The 90-Day Financial Experiment That Will Put You on the Path to Wealth
Two and a half years ago, I did an experiment at the advice of Dan Kennedy that completely changed my life …
After signing up for the Business of Copywriting Academy for AWAI, I received several suggested reading materials, including a galley copy of Dan Kennedy’s forthcoming book, No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy.
One of the chapters, “Act Wealthy to Attract Wealth,” suggests a 90-day experiment that Kennedy describes like this:
“You need not have any confidence in it working for it to work. You only need to do it for 90 days. You’ll see results. You’ll be amazed. Then you’ll stick with it even though you may never be able to logically explain it to anyone else, just as I can’t logically explain it to you.”
So just as Kennedy can’t explain why it works, neither can I. But I can tell you that everything changed for me when I adopted this financial strategy for my business.
In fact, my income became consistent, has grown exponentially, and is no longer a source of worry.
This strategy has two parts: one that seems logical and one that doesn’t. The premise is that there are two things all really wealthy people do that you can copy and that will positively affect your wealth.
The logical part has to do with saving. In your 90-day experiment, the first thing you’ll want to do is set up a separate bank account and call it your “Wealth Account.”
Determine a fixed percentage of every dollar that you earn that will go into that account. Kennedy suggests something between 1 and 10 percent. Once you pick the percentage, deposit the money and do NOT touch it no matter what.
Kennedy says if you do take money out of your Wealth Account, especially during the 90-day experiment, you MUST limit it to “true investment,” such as extra principal on your home or auto loan. (Note that later on, you can start moving your Wealth Account money into various investments.)
At first, I was hesitant to do this—afraid that I would need that money to pay bills. But I did it anyway. I never touch the money, and I do it with EVERY dollar I make from copywriting. And that’s what you’ll need to do too.
The illogical part has to do with giving. It’s important to understand that this plan has to do with acting wealthy. And wealthy people give.
So the second thing to do is open a bank account and call it your “Giving Account.” Like your Wealth Account, you will also predetermine a fixed percentage of every dollar that you receive and deposit it into your Giving Account.
Kennedy says, “It’s hard to imagine how SUBTRACTING 10 percent from your income and giving it away can increase your income or wealth.” He also talks about how the math works differently than you’d imagine, saying, “100 percent minus 10 percent = 90 percent … but somehow, this math works more like this: 100 percent – 10 percent = 100 percent x 4 = 400 percent.”
By that, Kennedy means that for all the money you give away, the more you get back. For instance, it’s not uncommon for me to make a $100 to $300 charitable contribution and within a day or two receive an email about a new project worth four or more times what I gave away.
It seems crazy, I know. But it happens over and over.
Even Kennedy says the first time he heard this from Foster Hibbard, president of Motivation Dynamics, Inc. and former associate of the late Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, he thought Hibbard was "nutty as his grandmother’s fruitcake."
But somehow, the act of giving affects your subconscious mind so you start to feel and act wealthy … and even start attracting wealth. So the more often you are able to deposit money into these accounts, the better it seems to work.
For those of you who are nervous about the Giving Account, one tip that helped me was to deposit the money into the Giving Account and leave it there until the end of the year.
If you have a REAL emergency that comes up, you can consider yourself the “charity” and use the money for your emergency. You want to avoid that scenario if possible, however, this may help relieve some of your anxiety.
Have you tried this 90-day experiment, or do you currently set aside equal amounts of savings and charitable donations already? How did it affect you? If not, will you try this experiment? Share your answer in our comments below.
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