“No task is a long one but the task on which one dare not start. It becomes a nightmare” – CHARLES BAUDELAIRE

A few days ago, I purchased a book written by Felix Denis. If you’re not familiar with Felix Denis, he is the owner of Maxim magazine among many other companies. He is now one of the wealthiest men in Britain. His life is truly a rags to riches story.

I may not ever get as rich as Felix Dennis but I’m glad and thankful to him because he takes out his time to personally write books that give people a true, honest peek into the world of the rich–including the darker and uglier side of it.

Many people think that getting started on the path to getting rich is the most difficult part. They believe it is. If you believe that your race or color, sex or upbringing can keep you from becoming rich, it is best to give up and not even try….because you will never get rich.

Even if you’re down to nothing, you can still become successful. Nearly all the great fortunes acquired by entrepreneurs came because they had nothing to lose. Because of this, nobody bothered to tell them that such and such a thing could not be done or would be likely to fail. Of if they had been told, then they weren’t listening. They were too busy proving those around them wrong – without even meaning to.

Basically, you can’t lose if you have nothing. Thus, people who are just starting out often have the best chance to succeed. They don’t have a carefully planned out career to maintain or a pre-existing set of standards to live up to. Instead, they can simply play by their own rules. The best thing you can do if you want to succeed at anything is to not care about losing. And you probably will lose – a lot. The catch is that if you choose your actions as though you’re afraid of losing, you’ll never win. You’ll be mediocre.

Always Be Learning.

Anyone not busy learning is busy dying. Curiosity has led many a man and women into the valley of serious riches.

Don’t be afraid to work hard and take risks.

The way to getting rich is always hard and failures are many. This is why only a few ever get there. It is usually scary. You’ve got to be willing to take a risk. Start now because the earlier you start and the more risks you’re prepared to run, you will find yourself with a small success on your hands. And one success, with luck, will lead to another.

Remember the ancient Japanese saying: “Fear is the little death, death by a thousand cuts”. Shakespeare put it this way “Cowards die many times before their deaths: the valiant never taste of death but once”. Be brave. Take a chance. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll fail. Failure is good. Michael Jordan, the great basketball player, said it best when he said “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”.

Be bold because boldness attracts applause.

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” – Goethe

You’ve got what it takes to make yourself rich. Now is the time to consider if you want to continue making your boss even richer or whether you wish to become rich yourself.

Even if you care nothing about becoming rich, do it for the people and things you care about the most. They are either inanimate, or they love you, or they don’t love you. They will not love you less (or more) if you decide to surprise everyone around you and seize the time. As you could seize it, if you truly wished to. Then you’d show them.

The big question is: will you even dare to try? Your chances are slim, but they are not impossible. Get yourself a fearless partner with tons of stamina. Choose him or her with care. It’s your best shot at getting rich.

Your partner in success,

Etieno Etuk

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