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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Prosperity (05/11/06)

TITLE: Too Good To Be True
By Kitt Swanson
05/14/06


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The lottery comes up often in our office. Co-workers spend several dollars on the office lottery pool each week. And at the end of the week after standing or sitting in front of the television awaiting the winning number; the office ticket didn't have half the numbers it took to win. One would think at that point to quit; however, that's not the case. After the shock of failing to win, history repeats itself and the office buys another lottery ticket. If you calculated all the money you put into your lottery budget yearly, it probably would totaled enough to buy a used car. Although not enough for a new car, still that's money that you will not ever see again; money wasted. Perhaps there is something in the scripture, "what a man sow that shall he also reap". If you sow financial planning, your "nest-egg" will grow and so will your dreams. Yet, prosperity does not always come from saved funds or from winning the lottery. It sometimes comes in other forms such as kindness and appreciation. The person you buy coffee for or give a meal too, could be your ticket to financial freedom. Case in point, during hurricane Katrina the famous billionaire, Tyler Perry, brought a family of four a new home in Atlanta and gave them ten thousand dollars in cash. Whichever way prosperity visits you, return the favor. The next person will do the same and before you know it, the prosperity loop occurs. If you want the prosperity loop, try these four tips. These are
just too good to be true and they work.

1. Mentally rehearse where you like to be in the future. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a place of luxury. See yourself arriving for the premieres in a limousine. Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt, the chafer, opens your car door. You have diamonds on each hand. Your gown or suit cost around $5,000. Bill Gates meets you on the red carpet and escorts you into the ball. Now wake up and answer me this. How can you get there from where you sit? There is no mystery here. Many public speakers, actors and athletes mentally rehearse to prepare for a successful performance. If you are to be successful, you have to practice in your imagination first.

2. Be a positive thinker. "What a man think so is he". If you think you are a superstar, then a superstar you will be. Believe in your abilities; you are will reach your goals. Positive thinking removes stress, builds confidence and motives you to climb to higher heights.

3. Work hard. Strive for opportunities to reach your potential. Continue to challenge yourself in every facet of life. Don't settle for mediocre. If you have to take classes, or attend seminars to heighten your knowledge to be skillful and efficient at what you do, then do just that. Further, immerse yourself in finance publications. Seek a financial adviser that can guide you to your prosperity goal.

4. Be kind to strangers. We are to "entertain strangers" according to the bible (Hebrews 13:2). Eccentric millionaire disappears all the time trying to escape the rat- race of business. However, caring individuals stumble across these homeless drifters and give them food, shelter and clothing, not having a clue to their identity. When their family members find them and take them home, they reward the caregiver generously. Take a chance on a stranger; that could be your ticket to financial freedom. In short, prosperity is within your grasp. You do not need to buy a lottery ticket to be prosperous. Prosperity is all areas of your life. You are rich in family, faith, and fame; just look around and apply tips that will yield fruits to produce success.


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Jan Ackerson 05/18/06
Yikes! This ended in mid-sentence; now I'll never know the secret to prosperity! Just kidding, I'm sure that was just a mistake. You have some sound advice here, and a unique approach to the topic; not many chose to look at prosperity as a good thing.