Saturday, 13 August 2016

Your Pathway to Prosperity

> This column introduces from this week a new series on how to
> attract,create, manage and share wealth. The Oxford English
> Dictionary defines wealth as an instance of prosperity.
> Whereas, wealth is simply the possession of money or assets,
> prosperity is the flourishing, thriving or succeeding in
> life. Wealth is about money but prosperity is about life;
> good fortune, abundance and wellbeing.
>      The great theologian of the
> Methodist movement, John Wesley told his followers: Make all
> you can; save all you can and give all you can. History's
> most famous philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie noted: No man
> becomes rich unless he enriches others. Even more
> recently,the author of The One Minute  Millionaire,
> provided a similar creed for the enlightened business mogul:
> make millions, save millions, invest millions and give
> millions away.
>      We celebrate the act of wealth
> creation, but we also recognise the joy of giving.
> Prosperity is best appreciated as a circle in which money is
> first attracted and created; then managed well and shared to
> good effect. People say money cannot buy happiness, we agree
> with them; since our findings confirm their 
> experience. Indeed, it is also true that the abilities to
> attract, create, manage and share wealth are important to
> living a contented life. Since many of us seek to be better
> off financially not to amass money for its own sake, but to
> be in control of our time and spend it in meaningful ways.
>      Thus, the idea of prosperity
> suggests that we are stewards of wealth who create it from
> existing resources and eventually give it back in some form.
> But many argue that the phenomenal growth of wealth in the
> 20th century has caused our environmental degradation; but
> it is also true that without continued prosperity we will
> lack resources to research and invest in new energy sources
> or repair what has been damaged.
>     However, if you understand wealth creation as
> part of the larger concept of prosperity, nothing should
> hold you back from your pursuit  of abundance. You have
> a duty to yourself and humanity to maximize resources, use
> your imagination and work hard to bring new valuable
> products into being. In making this, you may find that it is
> possible both to be well off financially and to live with a
> good conscience.
>     Wealth creation does not happen in a vacuum.
> Thus, an aspirant must arm himself with thought provoking
> reads in economics, psychology and political economy. There
> is a natural divide between prosperity consciousness or the
> psychological aspects of creating wealth and the nuts and
> bolts of personal finance and economics.You must be well
> read on entrepreneurship, investing and more practical areas
> which will open your eyes and hearts to the metaphysical
> classics of abundance. Your ultimate aim should be to
> integrate both, so that you become a master of the inner and
> outer game of
> wealth.
>     We think of wealth as involving the ability to
> shape the world around us to profitable ends. Yet wealth 
> really begins in the mind: with your ideas, vision, beliefs
> and character. You attract or repel wealth 
> according to what you think and believe about yourself.
> Therefore it is never a waste of time to work on
> your own self development.The Greek philosopher, Aristotle
> said: The hardest victory is the victory over self. But this
> is a victory that enables you to win in all other aspects of
> life.
>     In his book: The Path of Prosperity, James
> Allen underscores this concept of an appropriate 
> mindset, noting that a disciplined mind and a focus on
> serving others are basic to the achievement of 
> any prosperity.Napoleon Hill said in his Master Key to
> Riches, that definiteness of purpose and the 
> desire to go the extra mile are essential to creating value
> or wealth. Max Weber's famous essay: The 
> Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, argues that
> the early Protestant merchants were able to 
> attract fortunes as a result of their intense preoccupation
> with the personal virtues of honesty and frugality.
>     But there is a metaphysical basis for
> prosperity. Thus, there is need to achieve prosperity
> consciousness, the lack of which simply indicates a
> separation from God or the universe; a lack that can be
> remedied through prayer, affirmation or visualization. This
> consciousness affirms that our 
> emotional state of being can act as a magnet that attracts
> wealth.
>     In Secrets of The Millionaire Mind,Harv Eker
> demonstrates the importance of the inner game by showing how
> each of us has a mental financial blueprint that either
> allows money to flow to us or stop.
> You can change the blueprint, but the first step is to
> become a person open to opportunities rather than focused on
> complaints. In her bestseller of the 1980s,Do What You Love,
> the Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar asserts that the key
> to an abundant life is simply doing work you love. Not only
> that this leads to excellence in what you produce, which
> attracts greater rewards, but aligns your life with your
> deepest values and talents, creating for you a well of
> sustainable happiness. All of these have a common thread:
> Prosperity begins with prosperous thoughts, which in turn
> set up an emotional state
> that can only attract good into your life.

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