5 Keys to Wealth and Success

Following is a guest post from George Diaz, who writes at personal finance site Sobredinero.com. He can be reached at George@sobredinero.com.

Money may not buy you extra years of life, more health, or even more happiness, but it sure does play a supremely important role in society.

Today I want to share with you my 5 Keys to Wealth and Happiness. So pay close attention, because although these principles have been known by many people from different cultures, beliefs, ethnicities, and location, not many people even bother to apply them.

1. All You Need To Become Rich Is Already Inside of You.

All you have to do is tap into it. Every one of us has their own dreams and goals. We all possess innate skills and/or personality traits that we have not fully developed. You may naturally have the gift of gab, and be unafraid of exploring new ideas and meeting new people – a natural salesperson; you might possess an excellent analytical mindset; or you might be the friend that everyone turns to for advice because you are a great listener.

Again, we can all tap into something that we are born with, and begin to nurture it to realize its maximum potential.

2. Don’t Be Afraid Of Hard Work and Failure

Want to know what many rich people have in common? Be it through sheer determination, strong will (and at times a bit of luck), they tend to be the hardest working people on the planet. They understand that honest money does not grow on trees and they are willing to keep reinvesting in themselves in order to continually grow.

This could be in reinvesting in your education, your business, your talents, your skills etc…Don’t be afraid to fail in order to succeed multiple times over. Failure can be your best lesson at times, but only once you are determined to put in the necessary effort towards investing in yourself and failing several times over, can you hope to succeed.

3. Set Realistic and Clear Goals

We all have different measures for success. Someone born into riches and blessed with the best education and resources may have a different barometer for success than someone born into abject poverty. Regardless, you should clearly define your short and long term goals and measure your success against them.

Have a 1 year goal to learn a new skill, language, or even to make and/or save a certain amount of money. Then follow it up with another goal next year based on your current success. Lastly, set longer term goals for 5 and even 10 years down the line. Knowing where you’ve been, where you are, and where you hope to be can go a long way to ensuring that you remain on the right path for success in your own mind.

4. You Must Give To Receive
This is perhaps the most universal and sacred principle of wealth and prosperity. You receive in proportion to what you give. But giving doesn’t necessarily mean monetarily. I mean value.

It is your responsibility to deliver something of value to your customers. Value can be defined by many different methods and takes many different forms that I won’t explore here, but suffice it to say, that if you are not giving something of value, you will not receive any in exchange.

5. Trust Your Intuition

Some call it the 6th sense. We all have that “inner voice” that speaks to us when we are in doubt. The problem is that we generate enough noise to stop listening altogether. That little voice is actually your best friend, and it’s on the right side of your brain.

Whatever the situation, if there are several paths to take, you will always have internal indications about which is the ideal or best path to take. Your intuition will always tell you how to live a better life, because it is rooted in your subconscious mind, a mind with access to all your memories and past experiences, as well as those stored in your DNA for generations.

Finally, it’s worth noting that wealth only increases our ability to be who we truly are, so before we even start on our path to wealth creation, be sure that you are comfortable in your own skin and that you know who you truly are and want to be. Because money will only amplify your own strengths and weaknesses. Good luck in your journey to success!