How To Become Rich, Step-by-Step

by Michael Corthell

Are you 'money conscious'? Do you appreciate the abundance of this world. Do you know in your heart that there is enough to go around? Do you have a white hot, burning desire to attain riches and be wealthy beyond your dreams? Good, then can become a very wealth person. If you are not money conscious you will have a difficult time getting much beyond your basic needs.

Most people go through their lives with a negative money mindset meaning we think about the scarcity of money rather than the abundance of money. We have been brought up to believe certain derogatory things about money, which in turn, prevents us from attracting abundance into our lives.

Repeating worn phrases and idioms such as 'The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.', 'Another day, another dollar', 'more money, more problems', all have a net negative effect and only hold a person back from attracting riches.

Let's look at how, step by step, you can develop a prosperity/abundance mindset, using Napoleon Hill's basic outline.

Hill wrote one of the best selling books of all time, "Think and Grow Rich," in 1937 at the height of the Great Depression. Its ideas and plans for wealth attainment are as fresh today, as they were then.

"Wishing will not bring riches, but desiring riches with a state of mind that becomes an obsession, then planning definite ways and means to acquire riches, and backing those plans with persistence which does not recognize failure, will bring riches."
—Napoleon Hill

Here are the six steps in turning a desire for wealth into "its financial equivalent":

1. First
Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient merely to say “I want plenty of money." Be definite as to the amount. (THIS IS IMPORTANT)

2. Second 
Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.")

3. Third 
Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire. 

4. Fourth 
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

5. Fifth 
Write a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to accumulate it.

6. Sixth 
Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ, SEE AND FEEL AND BELIEVE YOURSELF ALREADY IN POSSESSION and CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY.

It seems simple and it is, but if you actually compare this to just about any contemporary personal finance guide, you'll find exactly these same basic steps. The modern versions just come with a lot more fancy packaging. (for marketing purposes and making money!). 

Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich, reminds us that one of the best ways to achieve true financial success is to understand that our emotions can get in the way of our success. It is our state of mind is what keeps us from succeeding. He tells us in a simple way what we need to do—we simply need a plan and follow that plan.

Hill leaves us with this, "When RICHES take the place of poverty, the change is usually brought about through well conceived and carefully executed plans, poverty needs no plan. POVERTY needs no one to aid it, because it is bold and ruthless. Riches are shy and timid. They have to be 'attracted.''

Very financially successful people report that earning money is not the hard part. Instead, it is the faith and belief that bringing more money into your life is indeed possible. If you don’t believe it, it will never happen.

One last thing. Money is not the root of all evil(the love of money is), it is only a tool and a means of exchange. Most people 'sell' their time by working for wages, others sell things or ideas. Some sell money (investing).

Buying and selling plus time. However as Ebenezer Scrooge learned, the LOVE of money is indeed the root of all evil because it is itself rooted in pride which is the greatest sin of man.


Below is a talk given by a man of optimism. A man who believes that humanity can solve its problems by consistent, sustained effort and an abundance of knowledge and cooperation— by having a true abundance mindset.

Imagining the Future: The Transformation of Humanity
| Peter Diamandis | TEDxLA

In this landmark talk, Peter Diamandis shares how we are rapidly heading towards a human-scale transformation, the next evolutionary step into what he calls a “Meta-Intelligence,” a future in which we are all highly connected -- brain to brain via the cloud -- sharing thoughts, knowledge and actions.

He highlights the 4 driving forces as well as the 4 steps that is transforming humanity.