Many people think that money is the root of all evil and it is not. Many people say that money is what brings out the worst in a person and it is not. Many people think that money is what changes people and it is not. All money does to a person is accentuate their true character. Money is a Maximizer for good or for bad. Money is a good servant but a bad master.
I have heard many people refer back to the bible and say money is the root of all evil and that is not what is written. It is written that the love of money is the root of all evil. That is a huge difference that seems to be left out. Money is one of the most powerful tools but as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility.
Depending on how long ago you started reading this blog, the $500 Millionaire wanted me to write to express the misconception that you need money to be successful. So many times we hear people say, “Oh, if I just had more money!” Success sometimes brings money and money is just a scorekeeper for some but money does not create or change a person. That is done far before any money or power is in the picture.
Money is a maximizer of character. If you ever want to see the true character of a person give them money or give them power, the truth will come out. It is amazing to see how people don’t change at all but instead they start showing their true colors. Again money is a maximizer so if you are a bad person who cheats and steals, with more money or power, there will be more cheating and stealing. If you are a good decent person you will be able to use money to do many good things.
This paradigm of the rich being bad is something that has messed with our society for years. Even Puff Daddy and Notorious B.I.G. wrote a song titled , “Mo Money Mo Problems”. Now this is not the $500 Millionaires favorite song but it also is not true. Mo money does not cause Mo problems. Bad people in your life and an unstable foundation in your life causing the problems, when you pile some more money on there, then those smaller problems just become bigger. Again Money is a Maximizer of both good and evil.
Look at some of the amazing things that money has allowed humans to do throughout history. Also look at the bad things that money has allowed people to do throughout history. Again money does not change much. Mo Money; Mo of the same. Make sure your life is in order before you gain money or power because if not, you will fall quickly.
With money being a maximizer it can allow people do good or bad things. The $500 millionaire also understands that money does not buy happiness. Again, if you are a miserable person with a ton of money, you are just going to become more miserable. If you doubt this at all, look at stories of people who win the lottery, within a year, if they are cheats, crooks, sad, happy, loving, caring, etc, they will revert right back where they were. All money does is help them get there faster.
Steve Martin was in a movie called “The Jerk” and although a comedy, it is a prime example that money is a maximizer of character. Once a jerk; always a jerk. Besides being one of the $500 Millionaires favorite movies, it is comical to see that all money does is maximize an individuals true character.
I know we are repeating ourselves but The $500 Millionaire wants people to understand that money does not make you good or bad or happy or sad. That has noting to do with the amount of money you have as much as the amount of character you posses. With no integrity or poor character, money, like power, will be no good for you or those around you. With high integrity and quality character the things you can do with money are amazing. Please do not be ashamed if you are “rich” or come from a wealthy upbringing. Please do not be mad at someone because they have money.
If you meet someone who is a jerk, it is not because they are rich or poor, it is because they are a jerk. If you meet someone who is nice, it is not because they are rich or poor, it is because they are nice.
Someone with money is like someone with power. Look at some of the people though out history that had power. Some used it for good and others for bad. It is the person that is good or bad, not the power or money. Remember that when you have the ability to give that power to an individual.
Also remember that when you are working on growing yourself as a person. You need to create that foundation like the $500 Millionaire wrote about in ” What We Really Learned From the 3 Little Pigs.” (https://500dollarmillionaire.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/what-you-really-learn-from-the-3-little-pigs-2/)
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