T. Harv Eker is #1 NY Times Bestselling author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, a book that changed millions of lives. He is also a businessman and motivational speaker known for his theories on wealth and motivation.
Life and Career
Eker was born on June 10, 1954 in Toronto, Canada. His parents were European immigrants who came to North America with only thirty dollars to their name.
When he was thirteen, Eker began his work career – he delivered newspapers, scooped ice cream, sold novelties at fairs, and suntan lotions at the beach. As a young adult, he moved to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a millionaire.
According to his official website, he started more than a dozen different businesses, but regardless of what he did, or how hard he worked, he just couldn’t achieve success. He finally hit the jackpot with a retail fitness store, grew the business to ten stores in only two and a half years and sold a part of it to a Fortune 500 company.
But the money he got was gone in less than two years due to a combination of poor investments and unchecked spending. At that point Eker began developing his theories about people’s mental and emotional relationship to money:
He realized that his “inner-money thermostat” was set for a specific amount of financial success, and that everyone else had a financial set point too. His most profound discovery was that this money blueprint could be changed.
Teachings and Philosophy
Eker’s teachings focus on his concept of the “Millionaire Mind,” a collection of “mental attitudes that facilitate wealth.” He believes that we each possess a “financial blueprint,” sort of a script that dictates how we relate to money. This blueprint can be changed, and with it we can change our ability to accumulate wealth.
He says that people unwilling to make major sacrifices in order to succeed “play the role” of the victim which allows them to deny that they have control of their own situations. Another thing that, according to him, prevents people from seeking wealth is guilt, and he suggests that “thinking about wealth as a means to help others” relieves this guilt and enables wealth accumulation.
Some of the postulates he shares in Secrets of the Millionaire Mind:
Rich people believe “I create my life.” Poor people believe “Life happens to me.”
Rich people play the money game to win. Poor people play the money game to not lose.
Rich people are committed to being rich. Poor people want to be rich.
Rich people think big. Poor people think small.
Rich people focus on opportunities. Poor people focus on obstacles.
Rich people admire other rich and successful people. Poor people resent rich and successful people.
Rich people associate with positive, successful people. Poor people associate with negative or unsuccessful people.
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
- Speed Wealth
If you want to change the fruits, you will first have to change the roots. If you want to change the visible, you must first change the invisible.
If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.
The world doesn’t need more people playing small. It’s time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It’s time to stop needing and start leading. It’s time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don’t exist. It’s time you started playing the game of life in a “big” way.”
In the video below T. Harv Eker is talking about how success is actually – easy:
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