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TipsForSuccess: The Honest Way to Get Rich


The Honest Way to Get Rich

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You can get everything you want in life as long as you give others enough of what they want. If you give nothing of value, you get nothing of value. Your method of exchange determines your wealth. You have four types of exchange from which to choose.

"1. First consider a group which takes in money but does not deliver anything in exchange. This is called rip-off." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Examples of this first condition of exchange:

-- You pay a $1,000 deposit for a new car. The dealer goes bankrupt. You get no car and no refund.

-- A plumber loosens a pipe, shows you the "leak," tightens the fitting, makes noise and charges you $159.

-- Someone in your office avoids doing work. Lots of excuses, lots of smoke screen, no work, but full pay.

This first exchange condition is basically theft. If you operate this way, no one can trust you. You get fired from jobs. You must cover your tracks or end up in jail. If you own a business, it fails.

The second exchange condition is cheating.

"2. Second is the condition of partial exchange. The group takes in orders or money for goods and then delivers part of it or a corrupted version of what was ordered." -- L. Ron Hubbard


Examples:

-- County fair booth promises to show you a two-headed cow, but actually shows an odd-looking skeleton.

-- The "$99 Dream Vacation Package" turns out to be a smelly motel room by the freeway.

-- Instead of working, an employee reads a magazine, surfs the net or makes personal calls while being paid.

If this is your style of exchange, you also get fired. If you own a business, it barely survives or eventually fails. You never earn any wealth.

"3. The third condition is the exchange known, legally and in business practice, as 'fair exchange.' One takes in orders and money and delivers exactly what has been ordered." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Most successful companies and individuals use this principle. Examples:

-- You pay for a dozen fresh eggs, you get a dozen fresh eggs.

-- A $10-per-hour employee works 40 hours of normal work and is paid $400.

-- You pay your power bill and get electricity.

If you are in this third condition, you make an acceptable income. If you own or manage a business, it does fine. You save just enough money to survive your retirement years.

"4. The fourth condition of exchange is not common but could be called exchange in abundance. Here one does not give two for one or free service but gives something more valuable than money was received for." "This fourth principle above is almost unknown in business or the arts. Yet it is the key to howling success and expansion." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Individuals and businesses who use this fourth method of exchange flourish when others are in trouble.

-- You pay an artist for a painting who then frames it for you at no extra charge.

-- You invest with a real-estate group expecting a 12% return each year and get 15% instead.

-- An employee not only does all of her own work, she trains a new employee, gladly works extra hours to help when another employee calls in sick and assumes new responsibilities without demanding more pay.

Employees who do more than they are expected to do receive promotions, raises, bonuses and extra benefits. Job security is excellent as they are more valuable to the company than most other employees.

Businesses that exchange in abundance get more referrals than other businesses. Investors are anxious to buy its stock. Customer loyalty is guaranteed.

At first, giving more than expected seems unfair. You give extra effort without recognition. You add value to your work or products without anyone noticing.

Yet eventually, you rise to the top. People prefer to work with you. Your company is selected above the competition. You earn a reputation of being more than fair.

How can you give more than people expect of you? How can you increase the value of your work? What are the little extras you can provide that no one else can provide?

Instead of trying to GET more, work on GIVING more as your method of operation, and get rich!
 


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Is Your Attention in the Past, Present or Future?

Do you constantly think about the future? Does tomorrow seem scary and uncertain? Are you worried how it will all turn out?

If your attention is stuck in the future, you are not as happy nor as competent as you should be.

Maybe your attention is in the past. Do you dwell on old decisions? Do people from your past still affect you? Are you constantly thinking of accidents, attacks or injuries?

If so, you are missing the best part of life.

Definition of Sanity


When you are in good condition, you are in the here and now. You are aware of the present. Your thoughts and attention are neither in the past nor in the future.

". . . the very, very sane confront the present entirely and have very little concern for the future, being competent enough in handling the present to let the future take care of itself." -- L. Ron Hubbard


If you think about it, present time is all there really is. The past and the future exist only in our minds. Present time is reality.

Test yourself. Close your eyes and relax. Notice your thoughts. Are they in the past, present or future?

Now try to get your attention completely in the present. Look at an object for 30 seconds. Try to do nothing but look at the object. Can you keep your attention in the present for the entire 30 seconds? Do thoughts of the past or future slip in?

Imagine having no thoughts except present-time thoughts all day long.

10 Benefits of Keeping Your Attention in the Present

1. Your powers of perception are greatly increased as you see things exactly as they are.

2. You don't beat yourself up for your past decisions or potential weaknesses in the future.

3. You look at others as they actually are. This is much more accurate than how they were or how you hope they will be.

4. Bad memories have less of an effect on you.

5. You can control the present much more effectively than the past or the future.

6. Your job performance is far superior as you are more alert.

7. You perceive more, experience more and enjoy more when you are in present time.

8. You make better decisions because you view life as it actually is right now.

9. Bad news does not bother you as much because it does not remind you of similar bad news from the past.

10. You have fewer accidents and injuries. Your mind does not wander. Your reactions are faster.

Two Ways to Live More in the Present

1. Increase your ability to focus your attention on the present.


Practice, practice, practice. Every time you find yourself thinking about the past, look at an object. Move your attention in the present.

