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Getting a Little More Lavish…

Posted By: Randy GageSeptember 16, 2010

We looked last week at some of the simple pleasures in life that come with a price.  That was to check where your prosperity consciousness was at.  Now let’s take it a little deeper…

Most people can justify some of those simple pleasures.  Especially the ones that are about helping others.  But what about the more expensive stuff?  The stuff for YOU?

The difference between the bath towels in a Holiday Inn, and the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney would seem to be inconsequential.  Until you experience them.

The average person would say that a pair of Bally loafers cannot be worth the price jump over regular shoes, but that’s because they never wore the Bally’s.

Can you justify spending $3,000 for a suit made with the finest wool, versus a cheap one at $800?  And what about $3,000 more for a bespoke suit?  If you saw the way you looked in each, you wouldn’t quibble on the price.

Now of course everything is relative.  If you can spring six grand for a pair of hand-crafted shoes from Lobb’s of London, I say go for it.  But if it takes you three months to make that $6,000, you could probably best use that money elsewhere.  Like investing in something that will teach you how to make more money.

Then the issue comes of whether you can spend money like that on yourself, without feeling guilty or trying to justify it to the herd.

Could you spend $5,000 for a pair of shoes?  Ten thousand dollars for a purse or a coat?  A couple hundred thousand on an automobile?

Would you feel guilty?  Would you think the money had to come from “good” things like charity?  Would you feel you had to justify this spending to the people around you?

How you answer these questions will teach you a lot about your ability to manifest prosperity and abundance in your life.

-RG

35 comments on “Getting a Little More Lavish…”

  1. Hi Randy,

    I still have a bit of this programming, but thankfully it's diminishing every day. When you question these things and get to the bottom of the issue, you start to see things more clearly.

    In certain areas, I prefer to be a minimalist, but it's always a challenge to see which of my behaviors and actions are inspired from actual want, desire and preference, and which stem from faulty moral programming.

    Even now as I think, in my imagination, about getting a new, shiny Lamborghini, I get kinda uneasy - total craziness!

    All the best,

    Josip

    1. Yaron is a very bright guy and I love reading his work. I wrote something similar about Bill Gates and society's perception in my book, "Why You're DUMB, SICK & BROKE, and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH!"

      -RG

      1. Well, this is the line from the article that really caught my eye:

        "If morality is about the pursuit of your own success and happiness, then giving money away to strangers is, in comparison, not a morally significant act."

        Both you and a lot of your commentors seem to look on charitable giving as a benefit of prosperity. Do you think this undermines that position?

  2. Hi Randy,

    I know exactly what you mean about if you haven't worn a pair of Bally's you really don't know what you're missing.

    The very first time I experienced something like this was with tuna. I was a personal trainer and working out every day. I ate tons of tuna because it was high in protein.

    I always passed on the albacore, because it was so expensive, I didn't believe anything could be worth that much. When I tried it the first time, however, my beliefs completely changed. It was quite a dramatic difference.

    Your post also reminds me of the WalMart mentality. Yea, they've got stuff, lots of stuff that's dirt cheap, but the quality is sadly lacking. When I'm sometimes forced to go there, I feel my self esteem drop a couple notches.

    I personally see nothing wrong with spending $5,000 on a pair of shoes, as long as you don't have to take out a second mortgage to do so.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Gregory

  3. This is a great area to address, though I am of the mindset that quality is what's important rather than quantity.

    As abundance flows into my Life without limit knowing that I DESERVE it, I will find a balance.

    Yes, I will spend six figures on luxury sport cars, millions on a nice home, travel, quality clothing, furnishings and accessories. But I will also give a percentage to causes that make a difference as well as donate as much of my own time as board member and volunteer.

    We MUST not only BE grateful, but take actions that show our gratitude.

    I own a pair of Bally shoes and I know what you're saying. I've driven an Aston Martin Vantage V8 and have been around the vintage car collectors at a Concour d'Elegance . I've been in $7 million homes with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. These are all things I will have as my abundance grows.

    And no, I do not have to justify how I live, nor do I ask others to justify how they live. Life is about choices we make and the thoughts we have so there's no need to justify.

    Thanks Randy.

