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Do Rich People Get Rich at the Expense of Others?

Generally speaking, people get rich by providing a valuable product or service to other people. Why should there be anyone getting hurt? Thus the correlation is 0. If a doctor sets your broken bones for a fee, who is benefited? Who is hurt?

Who got hurt by Microsoft making personal computers ubiquitous? Or Apple designing and selling a superior iPhone?

In my case, some years ago, I found a run-down empty mansion for my girlfriend to buy with “no money down.” She followed the instructions in my book Think Like A Tycoon and put in a year of time and effort doing a great restoration and cosmetic job. This gave employment to a dozen painters, restorers, etc. Then with my help in marketing, she sold it for profit to a wealthy couple with kids.

They wanted a turnkey deal where they could move into a perfectly remodeled, exquisitely furnished Villa. They would never have done what we did: Look for a decaying dump and with a year’s work, and many frustrations; turn it into a beauty.

Who was hurt along the way? No One! Who benefited? The community got a beautiful restored tax-paying property instead of an abandoned house used by druggies to shoot up in.

Our workers made enough money to support their families, take trips, enjoy life. Plus they got the extra benefit of my mentoring plus my books and expertise in learning to become capitalists and property owners themselves — if they chose to do so…

Only a few took advantage of this “free mentoring” from me. But that is why a minority of people get rich. The truth is most people are careless, have no role models, and they don’t want to make the effort of providing a valuable product or service to other people. It is easier to drink beer, cheer at sports events, and become a troll on social media — adding nothing to the world materially or spiritually.

On the other hand, when the Communist Party, Nazis or similar organizations take over, they often destroy an economy (as recently in Venezuela & Zimbabwe) and murder a whole class of people — sometimes many die and even more become impoverished refugees.

When the reckless leaders (or a maniac dictator like Hitler or Paul Pot) take over, that is when the harm is done and people are badly hurt.

Thus, Capitalism & Democracy (with a bit of income redistribution as in Switzerland, for instance) improves the lives of people, generally. As private wealth accumulates, life gets better for everyone.

If you want to become successful — and not just complain that you are getting poorer while the people who provide you with food, housing, clothing, and social media get rich undeservedly — then follow my advice.

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