HEEDING THIS ONE SPEECH WILL INCREASE YOUR JOY, SUCCESS AND WEALTH!
I am confident you are wondering how some college commencement speech (I cannot recall who spoke at any of my graduation ceremonies) can help you achieve more joy, success and money. First thing, keep an open mind and listen. Click above link:
KEY POINTS FROM THE SPEECH
“If you pay attention to politics, or television or social media, God forbid, what do you see? You see recrimination, reproach, insults, and sarcasm. You see leaders at the highest level of our country who bully and berate those with whom they disagree. You see families torn apart over political disagreements. You see political foes who treat each other as enemies.”
“The problem, my friends, is not anger, but contempt. In the words of the 19th-century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer contempt is “the unsullied conviction of the worthlessness of another person.”
“This makes the world an unpleasant place to be, and Brooks says we need to step back and share more love and less contempt one for another. This bitterness isn’t unique to one political party; so don’t pat yourself on the back and say, “yes, but my side is right!”
“The country, Brooks says, has been described as angry, but that’s not the case. Anger is not what causes the problem. “The problem, my friends, is not anger, but contempt. In the words of the 19th-century philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer contempt is “the unsullied conviction of the worthlessness of another person.”
“That’s the problem we face in the world right now. It’s not that we’re angry; it’s that large groups of the population have contempt for one another. “America has developed a culture of contempt, a habit of seeing people who disagree with us as not merely incorrect or misguided but as worthless.” Our polarization is higher than at any time since the Civil War.”
“What can we learn from this? And how can we fix it? Brooks gives this wise advice:”
“Some say we need to agree more, but that’s wrong; disagreement is good because competition is good. It makes us sharp and strong whether in sports, politics, economics, or in the world of ideas. We don’t need to disagree less, we need to disagree better.”
“Other people say we need more civility. That’s wrong too. Civility is a hopelessly low standard for us as Americans. Imagine I told you that my wife, Esther, and I are civil to each other. You’d say to get some counseling. If we’re going to beat the problem of contempt, we’re going to need something more radical than civility…we need love.”
LOVE, IS ABOUT LOOKING FOR GOOD THINGS FOR ONE ANOTHER – ACHIEVING MORE JOY, SUCESS AND WEALTH!
“This is a message we could all use. We don’t want a country or businesses where we exclude people because they have different ideas. We need different ideas.We need to learn how to think through them, learn facts, and we need to change our minds when we learn something better.”
“Imagine how much better our political landscape could be if people talked about ideas instead of attacking the people who mention them. What if we all assumed that people with different ideas weren’t automatically bad people and actually listened to one another?”
“We don’t want a country or businesses where we exclude people because they have different ideas. We need different ideas. We need to learn how to think through them, learn facts, and we need to change our minds when we learn something better.”
MY LESSONS LEARNED TO ACHIEVE GREATER JOY, SUCESS AND WEALTH
The one thing billionaires, millionaires and everyday Americans would trade their wealth for – TIME! How much time can you gain if you STOP wasting energy and PRECIOUS time fighting with people about whatever divides you?
Does it make a difference that your college friend, spouse, children, peers, etc., support some politician that you dislike? All citizens get the same number of votes as you – ONE! Respect their choices and if you want to discuss, NOT Name-Call, LISTEN to their viewpoints. Express yourself with words not anger. Discuss the policy differences. But NEVER allow anger and contempt, to produce an inability to work together, live together, love each other. Use your new gift of time to explore what brings you JOY and PRACTICE the simple things that bring you sustainable wealth.
SUSTAINABLE WEALTH PRINCIPLES
- Improve your financial literacy. https://wealthbuildingpowers.com/2019/04/01/financial-literacy-is-just-not-that-complicated-trust-me/
- Spend no more than 80% of your take home pay and save at least 20%.
- Max out your 401-K, IRAs, etc.
- Invest your savings in products that have low fees and provide diversity, such as the Vanguard VOO S&P 500 ETF.
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I am a proud nerd (my beautiful wife and daughter told me so) investment and finance blogger, with a NC State, Chemical Engineering, University Rutgers, MBA and Harvard University, Advanced Management education.
I started my first business at ~13 years of age.
I am a successful investor in equities and real estate and happy to share my personal finance and investment lessons learned with you. However, I am NOTa licensed financial advisor. Please do not construe my suggestions on this blog, as recommendations for your personal situation. For individual finance advice please seek your own licensed CPA or financial advisors.