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How to Finish What You Start


Randy Cox

Would you get more done if you knew how to finish what you start.  You wouldn’t want to fly with a pilot who didn’t have a formal flight plan.  He might not finish the trip you started.  He might finish it, but in a totally different location than the one you wanted.

So the first thing to help you finish what you start is to fix it formally as a goal.  You should have written long term, short term and intermediate goals written somewhere and review them often.  Change them as they become obsolete or better as you achieve them.  Finish what you start!

You want to be successful!  The only way to do that is to have a goal with a plan to achieve that goal.  Next take action!   As your action produces results, pay attention.  If the results are not exactly what you want, change your plan and adjust your action till you get the results you need to finish what you started.

Napoleon Hill talks about the importance of “burning desire!”   A burning desire for the end result drives action, but if the  passion for that end moment causes frustration if it doesn’t come quickly, you can burn out before you get there.

The real beauty and joy in achievement comes from the process rather than the end result.  Consider a gourmet meal.    You wouldn’t want to just set the meal as a goal and then have the whole thing just instantly appear in your stomach.  The joy is in the eating.

Remember this as you work your plan to achieve whatever goals you have set.  Build your  “burning desire” for the process rather than putting all your passion on the end point.  You don’t want the process to become so exclusively important that you never get to the end.  Remember the gourmet meal again.  You want to experience the joy of eating, but you don’t want to eat forever.  Moderation is in order.  Balance your burning desire for the process and the end result in proper time.

You can’t do everything you want to do all at the same time.  You also can’t focus on just one thing until it is finished.  Life requires a variety of maintenance actions, but you can minimize those actions and reduce the numbers of primary goals to a workable number.  One small step after another is how you habitually finish what you start.

You do this the same way to adjust your individual actions.  That’s why keeping a written set of goals is so important.  If you keep them on paper and review them daily, you will know if you are working too many plans to finish them in good time.  Pay attention to the results you are getting and reduce the number of primary goals.  Pull out the most important ones and work them.  Leave the rest of your less important goals for later.  Adjust these to get better results always.

An object in motion tends to stay in motion.  The same is true of actions.  Once you’ve started something, keep it moving.  Create momentum.

Do something everyday.  You should have a list of items or steps that need to be taken to achieve your goal.  Check them off as you go.  The check off process is great for motivation and it is part of the joy of the process.  Develop a  burning desire to complete the steps and check them off.

It helps to visualize your completed goal.  If you are really serious about learning to finish what you start, make a notebook of your written goals.  Fill it with motivational photos.  I wanted a washboard stomach.  I cut out a picture of a young man with great abs.  I used that to motivate me to go to the gym.  Later I found a photo of an older man with the kind of body that I’m working towards.  His picture better suited my reality so I replaced the young guy with the old guy.  That is my future body.

Collect pictures of your dreams and look at them often.  Carry the vision with you and use it to finish what you started.

A decade ago I was deeply in debt.  I got in debt by spending more than I was making.  I figured out a plan to pay off all my debts, worked my plan until I was actually making more than I was spending.  Then I calculated how long it would take in weeks to pay off all my debt.  I put the number on a sticker and pasted it on the underside of the visor of my hardhat.  I was working as an electrician at the time.

I worked every hour of overtime offered.  It was hard and long hours, but while others went home after eight hours, I’d look the number on my hard hat and find the drive to stay another hour.  Week by week those numbers grew smaller.  Some weeks things happened that caused me to add a few weeks.  Other times, I could take extra weeks off the list.

I paid off all my debts in less than two years.  I owe no man!  Everything I own is paid for.  I had a burning desire.  I had a plan.  I implemented the plan, and I adjusted it I went along.  I started my plan and I finished it.  This is how you finish what you start.

Avoid procrastination at all costs.  If you feel yourself putting off what you should be doing, just start doing it.  Even if you don’t feel like it.  Plug away at it.  Once you get started, you’ll find your rhythm. You will forget that you’d rather be doing something else.

Learn to get started, not on a new project but on the old one.  You can not finish what you start if you never get started.

