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The Psychology of Achieving Wealth or Achieving Poverty

By Dr. Cie Ann Scott Ph.D.

Girls_saving_money.jpgIt is everyone's right to be rich, including the wealth of money and
possessions.  If this is not so, how could so many individuals go from rags to riches, and why can
others follow in their success?

There is no reward in having less than what you want. Any individual who can't afford all that he
wishes for may not be living to his or her full potential. It is also true that no individual is more worthy
than another of having financial success.   

Read More The biggest frustration in expressing love is the sting of poverty. Any reasonable person
would enjoy creating a comfortable home, reliable automobiles, and giving gifts at appropriate times
of the year.  These typical intentions can be difficult or impossible when earning money is
challenged.  In addition, when we feel we are coming up short, our self-esteem takes another dive
downward.  This is definitely a very American point of view. It is true for all of humanity, but
experienced differently in other cultures in which wealth is perceived in a different way.  The same is
true for business.  Reasonable standards can be maintained to keep the business aligned.  We
prefer to keep loyal and hardworking employees rather than denying them a well-deserved raise.  
Employees may need insurance, company cars, and other perks, and will join another organization
if they feel they are getting less than what they are entitled to.  These challenges are stressful, and
can be debilitating.
If anyone chooses to avoid success in the self-actualization or financial senses, they are hurting
themselves and the rest of the world. This will eventually become clear, however you can render
humanity (or God if you prefer) no greater service than to make the absolute most of yourself.  For
those who fear God, God is not the least bit pleased with sacrifices, poverty, or wasting any of the
gifts and potential that have been given. No o­ne will be canonized for not earning all he or she can.

We live for the body, mind, and soul.  Each is desirable, and none are actually better or have greater
importance than the others. There is no nobility in living o­nly for the soul and neglecting the body.
Not caring for your body is disrespectful to the self and all others. It is equally sad to live for the
intellect and neglect the body and soul. Troubles always come to those who neglect to take care of
all aspects of their life. Those who don't care for their bodies will be met with prejudice and
disrespect, and like Judge Judy Scheinlein says, "Beauty fades, and stupid is forever," ---true if an
individual accepts it to be. The spirit unfolds in the freest way when worries of health, intelligence,
and money don't exist.

Every individual has something to contribute to all who live in the world, but can give more to the
richness, power, elegance, and beauty when he or she isn't part of the problem. The best thing o­ne
can do to aid the impoverished is not to be o­ne himself. This is a strong premise, enunciated in a
speech by Martin Luther King.

To be a giver is the most rewarding experience we can express.  Earning substantial funds and
property allows o­ne to bestow benefits o­n those he or she loves. Giving is its own reward. Self-
esteem is strengthened by giving.  The position of giving makes o­ne feel powerful.


Most people are misdirected into believing “money is the power” as opposed to the earning potential
held by every living individual. Basically, the role of currency isn't "King". o­nce we are open to take
money out of the highest position, placing ourselves there instead, we can begin to understand
where the power to manifest wealth lies.  Let’s see this as it applies to the United States of America
and other sophisticated countries.

We, the people gave currency its value. We created it. We probably spend more time trying to
accumulate money than improving our own minds, bodies, and spirits.

Currency itself does not farm food, design and assemble a car, or create the infrastructure of a city.
We can claim power in our own artistic gifts, and feel comfortable knowing this.

Long ago there was no currency. People simply bartered for their wants and needs. If we could get
all that was available without dealing denominations, and simply with what products and services
we produced and practiced, that is proof that money isn't worth more than the paper it's printed o­n.
We know, therefore, that currency isn't actually necessary. It was a convenience that has
unfortunately become worshipped by many who forgot that o­nce the world survived without almighty

Money is o­nly money. After talent, skills, or power is developed by anyone, that individual can
acquire as much currency as they are not afraid to earn.

People aren't your source and supply. A company isn't your source of income. It is every individual's
inherent talent, effort, or gift that brings forth funds.  If money is a challenge for you, take the power
away from ‘the green’, and put the power back into yourself!