    1. Thanks for commenting Jonathan. Food for thought: You said that there would be no need to justify. Yet, did you not do just that when you said, "But I will also give a percentage to causes that make a difference as well as donate as much of my own time as board member and volunteer."?

      -RG

  4. Hi Randy,

    I rarely feel guilty when spending. I earned the money so I spend as I please. Thank goodness this is one blockage which has dissolved for me.

    Some can't see the difference which you mentioned because they have yet to experience it. It's like someone who sees a Ferrari zoom by and says "Wow!" They want it on some level, would enjoy experiencing the car but explain it away with lines like "It's too expensive," "How could I ever afford it," or the kicker "I don't need it." If they got behind the seat for a few minutes they'd see the $1,000,000 difference between an Enzo and a Hyundai.

    Ryan Biddulph

  5. If you can spring six grand for a pair of hand-crafted shoes from Lobb’s of London, I say go for it. But if it takes you three months to make that $6,000, you could probably best use that money elsewhere. Like investing in something that will teach you how to make more money.
    Hopefully,they can do both.

    I am not feeling guilty anymore about making money. All your insights,theraphy and retreats are re-wiring my thoughts in a positve way.
    I can do both-buy the lamborghini and help reduce poverty by educating women around the world.
    Thanks!

    1. Randy:
      Have you everthought about making $1 million per month instead of a $1 million per year after taxes?
      I have been reading about the 400 billionaries in the U.S. I believe there 1,000 or so billioaries around the world.

  6. Hi Randy;

    Let me ask you something if I may, My conscious mind agrees with all you are saying and has the ability to see it, feel it! On the other hand, I have discovered the sub conscious programing that is not congruent with that.

    What does it take to integrate these two?

    The more I read your articles, the more I have become aware of programing that I did not even realize was affecting me. My conscious awareness has been expanding as I read especially on topics such as Religion. (Big One)

    Your work is appreciated, Thank You.

  7. whatever floats your boat go for it... just don't let it get gross and stupid like Al Pacino in Scarface... I mean Bill Gates spent $170 mil on his house... supposed to be really cool... go into a room and hit a button and the art work or walls change to your likes... but he flies coach....
    Being a foodie this is a pet peeve.. if you order the food and wine.. you better eat and drink em!!!

  8. Randy, you ask, "Could you spend $5,000 for a pair of shoes? Ten thousand dollars for a purse or a coat? A couple hundred thousand on an automobile?"

    Something popped up for me as I read your paragraph: only if they LOOK significantly different from a less expensive version and/or make me feel fantastic. That stems from the 'everyone SHOULD want a ________ (fill in the blank)' mentality I have oft encountered in goal-setting seminars. The "look significantly different" means that the quality of materials and construction is obvious, not necessarily that it sports a designer label.

    To answer your question... yes, if that's what I want. I'd be more inclined to order a bespoke wardrobe or install a fantastic climate-controlled library in my home than buy a sportscar... it's personal preference. I know I can have all of those if I please.

    I already wear bespoke dress shoes and appreciate the finer things in life....and now I'm heading to the art museum to surround myself with priceless works of creative expression.

  9. LOL

    Your post reminded me of what my father tells me about my taste in shopping, he says " You just look for brands because of their names" which is not true, I love brands because of their quality and design (okay, a little bit their names too :D).

    When I wanna buy something I try to buy from the best (considering my wallet 😉 ). I prefer having 3 great pair of shoes rather than 10 with normal qualities.

    And YES,I would spend a couple hundred thousand on an automobile and do that without feeling guilty. I LOVE helping people but for doing that I increase my earning not decreasing my spending.

  10. Dear Randy:
    I want to admit I am guilty of being on the wrong side of some of the questions you asked. In the course of my personal growth, I began to recognize a sort of internal dialogue which would take place inside me, when I visualize or imagine myself buying expensive things or being prosperous.
    The dialog would be an older family member criticizing me for spending, and me trying to justify. Its gone on for ages, and I recognized it, and have been trying to reprogram myself, by affirmations, cutting out lack programming (I can recognize em in movies, etc now), and reading positive material. I even created some affirmations and play them in my sleep.