Procrastination is a habit.  If you interrupt your procrastination habit 21 times you’ll have a new habit of not procrastinating.  Put the number 21 on a sticker on your baseball cap and just get started on something you’ve been putting off.  Take the 21 sticker off and replace it with the number 20.

Do this again on the next project that you feel like putting off.  Just do it and change the sticker on your hat.  If you can avoid procrastination 21 times, you’ll have a new habit.  I promise  you’ll like the new habit a lot better than the old.  Procrastination never feels good.

Okay, so you are a busy beaver.  You’ve got yourself organized with goals, you are a self-starter and you finish what you start.  You’ve interrupted the pattern of procrastination enough times now that you have a new habit of getting things done.

Something always comes along that you can not avoid.  Something will stop you!  That is life.  You need to deal with the problem without letting it destroy you.  Just take whatever time is necessary to get the problem behind you, then immediately get back to your original goals.

You must develop a strong ability to divert your present actions to deal with those life emergencies, and then get back to the old action without delay.  This is a habit you can develop the same way you cracked the procrastination habit.  Number them and make note in your notebook.  When you have done this successfully 21 times, you have added depth to your character.  Celebrate it and protect it by not letting temporary diversions become permanent.

The third habit you need to establish is the habit of review.  You have to pay attention to the results you are getting and constantly tweak your actions to get better results.  You have to review your goals every evening before bed or first thing in the morning.  Here you note your progress.

  1. Budget your time so that all the little everyday chores get done, leaving you with some time for the long term goals and major projects.  Do not panic.  Work on this plan a little each day.  If spend just a few moments each day prioritizing and budgeting time between the little things and the big things, it will work out.
  2. Write down the major obstacles that are slowing you down.  Maybe you can eliminate or minimize recurring obstacles.  First you have to define them.  Solutions will come.
  3. Analyze everything, but do give in to  Analysis Paralysis.  Give it some quick thought, then move on.
  4. Keep your written goals updated.  Adjust. Adjust Adjust!
  5. Attend to your physical and spiritual health!  A good craftsman takes care of his tools.  Your body and spirit are the tools of the work of life.  Keep them in shape.

Finish what you start!

by Randy Cox

I promised that the fine art of negotiation  would be a subject covered here on  It is hard to imagine how we could accumulate any sizable sum of money without some skill`at negotiation.  Something as critical to success as negotiation should be practiced with the pleasure of a fine art, but more often we do it only as a last resort because we have to.

Americans are the worst negotiators in the world.  Jim Thomas, in his book “Negotiate to Win” points out that America was settled by the sons and daughters of the old world who failed to negotiate a good place for themselves in their native land.

Instead of negotiating  they ran away.  They came to the New World to start over.   Some of them found their way here, but others still failed to negotiate a place for themselves.  They went west!

The whole history of America is replete with failures moving west for a new beginning, a fresh start.  That’s the story of hope, toughness, survival…but not the story of negotiation.

The farther west we go, the worse the average negotiation skills.  Most Americans offer one price, take it or leave it!  Many of them feel insulted if you try to negotiate.  They have an air about them that says, “This is my best offer!”  If you don’t like this, you must think I’m trying to cheat you.

There are a lot of reasons why this is not true and we will cover them in a later article.

In the rest of the world, money doesn’t flow so freely as in America. Here it comes easy; it goes easy–many times without so much as a haggle.  Elsewhere people want to hang onto their money for a while before it goes to someone else.  They want to make sure they have a good deal before they give it up.  They savor the process of bargaining.

We don’t want the bother of a negotiation.  If we need more money we can always make more.  There seems to be no need to hold it tight.

Americans are in a hurry.  We want a quick deal and we want  it fast. We want to cut to the chase, and consequently we are lousy at negotiating. We seem to  hate it!

I don’t have the time right now to cover all you need to know,but you can’t wait.  You need negotiation skill right now.

Bob Parsons has done a good crash course video on negotiations.  He covers most of the same things I plan to cover and does so in a very entertaining  manner.

You can find the video here:

Check this out and learn his techniques.

More later,

Randy Cox

In the beginning, the net was  blah and without form.  Blogging in the beginning was more a concept than a reality. Then someone like Dave Winer, Jorn  Barger, or Justin Hall wrote the first blog.  Whoever created it, the net saw that it was good.

