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Hi,

From The Top Ten Distinctions Between Millionaires and The Middle Class by Keith Smith, PP 22,23.

"Talking about ideas requires a different vocabulary than the middle class uses. Use words like possible instead of impossible, can instead of can’t, and I will instead of I should. Millionaires have positive vocabularies. This is not “be positive” hocus-pocus. Words are powerful. Listen to your middle-class friends and you will find their conversations are much more pessimistic than optimistic. Millionaires speak with a strong faith. They believe they can turn their ideas into reality—and they do."

Please rephrase the highlighted part as I was not able to understand it as is.

 

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Hi, Izzy,

"hocus pocus" is defined on the Internet as "meaningless talk or activity, typically designed to trick someone or conceal the truth of a situation." Therefore, that sentence means that it's not a question of just saying "be positive" all the time without actually feeling it -- instead, it's a question of believing in the positive power of words.

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