Wrapping up this weeks reading, today we’ll be covering the final four chapters of the book.
Lesson 9: Grow at Your Own Pace
The main subject of this chapter revolves around the idea that every business undergoes the same stages of growth that much of life goes through – infancy, adolescence, and maturity. And just as a human infant requires constant nourishment, care and attention to survive, an infant business requires the same – all of this, without any expectation on your part.
As the business grows into its adolescence, less time is needed in supporting and strengthening it, for it can independently support itself and its employees. However, like a teenager, it hasn’t reached the stage where it can support its parents (its owners) yet. This requires the next stage, a mature business.
Through constant focusing of your goals and dreams, as well as putting your plans into action, your efforts and patience finally pay off. Your business at the stage of maturity will not only support you but provide abundance to many others as well.
Lesson 10: Give Abundantly and Reap the Rewards
This is a condensed version of Allen’s book, The Ten Percent Solution. Probably inspired by The Richest Man in Babylon, The Ten Percent Solution expounds a well known, albeit not widely practiced, way of becoming wealthy. And that is to save at least 10 percent of your income. If 10 percent is too much of a stretch, begin with 5% or 3% or even 1% of your income and slowly work your way up. I suggest setting this up so that it’s automatic; this is what I do and if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.
The second part of the Ten Percent Solution involves giving away 10 percent of your income. Historically called a “tithe”, giving away 10 percent of all you earn can change not only your life but the world’s for the better. This is something I’ve done literally since I was eight and can testify to the power of this principle.
Allen at this point ads the third step to the 10 Percent Solution, which is to work in partnership with all. Allen specifically looks at the partnership of governments with corporations and non-profits to find a synergistic solution to the world’s problems.
Lesson 11: The Spiritual Side of Life
At this point in the lessons, much of the time was spent on achievement of a more physical nature. While material wealth and the physical are very important aspects of our life, Allen, at this stage in the book, reminds us that there is a very important part of us that should not be forgotten – the spiritual part.
It is only after you learn how to quiet your mind (this is one of my favorite ways), especially the constant chatter and dialog that goes on in our heads, that you’ll come in contact with your spiritual side. Allen uses most of this chapter to briefly describe different mediation techniques that you can use to connect to yourself on much deeper level.
Lesson 12: Do What you Love and Success Will Follow
This, the final lesson of the book, is one of the simplest but most powerful keys from the whole book. And that is to find what you really love to do, go do it and success will follow. Allen claims that no matter what you love to do, you can achieve monetary success doing it if you:
1. Keep doing it.
2. Make it an intention that it will support you abundantly
3. Look for ways to achieve success with it and you will be led to it, step by step.
Is your passion just chit-chatting with others? Well, look at Oprah; she makes millions and millions of dollars “chit-chatting”. You’ve heard the axiom, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Well, if you keep doing what you love and focus your attention on your dream of succeeding with your passion, then the way will open up to you and you will know which path you should take.
The Millionaire Course is the second of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.