    Any ideas? Because this issue is something I need to get over as soon as possible. I had that same internal dialog with the pictures, when I saw a new iphone 4, which a shop was selling for 1000 EUR simlock free. 🙂

  11. Randy-

    My guess is one of the reasons you are fine spending $3,000 on a suit is because you don't believe this depletes the money you have as you KNOW (believe) more is always coming in. It doesn't matter if one is spending $10 or $10,000, if you have the belief that you have less by doing so, that is coming from a belief in scarcity. That's why I don't "spend" my money, I "circulate" it. And more always shows up as I believe in the abundance of the Universe.

  12. As Erma Bombeck would say, rich is better. I have had it both ways. I think the secret is meaningful work, not matter what your financial prosperity is.

    The soul feeds on values, I think. And ultimately, it is how you feel that matters. For me, the towels, the sheets, the lunches, candlelight dinners, beautiful fabrics, cruises, posh hotels, autos with leather interiors all feed my senses which ultimately feeds my soul. And sharing that with others, feeds my soul as well.

    I think conscience and soul are two different things. I do not feel guilty but I don't like to see anyone suffer either. So if I can change that for someone, I do. And that gets into meaningful work. And that I think is my conscience, if I can create a change in something that I consider substandard living then I feel obligated to do so. As in it bothers me if I don't.

    Just my take, without being philosophical.

    Side note: Randy, where is the dvd you made about 5 or 6 years ago about NWM and the distribution model? You talk about the guy in the recliner, drinking beer watching tv, etc. It's very well done but I don't know the name of it or if it's still in your store. Thanks!

  13. Hi Randy,

    This scares the living day lights out of me to be honest. I have always had issues earning any decent amount of money and this is not without knowledge of my own limiting beliefs at the same time. I've been trying to change my programming for years, and yet, it remains the same. Is it me that doesn't want to change it or perhaps just my stubborn sub conscious that won't let go? I'd just love to know because I sure am a long time looking at it!

    To make this a little more challenging, I only like the nice things in life, and yet they always seem so far out of reach. I was told to act, think and say as you want to be in the world, but to me, this is very ungrounded and ccan get people into debt. Thankfully, I'm not there, but could have been on many occasions.

    Thanks also for posting this, it's more food for thought.

    All the best,

    Ruth.

  14. Hi Randy,

    This is a VERY interesting post, and a topic I have reflected alot upon over the past year.

    I believe Abundance & Prosperity comes from within, when I feel on purpose and filled with passion this fills my life with abundance. However I know you are talking more about financial prosperity.

    Our family is not "rich" by any means, however we choose to have fun and get ourselves into "situations" here and there because of our love for fun & adventure: we just purchased a beautiful 1969 Rebuilt Camaro- I LOVE it, it brings me back to my childhood tinkering on engines & cars with my Dad.. even with the joy I feel about this car, I have to stop and think each time I write this, as the thought that comes up in my head is "Other people are thinking here she goes bragging about all the great stuff they have." I just want to share it with the world - but this holds me back! - what other people think! (hmm thought I was over that!!!)

    Yes, we have a boat, a recreation property, 3 cars, go to Australia every two years and travel lots... We also GIVE tons of our time, energy & money to charity... yet still, I feel guilty!

    I never buy designer clothes or shoes - I'm actually quite the bargain hunter - as long as I feel great in it, it doesn't matter the make or the $$, one of my favourite dresses was $29 and my all time fave pair of HOT shoes were $7 in Bali...

    Alot to reflect on - thanks for the nudge Randy!!

    Have a great weekend.
    Lee

  15. If we were to buy such lavish things, I think the biggest problem would be the resentment we get from other people. Well, that's my big problem. I am always downplaying myself just to avoid this unpleasantry. I paid cash for a brand new pickup truck, but after I see the way people just stand and stare at it, I tell them that it is a 6 month old lease-return and that I am financing it over the next three years. After I tell them this they sort of relax and think its OK. I say the same thing about my house even though it's all paid for too.

