James Whittaker has an incredible track record guiding young entrepreneurs. After a decade working as a financial planner he became an author with the 2010 book The Beginner’s Guide to Wealth. The book was a major hit and led to a new career inspiring entreprenuer’s all over the world. This year James published a new book Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy. The book is a companion to a film of the same name that looks at the influence of Napoleon Hill’s enormous bestseller. We’re incredibly excited to have James on the show this week!
In the new book James talks about some of the big ideas in Think and Grow Rich. One of the skills he talks about is the power of autosuggestion. The goal is to create a written statement about something you want to achieve or to change. You write as much detail as possible and include what you are willing to sacrifice to make it happen. Then you need to read that statement out loud twice a day. The process of doing that will create the emotion of having actually achieved it. Through the process of auto-suggestion you will start to believe that it is actually achievable. You will avoid the distractions and find the resolence to see your goal to completion.
James also think that success has a lot to do with your living environment. What’s the state of the place that you live? If you wake up and stare at a messy bed and dirty apartment that’s not going to inspire you. If you’re hanging around people that bring you down reduce your time with those people. Form positive relationships with other goal-oriented people. When you start doing these things you put yourself on a path to success.
There has been a huge response from people who have read the new book. James says the biggest change people report to him is how they structure their day. There is only so much time during the day. We only have a few hours of creative energy every day. The best way to use that energy is to get your life’s work done first and then get to other people’s work.
How did you make your first dollar?
“Packaging tapes and CD-ROM’s for my father.”
What book should every business owner read?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
If you could give advice to your younger self what would it be?
“You’re stronger than you know. Don’t be afraid to engage with life as soon as possible.”