When speaking to people, really look at them. Focus on what they are saying.

When working, do nothing but work.

Live in the present with all your activities: driving, eating, walking, playing, reading, talking, even while watching a movie. The more you live in the present, the more you enjoy your life.

2. Reduce the negative influence of your past.


The biggest problem to staying in present time is your past. You can't stop thinking about certain incidents. Bad experiences do not go away.

Bad incidents from your past can also make you worry too much about the future. You are so worried that these bad things might happen in your future that you are ineffective in the present.

To reduce the power of the past, you need to face the details of the past and resolve them so they no longer bother you. Unfortunately, most people do not know how to do this.

Mr. Hubbard found irrational behavior stems from emotionally-charged experiences in the past. In fact, everything you dislike about yourself is based on something in your past.

Two easy, safe methods for resolving your past are explained in "Self Analysis" and "Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health" by L. Ron Hubbard. With "Self Analysis," you examine specific parts of your past by yourself. The procedure is easy and enjoyable. "Dianetics" deals with more difficult memories and requires a partner. You and your partner help each other by following the instructions in this best-selling book.

You can find these books in bookstores, used bookstores or libraries. They are also available at www.dianetics.org and www.tipsforsuccess.org/bookstore.htm.

By reducing the influence of your past, you can operate more effectively in the present to make your future more successful.

"Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow." -- L. Ron Hubbard

 


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TipsForSuccess: What is Your Most Valuable Asset?

 


What is Your Most Valuable Asset?

Of all your assets, which one is most valuable? Your investments? Savings account? Coin collection?

Which of your assets makes you the most money? Your business? Your career? Your education?

While those are valuable, one of your assets is more valuable than all others. This asset is essential to your income. No manager, professional or employee can succeed without it.

This asset is key to all of your relationships at work and home. In fact, without this asset your life is miserable.

"The most valuable asset we have, actually, is our ability to understand, to do the right thing, to be kind, to be decent." -- L. Ron Hubbard


For example, you help a lady with her car trouble without being asked. You feel great. Later, you are feeling depressed and you see the lady in a store. She brightens your day with more thanks. You return to work with more energy.

As another example, you arrive for an appointment for a job or to sell something. The receptionist is busy and rude. You remain kind and patient. After your meeting, you learn the receptionist is the company owner's wife who was just filling in for a few minutes. She tells her husband how nice you are.

The Scottish Farmer

Whenever you do the right thing, you add to your success as this story demonstrates.

One day, while working his rocky field in Scotland, a farmer named Fleming heard someone crying for help in a bog (swampy area). He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. He found a terrified little boy stuck to his waist in black muck. The boy's struggles were pulling him deeper into the bog. The farmer pulled the boy out of the bog and saved him from a slow, horrible death.

The next day, a carriage pulled up to the farmer's cottage. A well-dressed man stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy.

"I want to repay you," said the man. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the farmer replied.

At that moment, the farmer's son came to the door of the cottage.

"Is that your son?" the man asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied.

"I'll make you a deal. I'm a wealthy man. Let me take your son and give him a good education. If your son is like you, he'll grow to be a man you can be proud of."

They agreed and the farmer's son left with the man.

In time, Fleming's son graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. He became known throughout the world as Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the wealthy man's son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the wealthy man? Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Have you ever been happy you helped someone without being asked? Has anyone ever repaid your kind act to them when you did not expect it? You can probably think of several examples. If you cannot, you have a new way to become more successful.

Four Ways You Can Enrich Your Most Valuable Asset Today


Write down the answers to these questions.

1. Who should you take the time to better understand?

2. What right things should you be doing?

3. With whom could you show more kindness?

4. What are the most decent things you can do?

Now do some or all of the above as soon as possible, starting today!

By enriching your most valuable asset, you significantly increase your chances of success.
 


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TipsForSuccess: Two Powerful Rules for Unlimited Happiness

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Two Powerful Rules for Unlimited Happiness

Does someone else decide how happy you are? Is your happiness predetermined and out of your control? Does luck have anything to do with it?

The happiness business is big business: drugs, alcohol, gambling, overeating and other bad habits are based on our need for happiness. Unfortunately, these "solutions" become bigger problems and make us unhappier.

Many people give up on the idea that they can be happy. You hear statements from them like these:

"Anyone who tells you they're happy is lying."

"I'd be happy if I had a better _____ (spouse, job, body, house, income, parent, child, boss, employee)."

"Life stinks and then you die."

