Proven Ideas Make You Affluent

George was tired of being broke.

Every day was a struggle. How will I pay my bills? Im going deeper into debt. I cant afford to buy anything.

So George constantly worked on new ways to make money. If I could invent a new can opener, all my money problems would be over.
Maybe I could sell funny hats on the Internet. If I found some investors, I could open a new underwater restaurant.

George had tried a few ideas, such as manufacturing a razor blade that never got dull, building the worlds largest tree swing and selling
lamps made of salt. All his new ventures had failed. To survive, he had to work at McDonalds as an assistant manager.

George felt he should solve his money problems with new untried ideas. Unfortunately, unproven ideas are often wrong.

Affluence

"Affluence* Attainment, consists of . . . Doing the things that won, not new things untried as yet. -- L. Ron Hubbard
(Affluence: abundance; wealth)

In other words, you cause an affluence, not from new ideas, but from things that have already worked. Even new ideas that create wealth
are based on several proven ideas.

George decides to try out this approach. He asks himself, What has made me money in the past? He lists the following:

* Selling shoes at a store paid $350 per week.

* Selling sunglasses at weekend festivals paid $1000 per weekend.

* Buying old cars, fixing them up and selling them. The last car he restored, a 1961 Ford Mustang, earned $1500 profit with two weeks
of work.

* Working at McDonalds pays $560 per week.

George realizes he can go back to his two best-paying jobs immediately: sunglasses and car restoration.

He convinces the sunglass company to give him 200 pairs on credit so he can sell them at an outdoor market that weekend. He then
finds a wrecked 1988 Mercedes and makes a deal to buy it for $500, on credit.

George quits his McDonalds job. He makes $800 selling sunglasses that weekend. He spends three weeks on the Mercedes and sells
it for $4500.

George uses old, proven ideas to boost his income.

Business Uses

When a business sticks to proven ideas, and avoids untried methods, it usually succeeds.

For example, the owner of an auto dealership notices his car sales are dropping. His marketing director says, We need a new TV
commercial. Lets use elephants! Weve never tried it before. Itll be great!

The smart owner says, Lets wait on the elephants. Instead, find which of our old commercials worked best. What made our sales jump
up?

The marketing director comes back the next day and says, I hate to tell you this, but our best TV commercial is that one of you wearing
diapers and crying. You swore to never show that commercial again.

The owner says, I hate that commercial. Oh well, show it again. In fact, buy twice as many time slots! And schedule the film crew to shoot
a new commercial with me in the diaper. Im really going to cry this time!

Car sales and income jump to new levels.

Doing things that won is essential to good business.

Copying Ideas

If you do not have anything that has made you succeed in the past, do things that worked for others.

For example, you want a career helping people and making a decent income. You write down the careers of everyone you know. You
realize your uncle Jay, who is a dentist, helps a lot of people and makes an excellent income. You take your uncle to lunch and ask how
he became a successful dentist. You follow his path

As another example, you want a successful marriage and family. You find out who has been happily married for a long time and has a
successful family. You learn all you can about what helped them succeed and then copy their success.

If you want to succeed in any kind of job or business, interview the people who are succeeding. Find out what worked for them. Use
these ideas as they are proven, not untried as yet. Luckily, most successful people enjoy talking about their success secrets and do not
worry about competition.

Doing things that won for you or others is a reliable route to success.

Five Steps to Boost Your Income

1. Make a list of income ideas you are using that are unproven and not working for you.

2. Work out a plan to drop these ideas.

3. Make a list of income ideas that have worked for you or others.

4. Write down how you can use these ideas to boost your income.

5. Once you are earning the income you need, go ahead test new, untried ideas if you like. Just make sure they work before you invest
any significant time or money into them.

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