Wealth Creation: Attitude is Everything

Posted on 26. Oct, 2011 by in Creating Wealth, Your Wealthy Life

Successful Attitude

 Good things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle

Abraham Lincoln

Wealth creation is about attitude.  It’s not being tight with money, it’s not researching to find the best deal, it’s not who you know, or how much you make.  It’s about attitude.  For most of my life I’ve counted myself pretty lucky.  I have a beautiful family, great home, good job and sound personal finances, not a bad tick list all up.  I do feel very lucky to have all of these things, but to be honest luck really wasn’t what got me to where I am.

From the outside looking in, it is easy to see others that are more fortunate, or better off in some way and assume that they were lucky.  It is really easy to do on the internet, there are stacks of examples of people who have made it big for reasons that you simply cannot understand.  How come they can do it and you can’t?  If you look a little closer, perhaps ask some questions or do some research, then things often become a lot more clear.  

Attitude is About Your Expectations

Successful people have expectations.  They expect to win, they expect to make an impact, they expect to succeed.  The problem that some people face is that they have the right expectation, but not the right attitude.  If you expect to successfully start a new business, but your attitude is that the customers will find you, then there is a good chance you will fail.  If your expectation is that you can start a business that provides a superior service and your attitude is that you will deliver this to your customers every time, then you have a far better chance of success.  This applies to your personal finances and working life as well, if you expect to be successful and your attitude is that this is the only option, then you have no other choice.

We tend to live up to our expectations.

Earl Nightingale

I have my own expectations about my ability and my life and you will have your own as well.  Over time I have found that it is my expectations that get me through a tough time, or help me finish a difficult task.  These expectations are guided by my beliefs, if I believe I can do something then that is all there is to it and I won’t settle for less.  It has taken me a while to really work this out, but there is very little you can’t do if you already believe that you can.

The concept of believing in yourself, or expecting to succeed is well documented.  Wildly successful books like Think and Grow Rich, or The Secret have been made so popular because they help make the link between belief (or positive thought) and success.  I never really paid much attention to this until it kept happening to me, but my beliefs and expectations have made me do a lot of things that have helped me succeed like:

Expectations drive you to your final result.  While I have always been very grateful for the success and fortune my family and I have experienced, I was rarely surprised because of my expectations and beliefs.  If you expect to fail, you will, so don’t.   

Attitude is About Commitment

I was listening to a podcast byJames Clear over at Passive Panda the other day (his blog is awesome, go check it out), he was interviewing Laura Roeder and they were discussing ways to harness social proof.  You don’t need to be a blogger for this stuff to be helpful, the topic is valuable for anyone trying to grow their business or find an audience. While there were a lot of really great tips shared, the bit that impressed me the most was Laura’s attitude.  Laura made a decision to put her all into her new business from the beginning and to do this she decided that she needed to fire all of her current customers.  Pretty big move turning your back on a ready income stream, but she knew that that was what it would take for her to put everything she could into her new project and make it succeed.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Winston Churchill

Laura seems like a very smart girl and I’m sure she could have kept some of her best clients and still made her project work eventually, but that didn’t fit with her attitude.  Firing all of you clients isn’t exactly a little thing to do from an income perspective, but it is likely that others in her position would not have done the same thing.  It is that little difference in attitude and approach that makes the biggest difference.

You can easily apply the same level of commitment to the things you want to do, by removing the temptation of easy alternatives you can focus on your ultimate goal with a lot more clarity.    

Attitude is About What You Value

Do you know what you value?  Your values will determine what you place your greatest emphasis on.  I like lots of different things, but the things I value the most are the ones that I approach with a specific attitude:

  • I value my family and friends, so I look for ways to spend more time with them
  • I value my lifestyle, so I take a keen interest in my personal finances and investigate ways to leverage what I have
  • I value my work, I like being busy, constructive and realizing meaningful outcomes, so I find ways to do these things as much as I can

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.


Your expectations are closely linked to your values and the way you think about them; this is your attitude.  Identify what it is you value, what you really want to do, be or have, then set your expectations and commit to them.

Approach wealth creation with attitude and just see what happens, I dare you.

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3 Responses to “Wealth Creation: Attitude is Everything”

  1. Laura Roeder

    27. Oct, 2011

    Glad you enjoyed the interview, though as we figured out on twitter a correction is in order! Pat’s a friend but he has never interviewed me. 🙂

    • Money Cactus

      27. Oct, 2011

      Sorry Laura, I really have to stop writing these posts so late at night! All fixed now, full credit to James at Passive Panda for a great interview.

      Thanks for stopping by

  2. YFS

    17. Nov, 2011

    Great quotes! I have motivational articles written based on these quotes so I am definitely familiar. As for your dare. I accept. Hopefully my attitude and my actions have me retiring before my goal date.