Decide to BE Rich to Get Rich

“Analysis of several hundred people who had accumulated fortunes well beyond the million dollar mark, disclosed the fact that every one of them had the habit of reaching decisions promptly, and of changing these decisions slowly, if, and when they were changed. People who fail to accumulate money, without exception, have the habit of reaching decisions, if at all, very slowly, and of changing these decisions quickly and often.” ~ Think and Grow Rich

I’ve probably read this statement a dozen times, but when I read it this morning a light went on for me. I realized that most people tend to make decisions very quickly and then change their minds very rapidly. I also realized that most people probably make the same quick decisions about money: One day they’re committed to becoming a millionaire and the next day they’re not. They decide they will be rich one day and then change their mind once the going gets tough.

These thinking patterns make it difficult to focus and develop a prosperity consciousness.

Beliefs That Stop You

In my experience there are specific beliefs that may stop you from deciding to be rich. Some of these beliefs include,

  • Rich people are evil.
  • I can’t be rich and be healthy.
  • I’m not smart enough.
  • You need money to make money.
  • Money is dirty.
  • I can’t trust people with money.
  • Rich people are spoiled.
  • Rich people have problems.

My guess is that if some of these beliefs have stopped me from earning massive amounts of income then maybe some of these beliefs have stopped you. Stop and think to yourself, ‘Do any of the above beliefs ring true for me?’ If they do then it’s about time you had a look at changing them. The first step to change your beliefs is to be aware of which ones are stopping you from getting rich in the first place.

Bill Bartmann

Last spring I went to a free seminar with Bill Bartmann in Mississauga, Ontario. Bill is a billionaire entrepreneur. He’s also worth more than Donald Trump and a lot nicer than Donald Trump as much as I can tell. I went to his seminar in hopes of hearing advice on personal growth and income growth.

I remember arriving at the seminar and slowly looking around in search of Bill. I saw him off to the side of the room talking to a few people. I figured what better way to get rich than to go and meet a billionaire for myself. So after some hesitation I went over and waited in line to speak with Bill. I was in a line for about 5 minutes and I started to plan out what I would say to him so that I would look good :). I went over in my head what I was going to say to Bill and then turned to speak with him. As I went over to shake his hand, I said, “Hi Bill, do you ever have soft hands?” (That part wasn’t planned.) Bill replied, “Oh thanks. It’s because I don’t work very hard.”

Bill and I spoke some more and I told him how I had only heard about him the day before. He said, “Don’t believe what people say about me. Only half of it is true.” We both laughed and then I told him that I was glad to meet him and was looking forward to learn something new from his seminar. During the seminar I learned a lot from Bill and the principles on how to be successful. Above all I learned about Bill’s history and the turning point in his career which led him on his journey to become rich.

When Bill was younger he had gotten into some financial trouble and filed for bankruptcy. At the time Bill was married and the Bartmanns’ took the bankruptcy to heart. They were both devastated with their financial loss and so fed up with their money troubles that they decided to never be poor again. It was on that day, they committed to be as rich as humanly possible. In Bill’s own words, “We didn’t want to be rich we wanted to be stink’n-filthy rich!” That’s rich.

Decide To BE Rich

At the time I didn’t realize the impact of the story, at least not until mid-last week. I was in a meeting with my supervisor and he said something to me that absolutely teed me off. It wasn’t what he said that upset me, but more importantly what someone else had said about me behind my back. This really pissed me off. I figured if someone had something to say to me they could just say it to my face. Without getting into a lot of detail, this frustration and anger got me so revved up that I completely made up my mind. I decided in that moment that I would no longer work for someone. I decided that I wasn’t going to work in a job anymore. I decided in that moment that I would do whatever it takes to work for myself and become extremely rich.

I think in order to be rich you need to make a decision and commit that no matter what happens you will be rich. How many of you are committed to be rich?

