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The Entrepreneurial Power of Words

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Changing your destiny one word at a time

Rich dad believed in the power of words. He believed that our words had the power to shape our reality because they revealed what we thought and believed about the world.

Rich dad was echoing what Gandhi once said, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”

What’s the word?

The question I have for you today is, “How are your words representing your thoughts and beliefs, and how are they informing your destiny?”

I believe one of the most powerful ways to shape our destiny is to tell our story and listen to others tell their story—both about themselves and about us.

Here’s an example: One person says, “Someday I’ll be an entrepreneur.” Another person says, “I am an entrepreneur.”

Even if each person’s circumstances were the same, which one would you think has the most likely chance to succeed?

My money would be on the person declaring him or her self as an entrepreneur than on the person hoping to be one someday. Why? Because as Gandhi says, “Your words become your actions.” If you declare yourself to be something, as long as it’s within your natural ability and power, you will more than likely be taking action to be that very thing, even if the world hasn’t quite caught up to you yet.

How words can shape our reality

Take the example we can probably all relate to: getting in shape. Many people have the intention of going to the gym and getting in shape. Some might even say, “I want to get in shape.” But it’s when we go around telling people we are getting in shape that we have to take action.

And here’s the magic in those words. By saying you are getting in shape, you must take the action of going to the gym (or face the ridicule of those you told!). At first it’s hard, but pretty soon that action becomes a habit, one you couldn’t imagine missing each day. As you get into the habit of working out, you begin to value a healthy lifestyle. You eat better. You stop smoking. You get more sleep. And as your values change, so does your destiny, going from an unhealthy and short life to a longer, healthier life. It all started with your words.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, start today by using words that you know will spur you into action. I guarantee that if you do, those words will become actions, then habits, then values, and then a changed destiny.

So, what are you going to say today?

Original publish date: October 20, 2015

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