Many of us grew up with some very negative images of what “millionaires” or “rich people” are like, their values and the tone of their character.
In his novel “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens described Scrooge as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!
“Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire.. The cold within him froze his old features.”
And there are numerous examples of contemporary ‘overpaid’ CEOs who have destroyed others’ financial lives through greed.
But business philosopher and teacher Jim Rohn has acknowledged one of his early mentors for giving him an inspiring perspective on striving to be a millionaire.
Earl Shoaff advised Rohn, then age 25, to: “set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it. Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become.
“For what you have to learn about being benevolent. Being kind as well as being strong. What you have to learn about society and business and government and taxes and becoming an accomplished person to reach the status of millionaire.”
Those quotes are from article The Ultimate Reason To Become A Millionaire, by Mike Litman, in which he also quotes Jack Canfield:
“All of that was scary. But, when I did it and survived it, I was no longer afraid to do it in the future. Now you can take away my house, my money, my car and everything, and it wouldn’t matter. I know how to create more of those things because of who I’ve become NOT what I possess.”