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Millionaires

Posted By: Randy GageApril 5, 2012

Last post we looked at a way to see if you are likely to be sabotaging your own success because of a foundational belief.  Let’s look at another…

How do you feel about millionaires?

If you’re like most people, you have been programmed by with lots of perceptions from pop cultures about millionaires.  From The Beverly Hillbillies to Gilligan’s Island, MASH to Dallas, Titanic to House – millionaires are usually portrayed as greedy, conniving, and unscrupulous.  It would be pretty difficult to grow up in today’s world and not get infected with some or even many mind viruses that millionaires are bad people.  (Let alone billionaires.)

So here’s the fascinating thing…

If you ask 100 random people if they want to be a millionaire, 96 of them will tell you yes.  (And three of the other four are lying.)  Yet probably 97 or 98 of those 100 people have a core foundational belief that millionaires are bad people, or you have to sell your soul to become one.

So on your conscious level, you want to be a millionaire.  But your subconscious mind is feeding you the programming that you must not be a very nice person to even desire that.

Which one do you think usually wins?

- RG

P. S.  I'm heading out on another tour.  Posting this from NYC, on the way to Russia.  So this trip begins with MIA, LaGuardia, JFK and then Sheremetyevo, four of the worst five airports in the world.  (For those of you keeping score at home, Charles de Gaulle completes the list.)  Fortunately I make it up on the next tour to Asia, where I get to go through the best airports in the world.  Anyway, looking forward to Moscow and meeting many of you, and will check in from there.

 

79 comments on “Millionaires”

  1. I realy think its true. Because i lived the opposite. When i was a child all my friends there parents had more beautiful houses, cars, they go on nice vacations ,... My parents did not and i wanted to live like they do, all my live. So sinds a few years i'm on my way to prosperity. Thanks  Randy ! Have a great tour !

  2. I realy think its true. Because i lived the opposite. When i was a child all my friends there parents had more beautiful houses, cars, they go on nice vacations ,... My parents did not and i wanted to live like they do, all my live. So sinds a few years i'm on my way to prosperity. Thanks  Randy ! Have a great tour !

  3. The subconscious wins!
     
    My experiences with millionaires is a mixed bag. First was watching the Batman tv series and learning what a "millionaire philanthropist" was... wow, imagine having enough money to give lots of it away and devote your life to things that are important to you (such as stopping crime)! While a grade-school student in the 1980's I was an avid reader of Percy Ross' "Thanks A Million" newspaper column, where readers wrote to him, asking for money for specific reasons (starting a business, paying off medical expenses, a new bicycle, etc) and Percy would respond with his answer and reasoning. I didn't always agree with the guy, and it was interesting to see how he and I differed in our decision making process.
     
    I grew up with some peers who had a lot of money... not necessarily millionaires, but by comparison their much more economically flush lifestyle gave that impression in my grade-school mind. Many of those people were generous and kind, and their parents punished them if they acted "better than" other people. Some of them were downright nasty.
     
    In my adult years, I have met many millionaires, mostly in the network marketing profession... and the overwhelming majority I've met are generous, high-integrity, personable people.
     
    Of course, I was also influenced by many of the tv shows you mentioned. Add Boss Hogg on "The Dukes of Hazzard" to your list.
     
    Since learning about memes, I have deliberately been seeking media that portrays millionaires as generous and warm-hearted human beings. Along those lines are two of my favorite movies: "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Meet Joe Black."
     
    Randy, can you recommend some media/entertainment that portrays millionaires and billionaires in a positive manner?

    1. The first media that comes to mind is Ayn Rand.There was a woman who believed in the power of individuality, creativity and providing value. 

      1.  @1quran For the most part, Tony Stark is portrayed fairly well. They have him be a bit cocky and have some problems, but who doesn't?

    2. Iron Man has some of the typical stereotypes, but is overall pretty good about wealth.  Nothing else jumps to mind, because there's not a lot positive out there.  - RG

  4. The subconscious wins!
     
    My experiences with millionaires is a mixed bag. First was watching the Batman tv series and learning what a "millionaire philanthropist" was... wow, imagine having enough money to give lots of it away and devote your life to things that are important to you (such as stopping crime)! While a grade-school student in the 1980's I was an avid reader of Percy Ross' "Thanks A Million" newspaper column, where readers wrote to him, asking for money for specific reasons (starting a business, paying off medical expenses, a new bicycle, etc) and Percy would respond with his answer and reasoning. I didn't always agree with the guy, and it was interesting to see how he and I differed in our decision making process.
     
    I grew up with some peers who had a lot of money... not necessarily millionaires, but by comparison their much more economically flush lifestyle gave that impression in my grade-school mind. Many of those people were generous and kind, and their parents punished them if they acted "better than" other people. Some of them were downright nasty.
     
