Money can bring out the best in people, and it can bring out the worst.
For example: When centuries ago Lisbon was hit by an earthquake, followed by a tsunami and then a fire, all in one day, the city was in ruins – and it was a very wealthy citizen who donated fortunes in order to rebuild the place.
A nice outcome, I’d say.
As for money bringing out the worst in people: well, examples aplenty.
Like that dude who bought the patent to an Aids medicine, and raised its market price by – what was it? 3000%? Something crazy. Incredibly nasty.
So where’s the difference?
In the person, of course.
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 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 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 your money work for some sort of positive outcome.
But never, ever, blame the money – because it has never done anything wrong.
People may have done wrong things with it, but as a tool, money itself deserves no blame.
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