Updated insider information by Chellie Campbell, author of “The Wealthy Spirit: Daily Affirmations for Financial Stress Reduction”

242-August 30

“The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”—Russell Lynes

It is a universal principle of money that whatever money you obtain dishonestly, by lying, cheating, swindling, or in any way taking money that isn’t rightfully yours, will be taken back from you tenfold. At least. The reverse is also true. Whatever money you gain by serving others with love and joy, will be given back to you tenfold. Wealth, riches, joy and abundance, pressed down, overflowing.

It doesn’t always appear that this is so. Resentful people are often fond of pointing out rich people with ill-gotten gains that seem to have come from deceptive practices, exploitation, or out-and-out thievery. It won’t serve you to think like that. The belief that someone else has become rich through exploiting others will only keep you from attempting to make your own fortune for fear of becoming a bad person. You can’t be worried about what other people are doing about their integrity. Just worry about your own. As you start to see your positive efforts from a center of personal integrity produce financial rewards, and whatever cheating you do result in a reduction in your wealth, you will see that financial integrity is one of your most important assets.

(Continued on page 242 of The Wealthy Spirit)

Today’s Affirmation: “All my friends are successful and happily making large sums of money!”

When you have integrity, sometimes you’re going to get yourself in trouble.

Since I’m a recognized self-help author with a following, I am often approached by other speaker/author/seminar leaders who would like me to give them a testimonial or “blurb” for their book. I’m happy to help them, not only because I just feel good helping others (I am in a “helping profession” after all) but also because I so appreciated the generosity of the people who read my book and gave me a testimonial.

But what do I do when I agree to read their book and then when I do, I don’t like it or something about it offends me or they take a philosophical position that I don’t agree with? Do I give them a testimonial anyway to keep them happy and avoid an awkward conversation? It’s tempting because my inner people-pleaser Tuna self wants to make everybody happy. But I know I can’t because my first responsibility is to tell the truth and my second is to my readers who rely on me to tell the truth.

Several years ago, I agreed to blurb a book from a man who came highly recommended from some impeccable sources, and also said that I would help promote it. Then he sent me the book and when I read it I was horrified. He offered up several pieces of advice to get ahead by gaming the system or actually out-and-out lie to others in order to get your way. He bragged about having won a sporting competition by dehydrating himself for the weigh-in so he’d be put in a class with smaller men and could overpower them.

Well, there was no way I could recommend that, and I told him so in no uncertain terms. He tried to wiggle around it and said his publisher and PR person said he needed to create controversy for marketing purposes. Yeah, I said, so now you’re telling me you compromised your ethics in order to sell books? No thanks.

More recently, a well-respected woman in business asked me to help promote her book and I eagerly looked forward to getting my copy. When I received it, it was 44 pages (but that was counting the cover of the book, testimonials, title page, etc. so it was really only 37 pages) and in the epilogue she explained that this was the first four chapters in what will be a longer book. Nothing in our conversation or in her advertising suggested that this “book” was a sneak preview and not a complete book.

I told her that I liked her writing and philosophy, but I would need to wait to promote her until the complete work was ready. She didn’t understand my reluctance and said her little book had been nominated for three book awards!

How could that be? Am I crazy to have standards? You know, sometimes you start to doubt yourself. So when I had my my inner circle of Dolphins over for our monthly Money Mastery Network meeting, I showed them the book and asked what they’d think if they received it and found out at the end that it was just the first four chapters of a book. 100% of them said they’d feel ripped off.
My friend and fabulous life coach Rhonda Britten says, “If you don’t have a ‘no’, your ‘yes’ means nothing.” That’s so true.

I have a “no”. Just so you know.