Posts Tagged ‘Wealth’

Money

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Time, space and money. I was going to follow up my discussion of time with a discussion of space, and I still may write urlabout space in a future blog.  But I thought money, especially at this time of year, was a better topic. Space is a strange topic and not easy to write about, especially from the perspective of deep reality in which there is the high probability that space, like time, is actually an illusion. Money, although also an illusion, is easier to understand.

I recently met with Gary Renard the author of the Disappearance of the Universe and other bestselling titles that challenge our concept of time and space. In addition to being a wonderful author, workshop leader, and speaker, Gary is also a stock market day trader. He has done extremely well day trading lately, as have others with stock investments over the last year. 2013 in fact was the year in which the stock market reached new highs on almost a daily basis.  Gary seems to have the money issue figured out, at least for the present. (more…)

A TIME FOR HEROES

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

I met with a new client this week, Susie Anthony. Susie is an amazing woman. She was highly successful in her early1154746963_e0eb5e94a6_o thirties, her success culminating with her working for the fifth wealthiest man in the world, a Japanese businessman who was also a Samurai. Working with him, Susie learned a great deal about business, the super wealthy and the ancient wisdom of Japan.  But what she primarily learned was that wealth and power, as attractive as they were, were not ultimately satisfying her soul or her sense of purpose. After a few years Susie  became  addicted not just to the glamour and wealth and power, but also to cocaine.

Susie’s first book, Map to God, explores her journey and explains what she calls “the code”. She approached me with the idea of writing The Super Hero Code which would include stories from fifty or more of the famous business people, actors and visionaries with whom she has worked in the last two decades, sharing their stories as examples of how each individual is, in essence, a hero with their own code which they have followed to reach success in their chosen field and in their life. (more…)

Follow the Money

Monday, October 14th, 2013

It’s been said that money makes the world go round.  There is no doubt that to a great degree this is true.  We live in a day 61938659_9468d076c0_oand age where money rules our lives. It occurs to me that money has been ruling the world for quite some time. But today is different. Let me explain.

An Associated Press article just reported that 110 individuals control thirty-five percent of the entire Russian economy.  Each one of these individuals is likely a multi-billionaire. The skewed distribution of wealth in other developing countries, especially Mexico and much of South America and Africa, is likely similar.  And although the distribution of wealth and control in Europe, Asia, and the United States is less skewed, the reality is that a very small percentage of human beings are controlling the majority of wealth in the world.

I exaggerate the situation in my novel, The Power of Twelve, suggesting that 319 families control ninety percent of the wealth on Earth 769. Though as a novelist I exaggerate the situation for dramatic impact, the reality here on our earth in 2013 is not much better. Several estimates suggest that at most 30,000 families control at least fifty percent of the economic resources on our planet. Why does this matter? (more…)

FEAR AND GREED

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Fear and Greed seem as old as life itself. We can find cases of both in stories from all societies throughout history. What is the origin of fear? Where does greed come from? How is it that both fear and greed seem to feed upon themselves with fear creating greater fear and greed creating greater greed? With both fear and greed, too much seems to be never enough.

Greed in the world today is unimaginable with people accumulating massive wealth that neither they nor their 4823442859_299c7869e7_odescendants could spend in dozens of lifetimes.  At the same time, fear is being used to keep and guard these fortunes. Whether it is the fear of running out of  oil or the fear of terrorism or the fear of illegal immigrants overrunning  the  country, fear is an effective tool in keeping people focused on problems which are, in most cases, secondary rather than primary issues. When we look at the creation of Homeland Security, TSA and the other offshoots of fear-based thinking we can see that trillions of dollars and billions of man hours are being spent to somehow mitigate the fear of terrorism. Do we really think that armed guards provide the ultimate protection from terrorist threats? Do we really want to support a fear-based government policy that puts “security” above the constitutional rights of the first amendment and the right to privacy and the pursuit of happiness? (more…)

THE REALLY RICH

Monday, February 11th, 2013

So who are the really rich?  Are they the corporate CEOs and major film and music stars who get to play in the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament televised internationally every year?  The tournament does a good job of presenting likeable people who are helping to raise money for different charities. But who are these people and what do they say about our society?  They certainly seem to appreciate the opportunity to play golf on one of the most beautiful sites in the world and seeing famous people play golf no better than an average duffer is at times entertaining.  Except for their wealth and privilege, these amateurs seem to be just regular men and women like the rest of us. Of course the rest of us are not former secretaries of state, coaches of super bowl football teams, singers who have sold fifty million or more records, or film and television stars whose shows and films reach tens of millions of viewers annually. I have played golf at Pebble Beach and even won a junior version of an entertainment  executives only amateur tournament a decade or so ago (I had a really good partner and we played  through  a sudden storm that impacted the lower handicap golfers more than my links style beneath the wind trajectory game). I would certainly go to the Pro Am if invited. (more…)