It’s possible, if you don’t have a solid foundation to build on.

The quest for a better life is pretty common to us all. However, whether the dream involves material wealth or possessions, or something more intangible, it would be sadly rare to find someone that is actually putting effective actions behind their visions.

I’m sure you would agree that there are countless wealth-building and goal-achievement training opportunities available today. In fact, the Internet (via websites and email) has far surpassed any other medium for the distribution of offers and publications that are touted as a means to generate additional (or even full-time) income at home, but there are still programs that are offered on TV infomercials, in traditional magazines and via direct mail. If an average person shows even the least interest in a possibility (such as by subscribing to a newsletter or web email list), he or she will probably be inundated with offers within a very short time.

Can any (or all) of these opportunities make you rich? There are the naysayers who will tell you that “every program is a scam”, but I would hesitate to use such a broad response. The fact is, there certainly are scams out there (likely far fewer that you might think), but I suspect the vast majority of these programs could generate a profit, and I think you would generally find that there is some level of success potential in all of them. However, there are key (and often overlooked) elements: each program has to be used by the right kind of person, with the right mindset, applying the right efforts for as long as it takes to succeed. This is the part that the ads don’t tell you.

The great majority of people in our world have desires that would surely make positive changes in their futures, and some may have decided that “home business” offers and programs like these could help them on their way. They may spend their hard-earned cash to order a program (or even several), and rapidly start reading, or following “recipes.” But that’s when things begin to unravel.

Far too many folks can get caught in a trap which I like to characterize as the “movie theater” – have you ever gone to the movies and entered the theater long after the start of the show? You may have enjoyed the rest of the film, but maybe felt that “something was missing,” or, perhaps, maybe you got completely lost and mentally wondered why you bothered to come in the first place.

The same phenomenon can be seen in some, if not many, of these “get rich products.” Most of the program buyers really don’t have the fundamental knowledge of how to select an opportunity, plan for it, manage it or any of the other elements that are the building blocks of a sustained success. The plain truth is that you probably will never achieve an ongoing level of achievement without building that success on a strong foundation.

It’s not that the basics are so hard to understand… some have been around for centuries, and many have their roots in good, common sense.

These concepts center on such subjects as:

  • How we process thoughts, and how, and about what, we choose to think.

  • The passions that are a part of each of our lives.

  • Our ability to navigate around the “potholes” in the road to success.

  • The commitment we have in the process and the goal.

  • Our specialized knowledge and experience.

I think you get the idea… classic wisdom that is timeless, and never changes.

And yet, you’d be surprised to learn how many people will use a “law of mathematical probabilities” (that is, “if I buy enough programs, one is certain to make me rich”) to build their futures. Instead of really thinking through their goals, making effective plans, working steadily and with patience, and eventually celebrating a powerful and, perhaps, ongoing achievement, there are so many that will give up in days, or even hours, because they so easily convince themselves of the futility of trying.

And, it’s so easy to give up. People do it all the time. But it will never lead to anything better in life than what you have right now. The road to success and prosperity is far more challenging, and will require more of you, but the rewards far outdistance the risks.

If you see yourself in one of these scenarios, please let me offer this brief, but powerful advice:

The “world” does not owe you a living, and there’s no such thing as a “free lunch.” You will have to invest, in terms of effort and dedication, to succeed.

But, if you learn the basics, lay the groundwork for your future with good planning and execution, commit yourself to the achievement of your goals, and persevere throughout the journey, you will likely achieve at a level beyond even your wildest imagination!

About the Author:

Mark Williams is a philosopher, writer and researcher who focuses on helping people to achieve personal success. His new book, The Prosperity Principles – Classic Wisdom for Modern Generations will be in bookstores and available online in June. You can contact him at