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By Tom Corley

The Desire To Be Rich is a Good Thing

Is it bad to want to be rich?

Let me ask that question a different way.

Is it bad to want to be successful at your job or in your business?

If your knee-jerk reaction is to say, “Yes, it’s wrong to want to be rich,” what you’re really saying is it’s wrong to want to succeed in life.

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You see, wealth is just a byproduct of success.

It’s one of the perks of being successful.

So, if you profess to hate the rich, your subconscious assumes you hate success since wealth comes from success.

When I asked the millionaires in my Rich Habits Study if they always wanted to be rich, 53% of the self-made millionaires said yes.

The desire to be rich was an important mindset for the majority of self-made millionaires.

It drove them to grow, learn, take calculated risks, forge good habits, and eliminate bad habits.

It forced them to dream, to reach, and to step outside their comfort zone.

The desire to become rich is not a bad thing.

It can motivate you to do extraordinary things you would not otherwise attempt to do.

Conversely, a disdain for money is almost certainly a financial death sentence.

A study conducted by Kansas State University found that those who had positive feelings about money were more likely to attain wealth and those who had negative feelings about money were more likely to become poor.

According to the study, most of our beliefs about money can be traced back to how we were raised.

Parents, the study said, were the source of many of our beliefs about money.

Parents with positive beliefs about money raised children who would one day become rich.

Parents with negative beliefs about money raised children who would one day become poor.

While most wealthy people don’t necessarily worship money, they certainly admire it a great deal.

According to my Rich Habits Study, the vast majority of the wealthy believed that wealth was good.

They saw it as a cure for the many ills in life.

According to my data, being rich eliminated 67% of your problems in life.

That’s 67% fewer things to worry about and get stressed out about.

Worry and stress, according to numerous health studies, depresses your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to cancer, heart disease, and many other diseases.

Therefore, becoming rich means less worry and stress, which, in turn, reduces the incidence of cancer, heart disease, and many other health issues.

Despite what you may have learned as a child, the desire to become rich is not a bad thing.

It’s just another false myth or limiting belief that will absolutely hold you back in life.

Seek out wealth.

Seek out success. Seek out prosperity.

Wealth isn’t a zero-sum game.

Your becoming rich does not require another person to become poor.

There is an abundance of money out there.

The thing that will most definitely limit your access to that money, however, is the negative, limiting belief that wealth is bad.

About Tom Corley Tom is a CPA, CFP and heads one of the top financial firms in New Jersey. For 5 years, Tom observed and documented the daily activities of wealthy people and people living in poverty and his research he identified over 200 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots” which culminated in his #1 bestselling book, Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Visit the website:
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