What You Respect, You Attract
|January 24, 2008||Posted by Roshawn Watson under Uncategorized|
Did you know that rich people admire other rich and successful people? Alternatively, many poor and middle class people resent the rich. If your view of rich people is negative in any way, and you desire to be a good person, then you can never be rich. How can you be something that you despise?
It is perplexing and troubling to see the resentment and outright anger that poor and middle class people have towards the rich. You will hear such people say that “I can never get ahead. Those evil, greedy, rich people are just so selfish.” It is as if they believe that rich people made them poor by taking all the money, so now there is no money left for them.
My Thoughts are My Business. If you happen to be one of the people who says “my thoughts are my business,” you are right. Your opinions make no difference to anyone else’s success or wealth, but they do make a huge difference in your own life. Many thoughts and opinions are not necessarily good or bad, but they can propel you towards your goals or halt your progress. You do have to recognize when your thinking is disempowering.
In their outstanding book One Minute Millionaire, Mark Vick Hansen and Robert Allen quote a passage by Russell H. Cornwell in his book Acres of Diamonds.
“We preach covetousness in the pulpit and use the term filthy lucre so extremely that Christians get the idea that it is wicked for any man to have money. Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought to because you can do more good with it than without it. Money prints your bible; money builds your churches; money sends out your missionaries; and money pays for your ministers. If you can honestly obtain…riches, it is your Godly duty to do so. It is an awful mistake of these pious people to think that you must be awfully poor to be pious.”
In the subsequent passage, one crucial point Cornwell makes is that rich people are trustworthy. Of all the attributes required to be rich, having others trust you should be a top priority. Think about it: do you seek out snake oil salesmen to do business with? Probably not. Thus, it is quite likely that many rich people have a lot of people who trust them, and for many people to trust them, they are probably reasonably trustworthy. Of course, there are some very notable exceptions.
So many people have been conditioned to believe that you cannot be rich and a good person or rich and spiritual. However, I disagree. Some of the richest people I know are also the nicest and most devout. T Harv Ekers makes this point when talking about an experience he had while at a barbecue. He said that once the conversation shifted to a charity, everyone at the gathering readily got their check books out. However, there was a catch with each check: everyone wanted you to give to his or her charity at some point in the future. In fact, everyone there headed up a charity or was a major player in a charity. Each year they made it their goal to be the single largest donor to their desired charities. There are plenty of other examples of generous and spiritual, wealthy individuals. One such man is Rick Warren, an evangelical minister, who gives 90% of his income way. Thus, it is simply ignorance to assume that all rich people are mean and greedy.
Resenting rich people is one of the surest ways to stay broke. Practice admiring and respecting them instead. The ancient Hawaiian elders teach “bless that which you want.” This way, subconsciously, you will not have such negative feelings towards the wealthy and can unreservedly strive towards being wealthy yourself.
Note: This post was inspired by T Harv Ekers and his fascinating book Secrets of a Millionaire Mind
Copyright 2012, Roshawn Watson, Pharm.D., Ph.D. All Rights Reserved.