At the 2005 Congress of the Trinidad and Tobago Association
of Insurance and Financial Advisors last week, main platform
speaker, author Alvin Day, with work experience ranging from
corporations such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Colgate Palmolive,
Mexico, rendered a whitening prescription for financial success.
He outlined seven principles.
The first was to recognise the role of what he called the
Law of Vision. He prescribed that we had to stop focusing
on the present, because the present doesnt change; that
the past is but a glance in the rear-view mirror, the future
is about effort and believing is seeing.
His second law was the Law of Words. He said that we are
what we speak, and that our words are self-fulfilling prophesies.
When we say our lives are a mess, our lives will literally
be messy, when we say we cannot save, we will never save,
but when we say we will lift ourselves to financial independence,
we just do it. Its a subconscious mandate that we give
ourselves, with the utterance of every word.
The third law was the Law of Energy, physical, mental and
spiritual. He said that if the source of your greatness is
inside you, then the scope of your greatness will be limited
to the size of you. He urged participants, in search of success
in their daily affairs, to tap into a source of power that
is outside of themselves, a source fuelled by knowledge institutions
and great books.
Fourthly, his Law of Good and Evil, spoke to the balance
of the universe, the golden rule, and the old adage: what
goes around comes around. He implied that to be above average
is to be successful, and that one must literally break through
the barriers, sustained by mediocre paradigms, to that place
where dreams do come true.
His fifth law was the Law of Abundance. This is a belief
that there is enough of everything for everybody; the problem
is the belief in shortages which shadow the belief in abundance.
This results in a distribution of resources governed by
greed. Greed is often the result of a feeling that there is
not enough, so we hoard up, and/or scramble to get. When we
do this we subvert the natural Law of Abundance, and run ourselves
on a crisis mode. We need to snap out of that mind set, and
recognise that there is enough, we just have to take our share.
His sixth law is the Law of Uniqueness. No two persons are
alike, no twins have the same fingerprints, and no two things
are really equal. We need to know this and take our rightful
place alongside all those who are different, recognising they
are different, and that they also belong here.
His final and seventh law was the Law of Contribution. He
said this was the most important equation, because what we
contribute is exactly what we get back. He advised that we
need to step through the door willing to make the contributions
necessary to fulfil our visions and our purpose in life. He
said you simply cannot get back more than you have given.
Alvin Day is author of the book Born to Fly.
He was born in Jamaica, grew up in dire poverty, and then
everything changed. He believed he could be different, and
that it was really up to him.
So too, for us! Its really up to us to take our principled
share of the abundant wealth that surrounds us, so we can
access the good of great institutions, services and knowledge
of great books.