If you’ve read my FREE eBook, “The Philosophy of the Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy“, you might remember that I stated there’s a reason the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.
Hold that thought in mind…
It’s been suggested time and again by people of a certain mindset that money should be taken from wealthy people and “redistributed” to the poor.
And, when the wealthy hear this, they always chuckle to themselves because they know that even if something like that did happen, it would only be a matter of a few years until the money “redistributed” itself right back into their wallets and bank accounts.
How can this be?
Actually, it’s rather simple…the “normal” person…the proverbial 95% of people think primarily in terms of what they WANT.
They’re always wanting something…these are the people who LITERALLY spend their entire life dwelling upon some new thing they want, lusting after what they don’t have.
To these people money is nothing more than a means to get something they want and they forever want more money so they can GET more stuff.
They are SELF-INTERESTED CONSUMERS. Their vision, perspective, and awareness RARELY opens up to anything outside of themselves.
The other 5% of people…the wealthy minority…well, they want more money and more stuff too…but that’s not what they think about the most…what the wealthy think about primarily is…
“How can I and how WILL I provide INCREASED SERVICE and VALUE to a select segment of people so that I am duly rewarded and compensated for that increased service and value?”
To people who think primarily in this way, money is a means to provide increased service and value to an increasingly larger segment of people so that their rewards and compensation can be increased as well.
This makes them SELF-INTERESTED and OTHER-INTERESTED PROVIDERS.
Here’s what you must realize…
Money ALWAYS LEAVES CONSUMERS and GOES to PROVIDERS!
And so, even if some government agency took the money away from the providers, the consumers would literally hand it right back over to the providers.
Do you understand that?
Good…because your wealth depends upon you understanding that.
In fact, pause right here and ask yourself, “Do I primarily think about consuming or providing? Which way do I mostly think about using money?”
Now, this brings us to why the poor think there is a scarcity of opportunity while the wealthy see opportunity everywhere.
For those people in the 95% group, they’re thinking primarily about what they WANT…
Which leads them to thinking about how to GET more money so that they can GET what they want…
But all they can see is that wealthy people have “all” the money and they don’t know how to “get” the wealthy to “let go” and “share” some of their money with them…
And so, it appears to 95% of people that there is a scarcity of opportunity.
In contrast, those people in the 5% group, they’re asking themselves how they will provide increased service and value and get rewarded for it.
And so, they look around at what other people are wanting…
They look around at all the places where money is being spent…
And they ask themselves questions like, “Given what’s wanted and what’s being bought and sold in this specific situation:
1. How could I create or buy the supplies, raw materials, or resources that are required cheaper than what they currently cost?
2. How could I sell more of the service or product to more people faster or more conveniently?
3. How could I enhance the value of the service or product so that it can be sold at a higher price?”
As you well know, it’s not hard to find inefficiencies and waste…
It’s not hard to find opportunities for improvement…
And so, the wealthy LITERALLY see OPPORTUNITIES EVERYWHERE. They see so many opportunities that their biggest challenge is deciding which opportunities they want to take advantage of and which one’s they should let pass on by.
And, the way they decide is by comparing each opportunity to their purpose in life, to the potential for reward and compensation, to the effort and energy required, and the potential impact upon other initiatives they already have underway.
Now, go back and take a closer look at #1, #2, and #3 above. Realize that individuals have EARNED vast fortunes by finding and implementing an answer to just one of these three questions.
And those who find and implement answers to all three questions? Well, they are the wealthiest of the wealthy.
Ok, here’s your homework assignment…for the next week, every time you spend money, turn on your curiosity mode, consider and analyze the overall business situation in which you are spending money, then ask yourself the three questions above.
I’m confident you’ll be amazed at just how many opportunities there are all around you.
Now that you know this, guess what?
Now, it’s up to you to watch closely for the right opportunity and then implement.
Now, it’s time for you to expand your horizons and your awareness and transition beyond a mere consumer and become a member of the wealthy provider club.
It won’t happen over night. You’ll make plenty of mistakes. There’ll be some suffering. You’ll have to make some sacrifices. People will laugh at you, make fun of you, tell you that you’re not very smart, and that you don’t have what it takes. And, it’s all ok because you’ll end up wealthy…enjoying the goodness and fullness of life that God has for you and making a far bigger difference in the Kingdom of God.
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