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Millionaire Minds Focus on Roots not Fruits

Before the Millionaire Mind Intensive

When I attended the Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar at the SMX Convention Center last September 23-24, 2017, externally I was open to suggestions. Internally, I was totally impervious to anything that has to do with money. As far as I was concerned, I was already “seasoned.” I have clawed myself out of poverty, reached the summit of my profession, got broke, chose another profession and summited it, quit out of boredom, started a business and reached dizzying heights of success, got tired of it and quit, chose another profession, pushed it to its uppermost limits until I hit the ceiling, quit, to make it more challenging, I enrolled in Law School, and so on. In my mind, I have already been burned (financially) so many times than I care count that I have become immune to fear. After all, I have always survived. I survived once. I will survive again and again. If and when the financial “slump” it happens, I know I can get myself out of it easily.

As far as I was concerned, I was already “seasoned.” I have clawed myself out of poverty, reached the summit of my profession, got broke, chose another profession and summited it, quit out of boredom, started a business and reached dizzying heights of success, got tired of it and quit, chose another profession, pushed it to its uppermost limits until I hit the ceiling, quit, to make it more challenging, I enrolled in Law School, and so on.

A Briefer on the Millionaire Mind Intensive

The Millionaire Mind Intensive is a financial literacy course based on the T. Harv Eker’s book, Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth. In a nutshell, it is a book not about the act of making money, BUT rather the inner components of making money. It focuses on the internal aspects ofcreating wealth. It is a compendium of learnings based on observation of the rich, happy, and successful.

So, you may be asking what gives? A lot of books are already about that, say Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Well, there are similarities but T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is a first hand, man on the ground, street logic, and procedural. It is not theoretical. This is T. Harv Eker’s own manual to wealth.

For now, let’s just say that it is the ZEN MEDITATION and YOGA of Millionaires. It teaches TAICHI the control of our internal world) and UFC (the actuation) to be massively wealthy. The book is relatively short at 194 pages but it is packed with information. If you want to read the book, click on the links below.

In the Millionaire Mind Intensive Program

As I have said in my previous post, the Millionaire Mind Intensive Program is not designed to bore you to death. It is active, alive, and intense. While the speaker is on the stage, you will move, stand up, jump around, dance, shout, meditate, sing, breathe, and interact with your seat mates. You will go around the room, look for random people and do exercises with them. It is INTENSE. It is ACTIVE. It is a whole lot of FUN. Even during breaks, there are a lot of purpose-driven activities. These activities are designed to get you out of your comfort zone.

T. Harv Eker’s Secrets of the Millionaire Mind is a first hand, man on the ground, street logic, and procedural. It is not theoretical. This is T. Harv Eker’s own manual to wealth.

The Millionaire Mind Intensive may be all those fun things but it is not devoid of content. It is designed to make its participants look inward. For one thing, it taught me to focus on my roots and less on my fruits.

The Millionaire Minds Focus on the Roots not the Fruits


As I have mentioned in the opening statement of this post, I have been through so much in life already. I have earned and lost wealth so many times I care to count. I have this mentality that “nothing can daunt me” and “I can do anything I want.”

Truth be told, this is self empowering but it can also be hubris, false pride, false confidence, or an excuse for complacency. I am an example of the latter. My “hubris and false pride” has led me up and down so many times that I failed to truly appreciate what I had. Despite my relative comfort, I was not happy.

As it stands, and even prior to the Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar, I can buy whatever I want. I can go wherever I want. I can do whatever I want whenever I want. This should be a source of happiness. But I do not feel happy. Yes. I can buy the next best trendy bike, guitar, car, watch, house, or whatever BUT the joy they bring me lasts only for a couple of weeks at most then it’s back to the abysm of emptiness.

Truth be told, this is self empowering but it can also be hubris, false pride, false confidence, or an excuse for complacency.

I may be financially independent and capable BUT not FREE and HAPPY. These are the FRUITS of my programming. These are the FRUITS of my decades of conditioning. I have learned to HATE money. This is my FRUIT.

Focus on the Roots

Focus on the Roots

The Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar helped me dig-up the deeply seated self-sabotaging preprogrammed feelings that made me what I am today (and soon not to be).  I have come to discover the “behavioral wrench” in the mental-emotional machinery of my being.

