One evening, a very wise, old Indian chief was speaking with his grand-son about life, telling him about the internal battle that goes on inside all people.He said, “My son, inside all of us there exists a constant battle between two wolves. One wolf is very evil. It forces you to deal with anger, envy,jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and a self-centered, destructive ego. The other wolf is good. It helps you to experience joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth,compassion, faith, self-respect, and to develop a giving, constructive ego.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grand-father, “Which wolf wins?” The wise, old Indian chief replied, “My son, the one you feed.”
Thousands of books on investing and wealth accumulation have been written and hundreds of seminars created to help individuals reach their financial goals. These materials are created by professionals whose guidance enables individuals to improve their financial performance and who provideproductive techniques that can potentially create wealth. Regardless of all the available material designed to improve one’s financial status, one fact remains for certain: Successful people will do what unsuccessful people won’t or can’t do!
There are successful people who have either been taught by a mentor, acquired some special knowledge, or implemented disciplines that enabled them to achieve their financial goals. The saddest part about this process is that most people do not display the sufficient humility and open-mindedness to acquire all this information and mentorship at an early stage in their lives.
I am adamant about one thing: if you are on the hunt for success in anyfield or any walk of life and have not yet acquired it, then perhaps you havebeen looking in the wrong places. I have traveled the world and interacted with many different cultures, and I’ve learned through this experience that there is a clear reason why people are not successful at what they attempt to do. The reason is universal: successful people focus on feeding the good wolf. Individuals who manage their mediocrity or poverty in life are focused on feeding the wrong wolf—the evil wolf. They carry around past emotional baggage and, in time, it becomes so heavy that all they can think about is survival. This mindset seriously affects their personality, performance, and ability to maintain emotional control, which is essential for success in life.
I have noticed a pattern among people around the world, regardless of country, race, or culture; they become what I call rainbow chasers. Everyfew months they come up with a get-rich-quick plan, but these endeavors are doomed to fail, and then comes the inevitable blaming. Very seldom do those people accept responsibility for their outcome and look inside themselves to discover why they have failed. They go from one business opportunity to another, never achieving their end result, and are clearly locked into self-destructive habits. They repeat their bad habits, continue to chase rainbows, and fail at just about everything they do.
Life is not capricious; it will always provide the rich and poor alikewith new opportunities.