Success is just a mindset; you hear this old saying all of the time or what about “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. Did you ever stop and think about these words and phrases as you go about your everyday life? Have you ever paused and truly thought about the message that is being conveyed?

If I had a nickel for every anecdotal quote that I have heard directed toward success and failure I would be a rich man by now. What I would like you to consider is how to achieve success and the advantages of being successful. Carve a new path, where the imagery of success ends begin a strategy to make success a reality. The rich do it all of the time and I am here to tell you how you can apply the very same principles to your lifestyle.

The wealthy have great systems in place to manage their money beforehand. Most individuals wait until after they have achieved success before they find top flight Realtors, Accountants, Attorneys, or CPA firms. This is backwards thinking. You may not have acquired your first million yet but think like a winner and a success person. Success is a mentality that shapes the future. Elaine Maxwell states “Whether you fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but your own. You are the force; you can clear any obstacle before you or be lost in the maze. It is your choice; your responsibility; win or loose; only you hold the key to your destiny”.

It has been documented that most lottery winners end up just as penniless as they began. Sad but true. Most failed to find investment vehicles that would accurately manage their wealth. They had no strategy in place to alter their incentives, motives, or life changes. Do you have a trusted advisor or financial planner that can and will provide analysis and guidance in making investment decisions or recommendations? Has this planner ever worked with someone who acquired wealth quickly? Who are his clients now and what were his recommendations?

So I suggest that if you are looking to purchase that high end home, go out and find the Top Realtor in the area. Put him or her on speed dial. Find a great attorney who has built his reputation on assisting clients of wealth. As we all know all attorneys are not created equal? Most importantly, locate a first-rate accountant. He or she can be self employed or employed with an outstanding firm. This is imperative. There are mechanisms in place whereby the rich will pay single digits in taxes if the accountant knows his stuff. So do your research. There is another old saying that I find to be true and it is “Poor preparation leads to poor performance”.
Now I’ve said all of this to say, if you prepare ahead of time and hold on to the thought that “Success is a mindset” and this is the mindset that you want to maintain you will be ahead of the game. Have the stick-to-it-ness to stay focused on the prize by building your Million Dollar Dream Team before success comes knocking. Eliminate that microwave mentality, live in the Life of Expectancy. Remember what John F Kenney said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen”.

Christopher Shaw

Author's Bio: 

Christopher Shaw is a seasoned Real Estate Investor, with over 12 years of experience and has a passion for working with First Time Home Buyers. Mr Shaw has an ambitious goal of helping 1000 new First Time Buyers become home owners of the next 36 months. In addition he wants to leverage each transaction to assist adopt up to 1000 families through Volunteers of America's Adopt a Family Program.