From A Scarcity To An Abundance Mindset

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

From A Scarcity To An Abundance Mindset

I want to share with you about a breakthrough I once had with my paradigm for wealth-creation.

It was inspired by one of my mentors, Dr. Richard Buckminster Fuller.

Bucky, as he was affectionately known by many of his students, was known to have one of the greatest minds of our times.

He was truly a Renaissance Man – a well-balanced person who has distinguished himself as a visionary, philosopher, inventor, engineer, architect, poet, and more.

In 1983, shortly before he passed away, Bucky was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the U.S.

Bucky’s life was far from being a success story at the beginning.

What endeared him to many of us was that he recovered from many major failures and made something good out of his life.

Up till the age of four, Bucky was literally lost while moving around. It was then that his family realized he was suffering from short-sightedness.

While he was in school, he struggled with geometry even though much later he became an accomplished mathematician.

Bucky was expelled from Harvard University – not once but twice.

The first time, he was asked to leave for splurging his money on ladies of the night.

Subsequently, he was expelled again for his irresponsibility and lack of interest. Bucky called himself a “non-conforming misfit” when he was pursuing his formal education.

At 27, Bucky’s daughter, Alexandra passed away while he was partying and having a good time.

He felt guilty for her death and it almost drove him to become an alcoholic.

By the time he was 32, he had worked in many jobs, including being a labourer, a soldier, and a failed entrepreneur.

He became not just jobless, he was living in a public low-income house – as a bankrupt.

Bucky decided to put an end to what he called his “throwaway life”.

Legend has it that, just before drowning himself, he heard a voice saying, “Your life does not belong to you. You belong to the Universe”.

Bucky committed himself to “an experiment to find out what a single individual (could) contribute to changing the world and benefitting all humanity”.

He proved once again that one person can make a positive difference to the world.

One of Bucky’s pet projects was the development of what he called the “Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science”.

He was concerned about human survival and sustainability under the current socio-economic system.

Bucky concluded from his research that “It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known”.

We can respond to all our challenges by providing “more and more life support for everybody, with less and less resources”.

Bucky believed there were more than enough resources for all of us to be wealthy. In fact, we were “unknowing billionaires”.

Bucky devoted his life to advancing humanity, including promoting the virtues of having an abundance mindset.

This ran contrary to having a scarcity mindset which was consciously or unconsciously practised by many people.

A Scarcity Mindset

The scarcity mindset is based on a “there-is-not-enough-and-therefore-I-must-win” and “survival of the fittest” mentality.

To people with a scarcity mindset, life is a zero-sum game. There is a degree of fear if they win less, others will win more and by the same token, they will lose more.

This win-lose or lose-lose attitude drives them to live a me-centered rather than a people-centered life.

They are focused on meeting their own needs rather than the needs of others.

They want as much things as possible – and may even hoard things they don’t need – and are less willing to work for and share with others.

Very often, they fight not only for their survival but also to be the winner without due consideration for others and the environment.

With a scarcity mindset, they unconsciously limit themselves to what they can create in their mind, do with their lives, and achieve for themselves and for others.

Their inward-focus attitude becomes one of the roadblocks to creating wealth. On a bigger scale, it is one of the root causes for poverty, conflicts and wars.

Truth be told, if you examine your life, you’ll discover that you have subconsciously fallen into the scarcity mindset trap.

It has sabotaged you from becoming the best that you can be and achieving true wealth.

If you want to be successful, you must help others to be successful.

When you help them to become wealthy, many of them will also seek to help you to be wealthy too.

An Abundance Mindset

There is an abundance of resources to help you achieve your dream in life and be wealthy.

Because our Creator has provided you a world of abundance, you can reach out to share with and bless other lives.

You do not have to see others as competitors but as potential partners to develop win-win relationships and results.

To be wealthy, learn to become a servant-leader. Seek to love and serve others.

Unless you have a heart to love and serve others, you do not qualify and deserve to be successful.

Be aware of the vision, needs and concerns of your team members. Look after their best interests and reach out to bring out the best in them.

Focus on the quality of your contribution and not on the quantity of your compensation and consumption.

Whatever you do, don’t do it to satisfy your ego and don’t be driven by a self-serving agenda.

Serve with humility, and value others above yourself. Seek not only to meet other people’s needs but also to help carry their burdens.

Develop a won-win relationship with them.

The won-win relationship is based on the Golden Rule:
Do to others what you want others to do to you
– even before they have done it to you.

To have an abundance mindset means that they must win first.
Then, after they have won, you can win.
They have to be successful before you can be successful.

Continue to value-add to your friends. They should be better off with you in their lives than without you.

Help them achieve their desired outcomes and make them feel that they did it on their own. There’s no need to seek and pursue any return, reward or recognition.

Inspire them to believe that they can continue to pursue a higher level of achievement even in your absence.

When you have a track record of helping others to succeed, you don’t have to chase for success. Soon, success will chase after you.

Beyond having an abundance mindset, you
should also have an abundance heart-set.
Be grateful and thankful for the abundance around you.

If you’re focused on finding beauty and wonder, you’ll not only find them but also enjoy them fully too.

Be mindful not to despise, be jealous of, or talk negatively about people who are successful and wealthy.

When you do that, you will indirectly reject success and wealth and repel yourself from achieving the best results.

In fact, you should network with and learn from successful people, especially those who contribute generously to society.

There is no end to how much you can model after and learn from them.

Our Creator has given to you a life of infinite possibilities to achieve great wealth. Prevent yourself from any self-imposed limitation.

Continue to pursue better ideas, innovations and actions to live at a higher plane of life.

As for me, I don’t even seek a win-win but a single-win relationship with others. As long as they win, I’m happy.

I don’t need to win at all. I want to be the best number 2 so that the people around me can be number 1.

Throughout your life, promote the values of having an abundance mindset. The more you do that, the healthier your mindset will become.

You will attract an abundance of wealth and all the good virtues of life so that you can use them to bless others.

The cycle will then continue to grow until it takes on a life by itself.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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