I debated writing this but it was such a great email from my friend Tony Rush that I just had to share.
Because I know some people will choose to be offended and I’ll probably get a ton of snarky comments in my Inbox…
But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that NOT talking about this would be a disservice to people.
And, I am inspired by friends like Tony and the Empower Network community who are helping me change my thinking ….
So, here it is….
I refuse to walk into a Wal-Mart.
I won’t do it. Just BEING in a Wal-Mart makes me feel nauseous.
And, you need to know WHY… And in order to understand that, you need to read this entire email.
See, I didn’t grow up wealthy.
But, from the time that I was old enough to realize that some people were rich and others were poor…..
I wanted to be rich.
Not just because I could have nice things. That was part of it, sure…
But because I wanted to be able to make enough money to do whatever I wanted to do.
To me….being rich meant having FREEDOM. No one telling me what to do.
Well, when you have strong feelings about wealth and freedom…
…you also tend to have strong feelings about poverty and weakness.
I HATED being broke.
I DESPISED it.
A lot of people are broke and they don’t care. A lot of people are broke and they think it’s no big deal.
Not me. No money meant no freedom. And I felt like a slave.
And most wealthy people feel the same way.
Because they are CONSCIOUSLY aware — pay attention now – they are CONSCIOUSLY aware that thoughts, ideas and feelings are contagious.
Read that again.
Thoughts, feelings and ideas are contagious.
Or, to put it another way, you WILL become like the people you spend your time around.
And that includes the people you see on TV…the people you read about in books….and even the “kind” of person that habitually spend your time listening to.
Prove this to yourself right now….think about this:
You probably vote the same way as your closest friends.
You probably laugh at the same jokes.
You probably drive ABOUT the same kind of car.
Bet you never noticed that before.
But think about it…
When’s the last time you saw someone driving a beat-up clunker who’s spending most of their time with someone who’s driving a Bentley?
It might happen but it’s not often.
You rarely see someone who’s fit and trim who spend all their time with people who are obese.
It’s not good, bad, right or wrong.
It’s just how the world works.
Ideas, thoughts and feelings are CONTAGIOUS.
You will adopt the ideas, beliefs and mindset of the people you spend your time with.
==> And that includes thoughts of poverty and scarcity.
And rich people know this. They know that one’s mindset is “fluid”. It changes constantly depending on who you’re around.
And, for that reason, rich people deliberately and consciously protect themselves from anything and everything associated with struggle and poverty.
Think about this…
Have you ever wondered why they live in gated communities?
Have you ever wonder why they shop in exclusive boutiques?
Have you ever wondered why they fly first-class and stay in $500/night hotels?
Have you ever wondered why they play golf and tennis in exclusive “members only” clubs that cost thousands of dollars per year?
Is it because they want to enjoy the “finer things of life”?
But it’s also because they want to protect their minds from the thoughts of poverty and struggle that are held by the rest of society….
…because they KNOW that ALL THOUGHTS ARE CONTAGIOUS.
Again…prove this to yourself.
Think of a time when you’ve felt GREAT about yourself…
GREAT about your life….GREAT about how things were going….
…and then you walk into a situation where everyone is complaining about something.
What happens to your own mindset?
It goes straight in the gutter.
Why? Because ideas, emotions and thoughts are contagious.
I can’t say that enough.
==> The rich get richer because they choose to surround themselves with other prosperous people
The average person think they’re being snobbish and stuck-up!
The rich see it as an unfortunate necessity of life.
And that’s one reason why I never shop at Wal-Mart.
See, some people know that I don’t shop at Wal-Mart and they think it’s because I’m one of those people who hate Wal-Mart because they’re a huge corporation.
No, that’s not it at all.
I think Wal-Mart is a wonderful success story. Anyone serious about becoming wealthy can learn something from them as a company.
That’s not why I don’t go to Wal-Mart.
No, I don’t go to Wal-Mart because I can’t stand the way it makes me feel to be in there.
The entire store is a monument to “pinching pennies”.
The entire store is devoted to the “nickel off” mentality.
The entire store is designed for people who say and think things like this:
– “There isn’t enough money for everyone.”
— “The economy is crashing so I have to watch my money.”
— “I can’t afford what I want so I have to settle….”
— “We’re on a limited budget…”
That kind of thinking is a disease that causes people to go through life as a victim.
That’s the kind of thinking held by people who think that life is happening TO them…and that they don’t have any control over their quality of life at all…
They’re slaves to their jobs…their boss…their government.
The rich think very differently.
Broke people say “I can’t afford it”.
Wealthy people say, “How can I afford it?”
Rich people know that they are the CAUSE of their life…
…not the EFFECT.
Money doesn’t own them.
They own their money.
They know that there is an infinite amount of money in the world and that ANYONE can choose to earn more at any time they want.
The difference between wealthy people and broke people can be summed up like this:
– Broke people think life is happening to them.
— Wealthy people know that they are happening to their life.
The more you start to think like a wealthy person, the more you’ll understand what I’m saying.
And one day, you will walk into a Wal-Mart and you will LITERALLY FEEL what I’m talking about.