So what are my roots composed of? Doug Nelson said that when your roots are that of lemons, don’t expect to harvest apples. When your roots are composed of anger, fear, proving, or all of them, do not expect your fruits to be that of joy and purpose. You can only reap what you sow.

At that exact moment, a light bulb lit up in my mind. I always ended up lonely and empty despite my relative affluence because my machinery is based on anger and proving.

My Root of Anger

I came from a family of dichotomies. My mom is from an extremely conservative stock of Spanish Creoles. My dad, on the other hand, comes from a very public family – say one part Evangelist, one part Politician. Their professions and lifestyles reflect their upbringing. My mom is a Registered Nurse. My dad, an accomplished musician. As I was growing up, my dad was for the most part absent. He was always overseas performing. I grew up with my mom and Grandmother in relative comfort. I lacked nothing. I grew up conservative.

When your roots are composed of anger, fear, proving, or all of them, do not expect your fruits to be that of joy and purpose. You can only reap what you sow.

Eventually, as the music career goes, my dad went home with a decent amount of savings. As time went on, our finances declined. At this time, my father started to become extremely impulsive, irrational, and irritable. We hit rock bottom and I became his punching bag. As a child, I blamed him for all the misfortunes that befell our family. I was the poster boy of anger and rebellion. My motto until my early 20s was not to be like “him.”

Unbeknownst to me, subconsciously, I equated money with anger. I was angry because we always had money problems — because my dad was inutile – helpless. Money = Anger. Thus, my root anger was born.

My Root of Proving

At the age of 17, because of the financial crisis at home, I started working as a service crew for a fast food chain. It gave me my first taste of income. I did this concurrently with University for an Engineering degree.

At the age of 18, through a friend, I got into the newspaper industry. I started as a layout artist for a smutty tabloid. I struggled hard to learn all that I can from the industry. I moved from one publisher to another due to the volatility of the publishing world until I hit it big with a multinational. At the age of 19, I reached the peak. I was promoted to Art Director. I was the youngest at that time. This went on for few years until I got bored and quit. Money was still an issue at this time but only ever so slightly.

This is a clear example of self sabotage – a preprogrammed response from a subconscious deficiency. In short, I had a leak in my mental toolbox.

At the age of 25, I finally got out of the cycle of poverty. I had my own apartment, my own set of furnitures, money in the bank, jewelry, an investment in real estate, influence, connections, a wife, and a well-paying and purposeful job in the National Government. In this period, 2005-2011, I was on top of the world. I developed the first ever legal digital library in Asia which contained all legal documents in the Philippines from 1901 to present. I had breakthrough after breakthrough. I was well off. Then I quit because there’s nothing left to prove.

At 2011, I started an IT business with my friends. The business, rather quickly, reached heights I never dreamed of. It had International Organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI) as clients. It also had National Government Agencies as clients. In two-three years time, I the CEO, lost interest. Again, I proved what must be proved. I closed shop.
In 2013, I rejoined the Government. I accepted a rank-and-file position just for the purpose of having something to do without much brain power. In six months time, I was promoted to Officer-In-Charge/Acting Director for an entire Department of the said agency. Again, breakthrough after breakthrough came as a result. I was compensated handsomely. Yet again, I proved what must be proved. I was comfortable. Comfortably BORED. Thus, I quit in 2017. Surprise.

This is a clear example of self sabotage – a preprogrammed response from a subconscious deficiency. In short, I had a leak in my mental toolbox.

The Millionaire Mind Way: Be Aware

The Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar helped me acknowledge that I had a problem. Then it taught me to be aware of my “defaults” accept them but don’t give into them. There are techniques but they are best described in detail in a succeeding post because this is already getting rather lengthy.

Conclusion

We are the result of our past. We are the consequence of years of conditioning. However, while it is true that we are the products, it is farthest from the truth that we are victims. We are victims if we allow ourselves to be victims.
This “state” is not permanent. There are corrective measures to fix the causes of our self-sabotage and the first step is to know. Examine your fruits. Determine whether or not they are the ones you really really want then go to your roots. Be honest with yourself.

If you are sick and tired of your situation, it is time to plant new seeds to grow the kind of trees you desire.

The Millionaire Mind Intensive Seminar is the first step into that direction. I am sure that there are many seminars out there. Some may even be better than the Millionaire Mind Intensive. It doesn’t matter. Just do yourself a favor and make the first step.

If you are sick and tired of your situation, it is time to plant new seeds to grow the kind of trees you desire.

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