At some point long ago, the financial success of individuals was tied to scarcity and demand. In medieval times, the guy with the castle had more food than the guy working his fields. The nobleman took what he wanted, and whatever was left was divvied up amongst the rest. They couldn’t just go to the store and buy some more. There are still some commodities that work that way. Non-renewables like oil and gold come to mind. But what about money?
Much of the media and many people are still thinking is this medieval way. Let’s call it “I don’t have it because they do”. It’s based on resentment. Somehow, to me, it’s also ties to worrying about my possibility of being employed when there is 8% unemployment. It is scarcity based, as if there was only so much to go around, and someone is keeping me from having it. Remember, seven percent unemployment means that 93% of the people are employed…and I can be one of the 93%. I’m not going to align myself with the scarcity thinking. When more people that have money, then more of it is circulating around me, and thus the more I can have for my own.
What’s true, based upon statistics about Gross National Product, property values, etc, is that there is enough money in the United States for every citizen to be a millionaire. What’s true is that counting all the money in the world would be like counting grains of sand…you could do it, but why bother? What’s true is that no matter how much money Donald Trump and Oprah Winfrey have, their wealth will have no effect on how much you have. There is plenty to go around.
What is most important to realize is that when you focus your personal money thinking based on the larger economic perspective, you distract yourself from being effective. Your money is the “micro”, the close in part. The wealthy not “sharing” more money is the “macro”, the big picture part. Yes, it affects the economy. Yes, it may feel unfair. BUT, don’t confuse your concern about that big picture stuff with you and your personal money. You can be part of the 93%. You may have to be more diligent, but you can be part of the 93%.
Are you holding your success as something you can create, or something that you are just unable achieve? Where are you giving away your power and your choice? What if you took it back? Remember, 93% is the overwhelming majority.