Once the secret of blogging was out, it didn’t take long for the question, “Where’s the money?” to be asked.  The search was on!

Secrets and tips for profitable blogs is a common subject among blogs.  There seems to be no end to the interest of that topic.  The competition is tough, and achieving good blog traffic becomes crucial if a blogger wants to rise above the blur of blah.

If you were  make a list of the 101 best ways to improve  blog traffic,  and posted it on your blog, you would find that a large number of people would accept you as an authority and pass your list on as if it were the definitive solution.

Just like the whisper that starts with one and is transferred from person to person, the whisper has changed enough after it goes through a number of people that the original whisperer would not even recognize it as his own.

So it is that the almost infinite ways of attracting traffic to a blog becomes almost a living thing as it changes and changes and changes some more.

You’ve got to get links and profiles on the top ranking websites.  If you associate with great names; your own name will grow in stature.  Identify those websites and blogs and hang out there until they know you and link back to your blog.

How can you convince them to accept your request?  Well,  it pretty much depends on luck, but you can start by emailing them an introduction letter with a detailed description of your blog. It would help if you shared some hot important new information with them that they don’t yet know.

How are you going to come up with that kind of insider information if you are not an insider.  Get creative and believe in yourself.  If you have a blog, you obviously think of yourself as having something to say.  Say it!  The people at the top already know most of what the top guys know.  They’ve been there for a while.  You are new and fresh!  Your brain has been collecting all these tidbits of information for a lifetime.  Only you know these things; you haven’t yet shared them with the world.  That’s your advantage.  Lay it on them!

Don’t worry if you don’t get results on your first attempts, try again with others.  Once you get a link on their site, your blog will grow.  The money will take care of itself.

If you can’t get the big guys to pay attention to your fresh ideas, then get links with the best of the new guys.  Seek them out and network with them.  Let their best ideas inspire you as you inspire them.  Soon you will be the new big guys and the old big guys will fade away.  That’s what happens when old school refuses to infuse new blood.

Be aware of the below belt  “hidden” tricks used to attract traffic and increase rankings.   You don’t need this stuff.  The ranks they produce are shallow and unproductive over the long haul.  Concentrate on quality of content and you’ll do fine.

In order to spread the word about your blog, you can always turn to RSS; this is  one of the best ways to make a special intro for a new blog on the web. Most blog services are also RSS feed generators, in case you lack this tool, you can always turn to Feed For All software to create the feeds. A site such as will definitely be a good starting point for a novice of the blogging adventure, since, presently the RSS is the best means of making your blog popular.

One of the greatest expenses to a new business has always been advertising.  Now, anyone can get free advertising on the web.  As you should know some of the best ways to get traffic to your website (and you should have a website) is through the search engines. And as you also  know search engines love blogs.

If you know how to use blogs you can easily get more traffic to your website just by posting your keywords in the title and having your blogs indexed.

Other ways to get traffic to your site is to use popular free traffic exchanges. They come in many forms such as start (homepage) exchanges, safelists (opt in email ads), toolbar ads such as and forums such as the free advertising forum.

If you are looking to kill 2 birds with one stone, you can advertise for free on a new BLOG that actually allows you to place your ads for free on their site.

The reason this is good because you get all the benefits of placing your ads on a BLOG and you all get to advertise for free.

Most people would look at this as a no brainer. Although most webmaster do not like people to advertise on the blogs, this site was made just for that.

It is free to join and thousands are flocking to this service to drive huge traffic to their sites in ju8st days by simply posting one little ad on their home page.

Anyone looking to increase their profits should look in to

Make money, have fun, do good. If making money isn’t fun, then why would you want to do it. Yeah, you want to make money so you can have fun. Isn’t that the whole point?

You could do something unfun so you could have the money to have fun, but that would defeat the purpose.

It’s possible that the pain of making money might be greater than the fun you could buy with that money. That wouldn’t be a very good system. Yet, that’s exactly the system most people use to make their money. It’s called a job and most people hate their job

You don’t want to do that. There are a million ways to make money. Some of them are fun and some of them are like going to the dentist.  You should be having fun and making money.

