Cataract surgery back in February had impeded my ability to read. Couldn’t read with glasses; couldn’t read without them. At least not well.
That troubled me. You’ve got to be able to read if you want to be a success in life. As the saying goes; “Successful people have big libraries; unsuccessful people have big TVs.”
I want continued success. So, I need to keep reading. (But, I enjoy it, too.)
A second set of glasses later and some fine-tuning, I was finally able to read decently. I picked up the book I’d been struggling to read, and had left abandoned midway through.
Wow! Am I glad I did! The first thing I read covered exactly what I needed, stuff I already know, but which I need to be reminded of over and over again. Stuff that everyone needs to learn and then get reminded of repeatedly. At least if they want to get ahead in life.
So, although I’ve touched on this topic before in my blog posts, it pays to repeat the message: The biggest obstacle to achieving success is between one’s ears.
Sure, there’s always some luck; there are circumstances; there are opportunities; there is education. They all contribute to success. But the biggest success influencer is the right frame of mind: to have a “Success” mindset instead of a “Failure” mindset. Others differentiate between an “Abundance” mindset vs. a “Scarcity” mindset.
I had enjoyed the first bit of Dan Graziosi’s book Millionaire Success Habits. It’s a shame to have put it down for so long. It inspired me, again, to form the habits that contribute to Success.
Let me quote a few lines from the book.
“At their core, people either have a scarcity mindset or an abundance point of view. People with scarcity mindsets always see the worst in everything. . . . (They) often say, ‘If you get rich, you must be taking from someone else.’ Not true. If you get rich, you found a way to bring value to the world. . . . If you do that, if you create value, you’ll create wealth. . . . That’s living with an abundance mindset.”
I had struggled for a long time with the erroneous belief that wealth is a zero-sum game, that accumulation by one means deprivation from another, until I finally realized the fallacy of that argument. Wealth is really just a concept. It is not finite but is a measure of value added by the creative use of resources. So, it can always be expanding. It expands in proportion to the creative imagination of success-oriented individuals who propel added value. It is created in the mind.
Imagine if wealth was finite and only traded off between humans. What if it never grew beyond the sum total that existed 10,000 years ago? We’d still be no better off than the cave man. In fact, we’d be a lot worse, because the sum total of all that wealth would have to be divided among so many more people. We’d probably be an extinct race by now.
So, the first step to success, whether measured by money or otherwise, is to train the brain not to think of it as a trade-off. It is to reject the notion that wealth—or any other measure of success—is limited in extent. It is only limited by a scarcity mindset. Those who unshackle themselves from such a perspective will obviously unleash the ability to expand their wealth beyond those who don’t. It’s self-evident. It’s how the world progressed beyond the cave man. It’s how the world still progresses.
How does this relate to Rent 2 Own? Like everything else, the first criteria to succeeding at rent 2 own is the expectation of success. More than likely, it is a scarcity mindset that has gotten one to the place where they need to explore rent 2 own in the first place. Continuing with that mindset will not likely lead to success. Practicing the same habits that got one into trouble will not likely lead one out of it.
So one of my criteria in assessing potential rent 2 own clients is to determine whether they have a success orientation. Success at the end of the rent 2 own can be predicted fairly accurately by assessing the success mindset with which the client enters the R2O program. It’s a significant element in setting up a client for a win-win outcome.
When I have not judged accurately, then it becomes a significant ingredient, sometimes the first step, in our coaching plan to help the client achieve their goal of home ownership!
Change your mind and succeed in life!
At least, that’s how I see it . . .