The Science of Success – Why Some Always Win


You have the ability to achieve whatever you set your mind to
…it’s “the Science of Success”. 

Do you ever wonder why some people always seem to succeed in whatever they do, while others…well just never can pull it off?

Is it dumb luck some do well, while others struggle?

Or, Is there a proven template, or formula for achieving your goals…for achieving success?


Are you trying to be successful; trying to achieve an important goal but not getting anywhere?  Are you a good person, but getting bad results?

Do you wonder why some people achieve continual success in their lives? Do you wonder just what it is they do to achieve that success?


So, what is the #1 trait of every successful person?


Successful people don’t just pray, hope, wish or try to achieve something every day. What they do is, actually achieve something every day that gets them closer to their goal or helps then retain their success. They do not mistake activity, or trying to succeed.

 “Never mistake activity for achievement.” John Wooden
Just being active is not enough. Just trying or thinking positive is not enough. Trying and hoping and wishing and positive thinking may work once in a while. They are not bad things. But, you cannot rely on them. They are not sustainable. To be successful you must achieve something every day towards your goal. Even if it just a baby step, it is good. Because, even baby steps keep the forward momentum going. If forward velocity stops you will shortly slow down. And when you slow enough you eventually stop. And when you stop you start going backwards.

Why do we go backwards? It is because it is one of the 3 forces of physical law.

“An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force” Isaac Newton

Newton’s three laws of motion are three physical laws that together laid the foundation for classical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to said forces. Newton’s first law of motion is what all successful people employ.

Newton’s First law:

“When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force”    

The three laws of motion were first compiled by Isaac Newton in his Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687. Newton used them to explain and investigate the motion of many physical objects and systems.

You may say that’s fine for physical objects, but goals or ideas are not physical objects. Aren’t they? You first think of something with your mind. However, if your bright idea just remains in your mind you will never achieve it in the physical world.

For the fact is this; we live in a physical world as well as a mental world. And to create your bright idea;  whatever you have set as a goal you must DO SOMETHING. If you just wish, or pray, or try, it won’t manifest itself. You must take action. And not only just take action, but the right action; you must take the right action so you can achieve the right result. Remember that all action is not helpful. And remember also that activity is not always right action. Checking off your sticky to do list may make you feel like you did something today…but if what you did was not right action towards your goal it was really a waste of time.

When you achieve something you move your object of desire forward. You increase its Velocity. And if you keep achieving the right Action the Velocity keeps moving forward. However, if you do not continually achieve something right towards the success of your goal you will start to lose forward velocity. And when you stop moving forward the third law kicks in and you start to get an opposite reaction. And the opposite of moving forward is?… moving backwards.

So the primary determinant of reaching your chosen goal is to “achieve” something every day towards your goal. You must do something that will maintain forward velocity every day towards your goal. As Newton’s law of the Universe states you move forward, move backwards, or stay at rest.

Time is ticking…What are you going to achieve today that will move you forward in velocity, towards you desired goal?

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Steve Monahan, Success Coach

“Writing on the Science of Success”


Why Men Should Mentor Women Today

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Look at you…you’re smart, well liked, and really good at what you do. So why are you not at the top of the corporate ladder by now? And, if you are at the top, why aren’t you earning as much as a male counterpart?

Well, in business the old saying that “It’s not what you know as much as, who you know, is still valid in today’s fast paced business world….perhaps even more so.

So, the next question is who do you need to know, and where do you find them so you can be more successful in your career or your business?

Who is that person who will advance your career, give you wise advice, hold you accountable and always help you succeed? …It’s a mentor! What is a mentor? A mentor is someone who is older, and already traversed successfully the same path you’re now just taking. He or she is experienced, successful and willing to provide advice and guidance.A Mentor is someone who has the desire to give back for the success they have achieved in their life. Or help you overcome the hard lessons in business they had to experience to grow to success.

