more in the person you are than in the assets you have acquired. Your future lies more in your ability to apply your mind and intelligence to your work and your life than it does in your current job or situation.
Because wealth, health and happiness are mental concepts, there are very few limits on how much of them you can acquire for yourself. Here, you will learn many simple, practical, proven methods, techniques and strategies used by high achievers in every field to accomplish even more than they ever dreamed possible. By breaking the bonds of conventional thinking, you expand your desires so dramatically that you will be able to accomplish any goal that you could ever set for yourself.
There are three main forces in our world today. They reverberate and transform everything they touch, creating unlimited opportunities for the creative minority. These forces are information, technology and competition. The information revolution engendered by the speedy computerized information processing the internet and wireless communications has enabled knowledge to double every two years. Thus, 90 per cent of thinkers, inventors and writers that have ever existed are now living today.
The result of their efforts are instantaneously available today to everyone. Thus, with your laptop computer, you can process in seconds at cost of kobos one billion commands per second.
The third factor driving our lives is competition. Every advance in knowledge and technology creates opportunities that fleet footed competitors can grab to create new products and services to leap frog each other in their markets. Indeed, the forces of information, technology and competition are multiplying each other to create the greatest rate of change in human history. And if anything, this rate of change is going to increase in the years ahead.
The point is, change creates opportunities. Change opens new possibilities for you to achieve your goals and make greater progress, faster than ever before. The only decision you have to make is whether you are going to be the master of change or a victim of change. I advise you to ride the wave and stay ahead of the curve of change.
The way to ride the storm of change is to learn from the experts. Making money is a skill, so if you want to be rich, study others who have become financially successful before you. If in the past you have accepted the false idea that you can only be rich by destiny, it is time to give up that idea. It is a false belief. You can be rich if you wish to be so. You can create your own destiny.
The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who lived 350 years before Jesus was born, taught us a principle. He called it the principle of causality. We call it the Law of Cause and Effect today. This law says for every effect in your life, there are specific causes. It says everything happens for a reason. Success is not an accident. What happens to you is not determined by luck. It is the result of this unchanging law. So you can become rich by studying and applying the experiences of rich people.
Dr. Thomas Stanley of the University of Georgia, USA, spent more than 30 years studying self made millionaires. His research studies and reports were compiled into two best selling books: The Millionaire Next Door and The Millionaire Mind. The first thing Dr. Stanley found was that self-made millionaires did things differently from average people. If you are tired of being average, try doing things differently from them today. Success isn’t a miracle. All you have to do is learn how successful people made it and learn doing things the same way.
Get rid of myths. One myth is that you must have a great education to be rich.
Another is that you have to start your business big. Yet another is that financial success depends on getting a lucky break of some kind. None of these myths are true. In fact, a survey by US Forbes magazine found that high school dropouts in the 400 richest people in the USA were worth more than $300 million more than university graduates on the list. A past president of the U.S General Electric Company, Jack Welch, rated a great expert of business, said that the most important quality of business leadership is that you must deal with the world as it is, not as you wish it to be. That means in all things you must be honest with yourself.
Our champion for today is Constantine Karamanlis, (1907-98), the four-time Prime Minister, the third and fifth president of the Third Hellenic Republic, the arbiter of Greek politics whose political career spanned the second half of the twentieth century.
Born in the village of Proti, Macedonia, Ottoman Empire, now in Greece. He became a Greek citizen in 1913, after Macedonia was united with Greece during the second Balkan War. His father was Georgios Karmanlis, a teacher who fought during the Greek struggle for Macedonia in 1904-1908. He went to Athens to obtain his degree in law. He practiced law at Serres, entered politics with the conservative Peoples Party. He was elected member of parliament at 28 in 1936. For health reasons he was not accepted for combat during the Greco-Italian War.
After World War II, supported by his friend Lambros Eftaxias, Minister of Agriculture under the premiership of Konstantinos Tsaldaris, Karamanlis was appointed minister of Employment in 1947. Later he became minister of Public Works under Prime Minister Alexandros Papagos. He won the admiration of the U.S. embassy for efficiently building Greek roads with American aid.
King Paul of Greece appointed Karamanlis Prime Minister when Papagos died in 1955. As premier, he re-organised the Greek Rally party renaming it the National Radical Union. He won three successive elections in 1956, 1958 and 1961. As premier he restored full voting rights to women. Karamanlis invested in industries, infrastructure and promoted tourism. He abandoned enosis: the unification of Greece with Cyprus in favour of independent Cyprus. Negotiations with the United Kingdom and Turkey produced the Zurich Agreement which was ratified by Makarios III in 1959.
Karamanlis took Greece into the European Economic Community in1962. In 1979, he signed the full treaty of Greek accession to the EEC as the 10th member.
In June 1963, Karamanlis resigned the Premiership after a disagreement with King Paul of Greece. He spent 11 years in exile in France after losing the election of 1963.
Karamanlis was a vocal opponent of the Greek colonels who seized power in 1967. However, he was invited to lead Greece to democracy, where it was originally created. Karamanlis was sworn in as Prime Minister by President pro tempore Phaedon Gizikis who remained in power till 1974.
Eventually, Karamanlis with his new party New Democracy was elected prime minister a second time. A 1974 plebiscite abolished the monarchy, a new constitution was inaugurated in 1975.
Karamanlis relinquished the premiership in 1979 and was elected president in 1980 by the parliament. He resigned in 1985 but was re-elected in 1990. He retired in 1995 at 88, having won five elections, spent 14 years as premier, 10 years as president and 60 years in active politics. For his service to Democracy he was awarded the Karlspreis in 1978. He died in 1998 at the age of 91. In honour of his memory, his nephew Kosmas Karamanlis was elected leader of the New Democracy party and was appointed premier of Greece from 2004 to 2009