Today, dear friends, I opened our book to Chapter 3, meaning to go on forward from where I left off last week, and the very first sentence stopped me in my tracks. It said:
“None of us are kept poor because opportunity has been taken away from us ...”
None of us?!?
"Yabut," my donkey-self said. Yeah but, what about homeless people, victims of circumstances, immigrants, people who were born poor and raised poor?
And what about me?
I’ve got my own poor-girl story. I was raised blue-collar, by parents who’d grown up during the Depression Years (1930s), and was taught to hate rich people, despise rich people (because they despised us) … and so on.
How can anybody buck that tide of don’t get rich! Where's the Opportunity in that? Mine was stolen from me.
I wanted to ___________ (fill in your childhood ambition) Like many if not most of us, the dream was snatched away.
But yet again, "Yeah but ..."
Despite all that poor-girl story, I’ve made a commitment and agreement here: I promised myself that I would believe everything Wattles’ tells me. It's the only way to test his theory, that THIS - what he tells us in this book - THIS is how people get rich. This is his Point One, isn't it?
If we want to get rich, we have to believe that there's an opportunity for us.
Really, I do get it:
If we buy into the idea that we are victims, that opportunity has been taken away from us, we are defeated before we begin.
If we believe, on the other hand, and in defiance of the apparent evidence, that somehow or another, YES, there IS an opportunity for us, then we can go forward.
I’m all for going forward with this. As I keep telling myself, “For goodness sakes Elaine, you’ve got a blog to write! You can’t quit!”
I’ll buy this pig-in-a-poke. I’ll travel on with this idea or belief that somehow, somewhere, beyond all reason, there is or will be an opportunity for me to really actually truly get rich.
If they can do it, I can do it.
Better yet, if I can do it, than other folks probably can do it too. It's good to remember the point of this exercise:
It's not to get a whole heaping lot of money.