RULE 13: Don’t Make Money By Being Bad

JIMOH Ibrahim
I like Google’s
mission statement – Don’t be evil. It’s probably an anagram of something
but I still like it. If you have to lie, cheat, steal, defraud, lose sleep,
hide, dodge the law in any way, break the rules or generally behave badly to
make your money, then don’t do it, it isn’t worth it.

If earning money
or being wealthy stops being fun – and by being bad it really will stop being
fun – then there’s no point doing it. If you don’t enjoy the challenge of
earning money in a decent way, then best go and do something different.
I knew a major
criminal once. He told me it was no fun being ‘bent’ as; in fact, he had to be
a lot more law-abiding than the rest of us. He couldn’t risk getting pulled
over by the police for speeding or any minor motoring offence; no late night
parties in case the police got called out; no flash car to draw attention
to  himself; no lavish lifestyle in case
it put him in the spotlight. 


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“I can come up with lots of examples of famous
wealthy people who’ve made their money out of being bad. Yep, they’re wealthy
it’s true, but look in their eyes and what do you see there?”
But
there is more to living a clean life than being able to speed or have parties.
Living a life where you make your money from being good lets you sleep nights.
You get to look your kids in the eye and yourself in the mirror – with the
added bonus of a feel-good factor. No amount of money that can buy that.
If you have to
resort to being wicked, it means you’ve failed; you’ve lost the plot. It means
you haven’t been able to do it properly. It means you’re scraping the barrel.
It means you haven’t been able to think of a proper idea. It means you’ve been
lazy, desperate, non-creative, boring.
I can come up
with lots of examples of famous wealthy people who’ve made their money out of
being bad. Yep, they’re wealthy it’s true, but look in their eyes and what do
you see there? Do you want to have that stay-awake-at-night-worrying look? Do
you want that flinch-when-the-doorbell-rings kind of life? You want ‘nobody
trusts you’ sort of relationships? Or would you rather relax and know that you
did it legit, honest, fairly? It’s a no-brainer really, isn’t it?
As long as you can earn your wealth without ripping
people off, being cruel or unjust, breaking the law or bending the rules,
you’ll be doing fine. All it requires is a quick check, staying conscious of
what you – and your money – are doing.
 From
The Book;
The Rules of Wealth
by Richard Templar
(Read Rule 14
of Rule of Wealth tomorrow on Asabeafrika)
Read-to-Wealth Series 
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