Understand That Wealth is a Consequence, Not a Reward

If you work hard at making money, you stand a better chance of becoming rich. You have to accept that money is a payment given to you for clever thinking and hard work. The harder and smarter you work, the more you will earn. You don’t get given the money by a committee who examine whether you deserve it or not, whether you have been good enough or not. It is a direct consequence.

We often look at someone who has money and make all sorts of value judgements about whether they deserve it or not. We all do it. It was reading about Calvin Ayre – the internet bookie – who has grown very rich indeed running online gambling. He has something like 16 million customers in the US. The US Department of Justice isn’t very happy about this and wants to shut him down.

He has grown rich exploiting an alleged US law loophole whereby what he does is alleged to be illegal but he isn’t in the country to commit any crime. Do we judge him? I don’t. I study this information to see if I could make use of it. What might be wrong is the gambling. But I am aware that his consequence of hard work has been lots of money.

I was watching a TV programme the other day about a chap who cleans and polishes cars for rich celebs and such like. He charges $3,000 for car washing. Mind you, this does include polishing. Now is his money a reward or a consequence? I don’t think he would see it as a reward. It’s the price he sets, and customers pay him because he is the best car cleaner in the world. The consequence of his business idea, skill and effort is to be very well paid.