That title above sounds like I’m being flippant, but it actually is a very concise, and very profound summary of how the laws of prosperity operate.
You don’t become prosperous by winning the lottery, getting an inheritance, or discovering oil in your backyard. Although situations like those sometimes happen to poor people and create temporary wealth, true prosperity is only maintained when you live by the laws that govern it. Wealth won’t stay around if you’re not doing the necessary actions. (Which is a nice way to say become the person who lives in prosperity consciousness.)
There is always a price to pay…
A big part of the price you pay to becoming prosperous is becoming the kind of person that handles prosperity responsibly. Studies have shown again and again that most poor people who win large windfalls in the lottery are broke and miserable ten years later. And we are talking about people who have won twenty, forty or even hundreds of millions of dollars. They got the cash, but they didn’t have the prosperity consciousness. So the money never stayed, and the other elements of prosperity never showed up.
Nothing comes for free. If you let the checkout clerk give you the extra $5 by mistake, you find a way to wire your house for cable without paying for it, or you help yourself to an extra newspaper when no one is looking— you are incurring a definite karma debt. And those debts always come due.
Prosperous people never look for anything for free. They are always happy to exchange value for everything. If you want to become more prosperous, the first step is asking yourself how you can get better. How can you solve problems or add more value? Who do you have to become, to live the life of prosperity you desire?
Success never goes on sale. Be willing to pay the market price.