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Faith Begets Loyalty


wealthymattersDuryodhana’s wife Bhanumathi and his close friend Karna were playing a game of dice. The stake between them was substantial. As the game progressed, it was evident that Karna was winning and Bhanumathi was losing. Just then Duryodhana entered his queen’s chamber. Karna had his back to the door while Bhanumathi was facing it. Seeing her husband coming, she was about to stand up. As she was just rising, Karna, thinking that she was trying to get away from the embarrassment of certain defeat in the game, snatched at her drape, studded with pearls.

Tugged at by Karna’s powerful hands, the thread snapped and all the pearls rolled on the floor. Queen Bhanumathi was stunned and did not know what to say or do. She was afraid that, for no fault of hers, she would be misunderstood by her husband because of Karna’s behaviour. Seeing her shocked state and sensing that something was wrong, Karna turned round and saw his friend Duryodhana. He was also deeply shocked and distressed beyond words. Here he was, in the royal chamber, playing a game of dice with his friend’s wife and he had caught at her clothes, thus endangering her chaste reputation. He stood dumbfounded and transfixed. Surely, Duryodhana would not tolerate such immodesty. He readied himself for the inevitable punishment. Read more of this post

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Helping 1% Style


wealthymatters1)If you are the 1%, your problems are similar to those like you and that’s a miniscule minority. By focussing on solving the problems of the masses, you have a greater chance of making more money. Hence, the thing about focusing on the market at the bottom of the pyramid.

2)When employees have their own problems, they cannot focus on helping you solve yours. So by helping employees, you ensure that they can focus on their work and help you succeed. Hence, the focus on employee welfare.

3)Making money is hard, keeping money is harder. What if tomorrow you are no longer the 1% and all your 1% friends ignore you, you will need at least one of the 99% to help you. Hence, the focus on helping people of proven loyalty.

4)Invest in people. If 1 out of thousand people you have helped turn the favor one day, it is a great deal. Hence, the focus on supporting the talented, those with special skills and those with prospects.

Helping is resource intensive, so help strategically.

Listen With Two Ears


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The 1% use education and media to control the 99%.

When I was small, my mother told me to listen with 2 ears. Let things come in one and go out the other. Don’t believe everything you hear. DON’T TRUST ANYONE.

Always ask questions. Even if you agree with something, try to look from the other side. If you disagree with something, do the same. Don’t just listen, think critically.

It is hard. Very hard. You will get the messages for the 99% and have to decode them. You don’t want to believe what the 1% want you to believe.

- CamMi Pham

You Are What You Read


11% of rich people read for entertainment, compared to 79% of poor

85% of rich people read two or more education, career-related, or self-improvement books per month, compared to 15% of poor

94% of rich people read news publications including newspapers and blogs, compared to 11% of poor people

            -Tom Corley, the author of Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals 

 

Go Sleep!


wealthymattersMy big idea is a very, very small idea that can unlock billions of big ideas that are at the moment dormant inside us. And my little idea that will do that is sleep.

I learned the hard way, the value of sleep. Two-and-a-half years ago, I fainted from exhaustion. I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone, I got five stitches on my right eye. And I began the journey of rediscovering the value of sleep. And in the course of that, I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.

And we women are going to lead the way in this new revolution, this new feminist issue. We are literally going to sleep our way to the top, literally.

Because unfortunately for men, sleep deprivation has become a virility symbol. I was recently having dinner with a guy who bragged that he had only gotten four hours sleep the night before. And I felt like saying to him — but I didn’t say it – I felt like saying, “You know what? If you had gotten five, this dinner would have been a lot more interesting.” Read more of this post

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