What is offered for free is dangerous--it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price--there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.
There are thousands of people who refuse to use money creatively and strategically. These types of people represent the opposite pole to the powerful. It is important to recognize those people and to avoid their poisonous natures.
- The Greedy Fish: Greedy fish are the con artist's bread and butter: Lured by the bait of easy money. They spend so much time dealing with numbers (not with people) that they become blind to psychology, including their own.
- The Bargain Demon: Powerful People judge everything by what it costs, not just in money but in time, dignity and peace of mind. This is exactly what Bargain Demons cannot do. Don't argue with them or try to change them. Mentally add up the cost, in time and inner peace of the irrational pursuit of a bargain.
- The Sadist: Sadists seem to think that paying for something gives them the right to torture and abuse the seller.
Power requires self-discipline. Becoming "rich instantly" plays havoc with the emotions. The suddenly rich believe that more is always possible. Never let lust for money lure you out of the fortress of real power. Make power your goal and money will find its way to you. Never let financial details blind you to the bigger picture of how people perceive you. Money may determine power relationships, but those relationships not only depend on the amount of money you have, but on the way you use it. Powerful people buy influence rather than things. "The River. To protect yourself or to save the resource, you dam it up. Soon, however, the waters become dank and pestilent. Only the foulest forms of life can live in such stagnant waters; nothing travels on them, all commerce stops. Destroy the dam. When water flows and circulates, it generates abundance, wealth, and power in ever larger circles. The River must flood periodically for good things to flourish.".