To Be or To Become?

What’s your choice?

Bill Holmes
2 min readJul 13, 2022


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“The greatest reward in becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire in the first place.”

- Jim Rohn

If you became a millionaire today, would you be able to invest your earnings and remain a millionaire or would you lose it all?

That’s the question that appeared inside my mind when I read the statement by Jim Rohn listed above. You can substitute any occupation or situation in place of the word millionaire and apply it to any scenario imagined.

For example, a recovering alcoholic wouldn’t jeopardize his or her sobriety by continuing to hang out at bars with their friends who don’t support their efforts.

A person who wants to lose 30 lbs and maintain that weight loss won’t continue to eat anything he or she wants to.

A first-time writer who seriously wants to start a manuscript will make sacrifices to finish that document.

The successful accomplishment of any goal will require a person to not only consistently work hard, but it will also require he or she to make changes. Transformation of one’s mindset and lifestyle are critical for individuals to see and maintain the results of their efforts.

It’s beautiful to dream about being successful someday, but it’s more exhilarating to become the successful individual who brought his or her vision into fruition.



Bill Holmes

Writer. Poet. ESSENCE Best Selling Author. Filmmaker. Personal development aficiando who lives and breathes the mantra "I will not be denied!"