  16. Honestly, I can see myself having a little trouble here. It's far easier for me to to feel comfortable about luxurious purchases I've made if I'm around people that appreciate them. Interestingly, my parents are opposites here. My Dad left the communist Czech Republic with big dreams, and even 35 years later he still has no problems dreaming. When he came over on Fathers' Day, he was reading out all the specs on the brochure of my next car, admiring the performance. My sister (and mother) however, couldn't understand why it's not just a 'getting from A to B' proposition. I have no problems sharing my increasingly prosperous lifestyle with my Dad, but I do know that I hide it from my mother, because if she saw the new towels I bought, she'd be asking me "what was wrong with the old ones?" It bothers me less with aquaintances, but with family, it highlights my lack of ease. It comes back to me not believing that I deserve those things. I gotta let go of those brake calipers on my prosperity!!!!

  17. I wanna have lots of women giving me sex and apperaring with me on parties. I will share my money, my cars, my houses with them so I will give value to them. They will help me to make new connections, be in the centre of attention, be popular and have high status as people around will want to have all those women and they will say if Levon has them he is a really cool guy.
    My sponsor says this is an inappropriare dream because you are too selfish, so you will have a vacuum in your soul at the age of 40 when you will not have real people who like you. Is he right?

    Another question we raise is that Elvis Presley spent lots of money on Golden toilet sink. He is very selfish (as my MLM sponos says) because we are responsible before the society for the money we have and how much good he could do if he gave that money to charity. On the other hand my sponsor is admired of Bill Gates because he gives lots of money to charity and leaves only $ 100 million to his children. He admires the founder of IKEA (cheap shops network) because despite he is a billionaire he does not stay in luxcirous hotels, he lives as his clients do.
    I guess that is stupid to have money and not to use it. Then what is the reason of becoming rich?

    How would you comment my logic and my sponsor's logic? Which one is more prosperous?

    Have read most of you books on prosperity and nerwork marketing, thank you for the job you are doing.

    With best regards, Levon.

  18. Randy,

    Yesterday I attended a Sunday Mass. When the sermon part came the priest asked " Who wants to get rich?". Eventually I raised my hand up in the air. I noticed that only a few people raised their hands and most of the hands are halfway raised. The priest repeated the question and added that God wants us to be rich. Still quite a few... Whew... the herd really need to shake their consciousness..

    Ron

  19. Hi there, nice to be here again after long time.
    I think I must answer to myself about the price of such shoppings. Times comes when I need these justifications 😉

  20. For my 40th birthday my gift was a Channel J12 watch. The big one. White, automatic. $5500. It is the most extravagant gift I have ever bought myself and it certainly feels good everyday I wear it. Sure some people are surprised by the purchase but I don't think anyone resents it. Even if they did that is their problem not mine. I think the biggest reason more people don't make more money is because they are scared to spend...thinking that no more will ever come their way. I like to think of money being attracted to movement. Money stagnates when it sits a does nothing!

    Perhaps people also need to remember that when we make money and circulate it we are helping people. The sales guy I bought the watch from made a nice commission, the retailer made a nice profit and Channel kept a number of people employed in Switzerland!

    Spend it, invest it, give it charity - you can always make more!

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  • 35 comments on “Getting a Little More Lavish…”

    1. Hi Randy,

      I still have a bit of this programming, but thankfully it's diminishing every day. When you question these things and get to the bottom of the issue, you start to see things more clearly.

      In certain areas, I prefer to be a minimalist, but it's always a challenge to see which of my behaviors and actions are inspired from actual want, desire and preference, and which stem from faulty moral programming.

      Even now as I think, in my imagination, about getting a new, shiny Lamborghini, I get kinda uneasy - total craziness!

      All the best,

      Josip

      1. Yaron is a very bright guy and I love reading his work. I wrote something similar about Bill Gates and society's perception in my book, "Why You're DUMB, SICK & BROKE, and How to Get SMART, HEALTHY & RICH!"

        -RG

        1. Well, this is the line from the article that really caught my eye:

          "If morality is about the pursuit of your own success and happiness, then giving money away to strangers is, in comparison, not a morally significant act."

          Both you and a lot of your commentors seem to look on charitable giving as a benefit of prosperity. Do you think this undermines that position?

    2. Hi Randy,

      I know exactly what you mean about if you haven't worn a pair of Bally's you really don't know what you're missing.

      The very first time I experienced something like this was with tuna. I was a personal trainer and working out every day. I ate tons of tuna because it was high in protein.

