By Justin Popovic, Ignite Your Essence
Joining the personal development industry was one of the best moves I have ever made in my life. I have had (and continue to have) the pleasure of studying and learning from a wide variety of inspirational and motivating authors and entrepreneurs. There are so many great mentors out there but if I had to pick one person to recommend to anyone, it would have to be Bob Proctor. He has been involved in the personal development industry for over 40 years and there are countless stories of people who have made phenomenal improvements in their life as a result of his work.
One of his most well known works is his international, best-selling book entitled, “You Were Born Rich”. This is always one of the first books I recommend to anyone who is looking to get started and learn more about personal growth and self help.
This article is not a book review but a personal account of how the message contained in “You Were Born Rich” has influenced my thinking, and ultimately, my life.
For the majority of my life, if someone asked me if I was more of an optimist or a pessimist, I would smile and say, “I’m more of a realist”. What I meant by this was that I required concrete proof to form an opinion about a particular situation or event. I didn’t necessarily think the world was plotting to do me wrong but I certainly didn’t embrace challenges like a so-called ‘optimist’ would. So, when it came time to learn about personal growth, self responsibility and how our thoughts determine our results in life, I was naturally sceptical of most authors and teachers. That was, of course, until I was introduced to Bob Proctor’s work.
The best thing about this book was that it opened my eyes and spoke not only to my head, but to my heart. If you are reading this article, you are likely the kind of person who can relate. When someone speaks a truth that resonates with your authentic self, it is impossible to ignore the message. So many times in the past I had heard messages about positive thinking, having a good attitude, goal setting and so on. “You Were Born Rich” explains why these ideas are so important and it communicates the message in such a way that it changed my beliefs on the spot.
Above all things, this book helped me understand myself and how I was literally shaping all aspects of my life. Not only that but I was 100% capable of achieving anything in life that I was truly committed to achieving. The book is such an effective tool for personal development because it illustrates exactly how the mind works and how we as humans can use the power of our thoughts to create our results. We can do this with absolute certainty when we truly understand the laws of the universe and work in harmony with them.
A Powerful Analogy:
In the book, Proctor discusses the “Acorn Analogy”. Like humans (or anything else in the universe for that matter), an acorn is nothing more than a mass of energy in a high speed of vibration. If the acorn is left out of the earth, it is slowly disintegrating and dying off. The moment it is planted, it begins to attract particles of energy that aid in the growth of an oak tree. Similarly, a person is also a large mass of energy in a certain rate of vibration. This vibration is controlled by that person’s thoughts and they will attract energy that is in harmony with their predominant thoughts.
For me, this analogy really hit home because I was beginning to understand the correlation between my thought patterns and the types of results I had been producing in my life. For example, I had always assumed that because I was a Math major in university and had career experience in the software industry, this was a field I would have to stay involved in until the end of my career. I also assumed that a good salary and benefits was far more important than job satisfaction and fulfillment. After reading “You Were Born Rich” I realized that these assumptions were nothing more than habitual ways of thinking that were producing certain results in my life. After months of repeatedly reading, listening and watching Bob Proctor programs, I was able to reprogram my thinking and see my world in an entirely new light.
I am now operating my dream business, Ignite Your Essence and I have just launched a sister company called Winning The Formula where we will be sharing these powerful life lessons with the youth!
I carry my copy of “You Were Born Rich” with me almost everywhere I go. It is an amazing book that can literally transform your life regardless of who you are or what your aspirations may be. If you have read this book and would be willing to share your experiences with me, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me through my website.