Abundance is about accessing what’s already there…

A local goldsmith presented the Roman Emperor Tiberius (14 to 37 AD) with a dinner plate, made from an unusual shiny metal – as shiny as silver but much lighter.

He claimed to have extracted the new metal from clay, using a method known only to him and the gods.

Emperor Tiberius had amassed a fortune in gold and silver and was concerned that the value of his treasure would diminish when people had access to this new shiny metal that was rarer than gold.  So, the Emperor ordered the goldsmith to be beheaded!

treasure chest

That execution killed the production of aluminium from bauxite until Christian Oersted and Frederick Wohler  discovered a process of extracting aluminium from bauxite between 1825 and 1845 .

Then in 1854, Henri Sainte-Claire Deville created the first commercial process for the production of aluminium, causing the world price to drop by 90% virtually overnight.

The reality is that aluminium is the third most abundant metal on the planet, making up 8.3% of the weight of the World.

The point of the story is that abundance already exists; it is a matter of accessing something that already lies at our feet, rather than creating something that doesn’t already exist!

Last Thursday, I attended Dan Sullivan’s “You x10” workshop at The Strategic Coach® in Toronto, where this issue of abundance was discussed.

Dan articulated his “Abundance Spiral”, which really caused the penny to drop for me that “Abundance” is access by following a system; and the system starts with being grateful for what we have already.

So, these are the steps in the system according to Dan:

Step 1 – Gratitude

This is really appreciating the value of everyone and everything in your live. To say that something appreciates in value is to say that it’s value increases.

Step 2 – Creativity

Continually combining everything you value in new ways to create even higher value in the future.

Step 3 – Cooperation

Combining your new creativity with that of other grateful individuals to multiply everyone’s results and advantages.

Step 4 – Opportunity

Believing that increased gratitude, creativity and cooperation continually produce a bigger future for everyone.

Step 5 – Ingenuity

Believing that combining everyone’s results and advantages produces entirely new kinds of capabilities.

Step 6 – Exponentials

Believing that the ingenious multiplication of new opportunities produces higher levels of gratitude.

So, it all starts and ends with gratitude!

A great book to read, if you’re interested in having abundance in your life is “Abundance – The future is better than you think” by Peter H Diamandis and Steven Kotler.






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