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NateR
03-12-2009, 02:54 AM
In a time where it seems popular to vilify the rich and successful in America, I found this very inspiring. These are the principles that one of America's richest and most successful men, John D. Rockefeller, lived by:

I Believe
I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a manís word should be as good as his bond; that character ó not wealth or power or position ó is of supreme worth.

I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individualís highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.

Bonnie
03-12-2009, 06:18 AM
Beautiful, Nathan!

I love it! :)

rockdawg21
03-12-2009, 01:24 PM
But he was the owner of a greedy corporation that just wants to own the world. There's no way he actually believed that. :Whistle:

Neezar
03-12-2009, 01:49 PM
Very good stuff!

Crisco
03-12-2009, 02:38 PM
I would rather earn 1% off a 100 people's efforts than 100% of my own efforts.
John D. Rockefeller

Crisco
03-12-2009, 02:42 PM
Make no mistake there are some good rich people in the world.


But there are just as many if not more evil mofo's who only care about the almighty dollar.

NateR
03-12-2009, 02:54 PM
But there are just as many if not more evil mofo's who only care about the almighty dollar.

Well, you don't have to be rich to fall into that category.

MattHughesRocks
03-12-2009, 03:07 PM
Yeah, take me for instance :unsure-1:


Well, you don't have to be rich to fall into that category.

rearnakedchoke
03-12-2009, 03:37 PM
Well, you don't have to be rich to fall into that category.
Guilty as Charged.

LOL