The REAL Secrets of Success – Abundance and Gratitude

horn-of-plentyWhen you look around at the world do you see abundance or lack? When you think about your own life, are you mostly grateful for what you have, or focused on what you don’t? The answers to these two questions will have a tremendous impact on your life – and your success.

I Do Believe in Abundance, I Do, I Do…

Do you believe in abundance? I mean, really believe that the universe is infinitely abundant, and there is plenty for everyone? It’s easy to not buy into that, when you look around at the vast poverty around the world. But abundance is real – it’s humans that tend to try and squeeze the life out of it. If you focus on lack, lack is all you’ll ever get. Focus on abundance, and it will flow to you naturally. The real root cause of lack is lack itself – along with a healthy dose of fear. By always focusing on getting and keeping “what’s mine,” the flow of abundance is stifled. Now this may sound like a bunch of hippy-talk to you. But like I always say, don’t believe a word I tell you. Try it for yourself.

I’m serous. Think of this a shareware advice. Try it free for 30 days. If it doesn’t work, uninstall it. But when it does (notice I didn’t say if), you’ll be amazed at what changes can occur.

Count All Your Assets

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” – Robert Quillen

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a computer or at least access to one. You’re most likely in a comfortable building, and have recently had a pretty good meal. Even if you’re homeless and reading this on a library computer (and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve advised a homeless person about starting a business), just because you have the opportunity to read this, you’re better off than a large portion of the world.

Here in the U.S., this season of fall is a time for celebrating abundance (the bountiful harvest) and gratitude (Thanksgiving). As you look back over the course of the past year what are you grateful for? Name it, focus on it, really feel the gratitude for what you have.

This is my favorite time of year. Something about the fall inspires me and lets me reflect on my own good fortunes. As the Quillen quote says, “…count all your assets.” Spend time focusing on what you have, as opposed to what you don’t.

Ride the circle of success – because just as abundance creates gratitude, gratitude creates abundance.

Oh, and if you need more proof – just read some interviews with one of the world’s richest men (second to only Bill Gates as of this writing) – Warren Buffet. This one is my favorite. Be sure to check out item one on the list.

Over at the Balanced Life Center blog, Nneka Kelly is running A Season of Gratitude group writing project – which inspired this post. There are some really great contributions, well worth a read.


  1. Tony, thanks for the reminder. There really is an infinite economy out there that we can tap in to.

    Great link too. #5 hit home to me –

    He said that many people talk about how they are going to just work at a high-paying job “for a little while” and then go do what they love – he equated that to “saving up sex for old age.” He said to “never do something that doesn’t excite you or that you dislike.”

  2. Chris – I think we all need a reminder sometimes.

    I love item #5 too. I hear the excuses all the time. The thing is, there is no perfect time to start doing what you’re passionate about. Only now – and it’s as good a time as any…

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