You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor Summary and Review
About The Book:
You Were Born Rich gives you the COMPLETE, PROVEN SYSTEM for using the potential you have locked inside of you to achieve financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual prosperity. Recognized worldwide as one of the most comprehensive personal development book available, Bob Proctor’s You Were Born Rich will open your eyes to the deep reservoirs of talent and ability that lie deep within you.
You Were Born Rich contains a complete plan for developing the untapped potential in every aspect of your life, including:
- Begin to relate to Money as you SHOULD, not how society generally thinks or tells you how you should.
- Take careful inventory of your thoughts and current financial condition because the two ARE absolutely related!
- Understand why every millionaire is a Master Image Maker who understands the absolute necessity of building the right images in one’s Mind.
- Learn how to truly let go and turn your imagery over to a Power within and around you that immediately sets to work on materializing the images you hold in your Mind.
- Introduce one of the most powerful words, “expectation”, into your daily life.
- Finally understand why some people keep attracting what they do not want, while others attract exactly what they do want, and the steps to take to be a member of the latter group.
- Come to understand the true meaning of “risk-taking.”
- Sharpen your effectiveness by implementing the principles behind “The Razor’s Edge.”
- Why do some people keep getting the same results year after year? You’ll learn why and how to avoid it here.
- Finally, learn how to easily open the doors to all the wealth and abundance you seek.
Zig Ziglar may be the master motivator, Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup For the Soul, the master storyteller; Anthony Robbins may be the guru of personal development, but Bob Proctor is the master thinker. When it comes to systematizing life, no one else can touch him. He is simply the best.
Bob Proctor collects thoughts like Imelda Marcos used to collect shoes. He strings them together in exquisite arrays; one thought leading logically to the next until a whole method has been constructed. In this volume, You Were Born Rich, Bob Proctor has done it again, this time taking you step by step to the surprising discovery that success is not always reaching out for something that you donât have but rather only reaching over and rearranging the pieces already there.
I read with fascination as Bob carefully built his case and then found myself instantly applying his conclusions to ongoing projects and relationships. Therein lies the great value of this book. You can instantly apply the conclusions to your own life. It will begin to impact you long before you reach the last chapter.
About The Author:
Bob Proctor, in 1961, started studying “Think and Grow Rich” and it transformed his life in addition to studying the book. Bob listened to Earl Nightingale’s condensed recording of the book thousands of time.
He is a towering figure wherever the mention of self-help comes into discussion. In 1973, he founded his company and has been celebrated ever since. Being an entrepreneur, a teacher, a writer, a business consultant, and counselor, the man is famous for his motivational speeches on how to be a better version of you.
He has been on his mission to advise people to strategize their ideas in such a way that they would be able to create extravagantly glamorous and fulfilling lives for themselves for more than 40 years now. Reading classic books by people like Earl Nightingale, Wallace D. Wattles and Napoleon Hill has inspired him to have developed firm ideas and concepts about how one should live life in order to be fully prosperous in whatever it is that he wishes to accomplishes, and more importantly, as Proctor himself places, to live a luxurious life.
Then, Bob worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Earl Nightingale at Nightingale-Conant from 1968 to 1973, before leaving to start his own personal development company. Today, Bob has studied thousands of books, continues to read “Think and Grow Rich” every day, and is considered the world’s foremost expert on the human mind.
Bob instilled his concept of how elitism lies within us all and is waiting to be found in his bestselling book You Were Born Rich and has gained much following worldwide with his other works including Mission in Commission, The Goal Achiever, The Winner’s Image, The Recruiting Puzzle, The Success Puzzle, The Success Series and Being the Very Best.
He also worked with Michael Beckwith and Jack Canfield, authors of The Secret and Chicken Soup for the Soul respectively in order to create a course based on the Science of Getting Rich program. In his eminent interview with Larry King, Bob Proctor explained the ideas of self-development in his perspective, bringing into light his explanation on how one should be on the quest to recognize his best self and to polish that version and take it with him on the road to success.
He also talked about how creativity and imagination plays a significant impact in becoming happy and achieving incredible results in all facets of life.
Did You Know: (Book Articles)
-The Promised Land
No more shall I look to the far skies for my Father’s loving aid; Since here upon earth His treasure lies, and here is His kingdom laid. No more through the mist of things unknown I’ll search for the Promised Land; For time is the footstool of His throne, and I am within His hand. The wealth that is more than finest gold is here, if I shall but ask; And wisdom unguessed and power untole are here for every task. The gates of heaven are before my eyes; Their key is within my hand; No more shall I look to the far skies; For here is the Promised Land.
