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By Mike Litman

Why should you strive for financial success?

For the money you will receive? For the attention you might garner? What is your reason?

I would like to suggest another reason for you to consider. Recently, I was sitting down with multi-millionaire Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins' original mentor, and he told me what he feels is the best reason to become a millionaire.

He said. 'Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.'

He went on to tell me about his own mentor.

'Mr. Schoaff had an interesting way of teaching it. When I was 25 years old he said, 'I suggest, Jim, that you set a goal to become a millionaire.' I was all intrigued by that. You know, it's got a nice ring to it--millionaire.'

Then Mr. Shoaff said, 'Here's why.'

'I thought to myself, 'gosh, he doesn't need to teach me why. Wouldn't it be great to have a million dollars?'

Shoaff said, 'No. Then you'll never acquire it. Instead, set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.'

'Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become. Do it for what you'll end up knowing about the marketplace. What you'll learn about the management of time and working with people. Do it for the ability of discovering how to keep your ego in check--for what you have to learn about being benevolent. Being kind as well as being strong. What you have to learn about society and business and government and taxes and becoming an accomplished person to reach the status
of millionaire.'

'All that you have learned and all that you've become to reach the status of millionaire is what's valuable. Not the million dollars.'

Jim Rohn told me a lot of amazing things in our time together. But, after all of the millionaires I've had the pleasure of interviewing, this lesson really stands out as advice we should all follow.

You need to ask yourself: What kind of communication skills do I need to develop in order to become a millionaire?

Then begin working on them.

Ask yourself: How must I think in order to become a millionaire? Then begin thinking that way.

Ask yourself: What kind of people do I need to associate with so I can achieve my goals faster?

Then strive to become a person those people will want to be around.

None of us can afford to underestimate the value and importance of this reason to become a millionaire.

In other words, the greatest value you'll receive by becoming a millionaire is the person you have to become to make it in the first place. That is the greatest reward of your journey to success.

In fact, Jim Rohn wasn't the only millionaire who helped me to realize the power of this lesson. A couple of years ago, Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author, Jack Canfield gave me the same lesson when I sat down with him.

Jack said, 'It doesn't make a lot of difference to become a millionaire. I've done that many times over and I can tell you that it's nice to have a house and a car that doesn't fall apart and all that.'

'But, what's more important is who did I have to become in order to become a millionaire?'

'I had to learn how to overcome my fears. I had to learn how to talk in front of groups. I had to learn how to plan a speech. All of that was scary. But, when I did it and survived it, I was no longer afraid to do it in the future. Now you can take away my house, my money, my car and everything, and it wouldn't matter. I know how to create more of those things because of who I've become, NOT what I possess.'

What these millionaires taught me is priceless.

The point is you must go after your goals and dreams with a burning desire because you'll begin to see a transformation in yourself. A greater self-confidence and belief in yourself will be the first of many rewards.

Now THAT is what I call the ultimate reason to become a millionaire!

Mike Litman, is the co-author of the #1 International Best-
Seller--Conversations with Millionaires, What Millionaires Do To Get Rich, That You Never Learned About In School! Networking Times Magazine calls Mike Litman a 'modern day Napoleon Hill.'