If you have sent your name to for the business plan to make millions, you might as well adopt a sensible rule on this at the beginning.

If it ain’t fun, don’t do it. Decide right now that out of the million ways to make money you are going to choose the fun ways.

Have fun; have money.   Money is not everything, but it helps.  Why not just go ahead make your money, have your fun and then live the rest of your life without worrying about money?

Excuses For Not Being Rich!

By Randy Cox

What are your excuses for not being rich?  I just listened to a tape by Dr. Wayne W. Wyer from his series  “Excuses Begone!”  He put up a website and asked people to send him excuses they used to justify not doing various things in their life.  He received 5000 excuses, but the top twenty are excuses that keep most people from having the abundance that the world was designed to provide for them.

First we should recognize these as false excuses.  They are not true.  They are just excuses!  Mark down which of these excuses you use and replace them with thoughts that enable you rather than limit you.

  1. It will be difficult. People like to do the easy things.  Living poor is difficult.  Investment is easy when done in a systematic fashion.
  2. It will be risky. If you follow the 153 steps, all that is ever at risk is the step you are taking at the moment.   If one step falters, step back a step or two and try again.  Follow the steps of investment with observation and adjustment, eventually the result will be two million dollars.
  3. It will take a long time. It will take a little time to learn how to buy and sell.  If we worry about the time, we will be poor forever.
  4. It will cause family drama. A wife or family member might not approve of your investment, but if they are slightly upset over a bit of time and money spent on an investment, imagine how much family drama will happen when there is a sudden need for money and the money needed is not there because the investment was never made.
  5. I don’t deserve it. I’m unworthy.  Some people believe this but never admit it.  Everyone deserves an abundant life in harmony with the world around them.  It’s just an excuse.
  6. It’s not my nature. It’s just not me.  It’s not you only because you choose to not be rich.
  7. I can’t afford it. There is nothing to afford.  The first step of the 153 steps provides the money needed to go the second step.  Each step thereafter provides the capital and the backup reserve.  You can’t afford not to get rich.
  8. No one will help me. This whole website as well as is there for help.  Breaking it down step by step is help.  The forum is there for people at the same level of investment activity to help each other.
  9. It’s never happened before. The past does not equal the future.  It’s never happened before because no one ever broke it down into 153 incremental steps.  If you’ll follow the steps; you’ll be rich.
  10. I’m not strong enough. If you are strong enough to take a step, you’re strong enough to work this system.  The whole system is about starting from weakness and growing stronger and stronger each step.
  11. I’m not smart enough. If you can read, you are smart enough to do these simple steps.
  12. I’m too old or too young. If  you are somewhere between unborn and dead, you are the perfect age for this system.  I wish I had known about this when I was a kid coloring my own money with crayon and white paper.  Older people past the age of earning a living can devote full time to making their fortune.
  13. Rules won’t let me. There are no rules except the first one which require picking up a few aluminum cans on the first step.  If  you can’t live with that rule, skip it and pull five bucks out of your pocket and move to the second step.  There are no rules; there are no reasons to prevent anyone from making two million dollars one step at a time.
  14. It’s too big!  Step one is about as small as it can get.  Step two is just a little bigger than step one.  153 steps are designed to never be too large to undertake.  The lessons learned and the experienced gained in each step prepares you for the next one.   It’s never too big!
  15. I don’t have the energy. The whole physical world is held together by energy.  Energy is everywhere and you can draw upon infinite energy to accomplish whatever you want.
  16. Family history prevents it. My Grandfather was a sharecropper.  The past does not equal the future.  I’m making new family history.  If you take the first step, the other 152 steps will be easy.  You will change the course of your family history.
  17. I’m too busy. Everyone has 24 hours in their day.  Everyone is busy.  Everyone can find time enough to take one step at a time.
  18. I’m too scared. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says there are only two emotions: fear and love.  If you take the first step, accumulate your first capital, you’ll love it!  Love trumps fear!
  19. God doesn’t want me to. God provides infinite opportunity  all.  There is no scarcity from God.   Men who put  God and creation in a box see finite opportunity.    They fear someone will get it all before they do.  Out of greed they hoard huge sums of money to themselves–more than they could ever use.  God wants you to go forth and multiply.  God doesn’t want you to compete for a limited supply of money.  God wants you to create from an infinte source.
  20. I’m going to die anyway.      You can’t take the money with you, but even death can not rob you of the experience of having accumulated it.  It is an experience that molds you into a more and powerful being.

