In my study, only 4% of the poor were able to break free of what had been to them, generation after generation of poverty. They grew up in homes where beliefs were strong: “Money is the root of all evil.” “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” “It’s easier for a camel to pass through and eye of a needle than for a rich person to go to heaven.”
When you grow up believing you will never become rich or, even worse, that rich people are bad people, your fate is pretty much sealed. But miraculously, 4% of the poor are somehow able to shed their childhood beliefs and go on to achieve incredible wealth and success. How? Mentors. Some person, some book, some experience entered their lives and changed their beliefs.
The chances of randomly finding a mentor in life are slim. You have to actively go out and find one if you want to become successful in life. The great news is that mentors are all around you. They are everywhere. Where? You can find them in non-profit groups, trade groups, business groups, civic organizations, in schools (teachers, fellow students, ROTC, clubs), in the library (books on self-made millionaires), in magazines (SUCCESS, Inc., Entrepreneur), in blogs (Addicted to Success, Rockstar Finance, Rich Habits) and the latest new source – podcasts (Entrepreneur on Fire, Join Up Dots, So Money).
If you really want to be one of those 4%, you’ve got to change your beliefs. You’ve got to find the sources that are all around you who can open your eyes.