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Your Portable Empire: How to Make Money Anywhere While Doing What You Love by Pat O'Bryan

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Chapter 39. All the Success You Can Stand

T. Harv Eker has it right. You have to change your inner "wealth thermostat" before you can accept, and keep, wealth at a greater level than you're used to.

Two and a half years ago, when I first discovered Internet marketing, I lived in a trailer house and drove a Ford truck with over 200,000 miles on it. And to be honest, I was living beyond my means. That's where my wealth thermostat was stuck.

A little less than a year ago, I bought a new car: a Scion XB. It was imminently practical, inexpensive, and, well, "cute." I called it the Mighty XB, and put 20,000+ miles on it. Then some jerks stole it, along with a bunch of other cars, while I was in Atlanta.

However, when I bought it, I could have afforded a lot more car. I could have been more comfortable. I could have been safer. My wealth thermostat just wasn't set high enough to allow me to have that car.

Eventually, I think I'm headed for a Maybach. I don't have any doubt that I'll have one. I remember standing on the MaximilianStrasse in Munich with a group of German friends as one drove by. My German friends are used to excellent automobiles (my drummer is a BMW dealer, and has several), but they froze. Just completely stopped moving and watched in awe as the Maybach rolled down the street.

Right now, I'd feel uncomfortable driving that car. I'm just not there yet. Wealth is all in your mind, and my mind hasn't grown enough to allow me to have that car.

My wealth thermostat is rising, though. ...

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