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  • George Samuels

Why Your Library Defines Your Success

In this article, we look at how stories and values inherited culturally can influence our success. We also look at how that success can be defined by the books we stock up in our libraries. 

I recently watched an interview with Dr. Demartini and a woman by the name of Lilou (see video attached). Lilou has done some amazing interviews on her Youtube channel but, in this particular one, it was really interesting to watch how advice can sometimes go straight over the head of a person.

In it, Demartini tries to answer a question that Lilou (and other viewers) want answered, which is, “How do I save money when I have debt?” But, in doing so, his answer doesn’t seem to get through as easily. Lilou goes on to say that, “I hear you, but I don’t hear you.” She says that, even though the answer is being given straight to her, she feels like something is still holding her back. It’s a bit uneasy to watch. Yes, something is holding her back (which we’ve all tackled with) – herself.

Dr. Demartini explains how it’s our values that determine whether we leave a legacy of poverty or wealth. And our values are shaped by culture, family and/or our environment. As I listened to that, I nodded in agreement and realized that I had a similar “shackle” to Lilou, who was not seeming to ‘get it’ at the time. To judge her would be hypocritical, because I was seeing myself in her, but it was also freeing me up at the same time.

At this stage, that personal shackle is slowly coming off. It has been felt as I’ve listened to Napoleon Hill’s Think & Grow Rich audiobooks day in and day out, ingraining into my mind a new way of thinking and seeing the world. Doing so has allowed me to witness an increase in my financial situation. In this newfound awareness, I’ve started seeing my old Self in other people. How silly you feel when you cringe at your own reflection in others!

There was also a section in the interview where Dr. Demartini gives an example of where he asked an audience member, who asked him how to get out of debt, if he had read any books on money or money management. He said to name just one. The guy couldn’t answer. He then told a story of a billionaire he had lunch with and demonstrated how that guy viewed the world – he talked in a language that reflected his deep desire to help the world and be of value or service. Can you see the difference?

We attract what we most value in life. If our values are against money, money will elude us. Yes, social or cultural inheritance can impede this from occurring. But our attachment to this idea is also what keeps us chained. Understanding our own stories can help free us from that bonage.

So after watching the video, I went to my office room and looked at all the books on my shelves. Low and behold, my values were being reflected right in my own room – I had more books on creativity, spirituality and philosophy than I did money! What do you think needed to change?

This made me think about people in our world who can understand a person just from what they wear, carry around with them or stock up mentally. For example, I was watching an Opera episode once, and this specialist could determine a person’s character or personality simply by observing what shoes they wore. He was spot on for all of them! Could the same be true about our libraries? Do the books we stock up on define us? And, if they don’t reflect what we say we want, is it time to change things? I believe so.

So after identifying my own “blockages”, I vowed to appreciate money more instead of turning it into something ‘evil’ or dirty. Money is just a means of agreed upon exchange – our ideas around money is where it becomes good or bad. Yes it is an idea that has been passed down, whether through family or cultural conditioning, but who wants to be chained to a story that was not yours to begin with? Create a new story and, with it, breathe new life into your culture. The more you understand your story and heritage, the more you can reclaim your own freedom.

What does your library say about you? What story is it telling? What type of books do you have the most? Is it in line with what you say you want? Share your thoughts below.