When you want accelerated results, you want to be coached by a mentor – someone who’s been there and done that. Someone who has achieved and surpassed what you seek to achieve or accomplish. Someone you can learn from and someone who has high values, morals and who walks the talk in all aspects of his/her life.

I believe strongly in mentorship and mentor both mean and women.The numbers don’t lie: Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, but very few of them make it to the very top level in corporate America. Why? Because even in the 21st century there is still gender bias happening. But there is a solution to this bias. It involves men mentoring women.

For over a decade, mentorship of women by women has been seen as part of the solution, and workplaces from Goldman Sachs to the U.S. government has implemented programs to do just that. But what if the person best suited to mentor you is a man? Don’t let gender get in the way of a potentially critical professional relationship! There are plenty of men who haven’t let it stop them from fostering female proteges. In her new book Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg mentions a mentor of hers, Larry Summers. Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally, the first American woman to fly in combat, has said that all of her mentors in the military were men. Ruth Bader Ginsberg got her first job thanks to an intervention by one of her male law school professors.

If you are a woman and your goal is to reach the top of the ladder in your organization then getting a mentor should be in your 5 most important strategies..As a business strategy a business savvy mentor can make all the difference in building your business. By tapping the expertise of someone who’s already jumped the hurdles, you can reach your goal quicker and with less cost in time, heartache, frustration and money.

So how can you identify a great male mentor ? Here are 5 suggestions.

1. Seek a good match . “Make sure your mentor’s social style and values match your own as much as possible,” says Sid Walker, a sales performance coach and author of Trust Your Gut. Like all partnerships, you need trust, chemistry and commitment.

2. Be casual and less formal in seeking a mentor. Few successful business men take well to a direct request for mentoring. It’s too much of an upfront commitment. “It is more appropriate to say, ‘Would you be willing to join me for lunch or breakfast? I need some advice and I would love an opportunity to pick your brain,'” suggests Barbara Danforth, who directs a mentoring program for businesswomen for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland. Alternatively, you can ask a mutual friend or associate to introduce you to a potential mentor.

3. Establish written goals and measurable expectations. Many protégés and mentors write down goals and expectations from the relationship. If that’s too formal for you, at least discuss, beforehand, exactly what you expect and want to achieve.

4. Consider your potential mentors current power. A well liked and admired high-profile mentor may be able to open doors. In selecting one, think about how he might help your career grow. “If your mentor can speak about you glowingly with colleagues in your industry, you gain credibility,” says Alissa Krinsky, who runs Media Success, a Chicago-based media training company.

5. Give back. Mentoring to succeed has to be valuable to be a real “win- win” for both parties. I mentor because I want to advance women in business. I do it because I feel the world will never reach its fullest potential until women and men are equally valued in society, business, government and even religion. So I do it for a bigger purpose than money. But, I still need to feel I am helping. I still like receiving  recognition from my mentee that what she is learning and growing. And honestly while I never seek it, it is nice once in awhile if they decide to support something I care for, such as my non-profit cause. Additionally the Mentor & the Mentee must work as a team. I have come to see that there are two types of people in life; Givers and Takers. I now mentor, socialize with and work only with people who are givers in life. I do not mentor people who think only of themselves; for they are only takers. Society cannot move forward without givers to renew, pay back and leave this life-giving more than they took. Women; young and old need more men mentor models to move higher faster and farther in growing their business or climbing the career ladder.

It is difficult for a man to reach the top, but even more difficult for a woman to do it in, lets face it, a male dominated corporate world. Women need men mentors who can give them access to demonstrate their talents and skills. Women need the same access to business success as men have. Women need men mentors who understand the need for women to achieve equality in rising the corporate ladder, or in starting a new businesses that will improve society.

After surviving a 3 year battle and overcoming a terminal illness I had a new outlook on life and business. For the first time in my career I realized the need for all of us to live life in balance, savor each day, and work together; not separately to help and encourage our fellow travelers to be successful in life and in business. After I survived I left the corporate world behind and started a non-profit organization. I found that most of the volunteers were women. I saw the strengths women bring to the table; such as compassion, an innate ability to work together for a common good and the ability to get things done quicker when everyone was focused on a solution and not playing politics.