    In my adult years, I have met many millionaires, mostly in the network marketing profession... and the overwhelming majority I've met are generous, high-integrity, personable people.
     
    Of course, I was also influenced by many of the tv shows you mentioned. Add Boss Hogg on "The Dukes of Hazzard" to your list.
     
    Since learning about memes, I have deliberately been seeking media that portrays millionaires as generous and warm-hearted human beings. Along those lines are two of my favorite movies: "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Meet Joe Black."
     
    Randy, can you recommend some media/entertainment that portrays millionaires and billionaires in a positive manner?

  5. I remember vividly from my childhood how my parents chastised the parents of my best friend for having money. "He's too good to go to public school like the rest of you kids!", they'd say. But my best friend's Mom always treated me well but they weren't millionaires yet.
     
    I guess the point I'm making is that my parents had the victim/lack programming that plagues most of us. And having been with many people worth millions or even billions, my feeling is that they are just people like the rest of us. The put their pants on one leg at a time, brush their teeth and breathe in and out. 
     
    The one thought that I seem to have when I see material things I want is, "It must be nice" and I KNOW this does NOT serve me. However, I do NOT think people with millions or billions are evil. Instead, I think that they have taken actions and held to their visions to create wealth, which is my goal as well. 

    1.  @Jonathan1 I went to school with some children who came from either wealthy or at the very least professional families, and my parents, who were both Union members, were, and are constantly worried about money. They would chastise anyone had more money and was happier than them. They told me how "spoiled" some of my friends were, and how unfair life is, and how you have to work hard and suffer for every single cent you've got, and that the evil rich people should pay for everything, and personal responsibility was not something they had an interest in.Most of the people I went to school with did not have the spoiled attitude, but parents believed they did.They also believed that the school purposely neglected families that weren't rich and give them preferential treatment. I know for a fact they had good parents, many of whom were far kinder and generous than mine, who believed that I would do everything all by myself, with little or  no encouragement, and be expected to succeed, or else!They believed in pain and struggle so much, that even though could have afforded to help my brother and I go to college, or at the very least, encourage us to go on scholarship, possibly even start something, they sabotaged us so we did extremely poorly in school, in order to justify how "unfair" life is and how the Union and the government is supposed to take care of everyone. 

      1.  @Jonathan1 I think that sort of thinking is far more evil than anything the "evil rich people" could ever do.And I do sabotage myself. Every time I try to finish something that could improve my chances at being more independent or being a successful musician, the fear comes over me, and I know it's "You'd better stop what you're doing! You might become one of those evil, uncaring rich people, and even worse than that, you'd be someone who actually enjoys what they're doing and is happy! Can't have that! You have to suffer!"
         

  6. I remember vividly from my childhood how my parents chastised the parents of my best friend for having money. "He's too good to go to public school like the rest of you kids!", they'd say. But my best friend's Mom always treated me well but they weren't millionaires yet.
     
    I guess the point I'm making is that my parents had the victim/lack programming that plagues most of us. And having been with many people worth millions or even billions, my feeling is that they are just people like the rest of us. The put their pants on one leg at a time, brush their teeth and breathe in and out. 
     
    The one thought that I seem to have when I see material things I want is, "It must be nice" and I KNOW this does NOT serve me. However, I do NOT think people with millions or billions are evil. Instead, I think that they have taken actions and held to their visions to create wealth, which is my goal as well. 

  7. The first media that comes to mind is Ayn Rand.There was a woman who believed in the power of individuality, creativity and providing value. 

  8.  @Jonathan1 I went to school with some children who came from either wealthy or at the very least professional families, and my parents, who were both Union members, were, and are constantly worried about money. They would chastise anyone had more money and was happier than them. They told me how "spoiled" some of my friends were, and how unfair life is, and how you have to work hard and suffer for every single cent you've got, and that the evil rich people should pay for everything, and personal responsibility was not something they had an interest in.Most of the people I went to school with did not have the spoiled attitude, but parents believed they did.They also believed that the school purposely neglected families that weren't rich and give them preferential treatment. I know for a fact they had good parents, many of whom were far kinder and generous than mine, who believed that I would do everything all by myself, with little or  no encouragement, and be expected to succeed, or else!They believed in pain and struggle so much, that even though could have afforded to help my brother and I go to college, or at the very least, encourage us to go on scholarship, possibly even start something, they sabotaged us so we did extremely poorly in school, in order to justify how "unfair" life is and how the Union and the government is supposed to take care of everyone. 