      I always passed on the albacore, because it was so expensive, I didn't believe anything could be worth that much. When I tried it the first time, however, my beliefs completely changed. It was quite a dramatic difference.

      Your post also reminds me of the WalMart mentality. Yea, they've got stuff, lots of stuff that's dirt cheap, but the quality is sadly lacking. When I'm sometimes forced to go there, I feel my self esteem drop a couple notches.

      I personally see nothing wrong with spending $5,000 on a pair of shoes, as long as you don't have to take out a second mortgage to do so.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Gregory

    3. This is a great area to address, though I am of the mindset that quality is what's important rather than quantity.

      As abundance flows into my Life without limit knowing that I DESERVE it, I will find a balance.

      Yes, I will spend six figures on luxury sport cars, millions on a nice home, travel, quality clothing, furnishings and accessories. But I will also give a percentage to causes that make a difference as well as donate as much of my own time as board member and volunteer.

      We MUST not only BE grateful, but take actions that show our gratitude.

      I own a pair of Bally shoes and I know what you're saying. I've driven an Aston Martin Vantage V8 and have been around the vintage car collectors at a Concour d'Elegance . I've been in $7 million homes with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. These are all things I will have as my abundance grows.

      And no, I do not have to justify how I live, nor do I ask others to justify how they live. Life is about choices we make and the thoughts we have so there's no need to justify.

      Thanks Randy.

      1. Thanks for commenting Jonathan. Food for thought: You said that there would be no need to justify. Yet, did you not do just that when you said, "But I will also give a percentage to causes that make a difference as well as donate as much of my own time as board member and volunteer."?

        -RG

    4. Hi Randy,

      I rarely feel guilty when spending. I earned the money so I spend as I please. Thank goodness this is one blockage which has dissolved for me.

      Some can't see the difference which you mentioned because they have yet to experience it. It's like someone who sees a Ferrari zoom by and says "Wow!" They want it on some level, would enjoy experiencing the car but explain it away with lines like "It's too expensive," "How could I ever afford it," or the kicker "I don't need it." If they got behind the seat for a few minutes they'd see the $1,000,000 difference between an Enzo and a Hyundai.

      Ryan Biddulph

    5. If you can spring six grand for a pair of hand-crafted shoes from Lobb’s of London, I say go for it. But if it takes you three months to make that $6,000, you could probably best use that money elsewhere. Like investing in something that will teach you how to make more money.
      Hopefully,they can do both.

      I am not feeling guilty anymore about making money. All your insights,theraphy and retreats are re-wiring my thoughts in a positve way.
      I can do both-buy the lamborghini and help reduce poverty by educating women around the world.
      Thanks!

      1. Randy:
        Have you everthought about making $1 million per month instead of a $1 million per year after taxes?
        I have been reading about the 400 billionaries in the U.S. I believe there 1,000 or so billioaries around the world.

    6. Hi Randy;

      Let me ask you something if I may, My conscious mind agrees with all you are saying and has the ability to see it, feel it! On the other hand, I have discovered the sub conscious programing that is not congruent with that.

      What does it take to integrate these two?

      The more I read your articles, the more I have become aware of programing that I did not even realize was affecting me. My conscious awareness has been expanding as I read especially on topics such as Religion. (Big One)

      Your work is appreciated, Thank You.

    7. whatever floats your boat go for it... just don't let it get gross and stupid like Al Pacino in Scarface... I mean Bill Gates spent $170 mil on his house... supposed to be really cool... go into a room and hit a button and the art work or walls change to your likes... but he flies coach....
      Being a foodie this is a pet peeve.. if you order the food and wine.. you better eat and drink em!!!

    8. Randy, you ask, "Could you spend $5,000 for a pair of shoes? Ten thousand dollars for a purse or a coat? A couple hundred thousand on an automobile?"

      Something popped up for me as I read your paragraph: only if they LOOK significantly different from a less expensive version and/or make me feel fantastic. That stems from the 'everyone SHOULD want a ________ (fill in the blank)' mentality I have oft encountered in goal-setting seminars. The "look significantly different" means that the quality of materials and construction is obvious, not necessarily that it sports a designer label.

      To answer your question... yes, if that's what I want. I'd be more inclined to order a bespoke wardrobe or install a fantastic climate-controlled library in my home than buy a sportscar... it's personal preference. I know I can have all of those if I please.