And being involved in this inclusive management style women intuitively possess, it was apparent that women could not only perform equally with men, but their ability to include everyone in the process; not being autocratic as men, got better results for my organization and those we serve. It was then that I decided to mentor women.

I wish it weren’t so but the truth is that there is still a deep seeded gender bias that hangs heavy over our society, even in the 21st century. Our world and our economy has many critical challenges. Just bringing women’s salaries in line with men’s salaries for the same job will add billions to our economy and accelerate our stagnant growth. It is going to take empowered women working together with men as equals, not subordinates however to see that we move forward together to solve the social ills we find our great country in today.

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Steve Monahan

Success Coach, “Writing on the Science of Success”


Why Whatever the Mind Can Conceive It Can Achieve

You have the ability to achieve whatever you set your mind to…it’s “the law of the Universe”. 

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I have come to experience that life is an amazing gift. A gift you and I are here to enjoy each and every day. The name of that gift is “Creation” Each and every day you have the ability to create. To create a life of happiness, purpose and abundance…or a life of sadness, wandering and poverty. It is your choice.

For you have a clean slate each and every day. And with that clean slate you can create success, or create failure. You alone have the choice. Now, while consistently creating success is not easy, if you discern, and then follow the Universal Laws that govern your ability to create you will have a template to follow. That template to follow is the “Law of the Universe”

If you observe and study the Universal laws of life you will see how life itself s created… and with that knowledge, apply those same universal laws to your circumstances to create, or more exactly, manifest whatever it is you want. It has been said, if the human mind can think it, the human mind can create it. While easier said than done…it is possible.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

For the past 40 years I have studied the most successful creators in life. From Lao Tzu and the Tao of yesterday, to the successful creators of today such as Steve Jobs and Richard Branson. I have reflected back on my own long, successful and happy life to observe the laws and templates that created the successes; and the patterns that created the failures as well.

What I do now is teach, coach and mentor people on achieving success, whatever success means to them. For the truth is the Universal Laws always work. As they are science, they are consistent in their outcome. And since they are universal and science they care less who is applying the law. It works for good and works also for bad. The laws allow humankind to create atomic power to light up the world, or an atomic bomb to blow up the world. For the laws obey Humankind, good or bad.

So what do you want to create? what is your goal? Follow our blog, or engage our private coaching or mentoring and let us help you get unstuck, move forward at full velocity and create the success you came into this amazing Universe to create.


Steve Monahan, Success CoachSteveMonahan Round

“Writing on the Science of Success”

Why You Need to be Alone Once in Awhile

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Illustration by Maurice Sendak from Open House for Butterflies by Ruth Krauss

Society today frowns on individuals who want some alone time now and then. Consequently people can’t seem to be alone, or quite and relaxed anymore, without others thinking something is wrong with them.

Curiously, and importantly, mastering the art of quite solitude doesn’t make us more antisocial but, to the contrary, better able to connect with others.

By being intimate with our own inner life – that frightening and often foreign landscape that philosopher Martha Nussbaum so eloquently urged us to explore despite our fear – frees us to reach greater, more dimensional intimacy with others.

That paradox is what British author Sara Maitland explores in How to Be Alone(public library) The five rewards to be reaped from unlearning our culturally conditioned fear of aloneness and learning how to “do” solitude well are:

1. A deeper consciousness of oneself

2. A deeper attunement to nature

3. A deeper relationship with the transcendent (the numinous, the divine, the spiritual)

4. Increased creativity

5. An increased sense of freedom

Of all people, only those who can be at leisure of mind, can be still for a period daily, who make time for philosophy – only those are really alive. SCM