  9.  @Jonathan1 I think that sort of thinking is far more evil than anything the "evil rich people" could ever do.And I do sabotage myself. Every time I try to finish something that could improve my chances at being more independent or being a successful musician, the fear comes over me, and I know it's "You'd better stop what you're doing! You might become one of those evil, uncaring rich people, and even worse than that, you'd be someone who actually enjoys what they're doing and is happy! Can't have that! You have to suffer!"
     

  10.  @1quran For the most part, Tony Stark is portrayed fairly well. They have him be a bit cocky and have some problems, but who doesn't?

  11. At this point in my life, becoming a millionaire is appealing, but not a driving force.  How do I feel about millionaires?  It isn't the people living from pay check to pay check who donate huge amounts of money to charitable foundations, hire lots of people, and buy goods most of can't afford.  Orders for those lavish-living possessions are what keep people employed.  Wealthy people are to be emulated, not denigrated.  While there are bound to be scoundrels among the wealthy, the overwhelming majority (in MY opinion) earned their wealth through hard work and creative thinking.  Once someone develops an idea that is profitable, it's amazing how many "common" folks want to jump on and hope some of the leader's money will fall into his/her lap.  I say, hooray for millionaires.

  12. At this point in my life, becoming a millionaire is appealing, but not a driving force.  How do I feel about millionaires?  It isn't the people living from pay check to pay check who donate huge amounts of money to charitable foundations, hire lots of people, and buy goods most of can't afford.  Orders for those lavish-living possessions are what keep people employed.  Wealthy people are to be emulated, not denigrated.  While there are bound to be scoundrels among the wealthy, the overwhelming majority (in MY opinion) earned their wealth through hard work and creative thinking.  Once someone develops an idea that is profitable, it's amazing how many "common" folks want to jump on and hope some of the leader's money will fall into his/her lap.  I say, hooray for millionaires.

  13. Iron Man has some of the typical stereotypes, but is overall pretty good about wealth.  Nothing else jumps to mind, because there's not a lot positive out there.  - RG

  14. I think by far the biggest offender so far I've seen of the "rich people are evil, miserable, fucked up, you name it" show is "Ugly Betty". Wow.......Talk about lack programming.  That has got to be the lowest vibe show ever made, and think how popular it was! 

  15. I think by far the biggest offender so far I've seen of the "rich people are evil, miserable, fucked up, you name it" show is "Ugly Betty". Wow.......Talk about lack programming.  That has got to be the lowest vibe show ever made, and think how popular it was! 

  16. You write about Millionaires today?
    Must be YOUR day -->> so Happy Birthday -R(P)G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    Who wins? The "older" and wiser one, as usual. Must be the subconscious mind. Glad I am not effected.
    Enjoy Moscow and your beloved Asia: make money & make friends. You deserve most!

  17. You write about Millionaires today?
    Must be YOUR day -->> so Happy Birthday -R(P)G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    Who wins? The "older" and wiser one, as usual. Must be the subconscious mind. Glad I am not effected.
    Enjoy Moscow and your beloved Asia: make money & make friends. You deserve most!

  18. Happy Birthday Mr. Randy.  If I have never told you before, I will tell you today how much I appreciate you.  I have learned so much, so really Thank You Big Guy!  You are special in very many ways. 🙂
     
    Interesting post above.  I think we are programmed to think wanting lots of money is greedy.  Yet, a lot of people wouldn't deny wanting it either, I think there is a lot of ambivalence around money.  I think it goes deeper than just thinking it is moral or immoral to want money.  It is an interesting topic, and one that would be very interesting to research. 

  19. Happy Birthday Mr. Randy.  If I have never told you before, I will tell you today how much I appreciate you.  I have learned so much, so really Thank You Big Guy!  You are special in very many ways. 🙂
     
    Interesting post above.  I think we are programmed to think wanting lots of money is greedy.  Yet, a lot of people wouldn't deny wanting it either, I think there is a lot of ambivalence around money.  I think it goes deeper than just thinking it is moral or immoral to want money.  It is an interesting topic, and one that would be very interesting to research. 

  20. If one makes money poviding value to others, then it is moral.
    Wishing you a  Happy Birthday.
    May you have a nice drive in the car of your choice on a lovely sunny day.

  21. If one makes money poviding value to others, then it is moral.
    Wishing you a  Happy Birthday.
    May you have a nice drive in the car of your choice on a lovely sunny day.

  22. Evidently I have some anti-millionaire ideas.....otherwise I'd be one, right?  Can't argue with the hard evidence!   We don't KNOW what ideas we have in the subc. mind - that's why it is called the SUBconscious.  The only way we can tell what's in the sponge is by the evidence of our lives.
     
