Sometimes, I look back at my life and I wonder of who I’ve been most impressed to meet. The tend to be the people who realize how short mortal lives are and did their best to make the most of it. Some of the most interesting people I’ve met were in the early 1900s in America.
How did such a small group of men rise to such power? The answer still amazes me. During this period of time, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan, and Carnegie ruled America – not the president. These men were rich and powerful and they abused their wealth and power to get more of it.
Exceeding past the others though was Andrew Carnegie. Towards the latter part of his life, he decided to spend his life donating money to build libraries. At one point, he was one of the richest men in the world, yet he gave everything to let other people teach themselves.
Luckily, I was able to help push him to this decision. When Andrew got an offer from J.P. Morgan to buy US Steel, he was hesitant to sell. I persuaded him to look at his company and his life and decide which was most important.
Doesn’t history tell the rest of the story? Carnegie sold the company and spent the remainder of his life giving away the money he had earned. He never gave the money directly to people, because he wanted people to work to learn and earn money; not have it handed to them.
Only 30,000,000 dollars is what he had when he died. Enough for his family to still be wealthy, and yet not enough to completely spoil them.
Now I like to think that I’ve done well with my wealth. I have acquired quite a massive sum. Most of it is well hidden. In fact, most of it isn’t even cash. Cash is still a recent development to me. I certainly do have a fair amount of cash – I need to buy things to live, but I don’t want to (or need to) trade my resources for cash. I’d rather keep my things as leverage. I’ve seen governments come and go and I don’t want to lose part of my wealth with the collapse of a government.