Steve Monahan

Sorry But Steve Jobs Was Wrong – Don’t follow your dream  

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Early in my career as an executive with ITT we financed Apple Computers dealers and distributors. I met the Apple executives in California, and Charlotte on a regular basis and have always admired Steve Jobs and all the Apple people. Steve was a brilliant man and a wise deep thinking person – but on one thing I think he got it only partially right. “Find and follow Your Love”

The title of Steve Jobs’ commencement address in 2005 at Stanford was “you’ve got to find and follow what you love’. He eloquently spoke about as you start out after college you’ve got to find a career that you love. His follow your love is enlightening and is appealing to young new graduates looking to do something ideal that will enrich themselves and hopefully the world as well. When we are at that age we are idealists and have courageous goals. Frankly we should be that at every age and stage in life as well. His word follows the other career guide phrases such as follow your passion, or as Joseph Campbell coined “follow your bliss”

I really admire Steve Jobs as a brilliant man and a wise person, but on one thing I think he got it only partially right. “Find and follow Your Love” The title of Steve Jobs’ commencement address in 2005 at Stanford was ‘you’ve got to find what you love’. He eloquently spoke about as you start out after college you’ve got to find a career that you will love. His follow your love is enlightening and is appealing to young new graduates looking to do something ideal that will enrich themselves and hopefully the world as well. When we are at that age we are idealists and have courageous goals. And that should be at every age and stage in life as well.  His word follows the other career guide phrases such as follow your passion, or as Joseph Campbell coined “follow your bliss”

As inspiring and as lofty those three phrases are they are not fully accurate and for someone starting out in life they are misleading at best, and very damaging at worst.

I believe we should say instead of follow your passion, or “follow your love” as Steve Jobs said; say instead “build a bridge to what you love”. Why? Because the truth is most of us starting out, going into school, or graduating from college have no real idea of what our love, or passion, or bliss is, much less where or how to find it! Why? Because we are not born with a destined love or passion somewhere waiting “out there” for us to mystically discover.

The life and career advice to follow your love, follow your passion, or follow your bliss, as different people call this “thing” out there, just patiently waiting ahead of you, has been the favorite and most quoted catch phrase and generic career advice, given by the all-knowing Gurus of life, to all the newbie’s starting out in life.

This cure-all advice, for the past 30 years is however actually pernicious and only partially correct. For in truth we start at the beginning of our life and career not knowing what will eventually mature – via dedication and diligent work on “building” something good and something valuable into our passion.

The reality is that we have to start working not knowing, totally unaware of what our final passion will be. We do not “find” our passion! Why? Because it is not lost! And it is not cleverly hidden in our DNA. And it is not “out there” hidden in the infinite vastness and energy of the Cosmos. Our passion for a particular job, industry or profession is not immediately found at the beginning of our path, but recognized somewhere in the middle of our path.

          I say “We must build a Bridge to it”

Steve’s Job’s passion turned out to be computers. But he did not have that passion when he started college. He did not go to college to be a computer geek. At the beginning Steve was on his way to being a metaphysical hippie of sorts. Then he took a turn and he decided to go to Reed College {Reed College is a private and independent liberal arts college located in Portland}. As Jobs said in his Stanford Commencement,

“Reed at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating”.


Does that sound like a computer marketing wizard? Not to me. Now lets leave Steve Jobs advice and move onto Cal Newport, a Gen Y author, who believes as I do that “Follow Your Passion” is really not achievable advice. Cal wrote the new book – “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” 

Cal states it as such -”Generation Y was raised during the period when “follow your passion” became pervasive career advice. The phrase begins its rise in the 1990s and sprockets in the 2000s: the period when Generation Y was in its formative schooling years.

Why is this a problem? Because this simple phrase, “follow your passion,” turns out to be surprisingly pernicious. It’s hard to argue, of course, against the general idea that you should aim for a fulfilling working life. But this phrase requires something more. The verb “follow” implies that you start by identifying a passion and then match this preexisting calling to a job. Because the passion precedes the job, it stands to reason that you should love your work from the very first day.

