Desire is the starting point of all achievement,” Napoleon Hill wrote in his book Think and Grow Rich, after studying the lives of the wealthy for 20 years.
Two thousand years before Napoleon Hill, Jesus made desire a precursor to prayer, saying, “Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them.” Those who have passion in their souls to create and contribute something of great value to mankind have a desire that motivates them day in and day out through good times and bad.
Desire is the critical and most important key in your pursuit of those things that truly matter to you. Why is this true?
Desire gives you the focus you need to overcome life’s distractions and failures. A focused person will seek to pursue a goal with single-minded intensity. Most of us struggle to tune out competing voices that fight for our time, energy and talent. Desire turns vague dreams into laser-beam goals.
Desire gives you the necessary fuel to overcome anything that saps your energy. Everyone faces trials and failures. Most successful people admit to periodic setbacks on their journey to wealth. Failures tend to deflate us. Defeat diminishes motivation. If you have intense desire, however, it compels you to get up and keep fighting. It fuels your drive to move forward and overcome any setback or obstacle. Desire is directly related to motivation— the more intense your desire, the greater your motivation.
Your intense desire to fulfill meaningful purposes in your life will attract the wealth you need to fulfill them. When you have a desire that burns hot enough in your soul and a purpose that is greater than yourself, you have a genuine need to attract and build wealth.
Many people today have lost sight of their desires. They no longer know what they deeply want. Or perhaps they have never really given serious thought to what they deeply desire or what they consider to be their purpose in life.
Desire Lies Beyond A Wish Or A Hope
Desire is rooted in something you believe to be important. To say, “I wish I were wealthy,” or “It would be nice to be wealthy,” does not express desire. They are whims. Desires require effort, and people only work for what they believe to be truly important.
Many people will buy a lottery ticket in hopes of getting wealthy. It takes little effort and not much money and, to be sure, somebody does win each lottery. Wealth obtained by luck isn’t wealth tied to desire. Thus, it is wealth that very often evaporates quickly. In fact, many lottery winners end up losing their wealth and finding only misery. There is no fulfillment or lasting joy related to quick-win wealth because there is no purpose attached to it. In the end, the wealth does not last because it is not tied to something that the person truly values.
Desire Lies Beyond The Pursuit Of Money
What about the desire to be rich merely for the sake of being rich? That is not wealth rooted in purpose and you should not pursue it. Just being rich is rooted in taking from life and hoarding, not giving to life and creating. History has examples of numerous people who pursued money, became rich and ended life disappointed and empty. Why? Because they never linked purpose to wealth.
It is purpose that gives satisfaction. Money is merely the tool that helps establish and expand a person’s purpose. Always keep in mind: