“I say that you ought to get rich, and it is your duty to get rich…. The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly .. . ninety-eight out of one hundred of the rich men of America are honest. That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them. It is because they are honest men. … … I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathised with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins … is to do wrong…. let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings. …”
Well, other than that last part of being poor as Godâ€™s punishment for past sins, I think Russell Conwell is right.Â We all have an obligation to become wealthy.Â In becoming wealthy, we create opportunity for others, as well as, be in position to better help the less fortunate.
The obvious task (or trick) is how to get wealthy.Â Â And really the best way is to be in business for one self.Â But that does not necessary mean owning a small business.Â With a small business, like a retail shop, you may the tables turned fairly quickly â€“ the business owns you.Â And that is not a good place to be.