When I think back to my decision, it makes sense to me. Unless I make a devoted commitment to riches it’s not just going to fall into my lap. I’m not going to start seeing dollar bills fall out of the sky with the name ‘Stephen Martile’ written on the bills. Making a commitment to be rich is like making any other type of commitment. For instance, when I asked Trisha to marry me I made a life long commitment. It wasn’t just for a little while or until I changed my mind. We both agreed to commit to a marriage with each other for the rest of our lives and to make it work no matter what. In my experience, deciding to be a millionaire is the same thing. You decide you’re going to be rich and then you think, speak and act from that commitment and make it work, no matter what.

Internal Shift

In my opinion, the Universal Laws are very powerful and work if you’re willing to study and work with them. I can say from my own experience that any decision must start with an internal shift. This internal shift will eventually manifest into external changes. I noticed this same massive internal shift when I made my decision to be rich. I can say with accuracy that my thoughts and beliefs about money have shifted because I feel excited just speaking and searching for new opportunities to earn more wealth.

I even did a little experiment to see the effects of my internal changes. I decided to have a little fun and show you the results of my blood pressure test. It’s for the light hearted.




I went to a pharmacy to check my pulse and blood pressure. When I completed trials 1, 2 and 4 I remained focused on keeping a steady breathing rhthym. On the third trial I did something different. I visualized myself with great amounts of money just as I do on a daily basis every morning. See the specific results above. I’m not too sure if I should read too much into this just yet but I thought it was a fun test.

Once you decide to be rich, the next step is to think, speak and act from that decision. To help you along the way I would highly suggest you read, Focus On Prosperity which will assist you in developing a prosperity consciousness.

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  • Ross Cornwell

    Reply Reply October 31, 2007

    The version of “Think and Grow Rich” you show on one of your web pages ( is actually a version of an abridged edtion of Dr. Hill’s original book (first published in 1937) that has been available since the early 1960s.

    Instead of this abridged version, I hope you will consider mentioning and referring your readers to a new edition published by Aventine Press. It is “Think and Grow Rich!” (subtitled) “The Original Version, Restored and Revised” (ISBN 1593302002, Second Printing), edited by Ross Cornwell (me). This book consistently has a higher Amazon sales ranking than the version of TGR you now link to on your web page.

    This new 416-page trade paperback edition (versus 230+ pages for other editions) has an appendix, extensive endnotes (more than 50 pages), and a fully comprehensive index — features no other version of the book has ever had. The book has been restored to its complete original (1937) content, then “gently” edited and revised to eliminate errors, outdated terminology, and to change a few statements that today would be considered racially and otherwise offensive to most readers.

    The book is available on all the Amazon websites and most other online booksellers, can be ordered by any bookstore, and has now started appearing in bookstores throughout the world.

    If you would like to learn more about this project, a brief visit to will give you some details. The “Editor’s Foreword” provides more complete information, and the “Testimonials” page will demonstrate how well-received this new book is around the world. Here is the book’s page:

    This new edition of TGR! is superior in every way to other versions on the market. It looks better, feels better, reads better. If you examine “Think and Grow Rich!: The Original Version, Restored and Revised,” I think you will see why we believe it will soon become the favorite version among Napoleon Hill devotees, entrepreneurs, and other students of success and high achievement.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Sincerely yours,

    Ross Cornwell, Editor

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 1, 2007

    thanks Ross – I will check it out!


  • Alex Blackwell

    Reply Reply November 4, 2007

    You’re right Steve – being rich is a choice. Thanks for reminding all of us. I have submitted this post to Stumble Upon for you in order to spread the word.

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 4, 2007

    The word is spreading… thanks Alex.


  • kannan

    Reply Reply May 26, 2008

    Hi Steve,

    This is the first visit to your site.It is full of useful information.
    I agree with you on the internal shift to become rich.There are two steps in creation as i read somewhere,one is in your mind first and then secondly in physical form.
    Great Tips!Thanks for sharing.

    Bets Wishes,
    Kannan Viswagandhi

  • Steve

    Reply Reply May 26, 2008

    Hi Kannan,

    I also believe this to be true for any change – thanks for your contribution.

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