If you get a chance, acquire the tape set or read the book, “EXCUSES BEGONE!” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.  He will show you how to get rid of the mind virus that fills your head with untrue memes and keeps you from the destiny that you were designed for.  Tony Robbins is another teacher that can help you change from the person you are to the person you want to be.
It won’t take forever to work this program, but while you are working it there will be ample time to learn new things.   If you don’t want to buy self-improvement tapes and programs, check out your local library.  Just like any other problem, the solution to the false excuses is to identify the problem, formulate a solution, implement the solution, observe the results, then adjust the solution to get better results.
Let’s get rich!

Due Diligence

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Due Diligence

by Randy Cox

Due diligence is a term used to describe an investigation of a person or business opportunity as to whether or not the person or project is worthy of an investment.  It is an important part of money management.

Due Diligence first came about as a result of the US Securities Act of 1933.  It was used as a defense by brokers and dealers trying to prove they had done reasonable investigation of investment opportunities that later went badly.

Now it is used more widely to describe the minimum process of prudent investigation and fact gathering that an investor should do before making an investment decision.  It is just one tool in the money management bag.

As an art more than a science, it becomes a process that is constantly adjusted with experience until the risks of investment decisions are calculated with as much knowledge as possible rather than blind gambles.

Blind gambles are based on hope and not fact.  Even after due diligence has been done, surprises happen.  Dishonest people sometimes go to great lengths to conceal pertinent facts that would influence judgment.

A capitalist should learn body language to alert him to signs of dishonest behavior.  Also, acuity to instinct and intuition can be developed.  Pay attention to what goes on around an investment opportunity.

The due diligence checklist will differ according to the good or service being contemplated, but  the more exhaustive it is the less often the surprises will occur.  We want to make our deals and move on to the higher level so we can accomplish our goal.

Before we dabble in a market we are unfamiliar with, we should research the market.  We should know the quality names and models from those considered lower quality.  How much should we know?  The answer is simple.  We should know at least as much as the owner we are purchasing from and we should know substantially more than those we plan to sell to.

Let’s get rich!

by Randy Cox

When working capital to accumulate wealth, there are two approaches on how to make a fortune.

The first and common way is to compete for wealth.  This method presumes a finite amount of wealth to be consumed by a given number of inhabitants.  For one to gain, another must lose.  This is the way of Darwin and the Robber Barons of the last century.  The things done in the heat of competition are often nasty.

There is another way to accumulate wealth.  The less common approach to wealth accumulation  presumes an infinte source of raw materials and energy to create wealth.  The creative method does not require taking wealth  from others, but adding new wealth to the expanding abundance of the universe.  The creative method is how we will make our fortune.

The world of the competitor is much smaller than the world of the creator.  The competitor finds an opponent everywhere, while the creator finds partners all around.  The competitor thinks in terms of getting, taking, and winning.  The creator thinks in terms of  creating, sharing, and giving.

The competitor struggles with the world around him, seeking to win against those who get  in his way and to destroy obstructiongs that stand in his way.  The creator seeks to join with those who get in his way that they might both find a way around the obstructions.  The creator sees the world as an expanding universe and his own role to go forward and multiply.

When searching for an example of great creativy it is hard to find a better one than Jesus.  When Jesus owed taxes, he took a gold coin from the mouth of a fish.  He did not seek to exploit the market around him for gold at the expense of another.  He found wealth where it was not known to be.  When he was faced with multitudes of hungry people, he did not bid for food at the market price.  He just took the food he had and distributed in a creative manner that fed all.

It is interesting to note that stealing is a concept of radical competition.  Sharing is a concept of radical creativity.  When a thief competes with a creator who shares, the creator will win.    It is impossible to steal from one who shares.

At  and we will let the competitors have at each other to their own delight.  We will take the higher road of creativity.  There is an endless supply of raw materials, energy, and ideas from which to create wealth.  This is how to make a fortune.   Let’s get rich!

