Your fortune is in yourself


***All words below are by Horace Greeley***

I came across one of those scraps of paper that writers keep as the words didn’t seem ‘disposable’ at the time.

Now I have a blog, I can share the words with you and throw the little scrap of paper away. This post is about wealth creation and making a fortune. But it’s not what you think..

If you are feeling broke, or waiting for a lottery win, or waiting for someone to tap you on the shoulder and offer you a million pound job…THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU! Are you ready? Now we will begin!

“Your fortune is in yourself! Most people do not know this. Instead, they idle away their lives waiting for luck, fate, opportunity, a helping hand from the government or other to do their boosting for them. They do not know that their ‘luck’, fate opportunity or help is right within them all the time.

Every cat knows she needs to work for her money!

“Your best opening is in yourself”, said Orison Swett Marden. “As long as you think it is somewhere else, or in somebody else, you will be a failure. As long as you lean on others, as long as you think there is something coming to you from some dead uncle or some rich man’s will, as long as you think your success is in the money your father will probably leave you, you will be a failure. Your opportunity is in yourself, wrapped up in your own personality, as surely as the possible oak is wrapped up in the acorn. Your success must be an evolution, an unfoldment;  it is an expression of yourself. What others do for you in of little account, compared to what you do for yourself. You are you own fortune-builder.

If any man fancies that there is some easier way of gaining a dollar than by squarely earning it, he has lost his clue to his way through this mortal labyrinth and must henceforth wander as chance may dictate.”

So, what do you think? Do you agree? Is this era of fast-money, celebrity culture and selling your personal, lurid life stories for a couple of grand, does this article still stand true?

Greeley took a strong moral tone in his newspaper and campaigned against alcohol, tobacco, gambling, prostitution and capital punishment. However, his main concern was the abolition of slavery. You will find plenty about him online.

Read on!

© Suzy Rigg

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