Control is a powerful word. It’s a word that suggests dominion over others, things, circumstances, events, life. It’s also a word that separates the wealthy and the successful from everyone else. In my Rich Habits research I found everything circles back to one thing: control. The wealthy have it; the poor don’t. The wealthy have control over so many things:
- Savings and spending
- Work life
- Home life
When you have control over your life, it makes you happy. Lack of control is one of the primary causes of unhappiness. But control does not come easy. It requires sacrifice, discipline, devotion to the concept of delayed gratification, separating yourself from the herd, early mornings, hard work. When you make the upfront investment success requires, the ultimate payoff is control over your life, which creates a feeling of overall happiness. Control = happiness. Those who pursue success and wealth are really after one thing: control over their lives.