LET GO AND LET GOD Something wonderful is happening.
How many times have you been faced with what appeared to be an insurmountable problem and you silently wished you could “turn it over” to somebody else for a solution. Or have you ever sat daydreaming—building magnificent images on the screen of your mind—wishing you had a certain sum of money, wanting to take a trip to some exotic place, or possibly hoping to be able to purchase the automobile you have always wanted?
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if there was some “magic formula” that would give us the things we want and permit us to live the way we choose? Well, there is, and it has been around since time began. Therefore, you can have the things you want—all of them—and you will have them if you will only make the ideas in this book a part of your way of thinking; a part of your way of life. Make up your mind to read this chapter over and over—100 times if necessary—until you feel deep inside that you really comprehend the idea being expressed. For if you fail to grasp the idea presented to you in this chapter, the rest of the book will be of little value to you.
However, once you do understand this chapter, it will be as if a tremendous light has gone on in your mind—truly illuminating your life— and you will realize you will never again be the same person you once were. No person, thing, or circumstance will intimidate you ever again. Your days of idle-wishing will be brought to a halt. Happiness, health, and prosperity will follow you all the days of your life and you will spend the rest of your years wanting to share your new understanding with everyone and anyone who is willing to take the time to listen and learn.
Be aware, however, that many of the people whom you try to share your new awareness with are simply not ready for it. In fact, nine out of ten people will laugh and tell others you are odd, when you have shared your formula—Let Go And Let God—with them. You must realize this is because the vast majority of people whom you encounter every day, treat God like some cosmic bellboy, who is supposed to run and fetch and then deliver.
These individuals erroneously believe that merely because a person verbalizes certain thoughts in their mind—“God please get me this,” or “God give me that,”— they will receive what they have asked for. But unfortunately, these people do not understand the true nature of prayer and what is even more tragic—they don’t even know, that they don’t know! Potential Is Everywhere Always Understand this—everything you see in this universe, yourself included, is nothing but the expression of infinite power. This power is forever flowing into and through you. Scientists will tell you that everything is energy. I choose to say that everything is Spirit.
For centuries there has been a select group of people who are the real thinkers. These individuals have always known there is a power which permeates, penetrates and fills the interspaces of the cosmos, and that everything you see around you is an expression of that power. The power operates in a very precise manner, which is generally called the law.
In other words, everything comes from one source, and that source power always flows and works to and through the individual—that is you. Stated slightly differently, the image that you have formed can only come to you on the physical plane of life (your results) in one way, and that way is By Law and through Faith. The Mormon religion has a scripture in its Doctrine and Covenants which demonstrates this point extremely well, and although I am not a Mormon myself, I have grown to love these lines:
“There is a law; irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”
D & C 130:20-21
The more you study this scripture, the more you will appreciate just how perfect it is. The more you understand its truth, the easier it will be for you to improve the quality of your life.
Clarence Smithison’s Story
A number of years ago, when I was working in Chicago, Illinois, I became close friends with a man by the name of Clarence Smithison. Since Clarence is not a celebrity, by any means, I am sure you have never heard his name before. In fact, he is such a modest, self-effacing person, that if he were to walk into a room crowded with people, you would probably not even notice him.
Nevertheless, there is a certain indefinable spark in Clarence Smithison which makes him one of the most remarkable individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know. In an attempt to identify this elusive quality, I have come up with the following hypothesis: Clarence Smithison incorporates, within his very being, the principle upon which this entire chapter is based— namely, if a person will let go and let God (i.e. have faith that whatever must happen for him to achieve his goal, will indeed occur), all things become possible.
One day I confronted Clarence and asked him to share with me his view of faith and more specifically, his explanation of why he personally seemed to possess such a cornucopia of this important attribute. True to his nature, he explained to me he had not developed a complicated philosophy with respect to the subject.
He said everything he believed about Faith could be summarized in a simple definition, and it was this definition which gave him the strength he needed to endure the trials and tribulations in his own life. “Faith,” he said, “is the ability to see the invisible and believe in the incredible and that is what enables believers to receive what the masses think is impossible.” I have fallen in love with this particular definition and have shared it with countless numbers of people since Clarence first shared it with me.
