I wish very much that it worked the other way around but the fact is that it doesn’t. You can’t give away tons and then sit back and receive tons. It MAY happen I guess, but I know without doubt that if I have money I can give money.
I feel like sometime people don’t pursue wealth because they think that being wealthy is greedy. Wealth and greed are pretty much synonymous in our culture aren’t they? Sure you can be greedy and wealthy but you can also be greedy and poor. You can also be rich and generous or poor and generous. The two are not related.
Becoming wealthy is not greedy. It’s just not. Your wealth will be determined by your impact on the world and your ability properly handle the money you earn. Period. Not greed. Your wealth is not determined by your greed. If you impact the world in a large and positive way your income will be large. If you save and invest that money well your wealth will increase. You can be generous along way!
Sure I could take $10,000 and give it to my friends, oh how generous I would be. OR I could take that $10,000 and build something that helped people vastly more than a lump sum donation ever could! I could use that money to build a business and gave away jobs instead of dollars? Over time those jobs would pay my friends and neighbors more than I could ever have given them of my own money! What if I earned some money from this business and used it to expand the existing business or build another one? Then I could give away even more jobs, which in turn would make me even more money. And so on! I could help a lot more people that way, couldn’t I?
Is that greed? It sure doesn’t look like greed to me, even if I got rich doing it.
Wealth means an abundance of valuable possessions. Greed means an intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. They simply don’t mean the same thing. Being wealthy isn’t higher on the greed scale than being fat or being President of the United States. Greed isn’t defined as having things, it’s defined as an “intense desire for something“. It’s the intense desire that makes it greedy. Running over those less fortunate to grab your desired item is greed. Having your desired item is not greed.
What do you guys think? Is trying to be wealthy greedy?