Think rich to get rich

History has shown that if you want to get rich you need a proper daily plan, says Salma Awwad

Accumulating riches does not happen on its own. Contrary to popular belief and blockbuster movies, rich people don’t simply stumble into this situation. They take an idea and work hard on achieving it. It requires a great amount of drive, discipline and most importantly, belief to make an idea successful.

The belief required to back this up is not the positive affirmation type of belief, but the one that you truly feel in your gut, the one that eliminates any seed of doubt that tries to creep into your mind.

According to Wealth X, there were 2,173 billionaires identified in 2013 and 80 percent of them are self-made. Globally, all of the four “mega-billionaires” with a net worth of more than $50 billion each are self-made individuals. Of course these “mega-billionaires” are Bill Gates, Carlos Slim, Amancio Ortega, and Warren Buffet.

Hand-me-downs are rarely a billionaire make. They all had a clear intention and plan on how to get there.

Author Mason Currey discovered that even the creative geniuses of our time have disciplined themselves to pursue a plan through setting organised daily routines.

He researched the schedules of Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire and Haruki Murakami amongst others and found out that they strictly adhered to a code of conduct. They all abided by the rules of order, routine, organisation and determination.

Their daily routines included six tasks: Day Job/admin work, creative work, food/leisure, exercise (yes, they all exercised!), sleep, and other.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success,” Pablo Picasso famously said.

When you organise your life, you leave room to be dramatic and imaginative in your work.

So what do we take out of this? Simply that order and clarification are the first steps to mastering a goal.

Start by drawing a grid with 24 boxed to signify each hour of the day. Then shade in each box with a colour that indicates each of the above six tasks. As you are shading it in, you will start noticing whether you are being efficient with your time, where you get distracted, and how to maximise your day.

You can create one for weekdays and one for weekends and follow through with it to see how your productivity and motivation improves.

When setting a plan of action, make sure that you focus your energy on what you can control. What is it that you want to achieve/improve in your life? How can you maximise the tools that you currently have in your life?

Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

So set your desires high and start your pursuit today by fixing your mind to the exact amount of money you want to have. Be definite in the amount and write exactly what you intend to give in return; as the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

Determine and write down a time limit for this acquisition to be complete. Finally, create a simple and definite path for seeing it through. Your plan should clearly describe how you intend on accumulating it and begin at once at putting this plan into action.

As the great writer Charles Dickens once said, “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

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Posted by: The Consultant

It depends on your definition of "self-made". Much of Carlos Slim's wealth has been amassed via the near-monopoly positions that have been held by his companies in Mexican telecoms. Microsoft would never have been the company it was had it not been given a monopoly to supply MS-DOS to all IBM-compatible PC's. This then allowed it to build further near monopoly with Windows, which went largely unchallenged until the rise of Linux and the re-emergence of Apple to the desktop market.
For sure these were savvy deals and Bill and Carlos should get credit for spotting the opportunities. But it seems that a lot of serious wealth creation comes at the expense of the consumer paying much more than they would in a competitive market.

Posted by: Damodhar Mata

As Napoleon Hill stated, "Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything"

If one have a think and certainly believes that he can be rich, he will be rich sooner than later...

Posted by: Rishard Fais

Hi... Thanks for the article... Very Impressive....!!

Posted by: Peter Cooper

Why then are the overwhelming majority of disciplined and organized people not rich? Perhaps it is a necessary but not a sufficient condition. Having an original idea of how to get rich is also absolutely essential or striking oil, for example, and with that you can be lazy and disorganized and still do rather well.

Posted by: prakash

i think people who think/plan/organize a bit too much miss the bus, thus dont make it rich! people who are super rich have always taken lot of risks! (Bill Gates dropped college ..not sure how many of us would do that)
But agree with the article people who are super rich have been organized and very hard working! There are no short cuts to success!!

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