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Stop Hating the Rich

Ok. Pet peeve.

I’m tired of hearing people talk about how the rich game the system and take all of our money. Certainly, corporate welfare and cronyism play a part of the present injustices in society. It’s evil and it has to stop.

But this general hatred of the rich and of their wealth absolutely has to go. I keep hearing people complain that the rich have gamed the system and taken everything from us. They are out to get the middle class, to turn us into their personal serfs, they exploit labor, etc., etc., etc. We’re told that it’s not fair that they are rich and we are not. Our president literally banks his political rhetoric off of the assumption that most Americans accept this attitude.

If you’re one of these people, stop it. Just stop it.

Chances are, if you were to take one random day from a rich person’s life (Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Truett Cathy, Charles Koch, David Koch, Warren Buffett, etc.) I would bet that in that day, they provided more value for the rest of society than either your life or my life in total. Their various political viewpoints aside, in their day to day lives, these people have taken risks, launched new ventures, failed many times, tested many ideas, and figured out newer and better ways of serving you and me.  For that, millions of individuals have voluntarily given them lots of money.

Instead of thinking about how greedy and evil rich people are, instead of being angry that they have more money than others, instead of worrying about income inequality, instead of complaining that the system is rigged against us, ask yourself just one question:

“What value have I created today in service of others?”

Let’s stop ripping at the speck in the eye of the rich and start realizing the log of envy that is rammed fast into our own eye.  It’s a really humbling thought to realize that the reason that you’re not wealthy yet is not because you’re young, old, unlucky, tired, perpetually busy, or a victim of circumstances.

It’s because you’re just not as good as the rich at giving the world a lot of value.

This isn’t an insult.  It’s just a fact.  The only person that can change this reality is you.  The Internet has transformed many of the old ways that people used to run businesses and make money.  It’s given us all a platform from which to think and to explore new ideas.  It’s provided us with the ability to each figure out how we can contribute to a dynamic and changing world.  At the same time, that means that none of us have an excuse for an inability to provide value to the world.

I ask again:

“What value have I created today in service of others?”

If more people started asking themselves this question whenever they heard someone complaining about corporate greed, wealthy elites, and the 1%…

…then maybe, just maybe, the world might change a little bit for the better.