The wealthy have it, but you may not. For those who were born into wealthier families, they were raised with it, but you were not. It’s a significant reason why life seems to favor them while neglecting you. It’s a main reason why the wealthy continue to financially increase while you decrease.

It’s called a “prosperity consciousness,” or “prosperity mentality,” and you either have it, or you have the opposite: a “poverty mentality.”

A Mindset of Abundance

What is a prosperity mentality? It’s when you do not question the accessibility of abundance in any area of life and routinely see more of what you want coming into your life. It’s a core belief that there is plenty of what you desire in this world and scarcity is not for you.

A poverty mentality, as I stated, is the opposite. It’s when you see not only a scarcity of resources, but you don’t believe you’d ever obtain any abundance whatsoever. You might fantasize of having more, but that’s about all you ever do. Abundance is for others, not you.

“Here’s a Million Dollars”

Sometimes, people begin with a poverty mentality and then reach the pinnacle of success and it revolutionizes their thinking. James Hetfield of Metallica is one such example. Although there are many scenes I love from the film “Some Kind of Monster,” it’s the scene featured in the clip below that stood out the most to me. In it, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield reveal to their new bass player, Rob Trujillo, what they’re offering financially for him to join Metallica.

Here’s a transcript of Hetfield’s comments:

“It’s an advance. It’s an advance on some percentages you’re going to be making with the band. Here’s money up front to get you kicked in, inspired, and THIS IS A REALITY. THIS IS MY FUTURE. THIS IS WHAT LIFE CAN HOLD FOR ME WITH MY NEW FAMILY.”

Hetfield’s words are so loaded with a reality check that it was important to him and the band to give such a large advance to Rob. In other words, it’s one thing to say you’re going to make some money with the band, but it’s another thing to say, “Here’s a million dollars to motivate you.”

“This is What Life Can Hold for Me”

James Hetfield didn’t grow up in a wealthy home, and he did not have a great family life. That’s why it’s doubly important to pay close attention to what he says to Trujillo. Let me state it again…

“This is a reality. This is my future. This is what life CAN HOLD FOR ME with my new FAMILY.”

To Hetfield, Metallica is a family, which is likely why he clung so tightly to their previous bass player, Jason Newstead. However, Hetfield’s mentality growing up with little money and no family was revolutionized by his material success. THAT is what he powerfully communicated to Rob, and there’s no better way to instill a prosperity mentality than giving a guy a job and a sizable bonus check!

Hetfield told Trujillo, “This is what life can hold for me.” That’s the key phrase he used. To understand it’s importance, let’s turn it into a question that you ask yourself: What can life hold for me?

Programming a Prosperity Mentality

How you honestly answer that question will tell you whether you have a prosperity or poverty mentality. You might say that life holds a lot for you, but in your heart of hearts, you don’t really believe it.

The best time to program a new belief is during a crisis, and a crisis can be either good or bad. In Trujillo’s case, the crisis was a good one. He received news of his selection as the new bass player for one of the biggest bands of all time and a check for a million dollars. THAT is the best moment to program a new belief—one of prosperity. The belief that life has abundance for me!

You can’t say that Rob Trujillo or Metallica are prosperous because they somehow deserve it morally. They don’t. None of us do. Life shows no favoritism, but it will respond to those who take it by force. That means with determination, planning, hard work, and powerful beliefs.

Try to imagine yourself receiving the news that Trujillo did. Meditate on it. Let it soak into your heart and mind. Start to see yourself facing possibility instead of impossibility. Abundance in any area of life is available to you, but it starts with a belief that such is possible.

Do you feel like you struggle with a poverty mentality? How could you start thinking differently? Tell me about in the comments below?


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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    9 replies to "James Hetfield’s Prosperity Mentality"

    • Anonymous

      And this is where a seed germinates. From previous research into my awakening to a positive mindset, it was the seed I used to believe was too bitter to plant. The seed that I was worthy enough to believe and to receive abundance and prosperity in my relationships at home, out in the world and more importantly the relationship with myself. The Abundance Mentality is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Absolutely believe it! Thanks C.J., this one hits very close to home.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      You’re very welcome, Sis. Thanks for taking the time to write. You’re right—it all begins with a seed!

    • Greg

      As a Bassist and a fan of early Metallica from 83 till 88 (Everything after is rubbish), The Bass Player Rob T is welcome to his money. This just sums up commercialism and sellout by a once great Band.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      Greg, the “Metallica-bashing” is getting old, and it has NOTHING to do with the principles being discussed in this article. I’m skeptical people are able to objectively follow discussions because they’re so easily blinded by their own emotional sentiments.

    • George Kobty

      This is great, I’ve really been looking and researching into the abundance-mentality and prosperity-consciousness and this has been another beautiful thing for me to look at. Thank you for posting this, seriously CJ

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      My pleasure, George. Thanks for writing.

    • John Nunyabizzness

      right? sounds like bitterness to me. ill always defend metallica, my favorite band ever!

      and in ROB’s defense, Death magnetic was a GREAT recovery, and now in their sets they play a LOT more old obscure stuff. and the new song they wrote with rob is AWESOME.

      but i hear ya loud n clear CJ the bashing is VERY old. im VERY sick of it too.

    • Joshua D. Booth

      Truly great observation. This movie changed my life because I was able to immerse myself in that mindset through example, and visualize my possibility with a new outlook.

    • C. J.

      That’s excellent, man.

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