"If you don't step forward you will always remain in the same place."
Mel S Brooks
In 1896 Hubert Howe Bancroft originally published 400 copies of The Book of Wealth. Priced far beyond the reach of ordinary people and sold at those times for as much as $2,500 for a limited-edition set, the only people who could afford the books were those individuals and families who had already joined the ranks of the wealthy...The Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers, the Carnegies...
The Book of Wealth encloses the history of economics and finance relative to the history of the human race, along with Bancroft's extraordinary analysis, insight and inference into the psychology of economic exchange as he examines the individuals, organizations, and nations that have attained great wealth. Bancroft defines wealth as:
“Wealth in its noblest is not an unworthy theme. There is nothing desirable or honorable in penury, nothing praiseworthy or attractive in want and dependence. If, as it is written, it’s hard for the rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, it might be a still more difficult task for the poor man. If the love of money is the root of all evil, the enjoyment and proper use of money, not for itself but for what it brings, are among God’s choicest blessings. Riches in the man tend towards good; poverty is the emblem and often the cause of all ills.
Wealth pre-sup-poses something more than food, raiment, and shelter, there is the gratification, the position, and prestige it affords to its owner with a certain mental serenity and satisfaction superior by far to the merely physical comfort…The desire for competency regarding the world’s goods lies at the root of all ambition, and without ambitions and aspirations, life is not worth living. Honor and fame are never made sweeter by the presence of poverty; love and duty must have bread to eat; learning and culture have their necessities; the arts, no less than industry, require sustenance…
Like a stream of electricity, wealth is a vital force and one of the greatest forces because, in a measure, it dominates everywhere, exercising an influence over mind and matter as well as governing in moral, social, and material things. In the wealth of the world, we behold the accumulated power of civilization- gathered and garnered since the dawn of human intelligence - the measure of human progress and possibility.
Intellectual culture, acquisition and distribution of wealth, an increase of knowledge, and refinement of manners are among the progressive man's chief concerns. These could not exist without wealth, for where there are no storehouses for wealth, there can be no storehouses for knowledge.”
*Abstract from "The Book of Wealth" by Hubert Howe Bancroft
Dr. John Demartini, wealth master and financial consultant to others, reports that the Rockefellers used The Book of Wealth to study the common traits essential to the mindset of the wealth masters. They indexed and juxtaposed wealth accumulation to social and cultural advancements and development in the Arts and Science that took place during the lifespan of these individuals and concluded that they shared an almost identical mentality. He writes:
"Here are some of the discernible propensities and predilections of wealth masters:
Wealthy individuals feel that they are destined to serve a vast number of people and thus change the course of human history by contributing to the well-being and advancement of society. They aspire and invest in finding direct or indirect mechanisms to fulfill their divine purpose and a higher calling.
They have an extraordinarily high standard of life. They invest in inspiration and fascination, not rescue and desperation. They never want to rob people of dignity, accountability, responsibility, productivity, and recognition.
They live luxurious lives because they know that if they invest in the work of the masters of any profession, they invest in raising the standards of society, which in return stimulates the growth of opportunities and fuels the economics of society. When more jobs are created, more people win. The more people acquire wealth, the more employment opportunities open up, and society's standards rise again.
Wealth masters are equally committed to raising the standard of human consciousness through education.
They know that money is neither good nor evil. It’s simply means of fair exchange. Money is used to determine worth for the purpose of exchange. To determine worth, we either appreciate - recognize - the full worth of; depreciate - diminish the value of; or negotiate - adjust worth for the sake of exchange. True service equals true reward.
They become the purposeful benefactors that raise the standards, create jobs, inspire, motivate, drive progress and serve humanity. Anytime one achieves above the median in society, a philanthropist automatically awakes inside, together with a philanthropic method or a system to redistribute one’s service to the world and contribute to the world spontaneously.
Such individuals are bold, unique, and audacious. They demonstrate originality, versatility, dominance in a field, the universality of vision, strength of character, and creative energy. They have an insatiable curiosity and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning and a desire to grow in wisdom throughout their lives.
Masters at success have well-being, better health, and live happier and longer lives. They seek and have extraordinary personal experiences, sense of purpose, and an urgency to live their lives to the fullest.
They become trendsetters in society. They present with class and style, possess a finer taste in life, and commit to social etiquette and personal conduct.
They understand that “To whom much is given, much is required.”