The Law of Accumulation

This law says that everything great and worthwhile in human life is an accumulation of thousands of tiny efforts and sacrifices few people ever see and appreciate. This law explains that great success seldom comes overnight or as the result of a single experience or breakthrough. Instead, enduring success gathers and accumulates over time.

Here is the key to the law of accumulation. Everything counts! Everything that you do, or fail to do, counts in some way. When you set a goal to become wealthy, you place yourself under a new set of rules, and everything from that day forward counts in some way. When you read a book, listen to an audio program, take an additional seminar or course to upgrade your moneymaking abilities, go to bed early and get up early, it all counts. When you plan each day in advance and work on your most important tasks before you do anything else, it all counts. Every positive, helpful action is going on the plus side of your ledger.

But if you spend your evenings watching television, socializing with your friends, killing time on low-value, no-value activities, it all counts as well, and it is going on the negative side of the ledger.

Brian Tracy, Getting Rich Your Own Way