Find Confidence and Keep Your Promises
The sixth principle is confidence. Tim believes that a rich sense of self comes from having confidence in yourself, trust in others, and faith in a higher power. Your self-image defines the boundaries that you can achieve. You can only do something if you believe in yourself. But you can’t do it alone! Your confidence is greater when you trust in others. When you expect people on your team to succeed they most likely will. Finally, believing in a higher power, whether it is God or something else, allows you to relax, have faith, and get to work on the task at hand.
One of my favorite “pearls” from Today We Are Rich is the difference between passion and purpose. Passion focuses on self, what you want. Having a purpose means using your talents to make a difference to others. Tim believes that purpose leads to greater joy because fulfilling the needs of others gives you a sense of meaning.
The seventh and final principle is keeping promises. Doing what you say you are going to do gives you a sense of integrity and self-respect. A great piece of advice is to “keep your promises because of who you are, not because of who they are.”
Most promises are broken out of a lack of persistence. According to Tim, one of the most important personal-development projects you can undertake is to practice persistence. He suggests that when you are ready to quit take one more step, try one more time. Many people fail because they give up too soon. Don’t be one of them!
I guess it is obvious that I thought Today We Are Rich was a great book. I’d love to know what you think about it. Which of Tim’s suggestions have made the biggest impact for you?