“There is a meme, infographic going around, with a quote attributed to Jodi Foster that reads, ‘Attacking the rich is not envy. It is self defense. The hoarding of wealth is the cause of poverty. The rich are just indifferent to poverty. They create it and maintain it.’
First, let me say I don’t know if Jodi said this or not. I agree that hoarding of wealth does create and helps maintain poverty and I do think there are some with that purpose in their hearts and minds. There are some nefarious people on our planet to be certain.
BUT WHOA! Not all rich. We need to choose our words more carefully than that. There are some extremely fine, philanthropic rich – then there are some filthy predators. Not all rich people are the same. This is disingenuous stereotyping of wealthy people.
You Are Today Where Your Thoughts Have Brought You
The issue is not riches! The issue is, IS the rich person an asshole? That is what this is about. It isn’t about all rich people but rich people who hoard and prevent others from attaining wealth. Yes, there are certainly plenty of those types of people. Not all rich are like that!
Rule of thumb; if they are rich and an asshole, they were an asshole before they got rich. Money is an amplifier for the most part. It reflects WHO you are. What you do with it reveals your inner workings. Money is merely a tool. Don’t blame a hammer.
Focus on the person who is corrupted but not the tool. If you think about it accurately, there are far fewer rich people in the world, especially uber rich people, than there are poor people. One could say there are a whole lot more poor assholes than rich ones.
You Will Be Tomorrow Where Your Thoughts Today Take You
If you just went by the numbers. That would be wrong. It would be misleading. Stop looking at numbers of dollars one has and look at whether the person is good or not. Anyone can be nice or anyone can be an ass. What does the person use their money for?
I wish people would stop making it about the amount and start making it about the type of person who has it. Anyone can be a good human being or they can be a problem human being, rich or poor. Anyone can be an asshole.
They come in all sizes, genders, colors, religions, backgrounds, political persuasions. Remember, AND KEEP THIS IN MIND: it is not money that is the root of all evil! IT IS the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil. PLEASE note this! Really, note this! Get it?
You Cannot Escape The Power Of Your Thoughts
You will never find or make yourself rich if you dislike rich people. Your brain will never let you accomplish that. You will remain poor or stuck, wherever you are at, simply due to cognitive dissonance. To make money, you must want to have money! Therein lies the rub.
You must really want it badly to make it happen. It requires mindset and action. Napoleon Hill pointed out that you must make making money an obsession. You must THINK and grow rich. Then when riches begin to come to you they will come very quickly.
However, as Hill also pointed out toward the end of his life, if all you want is money you are bound to be screwed up. He said most of the uber wealthy he knew, and their families, were screwed up for this reason. Money was god. He said this of the 519 people he modeled.
For The Love Of Money Is The Root Of All Evil
He studied 520 of the world’s wealthiest men in his day and he said only ONE wasn’t screwed up. Only one had peace of mind because he realized at some point that you need balance. You need peace. There are other things more important than JUST money! Get it?
Many of today’s predatory profiteers haven’t learned this lesson yet. They may never. That is not sufficient reason to dislike all people who have wealth. Nor should you dislike riches. Simply seek balance. Understand people matter more than profits. People come first!
Family, friends, relationships, life, fun, time and other things are more important. At the end of your life, it won’t matter if you get another dollar. What is likely to matter will be how you spent life alone and with the people who matter to you. Keep this in mind!
What You Focus On Expand – You Get What You Think About
Enjoy wealth. Use it to better yourself, others and the planet. Give to others. Act with compassion. Help transform the globe for good through your wealth. You can reach more and do more when rich than when poor. That is just the way it is! So be a good rich person and make a real difference in a positive way. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes
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