In a survey I conducted, a reader wrote:
Maybe this is a foolish question, but what do you know about 7 years of good times being followed by 7 years of bad times in our lives?
I know that we are what we are thinking and eating, and maybe all of our lives is the result of our thoughts!
Keep the very good job you are doing.
God bless you and your family!"
These words of the Master Teacher as reported in Matthew 8:13 immediately come to mind here:
"... as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee."
If you believe that you'll have 7 years of good times followed by 7 years of bad times in your life, odds are, you'll have 7 years of good times followed by 7 years of bad times in your life.
On the other hand, if you believe that you'll have only good times in your life, guess what?
Now, that's not to say that economic recessions don't happen. Obviously, they do. However, they don't necessarily have to affect you or drag you down with them. You can, instead, as Bob Proctor says, "create your own economy".
Elizabeth Towne, who was Wallace D. Wattles' primary publisher, wrote an interesting article titled "Post-Panic Pragmatics" about the Panic of 1907 and its aftermath that offers some excellent advice about how to avoid financial reversals that's just as true today as it was over one hundred years ago. I've republished it along with my comments on it on Amazon. I highly recommend you read it and follow its advice. Click or tap the link below to get your copy today.
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Note: I wrote the answer to this question three weeks ago with the intention of publishing it today. Little did I know at the time what was to come. What's happened since then hasn't changed my answer, but it certainly has made it a bit more relevant.
With that, I want to take a few moments today to address several other readers' questions and a suggestion that don't require an entire post each to do so.
One reader wrote asking:
"How can I make a mind map for a negotiation!"
I don't use so-called "mind maps". I've never understood their practicality. Way too many steps, in my opinion, to get to an end result.
When it comes to negotiating, my strategy is pretty simple. I don't play games with people. I go into a given situation knowing exactly what I want, I let the other party know exactly what that is, and then I hold out until I get it, making sure the other party benefits from the deal at least as much as I do. There's not much more to it than that.
Another reader said:
"I don't like ebooks."
"Do you have physical published copies of your books available?"
I do, at least for most of my books. Click or tap the link below for a complete list of the books I publish and/or recommend and the formats they're available in.
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Another reader asked:
"Can you recommend a cheap web host?"
"Cheap" is a relative term in that it depends on what you're comparing it to. When it comes to web hosting, at least for a business, reliability is far more important to me than cost. With that in mind, I've been using Hawk Host for years now. They've proven themselves most reliable to me and, in my opinion, their web hosting packages are very reasonably priced for all that they offer. Click or tap the link below for more information on Hawk Host's web hosting packages.
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Referring to my recent How Do You Get Out of Debt? post, a reader wrote:
"Hi, thanks for that piece, was really helpful. A thought just crossed my mind while reading, have you considered sharing with us your favorite top 100 quotes by Mr. Wattles? Will be really interesting to have you share that with us."
I've been sort of doing that one at a time here on my blog at:
I'll be adding to those from time to time on a regular basis.
Also, I've been doing the same with Wallace D. Wattles related quotes at:
I'll be adding to those as well from time to time on a regular basis.
This same reader also wrote me this:
"I'm studying Mr. Wattles' work on A New Christ, and I can almost feel how strongly he felt for the plight of the then and now working class.
I haven't come across a detailed biography of Mr. Wattles, information about his life seems to be very scanty."
"Do you have material along those lines that you can share with us to give us a better understanding of this immortal icon of history?"
Unfortunately, accurate details of Mr. Wattles' life are few and far between, but, as you've discovered for yourself, his writings speak volumes about who he was as a person. That said, I will share what I do know along with some miscellaneous tidbits about him that I've picked up during my studies as time goes on here on my blog. Stay tuned! :-)