10 ways to live like a millionaire
By Willie Jolley, George Curry Media Columnist
Born into poverty in Union City, N.J., Alan Weiss worked his way through college, hoping to create a life very different from his upbringing. He joined a consulting firm, but had a major setback when he was fired in 1985.
He vowed that would never happen again. He also decided to stop playing small and move from a “scarcity mentality” to an abundance mentality. He figured if others could live large, so could he.
Alan Weiss, is now a world-renowned, multi-million dollar consultant for Fortune 100 companies. He is also a highly regarded wealth-building expert. Weiss is a keynote speaker and bestselling-author, who has been inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the American Press Institute.
He has written 60 books, including the classic best seller, Million Dollar Consulting. The New York Post called Weiss “one of the most highly regarded independent consultants in America.”
How do you go from being a fired young consultant to a highly regarded millionaire consultant?
“You must feel you are a peer of your potential buyer,” Weiss says. “You must feel good about yourself. Shut the door to what was and start living in the mindset of what can be.”
A key strategy Weiss employs is learning to “think bigger” to build wealth. When solving a problem, people generally come up with options one and two. Weiss says we should stretch ourselves, and think of multiple options, then consider options four, five or six.
“Use positive psychology,” Alan Weiss explains. We should position ourselves in our own minds. We should think about creating wealth as more than money. He thinks of two kinds of wealth: money and discretionary time. Money to live the life you want to live, and the discretionary time that you choose how you will spend it. He believes money and time are important. Make the decision on how you spend both, and never let someone else determine it for you.
It is important to be wealthy because money provides us with options. It allows us to invest in, and help others in profound ways. But to be able to pour into others, we must have something to pour.
Weiss explains discretionary time, as being wise with the one resource we can’t get more of – time. We must be selfish with how we use it. When we resolve to treat ourselves as honored guests, the quality of people attracted to us and the opportunities presented to us will improve. Our limited time is then put to better use.
Be very careful of unsolicited feedback. Take feedback only from people you respect. An abundance mentality is what we need to build in each of us.
If you want to buy something, ask yourself, how will I generate “new money” to pay for it? And keep people around you who support you – a coach, a mentor, a support group. We grow by building on our strengths, not by building on our weaknesses.
Weiss’s latest books are Thrive and Millionaire Maverick. His consulting and speaking clients number in the hundreds, including Merck, Hewlett-Packard, GE, the American Institute of Architects and U.S. Department of Justice.
He is recognized for his coaching expertise; particularly his ability to take people with little or no assets and help them become millionaires!
Alan Weiss shares these secrets to helping people become wealthy during my SiriusXM radio show:
- Don’t let anyone else determine your destiny; you should make that decision for yourself.
- Mindset is the key. You must have a positive mental attitude. Learn to see yourself as a winner, not a loser; as a success and not a failure, even if you have failed.
- Failure is an event. It does not have to become who you are…unless you allow it to be.
- To be wealthy, you must move from a scarcity mentality to an abundance mentality.
- Wealth is not just about money, but about the amount of discretionary time you choose to use.
- Make a decision to constantly Think Bigger! If you think bigger and broader, you can create lots more money.
- When you do something exceptional, make a point to reward yourself. This is conditioning your brain to keep doing exceptional things.
- Use your time wisely. You can always make another dollar, but it is impossible to make another minute.
- Ask yourself every night: “What I have done well during this day and what can I do well tomorrow to be able to say it again tomorrow.” String enough of those days together and you are on your way to big success.
- Ask yourself, “What is the vision of the future I want?” Then gauge how far you are from that vision. Then look at what is keeping you from that vision. Decide what you must do to make that vision a reality – without hitting the lottery or getting money from a dead relative.
Willie Jolley is America’s #1 Inspirational/Motivational Speaker/Singer/Author! He is the host of the #1 Motivational Show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the opening speaker on the national “Get Motivated Business Seminar Tour.” A member the National Speakers Association’s Hall of Fame, Jolley was named “One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World” by Toastmaster International. He is the author of several best-selling books and can be reached through his website, www.williejolley.com.