What a pleasure to read about The Giving Pledge on fellow bloggers’ sites: Souldipper and Spirit Lights The Way. In a nutshell, Warren Buffet, together with Bill and Melinda Gates, has initiated a project to unify the super-rich in giving more to the poor.
A number of billionaires, beginning with some on The Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people in America, have recently joined the challenge to raise $600 billion, by pledging at least 50% of their net worth (more than 99% in the case of Warren Buffet), while they’re alive or at death. It’s profoundly inspiring to read the participants’ letters, which reflect the altruism inherent in this initiative. David Rockefeller for example, shares insight gleaned from his family’s five generations of practising philanthropy.
Napoleon Hill’s books Think & Grow Rich and The Master Key To Riches spring immediately to mind. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly materialistic titles, cover designs, nor even the back page blurbs. There is far more to the message than simply making money. Representing “the distilled wisdom of distinguished men of great wealth and achievement” (500 of them), altruism pulses at their heart, together with an intrinsic grasp of quantum physics.
To illustrate, here’s a quote from the first book, listed under the heading ‘The Laws That Lead to Fortune’:
“…this earth, every one of the billions of individual cells of your body, and every atom of matter, began as an intangible form of energy…Thought impulses are forms of energy.”
And one from the second book:
“…there can be no greater expression of love than love which is demonstrated through service that is rendered unselfishly for the benefit of others.”
How wonderful that this eternal spirit, which Napoleon Hill recorded and first published in 1937, is alive and well today 🙂
For more information, take a look at this Fortune article from Wednesday: New billionaire recruits to the $600 billion challenge