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Focus on making more pie,
not getting the most pie.




Here is a fascinating concept:
"The happiest people are the ones with a moderate amount of wealth."



In Malcolm Gladwell's "David and Goliath", he writes about the difficulty wealth causes to good parenting. He describes an inverted U-curve where ease of parenting increases with family income up to a maximum of $75k and then starts to get harder beyond that point.

Abundance Thinking
versus
Zero-Sum Thinking

People tend to fall into one of two camps. There are those who believe that in order for them to get more, someone else has to get less. This is called Zero-Sum thinking. It presumes that there is a finite amount of stuff to be had (food, money, power, happiness).

"Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing--that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Life becomes a zero-sum game. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it's not fair, and I'm going to make sure you don't get anymore. We all play the game, but how much fun is it really?"
- Steven R. Covey

The other belief is that there is no limit to how much stuff can be created, and the way to get more is to create more for everyone to share. Dave Thomas says it well:



Nothing makes you feel so rich as giving something away to another person who can really use it.

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