As Earl Nightingale and many others have said in different forms: “We all become what we think about.” So, a little background behind the title of this article “From Poorer Than Job’s Turkey To Richer Than Croesus.” Job, obviously was a biblical character who brought his tragedy upon himself by thinking about tragedy. Croesus was an ancient Babylonian King who brought good fortune upon himself by thinking about success and good fortune. When considering a benevolent successful outcome fully, I think about success and good fortune like Croesus, only one better: I do not let my circumstances shape my thoughts, my inner thoughts shape my outer thoughts, and the way I act upon and react to my circumstances, rationally. Indeed, I only use Job’s example as a foil to keep myself on the right track by saying to myself that I will take the real gold of Croesus (his successful-style thoughts about himself and his life, no matter what and his successful actions on those thoughts) over the poor turkey, scratching boils with crockery and feeling sorry for self of Job (thinking of and living in tragedy, and shifting the responsibility off of himself to God and others around him) anytime and all the time (with my thoughts more like Croesus, and absolutely not like Job).
My point is, no matter what, I rationally align my thoughts with my actions successfully, calmly and rationally, even when “the chips are down.” I just mentioned in this part of the article a chief tenet of businessman and business writer George Samuel Clason (author of the book “The Richest Man In Babylon”) and a genuinely prosperous in his lifetime and great leader like King Croesus versus “just another rich guy down on his luck” like Job. So, to put it in a shorthand way that could make sense when thought about enough: Your (or my) thoughts or actions make or break you (or me) and no matter what happens externally, that is the reality of yours (mine) or anyone’s situation.
Despite my best efforts, that is the clearest I can type that point in an article for now. In even clearer, more shorthand terms, I quote Brian Tracy: “If you want to fly with the eagles, you cannot continue to scratch with the turkeys.” No matter what, rewards go to those who create/make, honestly take and are not lazy about opportunity and opportunities. The real key to life is to learn and earn, not burn and spend. Expenditure and use or burning and spending is secondary to the primary learning about life and earning benefit from life. It is all your individual choice. So personally, I quote a saying Golden Rule Jones of Toledo, Ohio had in the 1910’s and 1920s though: “I want for everyone what I want for myself, I want the good and great.” I figured I would use that quote an uncle of mine on my Father’s side of my family born in the early 20th century told me as a kid in 1978, before I read it in Charles F. Haanel’s “Master Key System” at a local public library in 1980, well all that aside, I end by repeating that quote, only to preamble it with I mean every word of it, fully, honestly and rationally: “I want for everyone what I want for myself, I want the good and great.”