For example: When centuries ago Lisbon was hit by an earthquake, then a tsunami, and then a fire all in one day, the place was in ruins – and it was a very wealthy citizen who donated fortunes in order to rebuild.
As for examples where money brings out the worst… well, examples aplenty. Like the dude who bought a patent to an Aids medicine and raised its market price by – what was it? 3000%? Something crazy.
Where’s the difference?
In the person. Not in the money, because money is agnostic of right and wrong. It’s just a placeholder for value.
But, the more of a good guy or good gall someone is, the easier it is for that person to blame money, and call it – or subconsciously consider it – something inherently bad.
This is a problem, because if you Do Good Work, eventually money will start coming your way, especially if you think big and work long & hard on doing that good thing you do.
But, if you have a secret or not-so-secret hangup about money being bad, you’re going to constantly find ways to keep it out of your life, sabotaging whatever development is bringing the money closer.
That’s silly, and it’s a disservice to the people you want to serve, because the more you make, the more you can scale and reach more people.
So, stop blaming the money, and instead: want the money.
If you’re generous and your needs are covered, you can always donate, or support social good companies, and make money work for good.
But never, ever, blame the money – because it has never done anything wrong. People may have done things wrong with it, but as a tool, money itself deserves no blame.
And if you agree, and you want the money, and you can’t wait to get more of it so that you can use it to increase your impact, then let’s talk.
Because helping people make more is something I’m pretty damn good at.
Want that help, from me?
Then let me know…
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