How much is your attitude about money costing you?
How much more money could you have if you changed your attitude? That’s what we’ll talk about today.
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There’s a dangerous undercurrent running through our society.
What is it?
It’s the attitude that money is evil.
Therefore, people who have money are evil. This attitude manifests itself in a number of ways. Let’s go to The Professor’s Whiteboard for: 3 attitudes about money that can rob you of financial success
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1) A lack of money is superior to an abundance of it
Somehow, not having money is a higher order. There’s no dignity in being poor. There is only dignity in being yourself.
You’re not a bad person because you don’t have money. You’re not a bad person because you do have money.
You are who you are. Your circumstances don’t define you unless you let them.
The journey to BIGG success begins by accepting your present conditions so you create your dream future.
It’s your decision and your decision alone.
If you want more money, you can get it. You can get it with honor. But it won’t happen if you don’t feel like you deserve it.
Increase your self-worth to build your net worth.
2) When someone wins, someone else loses
Hollywood propagates this myth. Washington seems to buy in to it as well. So do many of our fellow citizens. This myth holds good people back.
It’s zero-sum thinking. Sure, there are a few zero-sum games.
For example, futures exchanges have a person on each side of a contract. One gains the exact amount the other person loses.
However, the intention of these exchanges was to provide insurance for producers. So any loss is like paying your insurance premium.
We live in an abundant world if we can only see it. Your gains can lead to gains for others, not losses.
You don’t hurt other people by getting more money. You help them.
Perhaps you’re a business owner…you help others get a job. You create opportunities for promotions. You help people make more money.
They in turn, help others…and YOU! It’s the wonderful nature of our economic system. We all help each other – if we have the right attitude about money.
3) Social entrepreneurship is superior to traditional entrepreneurship
Social entrepreneurs are not a higher order than entrepreneurs who create wealth.
Yes, social entrepreneurship is valuable to society. But so is traditional entrepreneurship.
One might even argue that entrepreneurs who create wealth are the higher order. They don’t just build a sustainable organization that solves problems for its constituents, but also one that creates wealth for its stakeholders.
Wealth which creates more wealth, as other entrepreneurial firms spin off. Entrepreneurship begets entrepreneurship.
Our point is that neither is superior. They both have their roles, their time and place.
The harmful thing is when we think getting rich is a bad thing. Getting filthy rich is even worse. There’s no such thing as filthy rich.
You can be rich and filthy, but you can also be poor and filthy.
Money is a tool. It can be used for good or bad.
It doesn’t have anything to do with the money. It has everything to do with the person who has the money.
It’s a good thing to legitimately build a fortune. And contrary to popular opinion, most millionaires and even billionaires today weren’t born with a platinum spoon in their mouth.
They worked hard for years. They faced adversity after adversity. They overcame them. They deserve what they have.
See yourself as deserving and you’ll be a BIGG success!
George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success
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