      I already wear bespoke dress shoes and appreciate the finer things in life....and now I'm heading to the art museum to surround myself with priceless works of creative expression.

    9. LOL

      Your post reminded me of what my father tells me about my taste in shopping, he says " You just look for brands because of their names" which is not true, I love brands because of their quality and design (okay, a little bit their names too :D).

      When I wanna buy something I try to buy from the best (considering my wallet 😉 ). I prefer having 3 great pair of shoes rather than 10 with normal qualities.

      And YES,I would spend a couple hundred thousand on an automobile and do that without feeling guilty. I LOVE helping people but for doing that I increase my earning not decreasing my spending.

    10. Dear Randy:
      I want to admit I am guilty of being on the wrong side of some of the questions you asked. In the course of my personal growth, I began to recognize a sort of internal dialogue which would take place inside me, when I visualize or imagine myself buying expensive things or being prosperous.
      The dialog would be an older family member criticizing me for spending, and me trying to justify. Its gone on for ages, and I recognized it, and have been trying to reprogram myself, by affirmations, cutting out lack programming (I can recognize em in movies, etc now), and reading positive material. I even created some affirmations and play them in my sleep.

      Any ideas? Because this issue is something I need to get over as soon as possible. I had that same internal dialog with the pictures, when I saw a new iphone 4, which a shop was selling for 1000 EUR simlock free. 🙂

    11. Randy-

      My guess is one of the reasons you are fine spending $3,000 on a suit is because you don't believe this depletes the money you have as you KNOW (believe) more is always coming in. It doesn't matter if one is spending $10 or $10,000, if you have the belief that you have less by doing so, that is coming from a belief in scarcity. That's why I don't "spend" my money, I "circulate" it. And more always shows up as I believe in the abundance of the Universe.

    12. As Erma Bombeck would say, rich is better. I have had it both ways. I think the secret is meaningful work, not matter what your financial prosperity is.

      The soul feeds on values, I think. And ultimately, it is how you feel that matters. For me, the towels, the sheets, the lunches, candlelight dinners, beautiful fabrics, cruises, posh hotels, autos with leather interiors all feed my senses which ultimately feeds my soul. And sharing that with others, feeds my soul as well.

      I think conscience and soul are two different things. I do not feel guilty but I don't like to see anyone suffer either. So if I can change that for someone, I do. And that gets into meaningful work. And that I think is my conscience, if I can create a change in something that I consider substandard living then I feel obligated to do so. As in it bothers me if I don't.

      Just my take, without being philosophical.

      Side note: Randy, where is the dvd you made about 5 or 6 years ago about NWM and the distribution model? You talk about the guy in the recliner, drinking beer watching tv, etc. It's very well done but I don't know the name of it or if it's still in your store. Thanks!

    13. Hi Randy,

      This scares the living day lights out of me to be honest. I have always had issues earning any decent amount of money and this is not without knowledge of my own limiting beliefs at the same time. I've been trying to change my programming for years, and yet, it remains the same. Is it me that doesn't want to change it or perhaps just my stubborn sub conscious that won't let go? I'd just love to know because I sure am a long time looking at it!

      To make this a little more challenging, I only like the nice things in life, and yet they always seem so far out of reach. I was told to act, think and say as you want to be in the world, but to me, this is very ungrounded and ccan get people into debt. Thankfully, I'm not there, but could have been on many occasions.

      Thanks also for posting this, it's more food for thought.

      All the best,

      Ruth.

    14. Hi Randy,

      This is a VERY interesting post, and a topic I have reflected alot upon over the past year.

      I believe Abundance & Prosperity comes from within, when I feel on purpose and filled with passion this fills my life with abundance. However I know you are talking more about financial prosperity.

      Our family is not "rich" by any means, however we choose to have fun and get ourselves into "situations" here and there because of our love for fun & adventure: we just purchased a beautiful 1969 Rebuilt Camaro- I LOVE it, it brings me back to my childhood tinkering on engines & cars with my Dad.. even with the joy I feel about this car, I have to stop and think each time I write this, as the thought that comes up in my head is "Other people are thinking here she goes bragging about all the great stuff they have." I just want to share it with the world - but this holds me back! - what other people think! (hmm thought I was over that!!!)

