If I hear one more business bashing, “I hate rich people” comment, or convo I think I may just make a scene…
If you are reading this, I will warn you- you may be one of the people I am talking about. Today’s society is filled with the filth and lies that rich people are evil, selfish and greedy. So much so that we are bombarded with these hate messages all day long through media, movies, and even in schools.
We commend and applaud students who desire to be teachers, counselors, engineers, lawyers, doctors, etc. Yet, ask a teacher if they have adequately taught their students in business, selling and entrepreneurship (the things that actually generate and create wealth) and they will likely give you a blank stare. What if a student stands up and says they dream of being a corporate executive and business person? Will the teacher give the same encouragement or admiration to that student? My guess is probably not.
I cringe every time I hear the media bash business as a whole because of one corrupt leader or business owner. I skirm and want to jump out of my skin when I hear conversations regarding the wealthy and “working class.” Those two statements alone program the minds of society to automatically conclude that the wealthy don’t work.
But in reality, roughly 80 percent of millionaires in America are the first generation of their family to be rich. They didn’t inherit their wealth; they earned it.
I recently had a conversation with a millionaire who told me that once your income exceeds a certain dollar amount that the government taxes you almost 50%! I was disgusted and appalled at that fact. You’re kidding?! I screamed.
Now, I may not be a millionaire yet- but I know, with certainty that I will be. I am working my behind off building a business that brings healing and life to the hopeless, lost and broken. I hustle to help those who are stuck and miserable in their lives, careers, or business to actually enjoy their life and live again.
And once I actually fully see the fruit of my labor- the government is going to take HALF of it?! And you think THAT is fair?
Businesses and the wealthy are expected to “give back”, another phrase that grinds my gears. I’m with Rabbi Lappin, author of Thou Shall Prosper – that phrase should be eliminated from our vocabulary. It implies that we took something in the first place. That thought process feeds the lie that wealthy people take something away from everyone else. That their wealth and success somehow takes away your power and ability to have the same thing. The contrary is true- the majority of the wealthy give far more than they “take.”
Even without counting charitable contributions, wealthy business owners create jobs, technology, innovations, and conveniences that you benefit from on a daily basis.
Businesses go above and beyond contributing to society when they donate large sums of their wealth to charities. Rather than using the phrase “giving back”- I encourage you to start saying “Multiplying the good” ; “Increasing our Impact”; “Giving even more” or as Rabbi Lappin states in his book, “Doing good.”
What about you? What lies from the media, your upbringing or society as a whole have you bought into about wealth and/or business?
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