Wealth is something almost every one of us aspire to. But it may not come as easily as some of us are led to believe.
Most of us believe that all wealthy people put in so much work and sleepless night to attain what they have. But it turns out that although this may be true for some people, for the majority, it is not.
YEN.com.gh compiles a list of the reasons why the wealthiest people are not necessarily the most hardworking people if their monies were gotten legally.
1. Generational wealth
According to many great economists including Dr Richard Wolff, a very significant number of today's wealthy people are beneficiaries of money that a previous generation had.
This is not saying that these rich people contributed nothing to their current status. The point however is that, these individuals had so much of their futures shaped by income they had no input in earning.
Capitalism is the system that almost all of the world abides by. It is the idea that those with the means (money) set up jobs and employ people pay for a wage.
Through this, it happens that those with money would continue to have money even if they were not hardworking.
The work ethic of job owners would not matter so much especially if the workers themselves know that their lives depend on earning money.
3. Hard work does not pay like people would think
Most of us have been brought up to believe that the harder we work, the more we get profitable results. But this is not universally true.
For if it were true, all hard workers would at least be comfortable. Farmers in Ghana for instance, would have about the same comfort as bankers.
4. Wealth is not a sign of intelligence
Intelligence, they say, is knowledge in action. We have for so long associated intelligence and wealth together.
But this is not correct especially when one consider our first two points in this list. It is possible for rich people to continue to earn more even if they do not put their knowledge into work themselves.
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