      Yes, we have a boat, a recreation property, 3 cars, go to Australia every two years and travel lots... We also GIVE tons of our time, energy & money to charity... yet still, I feel guilty!

      I never buy designer clothes or shoes - I'm actually quite the bargain hunter - as long as I feel great in it, it doesn't matter the make or the $$, one of my favourite dresses was $29 and my all time fave pair of HOT shoes were $7 in Bali...

      Alot to reflect on - thanks for the nudge Randy!!

      Have a great weekend.
      Lee

    15. If we were to buy such lavish things, I think the biggest problem would be the resentment we get from other people. Well, that's my big problem. I am always downplaying myself just to avoid this unpleasantry. I paid cash for a brand new pickup truck, but after I see the way people just stand and stare at it, I tell them that it is a 6 month old lease-return and that I am financing it over the next three years. After I tell them this they sort of relax and think its OK. I say the same thing about my house even though it's all paid for too.

    16. Honestly, I can see myself having a little trouble here. It's far easier for me to to feel comfortable about luxurious purchases I've made if I'm around people that appreciate them. Interestingly, my parents are opposites here. My Dad left the communist Czech Republic with big dreams, and even 35 years later he still has no problems dreaming. When he came over on Fathers' Day, he was reading out all the specs on the brochure of my next car, admiring the performance. My sister (and mother) however, couldn't understand why it's not just a 'getting from A to B' proposition. I have no problems sharing my increasingly prosperous lifestyle with my Dad, but I do know that I hide it from my mother, because if she saw the new towels I bought, she'd be asking me "what was wrong with the old ones?" It bothers me less with aquaintances, but with family, it highlights my lack of ease. It comes back to me not believing that I deserve those things. I gotta let go of those brake calipers on my prosperity!!!!

    17. I wanna have lots of women giving me sex and apperaring with me on parties. I will share my money, my cars, my houses with them so I will give value to them. They will help me to make new connections, be in the centre of attention, be popular and have high status as people around will want to have all those women and they will say if Levon has them he is a really cool guy.
      My sponsor says this is an inappropriare dream because you are too selfish, so you will have a vacuum in your soul at the age of 40 when you will not have real people who like you. Is he right?

      Another question we raise is that Elvis Presley spent lots of money on Golden toilet sink. He is very selfish (as my MLM sponos says) because we are responsible before the society for the money we have and how much good he could do if he gave that money to charity. On the other hand my sponsor is admired of Bill Gates because he gives lots of money to charity and leaves only $ 100 million to his children. He admires the founder of IKEA (cheap shops network) because despite he is a billionaire he does not stay in luxcirous hotels, he lives as his clients do.
      I guess that is stupid to have money and not to use it. Then what is the reason of becoming rich?

      How would you comment my logic and my sponsor's logic? Which one is more prosperous?

      Have read most of you books on prosperity and nerwork marketing, thank you for the job you are doing.

      With best regards, Levon.

    18. Randy,

      Yesterday I attended a Sunday Mass. When the sermon part came the priest asked " Who wants to get rich?". Eventually I raised my hand up in the air. I noticed that only a few people raised their hands and most of the hands are halfway raised. The priest repeated the question and added that God wants us to be rich. Still quite a few... Whew... the herd really need to shake their consciousness..

      Ron

    19. Hi there, nice to be here again after long time.
      I think I must answer to myself about the price of such shoppings. Times comes when I need these justifications 😉

    20. For my 40th birthday my gift was a Channel J12 watch. The big one. White, automatic. $5500. It is the most extravagant gift I have ever bought myself and it certainly feels good everyday I wear it. Sure some people are surprised by the purchase but I don't think anyone resents it. Even if they did that is their problem not mine. I think the biggest reason more people don't make more money is because they are scared to spend...thinking that no more will ever come their way. I like to think of money being attracted to movement. Money stagnates when it sits a does nothing!

      Perhaps people also need to remember that when we make money and circulate it we are helping people. The sales guy I bought the watch from made a nice commission, the retailer made a nice profit and Channel kept a number of people employed in Switzerland!

      Spend it, invest it, give it charity - you can always make more!

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