“You do not have to get something for nothing,
but can give to every man more than you take from him.”
— Wallace D Wattles
Some time ago, I read the book, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles. I bought the audiobook and listened over and over again. I loved the simplicity of it and the depth of it at the same time. It is so short and yet profound that it really does require repetitive study to understand it better. It is in my opinion a powerful book. You can get a free pdf copy on the Internet or on a Kindle.
Since that time, there have been some ideas from this book that really stuck with me and one of them is about the value that we give in return for what we take or receive. In the competitive world, the only reason for competition at all is the assumption of lack of enough for everyone. When we believe that there is plenty or abundance, the whole idea of competition is ridiculous. In his book, Wattles refers to moving from the competitive plane to the creative plane, or from scarcity to abundance.
Here is a section that stood out for me and is the foundation for the businesses that I am involved in:
“When you rise from the competitive to the creative plane, you can scan your business transactions very strictly, and if you are selling any man anything which does not add more to his life than the thing he gives you in exchange, you can afford to stop it. You do not have to beat anybody in business. And if you are in a business which does beat people, get out of it at once. Give every man more in use value than you take from him in cash value; then you are adding to the life of the world by every business transaction.”
This is also the foundation of many of my other mentors like Jim Rohn, and Brian Tracy who say to always do more than required.
No More Need To Look Over Our Shoulders
Spread Some Joy Today–“Since you get more joy out of giving to others, you should put a good deal of though into the happiness that you are able to give.” — Eleanor Roosevelt