By Randy Cox

My brother-in-law told me this story about a desperate man, unemployed, with nothing more important to do than polishing apples.

During the Great Depression, a farmer lost his farm to the bank.  He had never done anything his whole life but farm, so he had no idea how he was going to make a living.  A neighbor told him about a job opportunity in Dallas.  The First Baptist Church was looking for a janitor. Janitor, that was something he thought he might do well.  He put on a clean pair of overalls, scraped together his last dime and headed for Big D.  The bus ride cost him a nickle.

At the church, he was encouraged by the big white sign with red letters.  “Help Wanted!”   Hat in hand, he entered the church and was sent to an office in the back of the building.

He told the lady interviewing him how he had been a hard working farmer all his life.  The lady listened with interest.  Finally, she pushed a paper across the desk towards him.

“I think you are exactly the kind of man we are looking for,” she said.  “Fill out the application; you can start tomorrow morning.

A look of disappointment crossed the farmer’s face.  “I can do any sort of work you need done,” he explained.  “I just never learned to read or write!”

“Oh, that will never do,” the lady told him.  “There are warning labels to read,  directions to follow, and reports to be filled out.  I’m  sorry!”  She took the paper and pencil back and put them in a drawer.  “It was so nice to meet you!”

The Farmer stumbled out of the office more desperate now than ever.  He was broke, hungry and unemployed.  He had no idea of what he was going to do.

He sat on the front steps of the church holding the last nickel to his name.  A man with an apple cart wheeled by and the farmer spent his last nickle on an apple.  As he sat there trying to find a solution to his problem and contemplate the huge numbers of unemployed people, many of them farmers like himself, he grew sick to his stomach.  He forgot about the apple as he searched his mind for ideas that  just were not there.

Absentmindedly, he began to polish the apple.  The more he thought about it, the worst his situation seemed.  “I’ll never find a job!” he decided.  “No one wants to hire me!”

Suddenly, he felt a tap on his shoulder.

A well- to- do  grey haired lady was standing before him, tapping his shoulder.

“Are you going to eat that apple?” she asked.

He stammered.  His mind was occupied elsewhere.  He had forgotten about the apple.

“Well,” said the grey haired woman.  “That’s the best looking apple I’ve ever seen.  I’ll give you a dime for that apple, not a penny more!”

He took the dime and gave her the apple.  He went to the Farmer’s Market and bought more apples, polished them, and sold them quickly on the street.  It wasn’t long before he had his own apple cart.  He added oranges, lemons, limes, and pumpkins in season.  Soon he had carts all over the city.  He sold so much fruit he was forced to seek new supply sources.  He sent trucks to the Valley in South Texas, Florida, and California.  Later, he had ships taking American produce all over the world and bringing back exotic  foods of all kinds.  He was a multi-millionaire many times over.

One day a young lady interviewed him for a story in People Magazine.  As he began his tale of riches, she interrupted him in pure astonishment.

“You accomplished all this and you can’t even read or write,” she said.  “Can you imagine what you could have done with a proper education?”

“I know exactly what I could have accomplished,”   the old farmer said sitting back in his luxurious leather  chair.  “I’d have been the janitor down at the First Baptist Church.

by Randy Cox

As I write this I am aware of the fact that  almost no one is paying attention to the power of small change.  I went to a dinner party last night and people asked what I was doing these days.  My wife told them about my plan to pick up a few cans, sell them for cash and turn it into two million dollars.  She told them I was busy building a website to share this system with others.  She called it, “internet millions.”  People seemed slightly confused at my plan and largely skeptical at my chances.  Everyone wants to know how to make a fortune, but it seems easier to help another make his fortune (by paying some guru) than to actually utilize free infomation to make your own.

I understand.  It is hard to have the vision to see  value in  this.  They can’t readily see see the simple genius of my Dad’s pig – lifting strategy.  Even my Dad didn’t believe in his own method enough to actually see it through to the end.   If someone out there has actually responded to my challenge, started collecting ,  but is having second thoughts, I’d like to encourage them.

This is not foolishness.

