Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? It got mine, too. Let me explain…
The other morning, my wife, Lori, and I were on our way to Soul Cycle, one of our weekly workout outings. It was a good day and we were chatting back and forth. We had been driving for only 10 blocks when out of nowhere a guy who looked like he was ready to go to work, gave us the middle finger.
This was no ordinary execution of flipping the bird though… This was a high-flying, fully extended middle finger that tracked us as we drove by. I give the man an A+ for effort. We hadn’t done anything to set him off – we were driving under the speed limit, no loud music etc. The only thing left was that we were driving a Ferrari and obviously he had a problem with what it represented – wealth.
Was I angry? Of course I was – the guy had just put a dark cloud to the start of my day. But that anger quickly turned into compassion as I realized just how much pain something must have caused him to trigger such an act. And this is just one of the reasons I started this podcast – I want to shift people’s perspectives around money.
“You’ll never be able to change your current situation if you have any hatred toward the people who are in the situation where you’d rather be.”
Have you ever judged someone by their bag, their car or the clothes they wear? We all have at some point. But ultimately,
“You can’t hate wealth and have it at the same time – it just doesn’t work.”
I realize that this goes both ways… I mean, I had no more of an idea what that man’s story was than he had about mine. But what if we all knew or asked what a person’s story was behind their wealth? What if they donate a large part of their wealth to charity? What if they donate their time? What if… And sure there’s always bound to be that stereotypical jackass, but again that doesn’t mean that all wealthy people are the same.
I challenge you to think this through the next time you encounter wealth – whether it’s in abundance or lack. Let’s work on shifting our money mindsets so we’re able to,
“Let everyone thrive so we can ALL make a difference.”