You probably remember this famous line delivered by fictional character Gordon Gekko in the hit movie Wall Street, played by the always amazing Michael Douglas. Greed has always taken a bad rap, but the the truth is, greed really IS good. Greed is responsible for every major innovation and advancement in human history. Greed is simply excessive desire to get what you want; and it’s greed that built America and every other great nation. I’m sick and tired of listening to big mouth pundits on TV and radio talking about how noble and charitable the American founding fathers were. Are we ever going to move into objective reality? These guys were greedy to be free from their oppressors, and their excessive desire to “live free or die” motivated a small group of otherwise peaceful citizens to take up arms against an enemy that was seemingly imposible to defeat. Thats greed. I have a friend with a very sick child who told me she’ll do anything she has to to raise the money she needs to save her daughters life. That’s greed. When you’ve had enough of working for a boss without a brain and are willing to stake your entire life savings on starting your own business to break free, thats greed. Gekko was right when he said: “Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all its forms–greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge–has marked the upward surge of mankind. That’s mental toughness and critical thinking. Listen to this short audio post, and I’ll look forward to your comments. Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.