And it will make you sick.
It will make you sad to be there.
You’ll feel like you’re out of place. Like you’re the ONE person who doesn’t belong.
You’ll stand in the store and hear some guy in the next aisle complaining that the world is going to hell because of the price of a can of beans….
…and you’ll calmly walk away from your cart, walk out the door and never return.
That’s exactly how it happened for me.
I know that some of you are hopping mad by this point. Because you DO shop at Wal-Mart and you’re saying:
“Well, Tony, it’s easy for you to say that. You don’t know what it’s like for me and my family. You’ve never been in my situation.”
Well, that’s probably not true.
I HAVE shopped at Wal-Mart….and when you’re so broke that you’ve gotten a car repossessed and evicted from your house…..well, that’s about as low as you can get.
But here’s the difference…
Even during those time when I was sleeping on a friend’s couch or eating tuna three times a day…
…I was NEVER comfortable shopping in Wal-Mart.
Because I knew I didn’t belong there.
See, there’s a difference between being “poor” and being “broke”.
Broke is a lack of money.
Poor is a state of mind.
And I was BROKE…not poor.
Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t save money when you’re struggling. Or that you shouldn’t use a coupon if it will help you stretch your dollars…
I’ve done it.
But, I AM saying that I will ALWAYS fight the mindset of poverty wherever I see it.
==> Whether you shop at Wal-Mart is not the point. Everyone has to start where they are.
The question is whether you are comfortable and happy shopping at Wal-Mart.
And, in my opinion, NO ONE should be.
If you don’t have the feelings, desires and goals to separate yourself from the rest of “average society”…..
…then I don’t even know why you’re reading this or on this website.
Let’s get this straight:
AVERAGE people are never successful. That’s why they’re called “average”.
You can come from an average BACKGROUND…and become rich.
You can have an average EDUCATION….and become rich.
But, sooner or later, you’re going to have to decide to become very UNAVERAGE.
Otherwise you’ll just be another zombie walking around the Dollar Store trying to figure out whether you can make a gallon of milk last until payday.
That’s bullshit. And no one deserves to live that way.
Here’s the stand that I take to make sure that I always keep an attitude of abundance:
1. I never use coupons. If the pizza box has a coupon on the top of the box, it goes into the trash with the box.
2. If I’m making a cash purchase, and the cashier is going to give me back coin change…they keep the change.
Meaning, if a bottle of fruit juice costs $3.50 and I give the cashier $4….they keep the change.
3. I never haggle on the price of something I want to buy. Either the price for the item is fair or it’s not. But I’m not going to invalidate the merchant by asking him to take less than he’s asking.
I’m not interested in pinching pennies.
I’m interested in making more DOLLARS.
And that’s where my mindset has been for years…
…even when I was broke and trying to figure out how to get on my feet financially.
If you find yourself constantly thinking “I can’t afford to do this…”
….then you need to change your thinking and ask, “HOW can I afford to do this?”
You need to learn to think like an entrepreneur and not like an employee.
You need to realize that making money is a GAME…
…and it’s a FUN GAME.
But you will never see that as the truth if you’re always viewing money as “hard” or “difficult” or “scarce”.
Making money is a GAME…. Nothing more.
And if you’re not sure how to make the transition from a poverty mindset to a prosperity mindset….
This is not some New-Age course on “law of attraction”.
This is not some woo-woo nonsense on “manifesting money”.
This is not some rah-rah motivational bullshit.
This is not hype.
This is nuts and bolts.
This is A-B-C-1-2-3.
This is a simple change of mind.
Anyone can do it.
YOU can do it.
In fact, you MUST do it.
This is not optional for you.
This is your LIFE we’re talking about.
Your LIFE depends on it.
So, here’s the test…
…If you’re 25 years old and you don’t have at least $10,000
in your checking account….
….If you’re 30 years old and you don’t have at least $25,000
in your checking account….
…If you’re 40 years old and you don’t have at least $50,000
in your checking account…
…that is NOT OKAY.
It might be okay for the rest of society…
..but not you.
Stop and think about this.
How long have you been working?
Now look at your bank account. Doesn’t it seem to you that it should be bigger?
And it can be.
But it’s not enough to just change what you’re DOING.
You have to change who you’re BEING.
You have to have a powerful shift in how you think about money.
Let me be clear:
You cannot become rich with the same thinking that’s created your present situation.
It is impossible.
If you don’t upgrade your thinking right now….you can expect the next 30 days to look just like the last 30 days….
…the next year to look like the last year. Or worse.
And that’s not what you want.
You deserve to grow by leaps and bounds.
In less than 5 minutes from now, you can be going through the EXACT exercises that moved me from being miserable and broke….
…to earning thousands of dollars a week on my own terms.
If you’re not completely satisfied after 30 days,
I’ll give you a complete refund.
And I’m not going to have to do that.
Because, when you get a glimpse of the life that awaits you….
…this will completely change everything you thought was possible about becoming a wealthy person.
Change your thinking = Change your life! – Thanks Tony
To your IMMEDIATE success,