Publisher’s Note – February 2009


This month, we tackle one of the most emotionally charged issues in our lives—our relationship with money and what it takes to create wealth.

It’s been said that if you want to know how people feel about themselves, look at their bank account. Money is an outcome, a reflection of one’s mindset and self-confidence. And money doesn’t lie. It’s unemotional and unsympathetically revealing. It’s a rigid measurement of value that’s easily counted.

You have heard the phrase “water seeks its own level,” right? Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your “level”), it’s true about money. Money will meet you where you are. Stated another way, your net worth will equal your self-worth. These are not just clever quips, they are wise truths… and, for some, stark realities. We have all read the stories about people who earn $30,000 a year winning $5 million, $10 million or $20 million in the lottery. Then, within three years, they are bankrupt and back to making $30,000 a year, living paycheck to paycheck. Why is that?

Here’s why: The money was far greater than their level of selfperceived value. The disproportionate money-to-self-esteem ratio made them uncomfortable and, at an unconscious level, they did what they could to rebalance the inequity—ultimately fi nding ways to lose it all, thus returning to the comfort level of their self-worth. I know it sounds insane, but that’s how it works. You can create and maintain only the level of wealth that matches your personal development. Thus, if you want to have more (wealth), you have to become more (valuable).

Here is the great news—you are capable of great wealth. You have the innate ability to create limitless abundance and prosperity. I promise you, your inner potential is worth many times your current bank balance. All that might be holding you back are your own limiting beliefs. You only need to embrace your own great potential, cultivate it and release it into the world. The marketplace will remunerate the contribution of your talents with great abundance.

To help you with this, we have enlisted some of the wealthiest, most infl uential, and most inspiring experts and examples. In the forthcoming pages, we help you build your confi dence, adopt a wealthy mindset, and achieve a greater vision of what’s possible using the gifts and talents you already possess. You deserve to be wealthy! We intend to show you how.

Wishing you great wealth—of not only wallet, but also of health and heart!

Darren Hardy SUCCESS Publisher and Editorial Director


Darren Hardy is the former publisher of SUCCESS magazine, an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever: A Proven Formula for Achieving Big Goals.

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