Changing the world one rich person at a time

Posted November 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

by James Altucher

Becoming disgustingly rich is the best way to enhance yourself, enhance the lives of the people around you, and evoke real change in the world.

Wait, did I just say that?

I don’t really mean it. Plug in “healthy” for “rich”. Or don’t plug it in. Don’t be afraid. Any world that limits my choice, my freedom to pursue dreams, my freedom to be as healthy as possible, or as wealthy as possible, will ultimately be a world that will also limit the lives of everyone around me.

Because I know when I do well, the people near me will do well, the people near them will do well, and it will ripple throughout the ocean.

Those are my economic views.

I live by these ideas:

A) If I focus on enhancing the lives of others, that will be the best for society. By “others” I mean, my family, my employees, my colleagues, investors, partners, and ultimately, everyone I meet and come into contact with. Constantly infuse your thoughts with “how can I enhance this person I am in contact with right now.” And by “enhance” I don’t mean anything in particular. We all know what “enhance” means. And it can also mean many things.

B) The best way I can enhance others is if I enhance myself. We are either a well or an ocean. A well will run out of water. An ocean is where all the water comes from. The way to tap into that ocean is by constantly reaching into ourselves and each moment tapping into the ocean of RIGHT NOW. This is not a corny new age thing. You have two choices right this second. You can either worry or regret about some situation. Or you can learn from the very things around you.

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Ready to help build, and profit from, a better future?

Posted July 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm

by Michael Marantz

Imagine the future as a movie, consider this a trailer to that movie:

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The ultimate love it / hate it movie

Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

[ Editor's note: this article was originally written on May 4th 2009, and posted on another, now inactive, LWL blog asset ]

by Barry Goss

What do an environmentalist, a firefighter and a chain-store executive have in common?

Quite a bit, according to the film I’m about to introduce you to.

First, a little background about how I came to appreciate, and actually LOVE, everything that the movie portrayed.

One of our counterparts and colleagues, for about two decades, has spent quite a few nights and days delving deep beneath the mysteries masking universal laws.

He’s studied with great minds — from hanging out with monks in India to training with leading martial arts masters — who had already contemplated life’s deep questions. And, he was one of Dr. John Demartini’s first students.

Needless to say, when it comes to knowing about tested universal truths, growth techniques, and conscious living practices, this man (hey, we’ll introduce you to him, via an audio, soon), has some things to share.

He’s a renaissance thinker, an avid reader, a conversationalist — just one highly-ambitious, curious hombre.

So last week, when I was talking to him about some business, we got into the topic of movies, scripts (we have a forthcoming client who has a very good script, by the way… sort of an “X-Files meets the DaVinci Code” thriller), and actors who are somewhat “tuned in” (ya know, the actors who aren’t afraid of sharing how they manifest things in big ways).

And our friend said:

“Oh, by the way, there is recent movie, maybe 2005 or so, that gives the most clear view of how reality really works… the problem is, you either ‘get it’ or hate it… it’s extremely funny, challenging and thought-provoking all at once. Grade-A actors too, acting wacky.”

So, he got me intrigued, and I went out and rented it. Click here to find out the name of the movie…

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[ Friday's Inspire Video ] – It’s now or never !

Posted May 18, 2012 at 12:39 am

A mega-dose of inspiration and epic moments that embrace the idea of “now or never.”

Song by New York pop artist, Outasight.

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Boredom and indifference are deadly poisons

Posted May 17, 2012 at 2:16 am

by Roy H. Williams

The average person would rather be angry than bored. Anger is exciting.

Likewise, love and hate are not opposites. The opposite of both is indifference.

I’m not suggesting that you be angry all the time. I’m suggesting only that you care enough to take action. No, that’s not it either. I’m suggesting that you take action even when you don’t care. Curiosity and action are the only cures for boredom.

“I’ve an idea. Why don’t we have a little game? Let’s pretend that we’re human beings and that we’re actually alive. Just for a while. What do you say?” – Jimmy Porter in John Osborne’s 1956 play, Look Back in Anger

Boredom and indifference are deadly poisons. “Just go with the flow,” “Don’t make waves,” and “Whatever…” are the mantras of the walking dead.

I grow weary of people who speak endlessly about goal setting. It’s like listening to someone agonize over where to take their vacation. I feel like shouting, “Just pick a place and GO there! Choose! Go! There’s cool stuff to do EVERYWHERE.”

I like committed people. I avoid people who are not committed. They waste my time and frustrate me with sad stories and soft sighs as they sing the song of the weasel. You’ve heard the song. All its verses begin with the words “If only”:

“If only I had the money.”
“If only I had gone to college.”
“If only I had chosen differently.”

A committed person paints a picture of a possible future and then works to bring that picture to life. They see it before it happens. They believe it before it’s true. And they take action.

Weasels are dreamers. They see possibilities and sigh wistfully, “If only.”

