Grace Kelly famously said that “getting angry never solved anything”.
I couldn’t disagree more.
While an obnoxious temper is never good, there are some things that should disgust us – racism and child abuse come to mind.
William Blake had a better quote than Kelly’s – “Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled”.
I see too many people whose passions for a better life… are too controlled.
In 1983, Denis Waitley published his best-selling self-improvement book, The Seeds of Greatness. In that phenomenal book, Waitley says that each of us are born with seeds of greatness inside of us, waiting to be nurtured and cultivated. In this book he outlines ten attributes, or seeds, that can lead to a fulfilling life, drawing on his own life’s experiences and aiming at empowering people to change their life for the better.
I’m often asked to explain what started my journey to financial freedom, all those years ago. The answer is always the same, disgust. I was disgusted by all the poverty around me. I was disgusted by seeing grown men and women struggle financially. I was disgusted to see how that struggle ruined their families, relationships and lives. This disgust drove me to find a better way.
The Seeds Of Disgust
During one interview, I was asked a couple of very interesting follow-up questions – How does one do the same thing that I did? How can someone get disgusted like that, if they weren’t born into those conditions?
My answer mirrors Mr. Waitley – The seeds of disgust are inside everyone.
The problem is those seeds are buried. They’re buried by rising tide of prosperity.
Look around you, we live in extraordinary times.
We have it much, much better than our parents ever dreamed of. Advances in technology, healthcare and productivity have given us not only better medical treatment but an amazing amount of convenience. In my parents era, Neil Armstrong was just landing on the moon. Now, a restaurant bounces a signal off of a satellite in space, just to let you know that your table is ready!
Americans have never lived longer. Our standard of living has never been higher. Educational attainment has never been greater. American cities have never been safer. The U.S. has the largest and most dynamic economy on the planet. Our citizens represent 4.3% of the world’s population but 15.3% of global GDP!
Unequal Does Not Mean Unfair
But that doesn’t mean everyone has prospered. Quite the contrary. While our economy has boomed over many decades, it wasn’t until the last decade or so that the divisions between the haves and have-nots became so apparent. The vast majority of wealth in this country, and around the world, is now held by only 1% of the population. Make no doubt – we have income, wealth and prosperity inequality.
Now, before anyone misunderstands me, I’m not suggesting that there’s anything immoral about that. Unequal does not mean unfair. We have tons of resources to help the poor. Those focused on inequality tend to be in the middle class. They invented a boogeyman – inequality – to mask the real enemy, themselves. They went scapegoat hunting and found one.
My point is this – Just like mothers become less disgusted by the dirty diapers of their own child, so can people become less disgusted by their financial condition, as they see their dreams and ambitions slip away. Mediocrity does not come like a thief in the night. Rather, it erodes a person’s aspirations slowly. The chains of habit are too light to be felt, until they are too heavy to ignore.
Apathy is like a comfortable sweater. Through much psychological research, it’s now accepted science that you must experience feelings about something if you’re to take personally meaningful action on it. And without any compelling emotion to direct your behavior—and apathy literally means “without feeling”—you just aren’t sufficiently stimulated to do much of anything. Friends, the reason there are the haves and the have-nots, is precisely because there are the wills and the will-nots.
Why Not You?
If you’re not were you want to be financially, ask yourself that most important question – why not me? Why not you? Other single parents have become wealthy. Other kids born into low income have become wealthy. Other parents with 5 children have become wealthy.
Why not you? Check to see if your “disgust seeds” are buried. Uncover them and bring them to the surface. Embrace them. You see, disgust is a mother. It gives birth to the arch enemy of apathy – purpose.
And it is purpose that makes the impossible, possible. It is purpose that propels the poor kid past the trust fund babies. It is purpose that builds seven and eight figure bank accounts. It is purpose that delivers people out of poverty and onto wealth. That same purpose can deliver anyone out of the situation they are in. If only, they’ll first become disgusted with it.
Be free. Nothing else is worth it.
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