    When I was a child, I (my subc mind) sponged up the ideas around me; no blame ~ everyone was just perpetrating what they'd sponged up; that's what the vast majority of people are still doing, including the movie-makers. We have a choice: we can keep the old slop that we sponged up, OR we can crowd it out with some juicy new ideas.  As for me,  I am in the processing of saturating the ol' sponge with new ideas.  The process takes a LOT of discipline; luckily, after lots of practice, I've become pretty good at discipline.  Here are some of the ideas - & more importantly, the emotions - that I saturate my mind with, daily (you are welcome to borrow them - there's plenty for everyone):
     
    "It would be GREAT to have more money.  It would be FUN!  I enjoy the money I have, and I'll enjoy more of it.  I am successful, I am prosperous, and I am becoming more so. I like myself.  God loves me, always has, always will.  I can TRUST that there will continue to be more and more good in my life.  etc..."
     
    The trick, here, is to MEMORIZE some phrases that make us feel happy, and repeat them over and over and over again, saturating our awareness with them.  Once they are in our memories, we have them on hand for constant, aka habitual, use; and next thing we know, we are thinking those phrases "accidentally".....because they are what's in the sponge.
     
    Randy, you've inspired me to add another phrase, "It would be great to be a millionaire!"  When I start pouring that idea into the ol' sponge,  some anti-millionaire ideas (ones I don't consciously know about) may get washed to the surface.  That's the thing about the subc.....we aren't 100% aware of what's in there until new ideas start to squeeze them out.  Bring on the new ideas!

  23. Evidently I have some anti-millionaire ideas.....otherwise I'd be one, right?  Can't argue with the hard evidence!   We don't KNOW what ideas we have in the subc. mind - that's why it is called the SUBconscious.  The only way we can tell what's in the sponge is by the evidence of our lives.
     
    When I was a child, I (my subc mind) sponged up the ideas around me; no blame ~ everyone was just perpetrating what they'd sponged up; that's what the vast majority of people are still doing, including the movie-makers. We have a choice: we can keep the old slop that we sponged up, OR we can crowd it out with some juicy new ideas.  As for me,  I am in the processing of saturating the ol' sponge with new ideas.  The process takes a LOT of discipline; luckily, after lots of practice, I've become pretty good at discipline.  Here are some of the ideas - & more importantly, the emotions - that I saturate my mind with, daily (you are welcome to borrow them - there's plenty for everyone):
     
    "It would be GREAT to have more money.  It would be FUN!  I enjoy the money I have, and I'll enjoy more of it.  I am successful, I am prosperous, and I am becoming more so. I like myself.  God loves me, always has, always will.  I can TRUST that there will continue to be more and more good in my life.  etc..."
     
    The trick, here, is to MEMORIZE some phrases that make us feel happy, and repeat them over and over and over again, saturating our awareness with them.  Once they are in our memories, we have them on hand for constant, aka habitual, use; and next thing we know, we are thinking those phrases "accidentally".....because they are what's in the sponge.
     
    Randy, you've inspired me to add another phrase, "It would be great to be a millionaire!"  When I start pouring that idea into the ol' sponge,  some anti-millionaire ideas (ones I don't consciously know about) may get washed to the surface.  That's the thing about the subc.....we aren't 100% aware of what's in there until new ideas start to squeeze them out.  Bring on the new ideas!

  24. P.S. There are now two new terminals at Sheremetyevo,and a VIP service available.  So I have to take them off the list and replace them with LAX, which means we now have four of the worst five airports in the US.

  25. P.S. There are now two new terminals at Sheremetyevo,and a VIP service available.  So I have to take them off the list and replace them with LAX, which means we now have four of the worst five airports in the US.

  26. @christiantjr @Randy_Gage Haha, how sad and true! Well, it's obvious that people hate those who have "Everything" 🙂

  27. @christiantjr @Randy_Gage Haha, how sad and true! Well, it's obvious that people hate those who have "Everything" 🙂

  28. Haha, believe ir or not, I actually wrote about exactly this attitude towards wealth in a post recently - what a coincidence I find it on your blog now! It's called "Do you Deserve to Win the Lottery? http://bit.ly/Hwatwo

  29. Haha, believe ir or not, I actually wrote about exactly this attitude towards wealth in a post recently - what a coincidence I find it on your blog now! It's called "Do you Deserve to Win the Lottery? http://bit.ly/Hwatwo

  30. I believed this is why -> http://a-good-article.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-make-us-evil.html

  31. I believed this is why -> http://a-good-article.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-make-us-evil.html

        1.  @Joe LeeJoe,  you said you easily make money but didn´t mention your profession, what you productively "do" to get money in return (for some kind of work), so I am wondering: what´s your value you sell? your product?

        2.  @Leeloo Hi, you misunderstood me. I mentioned in my first comment that I need to change my belief. Changing it to making money is easy. But if you click on my name, you will find out what I do. Cheers! 

