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Determinant Paradigms: Scarcity vs. Abundance

“Riches secured on the competitive plane are never satisfactory and permanent; they are yours today, and another’s tomorrow.

“Remember, if you are to become rich in a scientific and certain way, you must rise entirely out of the competitive thought. You must never think for a moment that the supply is limited.

“Just as soon as you begin to think that all the money is being ‘cornered’ and controlled by bankers and others, and that you must exert yourself to get laws passed to stop this process, and so on; in that moment you drop into the competitive mind, and your power to cause creation is gone for the time being; and what is worse, you will probably arrest the creative movements you have already instituted.” – Wallace D. Wattles

How does your paradigm affect how you treat yoursef and others?

Scarcity is characterized by adversarial, win-lose relationships.

When people compete in scarcity they try to do so at the expense of others.

Those in scarcity say or believe things like, “It’s a dog-eat-dog world,” or, “If you want a piece of the pie, you have to take it from other people.”

They feel they have to take from others to get what they want. They believe that there are never enough resources to serve all human desires.

In abundance, however, you fulfill your needs and wants by helping others to fulfill theirs; it’s always win-win.

In abundance all your thoughts, speech, emotions, and actions are motivated out of love and faith.

You look for opportunities to serve and give, rather than to take. You know that helping others to get what they want is the best way to get what you want.

You know that there are always enough resources (affiliate link) to fulfill all human desires.

Scarcity leads to pride, jealousy, envy, selfishness and covetousness.

Abundance, on the other hand, leads to humility, confidence, and service.

You cannot be jealous or envious of someone’s looks or money in abundance because you know that there are infinite forms and expressions of beauty, and infinite wealth to be accessed and utilized.

Those in scarcity often feel threatened or insecure when people disagree with them.

Those who are the most secure are enjoying a high degree of the abundance paradigm.

When you are in abundance, you don’t feel insecure about anyone disagreeing with your views, even if they are wrong and are at direct odds with principle.

The more abundant you are the more secure you are, and when you feel secure you are more able to get outside of yourself and listen to and deeply understand others.

This in turn dramatically increases your ability to get others to listen to you. As James Allen (affiliate link) said:

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good…The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.”

Become a “strong, calm” man or woman by ridding yourself of scarcity thinking and embracing the abundance paradigm.


Garrett Gunderson is an entrepreneur, financial coach, the founder of Freedom FastTrack, and the primary author of the New York Times bestseller Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths that are Destroying Your Prosperity.

Garrett loves inspiring others to turn their potential into production. He has dedicated his life to living and teaching a unique concept known as Soul Purpose that reveals how anyone can live a more prosperous and rewarding life.

As a finance and business productivity coach, Garrett instructs both large and small groups of business owners and financial service professionals nationwide.

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  1. I work in education and suiisrrpngly find a lot of scarcity thinking in regard to new ideas particularly from those colleagues who have Universtiy Degrees. They will actively challenge new ideas that would lead to progress for all of us and put their energies into avoiding change even to the point of trying to humiliate others who create the ideas it’s such a shame to see highly intelligent people use that intelligence to block good ideas for as long as they can because they feel threatened by this way of working.There’s a real resentment from these folks too when management decide these new ideas have value and decide to implement them. When you have a lot of people with scarcity mentality in positions of power there is sometimes a cultural war’ taking place with positional power being used to hold down expertise power I’ve found though that if you keep plugging away with your ideas in abundance mentality (being purpose-power centred rather than positiional-power centred) your good ideas will eventually take root.But there really is a war between these two ways of thinking going on around us all the time. It’s as if people are determined to fight their own freedom to think happily.Nice video, thank you.Carl

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