Original question from Quora:

How do I acquire the millionaire mindset?

I heard a lot about getting the right mindset to become a millionnaire, the law of attraction etc… But one thing is always missing in this forest of theories: practical advice. Real-life advice/example.

My Answer:

There is a millionaire mindset and everyone here is wrong about it.

Read answers to questions like these and you will see tactics, strategies, and so on that all might be things related to millionaires, but has nothing to do with the mindset.

Let me tell you a story to illustrate what a millionaire mindset might look like and why it’s not what you think it is.

A friend of mine is what you might call ambitious. You could also call him prideful, arrogant, self-serving, and other things that sound bad. In reality, I’m not sure he is anything more than ambitious.

However, he’s the most successful salesman I know.

When you talk to him you will notice two things. One, he works hard pretty much all the time.

Imagine Gary Vaynerchuck’s level of hustle and brash attitude and you’ll get an idea of what my friend is like.

Two, he talks about money. You might think he’s bragging, but it’s really not bragging at all. It’s something else.

In every conversation I have with him, we end up talking about life and business and we both talk about our big plans.

But a weird thing happens. When my friend talks about making sales and growing his company, stuff starts happening.

Part of it is that he backs up his talk with effort and strategy. But, there’s a bigger idea at play.

My friend is constantly visualizing his future and making it real every day. I’ve realized that he IS going to be a millionaire (or close to it) because that’s the future he’s painting every day.

Speaking of painting, have you ever watched those Bob Ross painting shows on PBS? They are delightful, like a 30 minute soothing meditation.

Anyhow, when Bob Ross paints, he starts out with an empty canvas and says he’s going to paint some kind of nature scene. If you watch closely over an entire episode he is talking about how he’s painting, he is putting the paint on the canvas, and his vision is taking shape.

Bob Ross takes a vision of a scene, talks about it, and makes it real right in front of you. It’s like magic.

The millionaire mindset, is much closer to that than you might think.

You have to have a vision to be a millionaire, then you have to reinforce that vision with your words and actions, and eventually it starts to take shape.

The final picture might not look exactly like what you described in your vision, but often it’s startlingly close if perhaps exactly correct.

It has nothing to do with being a millionaire, it is the same process that creates artists, doctors, teachers, presidents, and olympians. Somewhere along the line people get a vision in their head, it gets reinforced over time, and they make it real.

There is nothing special about being a millionaire. It’s no harder to be a millionaire than it is to win a shiny gold medal at the Olympics or to get a standing ovation in front of a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden.

If you want to be a millionaire you must see it, believe it, and do it.

-Brian

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