We’ve been through our process of self-reflection and analysis, a process that came at a very opportune time. Now as we turn the New Year, we have another timely post, this one on finding the opportunities by which we can accumulate wealth. Inspired by the works of Napoleon Hill, it’s a great way to start off the New Year!
Where And How One Can Find Opportunities To Accumulate Riches
Now that we have analyzed the principles by which riches can be accumulated, we naturally ask, “where can a person find favorable opportunities to apply these principles?” Let’s take a short look and see what opportunities exist for people looking to create wealth.
To begin with, let us remember that most all of us who have gained access to this book live in a country where every law-abiding citizen enjoys freedom of thought and freedom to act. Most of us have never taken inventory of the advantages of this freedom. We have never compared our unlimited freedom with the curtailed freedom in other countries.
But most of us have freedom of thought, freedom in the choice and enjoyment of education, freedom in religion, freedom in politics, freedom in the choice of a business, profession or occupation, freedom to accumulate and own without aggravation, all the property we can accumulate, not only in our own home countries but also abroad, freedom to choose our place of residence, freedom in marriage, freedom through equal opportunity to all races, freedom of travel from one state to another, freedom in our choice of foods, and freedom to aim for any station in life we have prepared ourselves for.
We have other forms of freedom, but this list will give a bird’s eye view of the most important, which constitute opportunity of the highest order.
A Life Blessed
Next, let’s recount some of the blessings our widespread freedom has placed in our hands. Take the average American family for example (meaning, the family of average income) and sum up the benefits available to every member of the family, in this land of opportunity and plenty!
Food. Next to freedom of thought and deed comes food, clothing, and shelter, the three basic necessities of life.
Because of our universal freedom the average American family has available, at its very door, the choicest selection of food found anywhere in the world, and at affordable prices. Likewise, every working American (and even some who are not) has the ability to obtain decent housing, and where incomes are insufficient, government programs come to the rescue. Clothing is easily obtained as well, if by no other means than the charity of others, but, being a prosperous country, most modern Americans have closets so overflowing with clothing that they could clothe two or more families of the same size (a conservative estimate at that).
Only the three basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter have been mentioned. The average American citizen, as well as the citizens of all the free nations of the world, and even some that are not, has other privileges and advantages available in return for modest effort, not exceeding (leastwise without compensation) eight hours of work per day. Among these are the rights to life-saving medical care regardless of the ability to pay and the privilege of automobile and public transportation, with which anybody can come and go as they please.
The average American has security of property rights unrivaled in so many of the other countries in the world. Money can be easily saved in the bank with the assurance that the government will protect and insure it, and make good on the amount if the bank fails. If an American citizen wants to travel from one state to another he needs no passport, no one’s permission. He may go and return when he pleases. And when he goes he has the option of traveling by train, private automobile, bus, airplane, or ship—whatever his money can buy him. In a number of the nations of the world, travel is not nearly so simple or so cheap.
In Your Hands
With very few exceptions, those of us with access to this book most certainly have these simple needs and opportunities available to us, right within our own reach. What that means is that the possibility to build wealth and be wealthy is within the grasp of each and every one of us—we simply need the resolve to see it through. There is no better time for building such resolve than now (although there is also no time when we cannot resolve to build a better life, regardless of the date on the calendar). Let this be your known factor and your resolution from this day forward—know that the opportunity is there for you to take, if you are willing to step forward and take it!
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