Sunday 18th September, 2005


Principles for success

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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 doesn’t 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. It’s 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.

Crisis mode

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! It’s 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.

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