        3.  @Joe Lee Thanks Joe! Your website offered me quite some ideas!  And i hops you soon succeed to change your belief - for prosperity! Good luck 🙂

  32.  @Joe LeeJoe,  you said you easily make money but didn´t mention your profession, what you productively "do" to get money in return (for some kind of work), so I am wondering: what´s your value you sell? your product?

  33.  @Leeloo Hi, you misunderstood me. I mentioned in my first comment that I need to change my belief. Changing it to making money is easy. But if you click on my name, you will find out what I do. Cheers! 

  34.  @Joe Lee Thanks Joe! Your website offered me quite some ideas!  And i hops you soon succeed to change your belief - for prosperity! Good luck 🙂

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    1. I realy think its true. Because i lived the opposite. When i was a child all my friends there parents had more beautiful houses, cars, they go on nice vacations ,... My parents did not and i wanted to live like they do, all my live. So sinds a few years i'm on my way to prosperity. Thanks  Randy ! Have a great tour !

    2. I realy think its true. Because i lived the opposite. When i was a child all my friends there parents had more beautiful houses, cars, they go on nice vacations ,... My parents did not and i wanted to live like they do, all my live. So sinds a few years i'm on my way to prosperity. Thanks  Randy ! Have a great tour !

    3. The subconscious wins!
       
      My experiences with millionaires is a mixed bag. First was watching the Batman tv series and learning what a "millionaire philanthropist" was... wow, imagine having enough money to give lots of it away and devote your life to things that are important to you (such as stopping crime)! While a grade-school student in the 1980's I was an avid reader of Percy Ross' "Thanks A Million" newspaper column, where readers wrote to him, asking for money for specific reasons (starting a business, paying off medical expenses, a new bicycle, etc) and Percy would respond with his answer and reasoning. I didn't always agree with the guy, and it was interesting to see how he and I differed in our decision making process.
       
      I grew up with some peers who had a lot of money... not necessarily millionaires, but by comparison their much more economically flush lifestyle gave that impression in my grade-school mind. Many of those people were generous and kind, and their parents punished them if they acted "better than" other people. Some of them were downright nasty.
       
      In my adult years, I have met many millionaires, mostly in the network marketing profession... and the overwhelming majority I've met are generous, high-integrity, personable people.
       
      Of course, I was also influenced by many of the tv shows you mentioned. Add Boss Hogg on "The Dukes of Hazzard" to your list.
       
      Since learning about memes, I have deliberately been seeking media that portrays millionaires as generous and warm-hearted human beings. Along those lines are two of my favorite movies: "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Meet Joe Black."
       
      Randy, can you recommend some media/entertainment that portrays millionaires and billionaires in a positive manner?

      1. The first media that comes to mind is Ayn Rand.There was a woman who believed in the power of individuality, creativity and providing value. 

        1.  @1quran For the most part, Tony Stark is portrayed fairly well. They have him be a bit cocky and have some problems, but who doesn't?

      2. Iron Man has some of the typical stereotypes, but is overall pretty good about wealth.  Nothing else jumps to mind, because there's not a lot positive out there.  - RG

    4. The subconscious wins!
       
      My experiences with millionaires is a mixed bag. First was watching the Batman tv series and learning what a "millionaire philanthropist" was... wow, imagine having enough money to give lots of it away and devote your life to things that are important to you (such as stopping crime)! While a grade-school student in the 1980's I was an avid reader of Percy Ross' "Thanks A Million" newspaper column, where readers wrote to him, asking for money for specific reasons (starting a business, paying off medical expenses, a new bicycle, etc) and Percy would respond with his answer and reasoning. I didn't always agree with the guy, and it was interesting to see how he and I differed in our decision making process.
       
      I grew up with some peers who had a lot of money... not necessarily millionaires, but by comparison their much more economically flush lifestyle gave that impression in my grade-school mind. Many of those people were generous and kind, and their parents punished them if they acted "better than" other people. Some of them were downright nasty.
       
      In my adult years, I have met many millionaires, mostly in the network marketing profession... and the overwhelming majority I've met are generous, high-integrity, personable people.
       
      Of course, I was also influenced by many of the tv shows you mentioned. Add Boss Hogg on "The Dukes of Hazzard" to your list.
       
      Since learning about memes, I have deliberately been seeking media that portrays millionaires as generous and warm-hearted human beings. Along those lines are two of my favorite movies: "Mrs. Winterbourne" and "Meet Joe Black."
       
      Randy, can you recommend some media/entertainment that portrays millionaires and billionaires in a positive manner?

    5. I remember vividly from my childhood how my parents chastised the parents of my best friend for having money. "He's too good to go to public school like the rest of you kids!", they'd say. But my best friend's Mom always treated me well but they weren't millionaires yet.
       
