Wealth File #17 – Constantly Learn and Grow
Rich people constantly “learn and grow.”
Poor people think “they already know.”
At my live seminars, at the beginning, I usually introduce the attendees to what I refer to as “the three most dangerous words in the English language.” Those words are “I know that.” So how do you know that you know something? It’s actually easy. If you live it, you know it. But, if you heard, talked, and read about it, then you don’t know it. Frankly, if you are not rich but is still happy, there is a great possibility that there is still a lot of things you can learn about money, success, and life.
As I emphasized at the beginning of this book, during my “broke” days, I was lucky to have heard the advice of a multimillionaire friend who had sympathy for my troubles.
If I recall it correctly, he said to me: “Harv, if you’re not as successful as you’d like to be, there’s something you don’t know.” Luckily, I listened to his suggestion and here I am, the once “know-it-all” person has become a “learn-it-all.” After that, things have changed greatly.
Poor people are majority of the time trying to let others see that they’re right. They display an image that shows that they’ve figured everything out, and the reason why they have become broke or are broke is due to presence of bad luck or a malfunction in the universe where they exist.
One of my more well-known lines is “You can be right or you can be rich, but you can’t be both.” You are considered “right” if you hold on to your old ways of thinking and being. But, these are also the ways that brought you to where you are now. This way of thinking also applies to happiness, in that “you can be right or you can be happy.”
There’s a saying that was introduced by author and speaker Jim Rohn that actually makes perfect sense here: “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” You are already aware of “your” ways, what you need to know are some new ways. That is the reason why I wrote this book. My objective is to provide you with some new mental files to add to the ones you already have. New files mean new ways of thinking, which could further lead to new actions, and therefore, new results.
That’s why it’s very important that you continue to learn and grow.
Source: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, © 2003