Money, Power, Respect: Which Trumps All?

We all know that man comes in the world alone and goes from the world alone. He is only remembered by his acts. Some do good for others while some spend their lives running after money.

One cannot deny the fact that Money is power. Money is though erratic, when in low positions, respect acts an important support. By the same token, money can’t buy respect but respect can help earn money. Besides, you can have all the money you want, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into power or respect. Money can buy power at times, but respect is hard to demand.

Power – You can be the most powerful person in the world, but respect is not easy to come …. even for Presidents of the United States. I would add in here that love is a critical component as well to achieve power because when you give and get love, and when you have people around to support you, becoming a powerful person and earning money becomes easier which automatically gets you respect.

Respect– I’d say respect may well be the most important of the three because if you have respect, you must’ve earned it. You might/might not be rich or powerful, but would most certainly be someone who is taken seriously. There is no bigger joy, in my humble opinion, than being looked upon as a respectable being! Respect brings honor and dignity to a person both in their lifetime and after their death.

My conclusion comes to be that money, power and respect are all important indeed, however their way of implementation is much more important…. but that’s another subject.

After all, Power is not something that is gained through corruption or bullying; it is rather something that you attain only after gaining true respect and trust from groups and individuals around you.

And when you have Power, money comes on its own. It’s up to you though how you use that power – to make money or to do good which will earn you even more respect.

Share your thoughts….


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Ziad K. Abdelnour, Wall Street financier, trader and author is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a private family office that backs accomplished operating executives in growing their businesses both organically and through acquisitions and trades physical commodities – mostly oil derivatives – throughout the world.