      I guess the point I'm making is that my parents had the victim/lack programming that plagues most of us. And having been with many people worth millions or even billions, my feeling is that they are just people like the rest of us. The put their pants on one leg at a time, brush their teeth and breathe in and out. 
       
      The one thought that I seem to have when I see material things I want is, "It must be nice" and I KNOW this does NOT serve me. However, I do NOT think people with millions or billions are evil. Instead, I think that they have taken actions and held to their visions to create wealth, which is my goal as well. 

      1.  @Jonathan1 I went to school with some children who came from either wealthy or at the very least professional families, and my parents, who were both Union members, were, and are constantly worried about money. They would chastise anyone had more money and was happier than them. They told me how "spoiled" some of my friends were, and how unfair life is, and how you have to work hard and suffer for every single cent you've got, and that the evil rich people should pay for everything, and personal responsibility was not something they had an interest in.Most of the people I went to school with did not have the spoiled attitude, but parents believed they did.They also believed that the school purposely neglected families that weren't rich and give them preferential treatment. I know for a fact they had good parents, many of whom were far kinder and generous than mine, who believed that I would do everything all by myself, with little or  no encouragement, and be expected to succeed, or else!They believed in pain and struggle so much, that even though could have afforded to help my brother and I go to college, or at the very least, encourage us to go on scholarship, possibly even start something, they sabotaged us so we did extremely poorly in school, in order to justify how "unfair" life is and how the Union and the government is supposed to take care of everyone. 

        1.  @Jonathan1 I think that sort of thinking is far more evil than anything the "evil rich people" could ever do.And I do sabotage myself. Every time I try to finish something that could improve my chances at being more independent or being a successful musician, the fear comes over me, and I know it's "You'd better stop what you're doing! You might become one of those evil, uncaring rich people, and even worse than that, you'd be someone who actually enjoys what they're doing and is happy! Can't have that! You have to suffer!"
           

    6. I remember vividly from my childhood how my parents chastised the parents of my best friend for having money. "He's too good to go to public school like the rest of you kids!", they'd say. But my best friend's Mom always treated me well but they weren't millionaires yet.
       
      I guess the point I'm making is that my parents had the victim/lack programming that plagues most of us. And having been with many people worth millions or even billions, my feeling is that they are just people like the rest of us. The put their pants on one leg at a time, brush their teeth and breathe in and out. 
       
      The one thought that I seem to have when I see material things I want is, "It must be nice" and I KNOW this does NOT serve me. However, I do NOT think people with millions or billions are evil. Instead, I think that they have taken actions and held to their visions to create wealth, which is my goal as well. 

    7. The first media that comes to mind is Ayn Rand.There was a woman who believed in the power of individuality, creativity and providing value. 

    8.  @Jonathan1 I went to school with some children who came from either wealthy or at the very least professional families, and my parents, who were both Union members, were, and are constantly worried about money. They would chastise anyone had more money and was happier than them. They told me how "spoiled" some of my friends were, and how unfair life is, and how you have to work hard and suffer for every single cent you've got, and that the evil rich people should pay for everything, and personal responsibility was not something they had an interest in.Most of the people I went to school with did not have the spoiled attitude, but parents believed they did.They also believed that the school purposely neglected families that weren't rich and give them preferential treatment. I know for a fact they had good parents, many of whom were far kinder and generous than mine, who believed that I would do everything all by myself, with little or  no encouragement, and be expected to succeed, or else!They believed in pain and struggle so much, that even though could have afforded to help my brother and I go to college, or at the very least, encourage us to go on scholarship, possibly even start something, they sabotaged us so we did extremely poorly in school, in order to justify how "unfair" life is and how the Union and the government is supposed to take care of everyone. 

    9.  @Jonathan1 I think that sort of thinking is far more evil than anything the "evil rich people" could ever do.And I do sabotage myself. Every time I try to finish something that could improve my chances at being more independent or being a successful musician, the fear comes over me, and I know it's "You'd better stop what you're doing! You might become one of those evil, uncaring rich people, and even worse than that, you'd be someone who actually enjoys what they're doing and is happy! Can't have that! You have to suffer!"
       

    10.  @1quran For the most part, Tony Stark is portrayed fairly well. They have him be a bit cocky and have some problems, but who doesn't?

    11. At this point in my life, becoming a millionaire is appealing, but not a driving force.  How do I feel about millionaires?  It isn't the people living from pay check to pay check who donate huge amounts of money to charitable foundations, hire lots of people, and buy goods most of can't afford.  Orders for those lavish-living possessions are what keep people employed.  Wealthy people are to be emulated, not denigrated.  While there are bound to be scoundrels among the wealthy, the overwhelming majority (in MY opinion) earned their wealth through hard work and creative thinking.  Once someone develops an idea that is profitable, it's amazing how many "common" folks want to jump on and hope some of the leader's money will fall into his/her lap.  I say, hooray for millionaires.