Yet because you are reading this article, you know something can be done about it. You know you have the power to make yourself happier.

The truth is, you are the one who controls the amount of joy in your life. And you control it based on how well you follow two rules:

"One: Be able to experience anything.

"Two: Cause only those things which others are able to experience easily." -- L. Ron Hubbard


Rule One


To follow this rule, you become willing for ANYTHING to happen to you. You decide you can face it and experience it.

For example, someone yells at you and you decide you can take it. You don't want people yelling at you, but you will deal with it. You are not afraid of being yelled at.

Because you can experience people yelling at you, you will still be happy whenever it happens.

If you cannot experience something, it makes you unhappy. Like a moth to a light bulb, the bad thing comes your way.

For example, a California fire alarm salesman was terrified of his house catching on fire. He worked out escape plans, installed fire sprinklers and installed the latest fire alarm system. He talked about fire so often that his seven-year-old son became fascinated with matches.

So of course, his son started a fire in the basement. The sprinklers didn't work and the house burned to the ground. Luckily, no one was hurt.

After getting over the shock, the fire alarm salesman started laughing. "Even though I did everything I could think of to prevent fire, I ended up causing a fire with my fear. It turns out it's not as bad as I thought it would be! The house burned and we're okay!"

After that, the idea of his house burning down no longer made him unhappy. He could experience it.

"To be happy, one only must be able to confront, which is to say, experience those things that are." -- L. Ron Hubbard


Anything you cannot experience or confront will make you unhappy. So reversely, learning to face reality is the first rule for being happy.

For example, to do your job you need to give presentations to a group of people. However, you hate speaking to groups. You make up excuses and avoid this part of your job until you get fired.

If instead you face the music and give the talks, despite your fear, you are able to experience. You confront the job and feel happy.

If you can easily experience hard work, stressful work, complicated work or work that most people can't or won't do, you can also earn more money than most people. And you are happy when doing it!

Rule Two


"Two: Cause only those things which others are able to experience easily." -- L. Ron Hubbard


This means you need to pay attention to other people. Everyone experiences things differently.

For example, your colorful language offends your mother, but makes your friend laugh. Spending the day at a shopping mall is a joy for your daughter, but a boring waste of time for your son. Your political views enrage your father-in-law, but inspire your neighbor.

To be happy, you cannot have attitudes like these:

"I say whatever I want to anyone I want."

"If you don't like what I do, that's your problem."

"It's dishonest to not say how I feel."

If you don't care about other people's happiness, the people around you will eventually not care about your happiness either. Everyone becomes unhappy.

When you care about people's happiness, you pay attention to what they can experience.

For example, if you punch someone in the mouth during a boxing match, neither of you are bothered. However, if you punch your friend in the mouth during an argument, your friend cannot easily experience the punch and you are both unhappy.

"To create only those effects which others could easily experience gives us a clean new rule of living." -- L. Ron Hubbard

If you follow this rule, your work relationships, marriage and friendships all thrive. If you break this rule, you make enemies.

As another example, you notice what your spouse cannot easily experience your complaining about your work. You realize it does not help you to complain to her. You stop complaining and your spouse seems more cheerful. You feel happier. The rule worked.

Judgement


You may think this second rule means you can't demand good performance from employees or correct your children.

For example, "My employees can't easily experience hard work, so I'll be soft on them."

However, high productivity boosts morale. Laziness ruins production, lowers morale and ruins your company. A bankrupt company is difficult for everyone to experience!

So you learn to demand good performance while being cheerful. Everyone is productive and happy.

Children may not like eating their meals or brushing their teeth, but poor health or tooth pain is much more difficult to experience. You learn to get your kids to do what they should without anger or threats.

When deciding what to do that others can experience easily, use your judgement.

Marriage


These two rules are also rules for a happy marriage. If you learn to experience ANYTHING your spouse does, how can he or she make you unhappy?

For example, you get upset when your spouse leaves a messy bathroom. Instead of steaming about it or blowing up or getting revenge, you learn to experience it. You realize, "Oh heck, it's only a messy bathroom. If I don't like it, I'll clean it up. Big deal."

By learning to easily experience anything your spouse does, he or she no longer can make you unhappy. You are happier.

Additionally, what would happen if you ONLY do or say things your spouse can EASILY experience?

For example, you realize your spouse cannot handle you being late. You think, "What's the big deal? So what if I'm 20 minutes late? It's not the crime of the century!"

But because you want a happy marriage, you decide to do things your spouse can easily experience. You decide to respect your spouse's concern and arrive on time or call, even if you will be a few minutes late. Your spouse is happier, you are happier.

Four Recommendations for a Happier Life


Make four lists to make yourself happier this week.

1. Write down everything that was hard for you to experience last week.

2. Write what you can do to more easily experience these things this week.

3. List out what you did or said last week that others could not easily experience.

4. Write how you can accomplish next week's goals while causing effects that others can easily experience.
 


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