Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Incompetent, evil, lucky or just plain good people?

I come from a middle-class family. I had no wealthy uncle or aunt who gave me huge sums of money nor did I have access to a family business. I worked at UPS from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day for five years to pay my way through college. As entrepreneurs go, I am pretty typical. Most of us started with little or nothing and then built on that over time. As I’ve gone down this path of entrepreneurialism, I’ve met some very successful people. And most of them have something in common that we in America are being influenced to actually assume the opposite of. Most of them are honest, caring people. But the rich and successful tend to be viewed as either evil or incompetent by society. My theory on successful people is that they are like everyone else in that there are good ones and not-so-good ones. They have gone down a path that has led them to extraordinary situations. And along the way, they have, in most situations, been good, honest people who have earned a lifetime of loyalty and respect from those whose lives they’ve touched.

Barry LaBov
LaBov Marketing Communications and Training


  1. I too worked hard, Barry LaBov, and you’re right: not every wealthy person is a Montgomery Burns. There are certainly some bad, greedy rich men with money, but for every one of those, there are ten good ones. Most pay their taxes and give to charities. When we think of the rich, we should give people like Warren Buffett equal time to the Montgomery Burns of the world.

  2. Barry, Your comments are absolutely right and very much appreciated. And I can personally attest to the work ethic that you displayed in your early years. I enjoy your blog.