The Power of Wanting


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Gratitude is recognizing all of the good in your life. Making gratitude a daily habit is a good thing because gratitude is the gateway to a positive mental outlook.

Having a positive outlook on life is critical to success because positivity expands your thinking, enabling you to see solutions to your problems, while negativity narrows your thinking, making problem-solving difficult, if not impossible.

Wanting is the desire to be, do or have something you don’t currently have. Wanting creates an itch that must be scratched. It stirs the passions deep inside of you, and can become a fuel for change.

When your wants are good, then wanting can be a catalyst that forces you to change. And change is how you transform yourself into the ideal, future version of yourself – successful and happy.

Wanting to become more expert in your skills, is good.

Wanting to become more knowledgable in your career or profession, is good.

Wanting to accumulate more wealth by saving more then you spend, or by becoming a Virtuoso in what you do, or by pursuing a dream, is good.

Wanting to forge relationships with other positive, success-minded people, is good.

The problem with wanting is in wanting the wrong things.

Wanting becomes bad when the things you want are meaningless, adding no real value to your life – an expensive car, a boat, a Rolex watch, a lifestyle of the rich and famous – these are all bad wants.

Having more stuff will not make you happy and will do nothing to help you change in a positive direction.

Wanting is good when it is used to force positive change in yourself or in the lives of others.

Without wanting, Dr. Carson, a poor child raised in the ghettoes of Detroit, would never become a brain surgeon and would never have run for President of the United States.

Without wanting, NASA would never have beaten the Russians in sending a man to the moon.

Without wanting, Henry Ford would not have created the first massed-produced automobile.

Without wanting, Thomas Edison would not have created the incandescent lightbulb.

Without wanting, Jonas Salk would have never found a cure for polio.

Wanting, when directed towards positive change, is a good thing.

And you should be grateful every day, that wanting has been hardwired into your DNA.

It is up to use to use your powers of wanting in a positive way.

That’s what successful people do!

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Love to read you first thing in the morning. Gets me focused for the day and headed in the right direction. Thanks, Kate

  2. Great article. Choose your “wants” carefully!

    Ref: Material Things (and/or using nefarious means to steal a beautiful alien woman in this case)

    “After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true”. — Spock (from Amok Time, first aired September 15, 1967)

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