Greed Is Bad!

Yesterday I witnessed a number of individuals who came together and epitomized exactly what Mary Hunt talks about below. Individuals filled with compassion and generosity that had a common focus of raising funds for a young man, Andy Lynch. Andy has lived his life with compassion and generosity and put others needs before his own. So, when this young man got extremely sick and needed help the number of people whose lives’ he’s touched – reached out to help him back.

Having never met him but hearing of his story made me want to help and jump on the “” crusade. Walking into the fund-raising benefit filled my heart with joy to see the love and support of people who were there not for themselves – but someone else. Giving will fill your heart.

Greed Is Never Good

When Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film “Wall Street,” declared in no uncertain terms that “greed is good!” people flocked to the theaters. And cheered. But it was just a movie. Please don’t base your belief system on a movie line that might have been memorable and entertaining, but dead wrong. Greed is like a cancer that when left untreated can destroy individuals, families, businesses, governments and economies.

Greed makes financially ignorant people putty in the hands of the consumer credit industry. My ignorance about credit and debt, plus my skewed logic that somehow I could have all that I wanted now and it would somehow work out in the end, set me up to be greed’s dream client.

Credit was my accomplice. And choosing that course in my life landed me in a pit of financial despair. It took me 12 years to ruin my life and 13 years to come back. That’s 25 years just to get back to square one! I shudder to think of all the opportunities that were forever lost in my life at the hand of that monster, greed.

I’m a lot wiser now, as a result of the hard lessons that experience taught me. If you don’t have 25 years to learn these lessons on your own, save yourself the cost and the trouble by learning from my mistakes. Dump your greed now. How? Here are four simple steps:

Develop personal compassion. Putting the situations of others’ ahead of ourselves takes our eyes off of our selfish desires. It softens our heart and fills us with compassion for the needs of others.

Develop generosity. A heart filled with gratitude expresses itself with generosity. Generosity kills greed. As you acknowledge all that you have in light of the needs of those around you, you’ll find yourself feeling genuinely grateful in ways you may have not experienced before. Generosity will become the natural outflowing of your grateful heart.

Put others’ needs ahead of your wants. Take some of your wants and find someone who has a real need. Take the money you would have spent on those wants, and give it to the need instead.

Repeat. Make giving part of your personal money management program.

Can you imagine what could happen in our neighborhoods if every person reading this were to give some of what they have-money, time and talents-to meet the needs of others? We would start a revolution!

Just imagine living in an environment that is void of greed. It can happen, I know, because I have experienced it. I’ve seen gratitude in operation in my own community, and I cannot describe the joy and contentment this brings.

Here’s what I’m asking you to do, right now. Think of five friends you can share this column with. Then do it. Now.

Driving greed from your life will change your heart, and it just might do the same in theirs.

Mary Hunt is the founder of and author of 20 books, including her latest release, 7 Money Rules for Life. You can email Mary or write to her at Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630.