The British’s ‘obsession with politeness’ keeps many of them poor and forms a barrier to getting rich, claimed an outspoken American multimillionaire.
Entrepreneur Derek Moneyberg, 42, who grew up in poverty on a rugged estate near Chicago but now lives in Nevada, claims Americans’ “brashness and bravado” is one of the reasons the country is the world’s largest economy. .
The wealth and business coach, who is worth more than $35 million, insisted this “lack of front” is why the UK is lagging behind wealthier countries like Germany and Japan.
“Brits are too scared to say what they want,” he told FEMAIL. ‘Getting rich requires proactivity and blunt honesty.
Entrepreneur Derek Moneyberg, 42, who grew up in poverty on a rugged estate near Chicago but now lives in Nevada, claims Americans’ “brashness and bravado” are one of the reasons the country is the world’s largest economy.
‘Too many Britons put courtesy before making money and still expect to be rich. They only have themselves to blame.
“You’re obsessed with being polite, just as many Americans love productivity that leads to money.
‘You like politeness and above all. What’s weird for an American is how much you cherish it.
“I’m not a self-conscious person – I wouldn’t have lived the life I had if I was. But that doesn’t mean I go out to annoy people or be rude.
‘I certainly don’t. But if anyone thinks I’m being rude, or swearing too much or saying something wrong, it’s their fault – I’m not lying awake.
The wealth and business coach, who is worth more than $35 million, stressed that this ‘lack of front’ is why the UK is lagging behind wealthier countries like Germany and Japan.
That’s the main difference between the British and the people of the US. So many of you Brits think your world will collapse if everyone doesn’t like you and thinks you’re a sincere person.
“It’s bullshit and you’re just wasting your time. You could be as respected as Mother Teresa, or as well-meaning as Donald Trump, and a bum will still hate you. If you want to get rich, I suggest you get away from etiquette and learn something valuable.”
Derek – who had some good role models during his difficult upbringing to help him on his journey to the top – has a track record of making outlandish statements. He previously argued that poverty is a ‘lifestyle choice’.
“Every day we have choices,” he said. “In everything we do, we can choose to work harder, work smarter and get better results.
Derek – who had some good role models during his difficult upbringing to help him on his journey to the top – has a track record of making outlandish statements. He previously argued that poverty is a ‘lifestyle choice’
“Most choose to do just enough to get by, never taking full advantage of the opportunities in front of them.
“If a person fails to do everything possible to create success, he not only fails his future self, but also fails to do good for those who are stupid enough to stand by them. . It is disastrous to have these people in your family.
“Most people will choose to make up excuses rather than actually do what it takes to achieve important goals.
“Winners always find a way and losers always find an excuse. I believe that over 90 percent of poor people could be rich if they weren’t so lazy. They only have themselves to blame.
“That might upset some people, but then real statements often upset weak people.”
Derek was a millionaire at age 29 and had even had a vasectomy at age 26 so he could focus on his clients
He bears witness to this ethos, dragging himself out of poverty after being born into a broken home in a drug-and-violent neighborhood to a “crazy” mother and father who were in prison during his formative years.
Despite these setbacks, he was determined to be successful and focused all his efforts on education – both formal and informal.
To earn extra money before getting his first real job at age 16, he knocked on doors taking up odd jobs like raking leaves and mowing the lawn.
This ensured that he excelled academically, while the entrepreneurial prowess he learned through setting up multiple companies made him a millionaire at the age of 29. He even had a vasectomy at age 26 so he could channel his focus on his clients.
He said: ‘Charlie Munger – Warren Buffett’s business partner – says the best way to get what you want in life is to earn it.
“Why would the world be so mad as to massively reward a bunch of people who don’t deserve it? Money is a lifestyle choice. Most simply choose not to deserve it.’