There are many differences between the wealthy and the poor – the successful and the unsuccessful – but here is one major difference that I’ve seen a lot of lately…
Imagine that an idea or a suggestion is presented to you.
What are you going to do with it?
How are you going to handle it?
How are you going to respond to it?
Maybe I should ask my question this way… Are you going to tear the idea or suggestion down or are you going to build it up?
You see, the poor and the unsuccessful hear an idea or suggestion and they’ll immediately go to work coming up with all the reasons why it won’t work, why it can’t happen, why it’s a bad idea, how it’s too dangerous or expensive or too whatever. They’ll continue on until they’ve completely bombed, destroyed, and tore down the idea or suggestion.
Even if deep inside they think it’s a good idea or suggestion, they’ll still respond to it in a negative way.
On the other hand, the wealthy and successful will entertain the idea or suggestion. You’ll hear them say things like:
- “Hmmm… That’s really interesting.”
- “That has a lot of possibility…”
- “That’s really good… You know we could take that, and add in … and really go somewhere with that…”
- “I like that… Is there anything else we need to consider to make that work?”
- “What a wonderful idea. How could we make that a reality?”
- “Hey! That’s a sharp idea…”
- “Wow! That’s pretty smart. I like the way you’re thinking…”
The wealthy and successful take an idea or suggestion as something that is rife with possibility and immediately go to work mentally thinking about how they can improve it, make it better, and then implement it.
Quite a different response, is it not?
Sad thing is, most people fall into the former category of negative thinkers. But, it’s not entirely their fault… It started when they were little kids… Someone TAUGHT them how to think negative…
The other day, a 7 year old girl was telling me what a good idea it would be to have a small ice-box inside a car so that a person could have a soda whenever they wanted – and they wouldn’t even have to stop at McDonald’s or convenience store to have a cold pop.
Be honest with yourself now… How would you have responded to this child’s idea? Would you have told her that is a fantastic idea and encouraged her to keep on dreaming up great ideas? Or, would you have told her that it was a silly idea and besides, it would be too dangerous to have an ice-box in a car?
Ideas and the suggestions…
In your life…
In the children’s lives that you have influence over…
Are you building them up or tearing them down?
Want to know what God does? Take a look at Job 22:23 – “If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up.”
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