It’s this implication that causes damage. When I studied people who love what they do for a living, I found that in most cases their passion developed slowly, often over unexpected and complicated paths. It’s rare, for example, to find someone who loves their career before they’ve become very good at it — expertise generates many different engaging traits, such as respect, impact, autonomy — and the process of becoming good can be frustrating and take years.

The early stages of a fantastic career might not feel fantastic at all, a reality that clashes with the fantasy world implied by the advice to “follow your passion” — an alternate universe where there’s a perfect job waiting for you, one that you’ll love right away once you discover it. It shouldn’t be surprising that members of Generation Y demand a lot from their working life right away and are frequently disappointed about what they experience instead”

I had great passion for my work of 25 years at GE and ITT, then Deutsche Bank. But I, like 95% of the world fell, or stumbled into my career. I started at entry-level and built my skills and value. And then somewhere along the way I realized I was passionate about my work and career. But at first there was nothing remotely called passion associated to being an entry-level kid in a global corporation. It was not easy, or sexy. But it gave me options and avenues to try out and as I got good at it and stuck to it, I created value for myself and for others. When you do the research you will find that compelling careers most often have stumbling, twisting or turning origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is “follow your passion.”

I happen to believe that all work has value and can become your love or your passion eventually, if it at first observation it can satisfy these four minimums.

  1. Is this work of “interest to you?
  2. Does this work align with your “values and beliefs?
  3. Will this work give you options now and down the road in 5 years time?
  4. Will this work eventually lead to greater responsibility and autonomy for you as you grow intellectually?

Additionally, even though you do not feel love or passion for the opportunity at the get go – if they meet these four points then go for it. Now don’t take a job if it is a dead-end job. A job, that after 5 years you will still be earning the same low pay and doing the same low-level work. You will never build a bridge to passion if the job is a dead-end!

Now, how do you build this bridge to passion?

You start out choosing something that will provide the basis for these four points. Then you show up, give your best, enjoy as you learn and build your bridge each day. Build it by doing good things. Build it by doing valuable things. Build it by stretching and learning new things daily. Create things others need and value. Building your bridge leads to a sense of accomplishment. It leads to people recognizing the value you are creating. Soon people will say that you are really passionate about what you do. And then you will realize that you are passionate about what you do! Only you can build your passion. No one can do it for you. No one can wrap it in a box with a pretty bow and give it to you. You must work, build, persevere, grow, learn and build your own passion.

So while you must have your 4 point criteria met; what job you start at is less important than just starting – and sticking to it till your passion gets created. Studies show that the longer people are at their work, the more they say they are following their passion. In an age when everyone wants instant everything, passion, is one of those valuable truths of life that we cannot get instantly.

It is time to drop slogans and inject into our cultural conversation facts on just how to create satisfying work — a conversation that Gen X and Y need to hear. These generations are not lazy or spoiled as some pundits say. They are full of hope and have high ideals for a better world than this one. And they are ready to work hard. They just need our support, and be pointed in the right direction for investing their energy. “Follow your passion” “Follow Your Dreams’ and Follow Your Heart” are inspiring slogans, but their value today as the cornerstone of career advice for a new working world paradigm needs to end.


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With three months to live – I turned to Faith

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Although it has been ten years now I can still hear the Doctors words ringing in my ears every morning…”You have about three months to live. Every day when I awake…still here…I repeat his words. Why? – because every morning that I awake I feel blessed. And remembering his words daily; no matter what happens that day, I take it all with a grain of salt and never let anyone or anything upset me.  Life is a magical gift to be enjoyed and savored each day.

We humans are very complex. We have the capacity for great love but also the capacity for great hate. We have the capacity to do acts of valor and acts of horror as well. When I was a very young child my dad brought home a little black puppy he found abandoned while working his night shift. He gave it to me and I named it Lady.

It was a kind act on his part. As I said we humans can show great acts of kindness. My dad and I also had a very distant relationship. To this day I still hear his voice saying one night, “I wish you were never born”.

