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Shakespeare on Wealth

A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.

— William Shakespeare (1610, by John Taylor; Public Domain)

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Such as are thy habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of thy soul—for the soul is dyed by the thoughts. Dye it then, with a continuous series of such thoughts as these—that where a man can live, there if he will, he can also live well.

—Marcus Antonius (Public Domain)

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The first hundred thousand – that was hard to get; but afterwards, it was easy to make more.

—John Jacob Astor (1825, by John Wesley Jarvis; Public Domain)

It can be extremely frustrating. You have a brilliant business idea, you put everything into it, you work from dawn to dusk, and still…nothing. That could be the story line for the opening chapters of nearly every successful person’s life. Think of all the Americans over the centuries who started with virtually nothing, overcame incredible obstacles, persevered, and finally met with great success in their endeavor.

Some did it earlier in life, while others made it happen at an age when societal norms said they should be in retirement. One common theme connects these individuals: they didn’t accept conventional wisdom, and they stared failure after failure in the face and pressed ahead.

We are constantly being tested. In fact, it is fair to say that is precisely what we are doing here. Spiritual growth is our raison d’être, and that purpose has no expiration date. In this part of the journey we find ourselves on, let us remind ourselves daily that great accomplishment comes because we never backed down and never walked away from the wall in front of us; we hammered away at it day in and day out until it crumbled. What seemed insurmountable from one side appears puny as we look at it through our rear-view mirror.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Control Your Circumstances

Save a part of your income and begin now, for the person with a surplus controls circumstances, while the person without a surplus is controlled by circumstances.

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—Henry H. Buckley 

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The Best Plan

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.


— Pliny the Elder (Public domain)

…And just look around—folly is everywhere. Focus on your passion, see who is doing it wrong (either by accident or intent), and flip the script. Forge ahead and revolutionize an industry, or at least a part of it. Own it, and let nothing stop your progress.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.

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—Harvey Samuel Firestone (1910; Public domain)

…This quote may make us feel a bit uneasy, but its truth cannot be denied. Perhaps the surplus Firestone is talking about is strictly monetary, but it could also easily include the conditions under which one is born. A nurturing, loving family, for example, versus a loathsome and dysfunctional one.

We look at all of the men and women throughout history who have overcome great odds to achieve something in life, but that doesn’t change the fact that the journey is easier for some than others. One child goes through life knowing that the path will be paved for them, while another must struggle to cut their way through the forest. Ironically, it is often the former who will lose their way, never appreciating what they were given.

Life may not seem fair, and a challenge that can easily be solved with money can seem insurmountable to someone with none. Remember, however, that God gave us our own unique circumstances in life for a reason. We had to be right here, right now, and we had to overcome this specific set of challenges. By understanding this truth, we can forge ahead decisively and with happiness, knowing that our Divine Path truly has been paved for us.


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Epictetus on Creating Wealth

Lampis the shipowner, on being asked how he acquired his great wealth, replied, ‘my great wealth was acquired with no difficulty, but my small wealth, my first gains, with much labor.’



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