Using a slightly different vocabulary, I would make the observation: “If you can show me a person who achieves great things, I can show you a person who has great faith in his God-given ability to achieve what he images.” In fact, there is absolutely no question in my mind that faith has always been the miracle worker throughout history. It is the connecting link between God and You, and therefore, it is your most valuable nonphysical possession. In truth, it is the cornerstone to everything you will ever build or achieve during the course of your entire lifetime.
Comparatively few people today realize just how much faith in oneself (that part of oneself which is spiritual, perfect) has to do with achievement, because the great majority of people never seem to conceive of faith as being a genuine creative force. Yet the truth is that not only is Faith a bona fide power, but it is the greatest one we will ever encounter. In fact, I would go so far as to say that whatever you accomplish in your lifetime, will be in direct proportion to the:
1) intensity and
2) persistence of your faith.
-David And Goliath
Consider, for example, the biblical story of David and Goliath, which surely must rank as one of the greatest testaments ever written on the subject of faith. As you will recall, Goliath, the giant of Gath, came into the Israelite camp boasting pompously and taunting the Israelites to select a man to do battle with him.
The Israelites, naturally, were terrified and, not surprisingly, none of them leaped forward to accept the challenge. Sometime later, however, when Goliath returned to reiterate his challenge, David, an Israelite youth, overheard the giant’s obnoxious boasting and he stepped forward to pick up the gauntlet. Finally, after much pleading before his elders for the dubious honor of facing Goliath in battle, the youth was accorded the great “privilege” of going forth to do battle.
The elders insisted, however, that David clothe himself in heavy protective armor. They also gave him a sword with which to smite his powerful adversary. But David said, “I am not used to these things, I cannot fight with these handicaps. These are not my weapons. I have other weapons with which to fight the giant.” So he stripped himself of all his armor and went into battle with no weapon other than a simple slingshot and a few pebbles which he had gathered from the nearby brook.
When the giant leader of the Philistines, protected as he was with armor from head to toe, armed with mighty weapons and preceded by his shield-bearer, saw the unarmed, unprotected Israelite youth approaching, he was infuriated. He said to David, “Come to me and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Young David, however, never one to be intimidated, answered the giant saying, “Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied.
This day will the Lord deliver thee into my hands.” While the giant Goliath placed his faith in physical objects like armor, swords, and shields, David placed his solely in an unseen God. The result—the young Israelite shepherd defeated his far mightier foe! With nothing, save a single stone from his sling, David struck Goliath, and the giant fell lifeless to the ground. By accepting the principle “Let Go And Let God”, and believing that whatever must happen for you to reach your goal, will happen—like David— you too will successfully conquer the “giant” in your life (i.e. you will witness the physical manifestation of your image, and in the proper time).
You see, the trouble with those of us who fail to achieve what we desire, is not that we lack the ability to do so, but that we lack the faith implicit in the “Let Go And Let God” principle, which dictates whatever is necessary for us to reach our goal will indeed occur. We do not believe we can simply tap into the great spiritual reservoir that lies within us, to make connection with divinity, all-supply, or whatever else you wish to call that power which sustains each one of us.
However, if you fail to make this connection in your own mind, or if you lack the divine selfconfidence born of faith in omnipotence, you will never be what you long to be, or have what you rightly deserve to have. All of your prayers will return to you unanswered; your best efforts will bear no fruit and your negative attitudes will thwart the realization of your goal. A mind “saturated” with fear of failure or images of unwanted results, can no more accomplish, create, or produce anything of value, than a stone can violate the law of gravity by flying upwards in the air.
You must realize the creator does not alter the law of gravity to accommodate a person who walks off the roof of a house. (Even though the person may do it unconsciously or in a drugged state.) Similarly, the creative principle of the law of achievement cannot be violated with impunity. Therefore, you will achieve what you desire, be what you long to be, only when you become obedient to that inexorable law of life. To recapitulate—the first step in the creative process is to relax and see yourself already in possession of the good that you desire. (Build the image.)
The second step is to—Let Go And Let God. In working with Spirit, it helps to focus on the truth that Spirit is in all places at all times. Since this is so, it follows that you possess the godlike ability to tap into positive thoughts anytime you wish and anywhere you choose. Moreover, once you become aware of your kinship with the creative power, that you are in truth a child of spirit, you cannot possibly be anything other than positive, forceful, radiant and self-reliant in your dealings with the world (a conqueror of those forces which would attempt to drag you down or hold you back).
Once this happens, all the forces in the universe will come together to help you reach your goal or the manifestation of your Image. Finally, gaining the understanding that you are made in the image of the creator of the universe— and are a living part of eternal spirit—will ultimately transform the results that you are achieving in your life, every day.
