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Your Secret Ingredient to Wealth

Your Secret Ingredient to Wealth

Theresa-Maria Napa | Monster Small Business

June 22, 2009

Imagination is a major key to success. It is the treasure of your mind that can transport you from struggle to freedom. Your imagination holds one of the keys to give you a jolt to riches beyond your limited thinking. Somewhere along the route of growing up, many of us were influenced to turn our thoughts to academics — squelching imagination and following a more linear route to achievement. Imagination isn’t limited to artists or performing artists. Einstein, who worked his first job as a patent clerk, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Sir Richard Branson, a flamboyant British entrepreneur, internationally known for his recognized brand “Virgin,” left school at 16. He was frustrated with the rigidity of school and regulations. He was also embarrassed by his dyslexia and didn’t do well on standard IQ tests. A year after leaving school, he succeeded in his first business venture, Student magazine.

Richard Branson is a fireball when it comes to using his imagination to create successful ventures. He has mentioned, “My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” According to Forbes 2008 list of billionaires, Branson is the 236th richest person with an estimated net worth of approximately $4.4 billion.

If a clerk can use his imagination to revolutionize thinking about space and time — giving us the famous equation E = mc2 — and a high school dropout can build a business empire with aspirations and plans to become a space-traveling airline, what do you think your imagination can muster up?

Don’t worry about the “how,” and don’t make excuses, because you do indeed have imagination. And if you are not having the success you want, your imagination is probably at work with fear, doubt, anxiety and limited beliefs. Remember that fear is:
false evidence appearing real.

There isn’t anyone who doesn’t face challenges, but what does it serve to use your imagination against you by worrying about those challenges? Using your imagination for good changes the world no matter how small the deed. It has a ripple effect.

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