If you haven’t noticed by now, the name of my blog was inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth, an essay he wrote about the responsibility of the wealthy to be philanthropists. Today I want to spend a little time talking about a quote by Andy.
“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”
In a time where it’s easy to become a victim of circumstance, one person who has arguably earned the right more than anyone else to tell other people to stop being slaves to circumstance, pick themselves up and rock the world, is Andrew Carnegie. The dude’s family moved to the United States from Ireland when he was a boy, upgrading from full-blown poverty to just poverty. Through determination, hard work, and inspiring himself with literature, he overcame his circumstances and became the poster boy for the American Dream (more on that in a later post).
So what he says is true, because he did it. Each and every one us has the potential for greatness. It was put there by the same Creator who created the greatness of the earth and the universe. And each of us can be on that threshold of unparalleled success. The obstacle?
There are understandably circumstances that we cannot control or change. Millions of people suffer unimaginable conditions that won’t change without external help. But chances are that you don’t suffer from any of those. What I am talking about is the internal or external influences that you can change (or get around) on your own.
For example, if you don’t earn enough, what can you do to change that? Can you find a better job? If not, can you go back to school? What do you need to do to be where you want to be? And this isn’t just about money. Is there a personality weakness you need to change? A family situation you wish were better? Do you have a weight problem? No matter what it is, just remember that you are a remarkable person. And you could be on the cusp of something amazing; and that amazing can be professional success, or something as simple as more time with the fam. Either way, think of yourself as on that threshold, and then ask yourself what you need to do to cross it.
Do it, peeps! Andy and I are rooting for you!
Tell me below, what threshold do you want to cross to get to where you want to go?
p.s. I’ve added two more budgets to the Templates page! The first is a simple budget for single peeps or couples with less complex expenses, and the other is an awesome dynamic budget a friend of mine created and sent me. It’s much more detailed for all you intense people out there, and it also has a chart to show you what percentage of your money is going where. Enjoy!