Ben Franklin knew the power of small change.  Remember he said, “A penny saved is a penny earned”.  He was a wealthy man, but he had the vision to put a single dollar into a special trust fund in Philadelphia and leave it there.  Today the dollar has grown and the fund fully pays the tuition for several low income students every year.

Don’t feel foolish.  The power of small change is real.  It is inevitable that you will doubt the validity of the whole process.  If I can convince you to keep going, keep learning, and moving  through a few more steps you will never regret it.

If your experience is like mine another thing that is inevitable is  a neighbor or friend will drive by while you are poking around in the mud like a homeless person.  Great! What an important lesson is to be learned here.    Your friends  will be puzzled at what they see you doing.  Picking up cans?

You will feel embarrassed.

Don’t just hide your face in shame, contemplate this.   Rich people are not embarrassed by making money.  Again, rich people are not embarrassed making money.  If we are going to be rich, we must learn to not be embarrassed by money.  When an honest opportunity presents itself, rich people do not hesitate.  They seize the opportunity.  Small change is powerful.

Poor people stop to think about what others will think.  In a competitive world, hesitation will often cost the opportunity.  The person with money will snatch the opportunity away.  The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

The rich get power….the poor get poorer.

Here is an experiment of observation for you.  Try picking up cans in a rich neighborhood.  The rich recycle.  They save their cans and turn them back in for cash.  Look in the shopping center parking lots near expensive homes.  See how much loose change you will find.  You won’t find many cans; you won’t find many coins.

Rich people pick up coins where they drop them.  Poor people often don’t bother to pick up pennies or other coins.  They are in too much of a hurry.  Rich people almost always stop to pick up coins.  They’ve already paid tax on the dropped coin and they don’t intend to lose that tax-free money.  It is against their nature.

One of the reasons for us to start small is because we need to change our nature.  If we have dropped pennies in the past and let them roll because we are in too much of a hurry to…. say… get to our day jobs where we are overworked and underpaid, we need to move toward a  new nature, more inclined to cling to money than to let it roll from our grasp.

It makes sense to start small and pay careful attention to the details.  There is so much to learn from this.   It is important as we take this path to get our minds clear.  One thing we need to see well is the whole concept of problem solving.  It is simple, but a few years ago when I first started to solve some of my own problems,  I would ask others what method they used to solve problems.

Some gave me vague answers which were basically correct but weakened by extraneous steps and imperceptions that were more distraction than help.  Still, they did manage to solve problems in spite of non-focused methods.  Some actually surprised me with answers like, “There’s a method?”

Getting clear on that is important.  First we must define the problem; then we consider a number of possible solutions.  After we have a number of solutions, we pick the best solution and implement it.

Once we implement the solution, we need to pay attention to the results we are getting.  That is very important.  If the results are not what we want or need, we need to adjust our actions until the results are what we need.

That’s it!  That’s all there is to it.  That’s how to solve a problem and that’s how to make a fortune.  As we work towards the solution, we observe and adjust.  That’s the way a pilot flies from Dallas to L.A.  The pilot sets his course, but the wind blows him off course.  He constantly observes where he is and adjusts his position so he is back on course.  The aim is straight, but the reality is a crooked path.

The can hunter pays attention.  He sees one here on this side of the road, one other on the other side of the road.  Yes, that must be done, but that is not what I’m really talking about.  Other things must be noticed and skills developed.  The eye learns to see, like the hunters of old learned to see game hiding from them.  We should note that opportunity and wealth is everywhere.  The road that we walk upon is connected to every road.  If you consider the shipping lanes, the road you stand upon is connected to every road in the world.

Let this exercise expand your vision.  We will need this expanded vision as our opportunities also expand.   We  only have 153 steps to our destination.  As our bag fills we can know to a certainty that we are moving to our goal.  We have small and certain success with the small steps.  We will have equal certain success with the next steps.  It evolves naturally, step by step.  This is a viable and certain way way  to make a fortune.

Before we finish the foolishness of collecting cans, we should seize the opportunity for the second step.  It has presented itself already.  What will be the second step?   Of course, we pick up the coins–just like the rich people do.

In America capital is laying on the ground.  Anyone can be a capitalist that decides to accept the captial that is offered.

Let’s get rich!