Monday, July 17, 2006

Greed is Good

….As said by Gordon Gecko, played by Michael Douglas in the movie 'Wall Street'.

Some might have been repulsed by that statement. The reality is that greed is a major driver of people and business. We want more. Is that so bad?

Greed by itself is not bad.

Consider these greeds: You want a better job. You want to sell more. You want to grow your business. You want a nice vacation. You want more for your family.

How can any part of that be bad?

Greed is about wanting more. Bill Gates is the richest guy in the world. Was he greedy? Colombus wanted to discover a new route to India. Was he greedy? Of course they were.

Greed by itself is good. But the mix might be bad.

If you want to grow your business, success and wealth – you are greedy. And that is okay. Get over it.

Raising your price is greedy – that is okay – get over it.

You can be greedy and still a good person. Give yourself a break.

You can be greedy without being a bad person, a thief or criminal.

Wanting more is natural. Wanting to be number one is part greed.

Greedy people buy more – because they want more.

George Torok
Host of Business in Motion

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