Spiritually oriented people, and even many secular people too, feel that the pursuit of financial wealth is a negative thing; a heart-hardening cynical process that distracts you from following the true calling of the spirit. Not only is this incorrect, but the exact opposite can actually be true. Once you understand the processes by which wealth is created, and the benefits it can provide to many people, it is possible to pursue wealth creation in a way that is entirely wholesome; benefiting you and others simultaneously.
First of all, you should realize that there is no intrinsic merit in being poor. As Abraham Lincoln once said:
“You can’t help the poor by becoming one of them!”
Indeed, the equating of poverty with spirituality is a common mistake. If poverty itself was sufficient, then a homeless person would be a saint! It is neither wealth nor poverty that relate directly to spiritual potential, but rather the degree of mental attachment present. This is why Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to get to heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. It is a matter of what you put your attention on; what matters MOST to you; what you obsess about.
Why is it better to be rich than poor? One simple reason is that it frees you from focusing continually upon survival needs. Your mind is enabled to pursue higher things than merely how to feed yourself or keep a roof over your head! It’s better to just “get it handled”, and then move on to concern yourself with more important issues.
It is the nature of life to expand itself and do the best it can. This is true of trees growing up to the light, cheetahs running as fast as they can, and it should be true of human beings to become the best they can be in every conceivable area. So why earn far less than you are truly capable of? Who does this really satisfy?
If nothing else, being wealthy gives you far more options for your own life AND far more capability to help other needy people. Certainly, there are many ways to help other people that do not involve money or material things. However, if you do wish or need to help others in this way, how can you do so if you have no money yourself? Andrew Carnegie is remembered for giving away the hundreds of millions of dollars he made in his career.
Billionaire George Soros is currently doing the same thing. The point is that your capacity to help others, even your favored spiritual causes, increases if you have spare cash.
At the very least, you will have the money needed to help your own family! When your parents are old, and in need of expensive health care, would you not wish to be in a position to provide it? Shame on you, if you have worked all your life and are unable to do even that!
The truth is that money is nothing more than a flow of creative energy from one person to another. You exchange your creative energy for mine, and the medium used is money. The universe is a place of abundance, and it is certainly not the will of the creator of this abundance that YOU should remain poor! Moreover, the healthy pursuit of financial wealth has many positive merits. Jim Rohn, one of America’s leading motivation trainers, tells how his mentor, a multi-millionaire, once advised him to work hard to become a millionaire too; NOT for the money, but rather for the kind of person it would make of
him to achieve it.
This advice reflects a crucial point. The best way to become financially wealthy – in fact, the ONLY real way – is to give other people far more value than you ever receive from them. One famous marketer calls it “giving dollars for dimes”. In other words, you have to give the customer far more value than that customer gives to you in terms of money. In its most positive sense, wealth creation is about improving the lives of other people so much that you cannot help but become wealthy in return.
That is the ethical way to extract the dollars from their pockets; in fact, they will queue up to give them to you! It’s obvious if you think about it. Would you EVER part with money for something that you perceive to be worth LESS than the money itself? No. Even if you buy a spiritual book, you perceive the value that you will receive to be worth far more than the money you parted with. Therefore, the key to becoming wealthy is actually to find a way to give people something they really want, and offer far more value than you receive back in cash.
Jay Abraham, at $5,000 PER HOUR, is America’s highest paid business consultant. What does this man, who has worked with over 10,000 businesses of all sizes in his career, say about this matter? He advises businesses to be far less concerned with their own self-serving profit motivations, and instead become totally obsessed with their customers! Find out what the customers’ greatest needs and aspirations are, what keeps him/her awake at night, how they can be best helped by the products they are providing, how to give the customer even more value than they have already, and so on. By literally falling in love with the customer, you cannot fail to become wealthy yourself.
In fact, the greatest exponents of this art become wealthy beyond most people’s wildest dreams. Yet, curiously enough, they often remain uninterested in money itself. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart is a classic example. Right up to the day he died, he drove an old pick-up truck, and stayed in the same middle-class neighbourhood he had always lived in. Yet, as a multi-billionaire, he was one of the wealthiest men in America! He simply followed the rule, and learned more about the retail store business than anyone else, and was obsessed with providing what his customers wanted and needed the most. The giant Walmart began with one tiny little store, and a very ordinary man – certainly no genius in the educational sense – who did one thing brilliantly. He cared more about the customers than he did about his own needs.
The lesson is that you do not necessarily have to be money-mad to become incredibly wealthy. Often, the opposite is true. Caring about other people more than about yourself is often THE way! The reason most people do not achieve wealth is simply because they do not believe they are capable of it, or because they have negative psychological issues about money; e.g. they believe they would have to become twisted people in order to be rich. Others are too busy being trapped in wage slavery to ever raise their heads, and form a clear determined wealth creation strategy. As Joe Karbo said,
“Most people are too busy earning a living to make any money.”
So, begin to think about this issue. More importantly, change your thinking from negative to positive. If you have a dream about getting into business for yourself, start to give it more thought. Research ways that you can do something your really love and believe in, and offer it to others as a product or service. The key is really to get started and persist in learning all you need to learn until you finally succeed. Becoming financially wealthy is definitely possible for you, but it begins with changing your mindset about what wealth and money really mean to you. Do it, not only for yourself, but for all the people you can benefit through your abundance.
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