Come on, can we, should we, ALL be billionaires??

by Ricter 16 replies
Sir, pardon me please, re your reply in the "100 Wealthiest" thread, but I assert that we cannot ALL be billionaires. If we all struck it rich today, and retired, we'd all starve!

Our system requires losers, even if they weren't a natural outcome of competiton. They are needed to serve drinks and otherwise labor for the rich and/or retired! This is understood by the wealthy, who lobby and make the rules which perpetuate it. Even so, power accumulates.

Not to mention the inflation! If we all become billionaires only gradually, a loaf of bread would be a million dollars. Somehow, some way, the powerful will control a larger basket of goods than the weak. You can see this simple truth in history.

As long as there remain inherent differences amongst people, both in their native abilities, and how much of a head start their country and family give them relative to others, there will always be, must always be, winners and losers.

Resources are in fact limited at any given point in time, and while they can be increased, giving the illusion of infinitude, population growth and consumption has a way of absorbing the extra. Not to mention the unintended, unwanted consequences of rising consumption.

Doesn't mean anyone shouldn't try to improve their lot in life, of course. I merely caution against sugar-covering your success, if you achieve it, with "resources are infinite, we can all have it all" talk. Acknowlege and appreciate the less fortunate, the younger who have not had time, the older whose powers are on the decline, they who do not command your wealth and are resigned, at least for now, to cutting your hair. : )

In practice I have found this way of belief makes me very kind and considerate, and often forgiving, to the clerks, cab drivers, shopkeepers and bellhops I encounter. Not that you aren't, sir!

But I digress. Now, where was that post with the tricks for driving thousands, no millions, of people to my website, and only my website... ; )
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Jordan
    "Our system requires losers, even if they weren't a natural outcome of competiton. "

    I guess it depends on what you mean by losers. But increasing efficiency and standards of living make it possible for those at the bottom to enjoy ever greater standards of living. Someone in America who lives in a trailer enjoys better creature comforts on a day to day level than the King of France in the Seventeenth century, or the richest man in ancient Rome.

    So our system makes it so that there is a hierarchy - I don't that it's a necessity that the people at the bottom be losers. Granted, there's still loads of people living in misery these days, but I don't necessarily believe it has to be that way forever, although it probably will.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      The point of his reply (which I presumed to be obvious) was that everyone has what it takes. It's just a matter of learning how to use it and doing so. Of course not everyone will. Whether because the never learn to, don't want to or whatever. That's not the point. The point was that we all have it in us.
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      • Profile picture of the author VinceNouvel
        Trust ME!! I will be one of them
        Not US$ billionaire... But something else..
        haha

        We all have it deep inside.. Just dig it and find it..
        You might find part of yourself that you never known before...

        But how many of us take the time to dig and find it?
        2%?
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        • Profile picture of the author Popstar
          Being a billionaire has its own set of problems. Be careful what you wish for.

          Debbie
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          • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
            Originally Posted by Popstar View Post

            Being a billionaire has its own set of problems. Be careful what you wish for.

            Debbie
            Problems like... "where the hell do I hide all this money?"
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            • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
              This was what I was thinking exactly. Take example our local billionaires

              Li Ka Shing reportedly paid the largest ever kidnap ransom of US$134 million for his son.

              Walter Kwok's family reportedly paid US$77 million ransom to the same gang.

              Previously, these billionaires did not have bodyguards. Now they have scores of them whenever they go out.
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              • Profile picture of the author ChocolateBiz
                10% of the top earners pay 70% of all taxes.

                This means that 90% of all tax payers are average people making less then $75k per year.

                No, we are not all going to be billionaires. However, it is an accepted fact that the next round of millionaires will be from those who have the courage to start their own business and those who join a Network Marketing company ... according to the Donald Trump and Robert T Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad.

                Wealth can be defined in many ways. However, money is like oxgen, when you need it, you need it now.

                Set your goals, follow a plan and work hard.

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        • Profile picture of the author Ricter
          Originally Posted by VinceNouvel View Post

          Trust ME!! I will be one of them
          Not US$ billionaire... But something else..
          haha

          We all have it deep inside.. Just dig it and find it..
          You might find part of yourself that you never known before...

          But how many of us take the time to dig and find it?
          2%?
          Sigh. Some of you are incorrigible! : )
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Ames
    This might be hard to believe, but not everyone is interested in being a billionaire. Some pursue other avenues in life like sports or excellence in arts, music, education. There was one fellow that won the lottery and gave all of it away. He just didn't care to have wealth.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lance K
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      This might be hard to believe, but not everyone is interested in being a billionaire. Some pursue other avenues in life like sports or excellence in arts, music, education. There was one fellow that won the lottery and gave all of it away. He just didn't care to have wealth.

      Exactly. Which is why I included "don't want to" in my reply. Flashy, uber wealth would make me fear for the safety of my wife and kids. I prefer inconspicous wealth.
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    • Profile picture of the author jasonl70
      Originally Posted by Scott Ames View Post

      This might be hard to believe, but not everyone is interested in being a billionaire. Some pursue other avenues in life like sports or excellence in arts, music, education. There was one fellow that won the lottery and gave all of it away. He just didn't care to have wealth.
      lol - then why buy the lottery ticket in the first place? sounds like an urban myth.

      I totally agree with you though - a lot of people are NOT driven to be wealthy. I used to be.. but now I'm happy to have more time with my son. I took a $120,000 pay cut to get that time / freedom ! Most likely, I'll get my old income back - but I will no longer sacrifice family for it. Now, if I could explain to my son the convept of a budget
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Originally Posted by Ricter View Post

    Our system requires losers, even if they weren't a natural outcome of competiton. They are needed to serve drinks...

    ...cab drivers, shopkeepers...
    People who serve drinks are losers?

    I used to serve drinks... but I owned the place I served them in... and the restaurant upstairs... and the off-licence next door.

    And the local cab company.

    And the shop down the road.

    Don't judge a book by it's cover.
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    • Profile picture of the author leekhinc
      Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

      People who serve drinks are losers?

      I used to serve drinks... but I owned the place I served them in... and the restaurant upstairs... and the off-licence next door.

      And the local cab company.

      And the shop down the road.

      Don't judge a book by it's cover.

      Yes never judge a book by its cover. You will never know that the person seated next to you is a millionaire!
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricter
      Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

      People who serve drinks are losers?

      I used to serve drinks... but I owned the place I served them in... and the restaurant upstairs... and the off-licence next door.

      And the local cab company.

      And the shop down the road.

      Don't judge a book by it's cover.
      I didn't mean losers in a deprecatory sense, as in a street jibe, "you loser!", but more in the coin-flipping kind of way. My apologies, this was only a first draft. Not that any more drafts are to follow you'll be pleased to know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    This billionaire : Billionaire Bill Bartmann Shares His Secrets
    tells you that it's hard work becoming a billionaire :-)

    Actually he's one of the most down-to-earth people
    that I've ever met. Check out the video.

    As a point of reference... a billion dollars is only
    1000 million dollars :-)

    Willie
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    By the way, Bill is only the 25th wealthiest person
    in America. I hear that Allen is 24th :-)

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