|Success leave clues with Oprah | Making Sense of the Science of Getting Rich|
In the first chapter of the book, The Right to Be Rich, Wattles talks about the natural tendency for all normal human beings to want to be all that they can be and how being rich plays a pivotal role in the pursuit of a successful and complete life. One particular paragraph caught my attention, he said :
Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be. Success in life is becoming what you want to be; you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them.Part of my investigation of the book involves looking for clues in the lives of successful people to see where the principles presented in the book seems to have been applied. As I was listening to an old taping of The Oprah Show that aired on November 14, 2005, I heard Oprah said this :
“There’s always patterns in my life. Whenever I feel like I’ve grown enough in one place I move on. So I felt that I’ve grown enough in National and couldn’t grow anymore so I moved on to Baltimore. I became a co-host of a local morning show called People are Talking with Richard Chair and then one day I heard that there was a morning show in Chicago that needed a new host, so I stayed up all night long with an editor, sent my audition tape in. Because I was one of those people who wasn’t prepared, I didn’t have... I wasn’t keeping all my stories, so I had to work all night. I was obsessed with getting this job. [...] I got hired.” - Oprah.
And it doesn't stop there. Now she has her own television channel, OWN, where she continues to provided value to her audience.
Every person naturally wants to become all that they are capable of becoming; this desire to realize innate possibilities is inherent in human nature; we cannot help wanting to be all that we can be.
I think Oprah is a great example of someone showcasing what Wattles talks about in the quote above. It seems like she naturally constantly wants to become more and to do more. Perhaps one of the main difference between her and someone else who's not as successful is the fact the she doesn't hold on to things that no longer serve her. Once she felt that she had grown as much as possible in one place, she moved on to the next opportunity: She took the next step up. She didn't content herself with her co-host job, she went on to have her own talk show and once that was done after a successful 25 years, she created her own television channel where she can continue to grow and bring her fans along with her.
Success in life is becoming what you want to be; you can become what you want to be only by making use of things, and you can have the free use of things only as you become rich enough to buy them.
Without a large amount of money, Oprah would not have been able to create her own channel with her own unique shows and she most likely would not have been able to grow as much as she has thus far. As a consequence, she would not have been able to inspire and help countless number of people around the world, through her presence on TV, her endorsements, her gifts, her insights and her philanthropy. I believe this is why Wattles says that it is sinful to be content with less and not strive for more because by doing so you're not only doing yourself a disservice but you're also doing others an even greater disservice. Imagine if you have the capacity to be as influential as Oprah in your own unique field. What a shame it would be to not let others benefit from your equivalent contribution to the world.
I have a feeling I'll find a lot of what Wattles proposed to do in the life story of many successful people. As I move through the book I'll make sure to include more posts on case studies showing how the principles of the book have help others achieve success.
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