A big Thanks to Robert Kiyosaki for these wise words. Shines a new light on old fashioned thinking.
It’s the poor who are greedy, NOT the rich.
I hear from people who are dissatisfied about their financial situation a lot. What do they say is the cause?
Guess what? If you want to blame anyone, start blaming yourself for your situation.
Ask yourself, “What have you done today to improve your situation?”
What course are you taking? What book are you reading? What business are you starting?
Most people they tell me that the rich are greedy and hoard all the money, leaving the “rest of us” to suffer. They claim that they themselves don’t care about money, not like those greedy, money-hungry rich folks.
But I ask them, what does that not caring look like? Struggling with bills every month, just getting by, with nothing left over for fun, or education, or for giving to those less fortunate.
In fact, they need help themselves, so how can they help others?
In my experience, a lot of poor people are more “greedy” than rich people.
Many poor people insist that:
– The rich should pay all the taxes
– The government should take care of them
– They deserve a higher salary for doing the bare minimum at work
– Wealth should be “redistributed” (meaning THEY get money that someone else earned).
Poor people criticize the rich for being “privileged.”
Well, I would go so far as to criticize anyone who feels that way as being “entitled!”
So much of the media fans the flames. Painting rich people as villains. As if being smart, hardworking and successful were some kind of a crime.
No wonder so many people say they don’t care about money, and they’ll argue with anyone who points out this truth: Those “mean” rich people they hate so much are some of the most generous people around.
Take Bill Gates.
Yes, he’s the wealthiest man in the world, so he has more to give. But get this, according to “Wealth-X”, a wealth research firm, Mr. Gates has donated 32% of his $82.4 billion net worth so far. That’s $27 Billion.
If the average “non-rich” household income is roughly $76,000/year, 32% donated over a 30-year career would be $729,600.
(How many “non-rich” people do you know who would give that much?)
Bill Gates is not alone. Most ultra-wealthy people I know give away more money every year than most people will ever earn in their lifetimes.
My experience is that they are all actively LOOKING for ways to give back.
To them, the biggest luxury of being rich isn’t owning a yacht or an island… it’s having the capacity to make a real difference in the world.
Contrast that with people who are always simply looking for a handout.
So, who’s “greedy” now?
For those who want to keep blaming others for why they’re not where they want to be, I’m not here to change their minds.
For anyone who believes that the world owes them a living, they’re not welcome in my world.
But I am here to help people who want to accept responsibility for their life and for making it better!