When I was about 8 years old I made a conscious decision to walk away from him. I put my heart in a box to protect it from further hurt and emotionally, not physically left him behind.

Fast forward 50 years and my story continues.  Out of the blue I became sick. And for two years I visited specialist after specialist. I had enough nuclear dye injected into me from special X ray tests to light up Atlanta for a month; yet specialist after specialist could not find out what was shutting my body down. My organs were dying. First my liver, then kidneys, then heart and so on. I had lost a third of my body weight. Family and friends put on a good face, but I could see the pain and fear in their eyes. Finally after two 2 years of lugging myself from one hospital and doctor to the next my primary care doctor said they could not uncover what was shutting my body down. We talked more and then I finally got up the nerve and asked him. Am I dying? The answer was blunt – yes – and unless something amazing occurs you have a few months to live.

I was to say it mildly, stunned. But being a life long optimist my mind screamed there must be another way! Another answer!  Despite what everyone told me I had faith that a healing would occur and that I would live. Faith gives us hope. And hope gives us life. The first thing that came to mind was alternative healing. I have been a practitioner of Zen philosophy and so I know the energy power available within and around us to heal our emotional feelings of dis-ease. But would faith and this unseen energy also heal physical disease as well.

Here are words on faith from one of the world’s most brilliant minds, Leo Tolstoy.

“I understood that faith is not merely “the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the strength of life. If a man lives he believes in something. If he did not believe that one must live for something, he would not live. Without faith man cannot live. For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.”

So with 3 months left I turned to Faith, and a miracle…I had nothing else.
It was then that I remembered a woman I met at a cocktail party one year earlier who told me she was a healer, particularly a medical intuitive. I had her card and gave her a call.

This video is the story of the unseen power of Infinite Faith and what happened next: 


The Eagles Got it Right

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We have been given dominion over this earth.

We are the Stewards of Destiny.
We have Free Will to do as we “damn” well please.
Will we be praised or will we be “damed” by our actions over this planet
What are we doing with our responsibility?
Are we caring for this planet…or destroying it?

I believe the Eagles were trying 20 years ago to get us to wake up and think about this. Here are their words to us.


“Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
‘Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and
justify our bloody deeds,
in the name of destiny and in the name
of God”                      The Eagles – Last Resort


Why You Need Wealth More Than Money Today

 The traditional perspective is that money is your goal and a lot of money is wealth.

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Before we start this discussion it will help to understand what money is. In the entire history of civilizations money is a comparatively recent invention. Wealth however has been around forever and is not the same thing as money. Money flows from wealth. We create wealth and spend money. Wealth is as old as human history. Wealth is the basic thing. Wealth is stuff we want or need: shelter, food, health, safety, clothes, cars, cell phones, travel to fun warm places, and so on. You can have wealth without having money. If you had a magic Jeanie that would on your wish make all the things you needed you wouldn’t need money.

Today I want you to look at money and wealth as two separate and very different things. And to view them as two very different goals as well. And instead of pursuing money, as is the inside the box thinking, lets start thinking about pursuing wealth instead.

Think of money as dollars in a bank account. Think of wealth as ideas first created in your head. Money is cash to buy things. Wealth is things to sell to get money, or tangible things to use to support yourself.

Still not sold, or a bit confused? Let me illustrate.

What would you prefer, $1 million in cash, or two chickens and a machete?

Before you answer that seemingly ridiculous question let me add something. You are not in downtown Atlanta, but you have just been in an airplane crash on a desolate island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Only you and one other person have survived. The other person has $1 million in cash in his Gucci briefcase. You have 2 chickens and a machete in a paper bag. OK, a really large paper bag.

You may be rescued or you may be there forever, who knows. Who has the wealth? You with two chickens who will lay eggs to feed you daily. You with a machete to clear land, build a fire, build a hut, kill wild animals and cut down coconuts. Or, the other person, the rich guy with 1 million in cash in his fancy briefcase? Will he eat his 1 million dollars? Will he burn it to keep warm? Will he throw it at the coconut trees hoping coconuts will fall from above?

