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How to Buy Happiness the Right Way

"Success thrives when fueled by a burning desire, genuine effort, and a positive mindset, paving the path to financial prosperity and a joyful life."
Michael Corthell

Are you aiming to achieve the status of a millionaire, billionaire, or even a trillionaire? Setting ambitious financial goals is commendable, and I can guide you on the path to immense wealth in a responsible manner. Here's a blueprint for establishing your objective and embarking on the journey toward prosperity, ensuring you follow ethical principles along the way.

''Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable 
confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.'' 
—Norman Vincent Peale

You have a clear goal in mind, but you may be wondering about the path to achieving it. While the journey may not be straightforward, there are certain aspects to consider.

Undoubtedly, money is not the sole measure of happiness, but it does grant the freedom to pursue one's desires. Although money ranks low on the list of factors defining success, it is undeniably a necessary component.

Reflect on your personal definition of success as I share mine with you.

In my perspective, success lies in possessing an unwavering passion for assisting individuals worldwide in cultivating a positive mindset. Through my blog, I aim to demonstrate that a positive outlook, coupled with desire, determination, hope, and love, fosters happiness and a fulfilling life. This burning desire has led me to discover my own happiness and a life filled with joy.

So, if your aspiration is to become a millionaire and accumulate significant wealth, and if money holds a prominent place in your pursuit of happiness, what steps should you take to enhance your chances of attaining the desired level of financial success?

Consider the following recommendations. However, be aware that they are neither quick nor easy. Swift and effortless wealth tends to vanish just as rapidly.

Review these suggestions and personalize them to fit your circumstances. Once you have finished reading, gather your own information and engage in thorough study. Dedicate yourself to diligent learning, invest genuine and determined effort, and above all, foster a burning desire while firmly believing in your ability to succeed by visualizing your financial goals before your eyes.

Don't obsess about money.
It sounds counterintuitive, but focusing too much on how much you make distracts you from doing the things that truly contribute to building and growing wealth.
Look at things differently. Don't see money as the primary goal but as a byproduct of doing good things.

Keep track of how many people you help
The most successful people I know are givers. They are extremely helpful people. They are understanding of other people and they help them achieve their goals. These people know that their success is based on the success of the people around them. So they work hard to make other people successful: their employees, their customers, their vendors and suppliers...because they know, if they can do that, then their own success will surely follow.

Stop thinking about making a million dollars and start thinking about serving millions of people
People who have only have a handful of customers with a goal of making a lot of money, have to find ways to squeeze every last penny out of those customers. Don't do that. Find a way to serve a million people, many other benefits follow. Serve a million people and serve them well. The money will follow.

Look at making money as a way to make more things
There are two kinds of entrepreneurs. One who wants to make things because they want to make money. The more of these things they make, the more cash flows into their bank account. What they produce doesn't really matter to them. They will do or make anything as long as it pays. The other kind of entrepreneur wants to make money because it allows them to make more things. They want to improve their product. They want to write another book, another song, produce another movie. They love what they make and they see making money as a way to do even more of what they love. Be that person.

"We don't make movies to make money, 
we make money to make more movies." 
—Walt Disney

Do one thing better
Find your burning desire, that one thing you're already better at than most people. Become laser-focused on doing that one thing. Work. Train. Learn. Practice. Evaluate. Refine. Be positive and accept any criticism with a grain of salt. Successful people do at least one thing better than just about anyone else. Excellence has great rewards, excellence commands higher pay and greater respect.

Make sure to track your progress
We will tend to become what we measure, so track your progress often, at least once a week against your key measures. How many people you've helped? How many customers you've served? How about evaluating the key steps on your journey to becoming the world's best at _________? It will be a combination of metrics.

Build routines that ensure progress
Remember that achieving your goals are based on creating work routines. If you want to write a 300-page book. One method of achieving that goal will be to write ten pages a day. That will be your work routine. Wishing and hoping won't get you to a finished manuscript, but working faithfully and diligently will. So, set your goals, create the routines that support those goals, and track your progress. Correct what doesn't work. Continuously improve and repeat what does work. Refine, revise, adapt and work hard every single day. Do better and be better than you were the day before.
You'll start to get good. Then you'll start to get great. And then one day (before you know it) you'll be the best.

While you're embroiled in doing all the above and probably without even noticing, you'll also become rich. That is if you like that sort of thing—having the freedom that money buys—freedom to create things that help people live happy, joyful lives. 


How to Buy Happiness

by Michael Norton

At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can indeed buy happiness -- when you don't spend it on yourself. Listen for surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.


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