My new morning routine includes reading, goal setting, and writing first thing in the morning.
Putting good ideas and writing in my mind the first thing in the morning sets me straight for the rest of the day.
This morning I re-read Brian Tracy’s Goals Chapters 2-5 and did the exercises… also rewriting my goals and plans for the future as I do daily.
After that I continued working through the more dense, and difficult read ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill.
What is so fascinating about this book, is that it was written in 1937.
The principles of business, success mindset, and winning have not changed since then or ever.
One of the most profound chapters and moments in the book for me at this moment can be found in the later part of chapter 7 ‘organized planning.’
Subsection title: ‘Where and how one may find opportunities to accumulate riches.’ page 93 in the version I am reading.
Hill breaks down the cost of a breakfast for an average family living in the heart of New York city
Grapefruit juice (from florida) .02
Rippled Wheat Breakfast food (kansas farm) .02
Tea (from china) .02
Bananas (from south america) .02 1/2
He then describes what you would have to do in order to acquire those goods for your family to eat them at the breakfast table.
Of course, we all understand at some level that we didn’t need to dig the salt out of mines to put it on our food, or create the infrastructure to deliver electricity to our electric razor, or power our lights, or cool our food in the refrigerator…
But most don’t appreciate how much effort, planning, creativity, and sacrifice actually went into delivering these things to you.
The truth of the matter is, capitalism created this unbelievably luxury we enjoy.
The only way to create personal profit in a sustainable and ethical way is to offer value to the marketplace.
The men and women who created these systems to deliver our food, electricity, heat, produce our clothing to keep us warm and dry, did this out of a desire for personal gain but ultimately for the improvement of the quality of other peoples lives.
This is not negotiable, successful business people and capitalists are the bedrocks of our current society and the luxuries we all enjoy.
Without capitalism we would still be living tribally with dirt floors and cooking what we could catch over an open flame.
Communism and the notion that human beings should share everything equally is a total fallacy and we have seen this time and again.
This is because human beings have basic psychological needs. One of them being significance, purpose, meaning. If we are all the same and equal supposedly, we have no drive, no life… we have our souls sucked out of us.
Human beings always find a way to meet that need for significance, in either healthy ways or unhealthy ways. But we fundamentally need to know that we have significance so that we know that we can be loved, and ultimately that we made a difference in the world…
Capitalism, is fueled by the human emotions of significance and contribution to humanity as a whole (in its higher levels)
Not everyone has the capacity to be a creator, or a builder of a business… but to ignore the enormous gift of capitalism and live in the bitterness that it somehow only gives to a select few and takes from many is sheer ignorance.
Everyone, benefits from capitalism… It is what moves the world forward.
Common complaints about capitalism are that because of the factories and our enormous consumption of goods and lack of a proper method of disposal of our waste we are harming the planet, and that the disparity in wealth in America and the world is unfair.
The fact of the matter is, the harm to the planet is a real problem. But capitalists are also attempting to solve that problem, just like any good leader/capitalist/businessman would do. Because where there is a problem, there is a chance for personal profits and also betterment to the quality of other peoples lives.
As far as the disparity of wealth… this is not a valid complaint.
We all are born into a world with endless opportunity, there are no limits on the human potential.
Great wealth can be achieved, and has often times been achieved by those who have come from harsh backgrounds, with little to no formal education.
In fact, formal education is a prison. It limits, gives rules to, and is taught by people who have not started successful ventures of their own.
Andrew Carnegie and many many other highly achieving businessmen had no formal education.
If you want financial freedom, you can achieve it with focus, discipline, and resourcefulness (human emotion)