So, is it better to have money or wealth? You say that’s a rigged scenario. Well is it?

Wealth I say is the ability to feed yourself and survive and then thrive. I believe that wealth resides in your mind and money resides in a bank. I say your mind is your real wealth – and your mind, not your cash is better. The product or service you provide generates money. Your product or service, not your cash is your true wealth.

“Wealth is the Chicken – Money is the Egg”

Reality is not what it always appears to be. Cash, sitting inside a tangible solid bank seems real. Wealth generating Ideas on the other hand, which are in your intangible, seemingly ethereal mind seem unreal. What is more real or better however, the tangible paper sitting in the real bank, or the unseen money in the unseen mind?

Beliefs are hard to change so let’s look at this money vs. wealth idea in yet another way to further demonstrate the benefit of pursuing wealth over money. You get money by building something people want and selling it to them. Your ability to deliver a product or service people want is your real wealth. Your wealth is your gift from above and in turn your gift back to the world.

You earn money by providing products or service’s someone wants and pays you money for it. That ability to provide the service is your real wealth. Money is passive and dead. Wealth is active and alive.

“The Mind is the truest wealth creator”

Money was not always around. For most of Humankind’s history we used to be mostly self-sufficient. We grew our own food and made our own clothes. If you wanted a goat you gave the man a bushel of your tomatoes and a bushel of your potatoes and he gave you his goat.

Since the Industrial age however money, not goods or services is the tokens of trade. In a specialized society such as we now all live in, most of the things you need, you can’t make for yourself. If you want a potato or a goat or a place to live, you have to give money tokens to get it from someone else.

What you create and sell to people; the skill or knowledge you possess is still your real wealth, not the metal or paper tokens. Money is only the bi-product of your wealth. Your wealth – your service, product or skill is your real generator of money.

Additionally, we think that we need money to get wealth. I believe however that my true wealth is my mind and the ideas it generates to devise services and products is all I need to get money. Wealth and money comes from your mind. Steve Jobs wealth was his mind. He started with no money in a garage. The product he created came from his mind. And in selling his product he generated his money.


So, how do you create wealth? Zig Ziglar said “Give enough people what they want and you will eventually get everything you want” He knew the secret of wealth vs. money. I must say in coaching people who want to start a business, or grow their business they think just the opposite. They think first what they want. And they make it even worse and focus first on money; not first creating wealth. Wealth is the service or product and skill and knowledge you have that you can provide for others. Give people what they want and you’ll build the business you want. Build your business – your wealth – and the money will follow.

Since the 1970’s too many people have come to feel “entitled” to something for nothing. The real world does not work that way. Unless you are pleased living on the bottom rung of the ladder to success – and take what the government gives you for free then you better learn the difference between money and wealth.

The only way to get money without first delivering value is to rob a bank, steal it, print it, be a politician – just kidding - or go on welfare. If none of those appeal to you then stop thinking first about money and think first what can you provide that people want and need and will pay you for it.

“Remember this….money eventually runs out, while wealth is renewable and never runs out. Wealth generates more wealth and more money”

Too bad schools don’t teach us about money and wealth. For some it takes a lifetime to get it, and sadly some never do.I hope this advice this will reduce your learning curve. Follow this newsletter, buy our short book, join our Mastermind Group Coaching group, get our private coaching on wealth and business, or meet for coffee to learn more.

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Take the time now to go inside yourself and ask these 5 questions. One will give you your answer as to what to create others need.

  1. Where is my wealth? – you may have hidden it.
  2. What knowledge, or skill, or training do I have that others want or need?
  3. What do I do well, love to do, that others want or need?
  4. What’s broken in our world that I can fix?
  5. What’s OK but I can make better?
  6. Whats needed that I see and others don’t yet see?

Now use your mind to create wealth – and the money will follow and continue to flow.

Steve Monahan