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Larry Coleman's BNM Article

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Published by: L.E. Coleman on Mar 23, 2010
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“THINK AND GROW RICH.” Howcan we talk about success withoutmentioning Napoleon Hill’s best-selling classic? This book has prob-ably jump-started the engines of more people on the success path thanwhat AAA Motor Club has done forthe stranded motorist. Multi-million-aire and motivational speaker, BobProcter, said Napoleon Hill’s book,along with some personal mentor-ship he received along the way, wasinstrumental in changing his life—he went from bills he couldn’t pay tohaving money overwhelm him likea tidal wave. But let’s get one thingstraight here—
success has nothing to do with money 
. Most of us knowthis…or do we?Almost everyone has their own
All of us have heard phrases like:Success is a journey not a destina-tion; success is a state of mind, anattitude, success is….
-ition: Success is
Self Awareness.
Thistheme runs throughout all successliterature. The development of theself is all inclusive. That is to say, the
Going from bills you can’t pay to having money overwhelm you likea tidal wave.
truly successful person is one whohas looked beyond the illusions of what he or she thinks material wealthcan do for them, and has crossedover to contact something more de-
The Self 
. True suc-cess can be measured by a person’sability to recognize the he or she is aspecial part of the divine whole andhas inherited divine capacities tocontribute to the welfare and bene-
go into business do so because theyinnately feel they have something to
with working for others—althoughworking for others was a part of theirtraining.This is not metaphysical mumbo- jumbo. The chances that most start-up businesses will still be around
Why? Could this be due to the factthat some entrepreneurs have a de-sire to do more than they are doingwith their lives and to be more thanwhat they currently are? Do otherssimply look at success as makinga lot of money? Does the businessowner who is self aware know that heor she is supposed to be doing morethan punching a clock everyday andcoming home to a mundane settingwhich affords little or no room forcreativity and self-exploration?Let’s face it, not all of us are sing-ers or musicians, doctors or nurses,athletes, inventors, landscapers,construction workers or businessowners. Yet, in the panoramic viewof 
, we are forever inter-dependently linked to each otherto such an extent that we cannotsucceed without offering our aid tosomeone else. Thus, everyone, con-sumer and business owner alike,is woven into this circular motion,much like the yin and yang symbolof ancient Chinese philosophy.Seen from this perspective—theperspective of “collective businessconsciousness,” we come face toface with the movement of businessas a universal culture. The businessowner is the customer, and the cus-tomer is the business owner. Thecustomer therefore owns the busi-ness; the business owner thinks heowns it too. If you don’t believe me,try making a shoddy product or failto supply your customer with what
who really owns the shop. Is it pos-sible then that when people embarkon their start-ups, their vision is ob-scured by the need to make moneyand not by the desire to bring some-thing to the marketplace, something
the whole
? Isit possible that most start-up busi-nesses fail, or long established busi-ness go out of business because theyeither had a narrow-minded view of how the universe operates—or arethey just not aware of the evolutionof the universe?Let’s get totally honest about this.We may tell ourselves that we have agood product or service that peopleneed, but this usually comes second
thing that might come to mind whenwe’re considering starting a businessis: “Boy, I think I could really make alot of money with this.” This is a nat-ural response of many entrepreneurs.But it is not a spiritual response. Thedesire to
do more
become more
(which has to do with becoming self-aware and aware of 
the collectivewhole
) has been overshadowed bythat part of the ego, the I, that says,“I need more.” However, as mostof us have already found out, whenwe’re in “need” mode we are proneto make mistakes.For example, due to our thirstto satisfy the “I,” we make mistakesin calculating how much moneyit’s going to take to get our projectoff the ground, how many peoplewe’re going to need to help us, anda whole host of unforeseen problemsthat crop up. Aren’t these the sort of things that kill our business within
-seen problems? Of course, they are.Somewhere along the line, we forgetto factor in something critical—
and it costs us
intent to bring something unique tothe marketplace, but we forget that
has to be aligned with whowe are at our core and our purposefor each other. Many of us mightsimply be unaware that we need tohave a correct vision of who we areand what our mission is for ourselvesand others. This lack of clarity about“living life on purpose” is the pri-mary cause of failure for any would-be business owner. But this brings us
-cess is Failure.There’s an old saying that goes:“You can’t keep a good man down.”I might add, you can’t keep a goodwoman down, either.
Failure is simply success turned inside out, andsuccess is simply failure reversed. You can’thave one without the other.

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