Nine words from the Science of Getting Rich that are not written by Wallace Wattles:
“What I want for myself, I want for everybody”
‘Golden Rule’ Jones of Toledo
Wallace Wattles closes Chapter 14 of his book the Science of Getting Rich with this quote from turn of the (20th) Century Mayor of Toledo, Samuel Milton ‘Golden Rule’ Jones.
A contemporary of Wattles, ‘Golden Rule’ Jones applied this rule in his business and he became successful, loved by the people and ended up as Mayor of Toledo.
Jones, who had little formal education as a child (having to work to help his family out of financial difficulties) had by the age of 24 started his first business. Becoming a wealthy man Jones refused to pay his workers low wages. Disliked by other business owners, as Mayor he built free kindergartens, parks and reformed the city government to improve working conditions.
He asked three things of his employees, that they: work hard, be honest, and that they follow The Golden Rule. If his workers followed these three things Jones promised safe working conditions and his employees a fair wages.
But what is the Golden Rule?
It’s a two way relationship. A relationship that ‘you’ and another person (or group of people) have that is reciprocal, mutually beneficial to all.
Simply put The Golden Rule is: treat others as you would like others to treat you.
From ancient Babylon, China, Egypt, Greece to the major religions and philosophies of Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Platonism, Sikhism, Taoism through to current psychology and sociology, all have their own versions of The Golden Rule.
Anyone living by The Golden Rule treats everyone as they would like to be treated (not just friends and family). If we treat others badly we are really just treating ourselves in exactly the same way…
The Charter for Compassion was born from a TED Prize and is based on
The Golden Rule.
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