Some people are deeply in debt and feel there is no way to get out. They say that the economic times are just too tough now. Or they say that since they have a job, there is a ceiling to the amount of money they can make. But many experts say that is not true. The quote below is from Joe Vitale. I don’t agree with all of Joe’s ideas, but I heartily agree with some of them.
When I talk about past recessions and the opportunities they presented, someone will usually say, “But things are different now.” My response is that they are and they aren’t. Yes, we live in a different environment than past generations. Technology has made our lives easier and more complicated at the same time – and it has also brought us more opportunity.
These days you can start a business from your computer, you don’t physically have to go find a market or open a brick and mortar store as people in the past did. One of my favorite stories is of Ashley Qualls – a self-made millionaire before she was out of her teens.
Ashley, who was only 16 at the time, started a website called whateverlife.com from her home in Michigan. She wanted to help her friends get cool layouts for their MySpace pages and provide her friends with easy to understand HTML tutorials. When she started her website, she gave all the designs for free. She earned her money from the advertising revenue. It was a very simple concept. Ashley saw the need and wanted kids her age to be able to get really nice page designs for free. The website now receives several times more traffic than most circulations of popular teen magazines including Seventeen, Teen, Vogue! – combined.
Back in 2006, someone tried to buy whateverlife.com from her for $1,500,000 and she turned down the offer. In September 2006, Ashley attracted enough money to buy a home for $250,000 cash. She works out of her basement employing family and friends and is attracting more money everyday.
Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 251-263). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
I have heard of many accounts of people who learned the right mindset and begin to make enough money to not only get out of debt, but also become able to give away a lot of money. Faith is powerful. Many times Jesus said that if you have a little bit of faith you can do anything, even move a mountain (stronghold). Matthew 17:20. A stronghold can be either good or bad. In the Old Testament, a city on a mountain was a stronghold. If the enemy held the city, it was bad. If friendly people held the city on a hill, it was a good stronghold.
It is the same with you. You have good and bad mountains in your life. A bad stronghold might be an addiction. Most of us are addicted to overeating. Realize that any stronghold can be overcome.
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
Many books have been written about how to make money. Most of them deal with your mindset. Most financial counselors agree that mindset is important for creating wealth. If a person is sure they can’t make money, they tend to “bury” their money, just like in Matthew chapter 25. Two servants doubled their money, but one servant buried his in the ground because he was afraid. He had the wrong mindset. He didn’t have faith.
People who have a bad attitude about God often end up with a bad mindset for making money. Others think that money is sinful. But Jesus said that the master (who was a symbol of God) was pleased with the people who doubled their money and displeased with the wicked lazy servant who buried his money because he had a bad attitude about God.
In the past I blogged about Og Mandino, the gifted trainer of salespeople. Read it here. He turned poor potato farmers into wealthy salesmen. They sold life insurance, one of the hardest things to sell. They did it because they completely changed the way they thought about themselves and others.
I know that some reading this may be going through difficult financial times. Have hope! You don’t have to stay where you are. Jesus said that he came to give us life and to give us abundance. John 10:10
I have seen many miracles happen and heard about even more. Keep the faith and a miracle will happen to you. Verses about the power of faith.
Here is another quote from Joe Vitale:
I knew two hospital surgical techs that were facing a foreclosure on their home. The husband, Kenny, said he’d been in a state of depression for weeks and unable to see any options. I asked, “Options for what?”
He replied, “Options to keep our home.”
“Why are you so convinced those are the only options?”
He stared at me for a while like I’d grown a horn on my forehead. But a home is just a thing – nothing more, nothing less. His emotional attachment to that home was altering his perspective. There are many options and opportunities that we encounter every day, but we are so sure that only one type of option or opportunity will work that we don’t even consider any other possibilities. This doesn’t mean it’s easy. Kenny and his wife wanted a solution that included rescuing their home from foreclosure. I asked, “What would happen if you lost the home. Then what?”
He thought for a moment. “We’d have to start over.”
“And what would that look like?”
Again he thought. “Well we could relocate to an area with higher pay as our hours have recently been cut at the hospital.”
His wife chimed in, “We could even become traveling techs who earn even more money since we wouldn’t have a house to hold us here.”
As they talked, ideas flowed. Within an hour, they were convinced that losing this home was perhaps the best thing that could happen to them as it had prevented them from pursuing other opportunities that would have attracted much more money.
They had been so caught up in the drama and chaos of the foreclosure that they hadn’t looked at it objectively, in a detached manner. Once they removed all the negative emotions they attached to the event, they were able to think of many good things that would come from it.
Vitale, Joe (2012-05-29). Attract Money Now (Kindle Locations 295-309). Hypnotic Marketing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
By the way, I bought this book for 99 cents on Kindle from Amazon.com.