Archive for December, 2010

One of My Most Admired People in History

I read Thomas Jefferson’s biography when I was only 9 years old. And I’ve been inspired by his life ever since.

I’ve visited his beloved Monticello in Virginia twice. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it.

He was remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

  • At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
  • At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
  • At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
  • At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
  • At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
  • At 23, started his own law practice.
  • At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
  • At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America”.
  • At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
  • At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  • At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
  • At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
  • At 40, served in Congress for two years.
  • At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties.
  • At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
  • At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
  • At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
  • At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
  • At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.
  • At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
  • At 65, retired to Monticello.
  • At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
  • At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
  • At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff.

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

Here are some of Jefferson’s more notable quotes:

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property—until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Just some of the reasons Jefferson has had my admiration for so many years.

How Big is Your Prosperity Pipeline?

There is absolutely no shortage of money in the world. There’s plenty. And there’s no scarcity of good that can come to you.

What limits our prosperity is our “Prosperity Pipeline”.

You see, most people are too focused on working hard trying to make money or create what they want.

And there’s nothing wrong with work. Taking action is good.

But working hard without having the CAPACITY to accept the flow of good won’t get you very far.

Think of your prosperity consciousness as the pipe that delivers your good. For most people it’s a 1/2” pipe—maybe smaller. Even with lots of pressure, there’s only so much volume that can come through that 1/2” pipe.

But some people, either by choice or by chance, have a higher prosperity consciousness. Their flow of abundance is through a larger pipe. And for a few, it’s like a huge oil pipeline. And the flow is substantial, fast and infinite.

You can work harder, faster, longer and even smarter. But if your prosperity pipeline is only so big, that’s all you’re going to get.

Big pipe—big riches. Small pipe—little bitty pieces.

Building your prosperity consciousness—your positive and abundant thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and expectations—is what’s needed to open the floodgates of infinite wealth.

Improving your Prosperity Consciousness will result in a corresponding increase in your Prosperity Capacity.

That’s why we chose your Money Mindset as the first topic in our Wealthy Wednesdays Webinar series. If you’re interested in raising your Money Consciousness, you should join us.

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