    12. At this point in my life, becoming a millionaire is appealing, but not a driving force.  How do I feel about millionaires?  It isn't the people living from pay check to pay check who donate huge amounts of money to charitable foundations, hire lots of people, and buy goods most of can't afford.  Orders for those lavish-living possessions are what keep people employed.  Wealthy people are to be emulated, not denigrated.  While there are bound to be scoundrels among the wealthy, the overwhelming majority (in MY opinion) earned their wealth through hard work and creative thinking.  Once someone develops an idea that is profitable, it's amazing how many "common" folks want to jump on and hope some of the leader's money will fall into his/her lap.  I say, hooray for millionaires.

    13. Iron Man has some of the typical stereotypes, but is overall pretty good about wealth.  Nothing else jumps to mind, because there's not a lot positive out there.  - RG

    14. I think by far the biggest offender so far I've seen of the "rich people are evil, miserable, fucked up, you name it" show is "Ugly Betty". Wow.......Talk about lack programming.  That has got to be the lowest vibe show ever made, and think how popular it was! 

    15. I think by far the biggest offender so far I've seen of the "rich people are evil, miserable, fucked up, you name it" show is "Ugly Betty". Wow.......Talk about lack programming.  That has got to be the lowest vibe show ever made, and think how popular it was! 

    16. You write about Millionaires today?
      Must be YOUR day -->> so Happy Birthday -R(P)G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
       
      Who wins? The "older" and wiser one, as usual. Must be the subconscious mind. Glad I am not effected.
      Enjoy Moscow and your beloved Asia: make money & make friends. You deserve most!

    17. You write about Millionaires today?
      Must be YOUR day -->> so Happy Birthday -R(P)G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
       
      Who wins? The "older" and wiser one, as usual. Must be the subconscious mind. Glad I am not effected.
      Enjoy Moscow and your beloved Asia: make money & make friends. You deserve most!

    18. Happy Birthday Mr. Randy.  If I have never told you before, I will tell you today how much I appreciate you.  I have learned so much, so really Thank You Big Guy!  You are special in very many ways. 🙂
       
      Interesting post above.  I think we are programmed to think wanting lots of money is greedy.  Yet, a lot of people wouldn't deny wanting it either, I think there is a lot of ambivalence around money.  I think it goes deeper than just thinking it is moral or immoral to want money.  It is an interesting topic, and one that would be very interesting to research. 

    19. Happy Birthday Mr. Randy.  If I have never told you before, I will tell you today how much I appreciate you.  I have learned so much, so really Thank You Big Guy!  You are special in very many ways. 🙂
       
      Interesting post above.  I think we are programmed to think wanting lots of money is greedy.  Yet, a lot of people wouldn't deny wanting it either, I think there is a lot of ambivalence around money.  I think it goes deeper than just thinking it is moral or immoral to want money.  It is an interesting topic, and one that would be very interesting to research. 

    20. If one makes money poviding value to others, then it is moral.
      Wishing you a  Happy Birthday.
      May you have a nice drive in the car of your choice on a lovely sunny day.

    21. If one makes money poviding value to others, then it is moral.
      Wishing you a  Happy Birthday.
      May you have a nice drive in the car of your choice on a lovely sunny day.

    22. Evidently I have some anti-millionaire ideas.....otherwise I'd be one, right?  Can't argue with the hard evidence!   We don't KNOW what ideas we have in the subc. mind - that's why it is called the SUBconscious.  The only way we can tell what's in the sponge is by the evidence of our lives.
       
      When I was a child, I (my subc mind) sponged up the ideas around me; no blame ~ everyone was just perpetrating what they'd sponged up; that's what the vast majority of people are still doing, including the movie-makers. We have a choice: we can keep the old slop that we sponged up, OR we can crowd it out with some juicy new ideas.  As for me,  I am in the processing of saturating the ol' sponge with new ideas.  The process takes a LOT of discipline; luckily, after lots of practice, I've become pretty good at discipline.  Here are some of the ideas - & more importantly, the emotions - that I saturate my mind with, daily (you are welcome to borrow them - there's plenty for everyone):
       
      "It would be GREAT to have more money.  It would be FUN!  I enjoy the money I have, and I'll enjoy more of it.  I am successful, I am prosperous, and I am becoming more so. I like myself.  God loves me, always has, always will.  I can TRUST that there will continue to be more and more good in my life.  etc..."
       