Another thing you should know about Spirit is that it is a power which is forever flowing into and through you (we also call this power “thought”). But as Spirit or thought flows into you, you choose the image you will then form with it. Experiment for yourself—sit back, relax and then become fully aware of this great creative capacity. You can actually form one image or picture, after another, on the screen of your mind (images of things which already exist physically, like your car, your home, your place of business, or images of things that do not yet exist— such as your short-term and long-term goals).
But the point I want to impress upon you now is that although Spirit is the very essence of your being, it will never move into the form or into an image, without your assistance. So those people who sit back and do nothing, saying, “God will look after me,” are just fooling themselves. For since it is true that God helps only those who first help themselves, it follows that you must always do your part to start the creative process in motion.
You must always build the image and know in your heart the image will materialize. You must come to look upon God as being a great unseen provider who inhabits every fiber of your being and you must also understand that the instant you form the image in your mind, God will go to work in God’s Perfect Way and move you into an entirely new vibration (i.e. you will begin to feel differently). So always remember, the new feeling coming over you is really God at work and although you may sometimes express your elation by saying you feel enthusiastic, remember that the word Enthusiasm is just a derivation from the early Greek— “en theos”—meaning in God.
-THE RAZOR’S EDGE
You are only one inch … one step …
one idea … away from turning onto the
boulevard of beauty in your own life.
It has often been said the line which separates winning from losing is as fine as a razor’s edge— and it is. (I am talking about winning in a big way and in all areas of your life.) W. Somerset Maugham wrote an entire book entitled The Razor’s Edge, and Daryl F. Zanuck spent four million dollars producing a movie which had the same title.
Both of these great men—author and movie maker alike—knew there wasn’t a big difference among people; there was only a big difference in the things they accomplished. (That was the theme of the movie as well as the book.) One person “just about” starts a project, the other person starts it. One individual “almost” completes a task, the other does complete it.
One person sees an opportunity, the other acts on it. One student “nearly” passes the exam, the other does pass it—and although the difference in their marks may be only one percentage point out of a hundred, it’s that one point that makes all the difference. The annals of sport’s history are rich with dramatic illustrations of the Razor’s Edge concept.
For example, at the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal, Canada, there were eight finalists competing in the one-hundred-meter dash, but the runner who won the Olympic gold medal was only one-tenth of a second faster than the runner who finished in the last place. In 1947, ARMED —the first racehorse in the history of United States’ racing to win over one million dollars in prize money over the duration of his career—had earnings of $761,500.
But the horse which finished second in earnings that same year—a horse which often lost races a mile long by only “a nose”—won only $75,000. Now, if one were to look at their winnings alone, it would appear that ARMED was thirteen times better than his closest competitor. However, when you compare “the times” that were actually registered by those two horses in their races, you discover he really wasn’t even four percent superior! Now, you may have grown up with the idea that some people have it and some people don’t.
Or, because some people are much better than others, they enjoy much more of the abundance of life. But I want you to understand, right here and now, this idea is absolutely false! For you are every bit as good, or as powerful, as anyone you see, know, or even hear about. Remember, since the difference between them and you is only in the area of accomplishments, and since there is something you can do that will vastly improve the results you are achieving presently, you have the potential to become even more successful than they are. You may already know how to do what others are doing (if you don’t, you can learn), and since your potential power is unlimited, you can do even greater things than they are now doing.
The “something” that you must do to become more successful may not be what you think it is. But whatever it may be, rest assured, you are quite capable of doing it. Always bear in mind, however, that because each person’s world is just a little bit different, the something which you must do is not necessarily the same thing the person you live with or work with, must do. Nevertheless, there is no question that you will eventually find out what it is that you must do. So make up your mind— immediately—when you do figure out what that Razor’s Edge is for you, you will do it.
“That slight misdeed of yesterday,
why should it mar today?
The thing he said, the thing you did,
have long since passed away;
For yesterday was but a trial; today you will succeed,
And from mistakes of yesterday will come some noble deed.
Forgive yourself for thoughtlessness,
do not condemn the past;
For it is gone with its mistakes; their mem’ry cannot last;
Forget the failures and misdeed, from such experience rise,
Why should you let your head be bowed? Lift up your heart and eyes!”
DON’T THINK IN REVERSE
“Let us not look back in anger
nor forward in fear
but around us in awareness.”
Leland Val Van De Wall
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