Committed people are dreamers, too. But they see possibilities and take action. When that action doesn’t work they take another. And another. And another and another and another and…

Weasels believe success and failure to be permanent.

Committed people know both to be flickering moments, points on scoreboards that are constantly changing, tiny adventures called victories and defeats.

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Why expressing anger has value

Posted May 14, 2012 at 2:47 am

by Eric Barker

We’re all well aware of the downsides of anger but aren’t there times when getting pissed off could be a really good idea? What’s the upside to anger?

  • Anger focuses attention on rewards, increases persistence, makes us feel in control and more optimistic about achieving our goals.
  • Angry people are more logical and rage, believe it or not, can make you more open-minded. For brief periods it makes you more creative. Sometimes it can improve your ability to negotiate.
  • Negative moods enhance learning. Anger can signal honesty and make people think you’re competent and higher status (if you’re a man.)

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We all have our critics to combat

Posted May 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

by Craig Ballantyne

I’ve written about my weaknesses, my mom’s worries for my future, my anxiety issues, and much more. Doing this has shown my readers that I’m human, still learning, and not anywhere near perfect, and it has only served to improve the relationship with my readers.

This raw, emotional, and powerful way of communicating, I like to think, has shown my readers that I care, and that I’m right there in the battle with them. That we’re all here trying to get better – by taking action, adding value, and never giving up, no matter how ugly it gets.

We all have our crosses to bear.

We all have our battles to fight.

We all have our critics to combat.

And throughout all of this, we all have an opportunity to inspire our readers by showing them how we are fighting through our own struggles.

Because that’s what it’s all about.

It’s not about the critics. It’s about those who count.

It’s about showing other people that they can succeed, no matter how rough things are.

Don’t be afraid of sharing your struggles. People will be impressed by your candor and will offer their support.

You will be rewarded with a stronger connection with those that matter.

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Money leads to happiness when it’s used on others

Posted April 27, 2012 at 2:56 am

by Cullen Roche

This TED video popped into my email this morning (see below).  Now, I generally don’t watch every TED talk that pops into my email, but this one happened to be about two things I spend a lot of time thinking about – money & happiness

… what Norton discusses is how money does not generally lead to happiness, but if used correctly it can in fact lead to happiness.

Now, if you’ve been reading here for a while you know that I believe money is a social construct. People who tend to accumulate huge amounts of money are those who have, for whatever reason, provided value to the rest of society.

But it’s interesting that Norton finds giving the money away or using it in charitable and social ways is the optimal way to find happiness.

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Quit pushing big boulders up big hills

Posted April 18, 2012 at 1:37 am

by Joshua M Brown

Take it from someone who spent ten years pushing a boulder up a hill for no reason other than I thought it was what I was “supposed to be doing.”

When you make yourself useful, at a certain point the boulder begins rolling downhill — and it becomes a snowball, picking up business contacts, key connections and dollar bills all the way down.  It gets easier to push and in many cases, needs to be slowed down if anything.

I bumped into some of my old broker friends down on Wall Street the other day.  They are still pushing the boulder up a hill – still concocting ways to sell people things they don’t need or want.

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34 things I wish I knew years ago

Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:55 am

by Chris Guillebeau

Want to become wiser? It’s fairly simple and closely resembles Brian Tracey’s formula for being luckier:

“Luck is quite predictable. To have more luck, take more chances.”

To become wiser, therefore, take more risks and stop letting fear rule your life. Change it up a little.

In honor of last week’s dual birthdays, here are 34 things I wish I knew years ago.

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Reduce the amount of negative inputs to your life.

When I was first using Twitter, I signed up for a service that sent me notifications whenever people unfollowed me. What a terrible idea! I started worrying about every post. Should I not say something about my actual life? If I post a photo of my cat on top of the refrigerator, is that too off-topic?

Thankfully this concern lasted only two days. I turned off the notifications and life improved.

There is almost always more than one way to accomplish something.

There is a traditional way and usually multiple alternatives. The alternatives aren’t always better—just be aware that they exist. You don’t have to do it the way everyone else does. You don’t have to jump off the bridge.

Some people may be threatened by alternatives, but that’s OK—your life isn’t determined by what other people think.

Make your peace with money.

Money does buy happiness, at least a certain amount of it. But after a while, more money doesn’t buy more happiness. Therefore, figure out what you want to do and let those things determine your budget.

Never ask, “I have x amount of dollars—how should I divvy that up among various expenses and projects?” Always ask, “What level of resources do I need to accomplish all the goals and projects I want to pursue?”

Focus on income more than expenses.

The way out of debt is not usually found through clipping coupons, skipping lattes, or buying discount toilet tissue. It is found through increasing your income. Live frugally and consciously, yes, but if you’re struggling, find ways to make more money instead of ways to cut back even further.

(Related: It’s OK to be poor for a time, but don’t have a poverty mentality.)

Balanced people don’t change the world.

Passionate people who don’t have it all together change the [continue]…

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