      The trick, here, is to MEMORIZE some phrases that make us feel happy, and repeat them over and over and over again, saturating our awareness with them.  Once they are in our memories, we have them on hand for constant, aka habitual, use; and next thing we know, we are thinking those phrases "accidentally".....because they are what's in the sponge.
       
      Randy, you've inspired me to add another phrase, "It would be great to be a millionaire!"  When I start pouring that idea into the ol' sponge,  some anti-millionaire ideas (ones I don't consciously know about) may get washed to the surface.  That's the thing about the subc.....we aren't 100% aware of what's in there until new ideas start to squeeze them out.  Bring on the new ideas!

    23. Evidently I have some anti-millionaire ideas.....otherwise I'd be one, right?  Can't argue with the hard evidence!   We don't KNOW what ideas we have in the subc. mind - that's why it is called the SUBconscious.  The only way we can tell what's in the sponge is by the evidence of our lives.
       
      When I was a child, I (my subc mind) sponged up the ideas around me; no blame ~ everyone was just perpetrating what they'd sponged up; that's what the vast majority of people are still doing, including the movie-makers. We have a choice: we can keep the old slop that we sponged up, OR we can crowd it out with some juicy new ideas.  As for me,  I am in the processing of saturating the ol' sponge with new ideas.  The process takes a LOT of discipline; luckily, after lots of practice, I've become pretty good at discipline.  Here are some of the ideas - & more importantly, the emotions - that I saturate my mind with, daily (you are welcome to borrow them - there's plenty for everyone):
       
      "It would be GREAT to have more money.  It would be FUN!  I enjoy the money I have, and I'll enjoy more of it.  I am successful, I am prosperous, and I am becoming more so. I like myself.  God loves me, always has, always will.  I can TRUST that there will continue to be more and more good in my life.  etc..."
       
      The trick, here, is to MEMORIZE some phrases that make us feel happy, and repeat them over and over and over again, saturating our awareness with them.  Once they are in our memories, we have them on hand for constant, aka habitual, use; and next thing we know, we are thinking those phrases "accidentally".....because they are what's in the sponge.
       
      Randy, you've inspired me to add another phrase, "It would be great to be a millionaire!"  When I start pouring that idea into the ol' sponge,  some anti-millionaire ideas (ones I don't consciously know about) may get washed to the surface.  That's the thing about the subc.....we aren't 100% aware of what's in there until new ideas start to squeeze them out.  Bring on the new ideas!

    24. P.S. There are now two new terminals at Sheremetyevo,and a VIP service available.  So I have to take them off the list and replace them with LAX, which means we now have four of the worst five airports in the US.

    25. P.S. There are now two new terminals at Sheremetyevo,and a VIP service available.  So I have to take them off the list and replace them with LAX, which means we now have four of the worst five airports in the US.

    26. @christiantjr @Randy_Gage Haha, how sad and true! Well, it's obvious that people hate those who have "Everything" 🙂

    27. @christiantjr @Randy_Gage Haha, how sad and true! Well, it's obvious that people hate those who have "Everything" 🙂

    28. Haha, believe ir or not, I actually wrote about exactly this attitude towards wealth in a post recently - what a coincidence I find it on your blog now! It's called "Do you Deserve to Win the Lottery? http://bit.ly/Hwatwo

    29. Haha, believe ir or not, I actually wrote about exactly this attitude towards wealth in a post recently - what a coincidence I find it on your blog now! It's called "Do you Deserve to Win the Lottery? http://bit.ly/Hwatwo

    30. I believed this is why -> http://a-good-article.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-make-us-evil.html

    31. I believed this is why -> http://a-good-article.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-make-us-evil.html

          1.  @Joe LeeJoe,  you said you easily make money but didn´t mention your profession, what you productively "do" to get money in return (for some kind of work), so I am wondering: what´s your value you sell? your product?

          2.  @Leeloo Hi, you misunderstood me. I mentioned in my first comment that I need to change my belief. Changing it to making money is easy. But if you click on my name, you will find out what I do. Cheers! 

          3.  @Joe Lee Thanks Joe! Your website offered me quite some ideas!  And i hops you soon succeed to change your belief - for prosperity! Good luck 🙂

    32.  @Joe LeeJoe,  you said you easily make money but didn´t mention your profession, what you productively "do" to get money in return (for some kind of work), so I am wondering: what´s your value you sell? your product?

    33.  @Leeloo Hi, you misunderstood me. I mentioned in my first comment that I need to change my belief. Changing it to making money is easy. But if you click on my name, you will find out what I do. Cheers! 

    34.  @Joe Lee Thanks Joe! Your website offered me quite some ideas!  And i hops you soon succeed to change your belief - for prosperity! Good luck 🙂

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