If poorness were an illness, take a guess as to its cause.
Of course, lack of money.
But is that a cause or a symptom of the underlying problem? Lack of education? Lack of opportunity, positive role models, or determination? Nope. Those are all symptoms.
If you retrace poverty’s footprints you will find that poorness starts at the exact same place: choice.
Poor choices are the leading cause of poorness.
THE HEART OF THE PROBLEM
If you approach wealth like a big pharmaceutical company and attack symptoms while neglecting problems, you will not succeed.
Feeling tired? Take this pill. Want to lose weight? Another pill.
The problems are ignored while the symptoms are addressed in catatonic cycles.
If your car’s fuel tank had a small leak, how would you fix it?
The symptomatic solver would increase his trips to the gas station to ensure a steady inflow of fuel. The problematic solver plugs up the hole.
One addresses the symptom (the gas tank leaks), while the other addresses the problem (there’s a hole in the gas tank).
While adding fuel addresses the symptom, it doesn’t solve the problem.
When the behavior stops the problem remains.
How does this relate to success and choices?
Simple: If you aren’t where you want to be, the problem is your choices.
Your circumstances are the symptoms of those choices.
For example,everyone loves success quotes.
Here are two:
1. The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success.
2. Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
The problem with these quotes is they’re asymptomatic.
They’re ambiguous to the real issue, and that is choice.
The first quote deals with perseverance. How do you persevere? You react from conscious choice. Not just one choice but hundreds, perhaps thousands. You cannot choose to persevere with one choice.
You cannot wake up one day and say, “Oh, today I will choose to persevere.” It
must happen everyday, not just once!
Perseverance is architected by many choices that fabricate lifestyle. If you quit after two tries, have you persevered? Can you claim perseverance after one failure?
Likewise, the second quote suffers from the same conundrum.
Determination is not a solitary choice but thousands of them. You cannot decide to be determined; it must occur repeatedly, concertedly, and with commitment.
The point of this dissertation is that success isn’t one choice.
And when you line a string of choices together, they create your process, and your process will create your lifestyle.
Lifestyle choices will make you a millionaire.