Dr. Deborah Bartlett

In 2010, the Israeli- American centrist think tank of Jewish people policy Institute reported that “Statistics indicate that per capita, Jews are a little over 100 times more likely to become billionaires than the rest of the human race.” Jews were once slaves.

The annals of ancient history including the Bible, have preserved the records of some of the torturous experiences of the Jews during their 400 years of slavery in Egypt and the murderous operations of the holocaust between January, 1933 – May 8th, 1945.

Jews are wealthy thinkers and planners. The wealthy mindset thinks and plans generationally. The poor mindset makes decisions without thoughtful or informed consideration about the consequences. A culture of poverty is evidence that little was learned from the past, decisions are being made for the most part only for today and certainly little or no planning for tomorrow.

I am grateful that my parents and grandparents of my mother and father taught our family to think big and plan generationally. My grandparents are deceased, they all left an inheritance for their children. One of my grandfathers instructed in his Will that certain properties are not to be sold but to be left as an inheritance for his children’s children from one generation to the next. The prefix of wealth is “WE.” I believe wealth should be defined as the “WE” culture that is governed by the abundance of love, compassion, kindness, peace, prosperity, integrity and the spirit of helping the qualified succeed. The Jews have mastered the “WE” culture within their community. Their hard work, vision and determination to never become slaves again harnesses their focus. Even though the statistics may suggest otherwise, wealth creators are not exclusively assigned to a race, nationality or gender. Greatness and wealth creation is assigned to the human potential.

I was born in The Bahamas. When I was born we were a colony of Great Britain. Only white men were allowed to vote. Further, parliamentarians had to be land owners. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Nassau to consult with our civil rights activists from political activists and the labor movement. As a matter of fact, the environment of Bimini, Bahamas inspired him to write the “I’ve been to The Mountain Top” speech where we got one of our most inspiring and resonating speeches that speaks to a culture of wealth. The global civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, “I’ve been to the mountaintop, I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you but I want you to know tonight that WE as a people will get to the Promised Land.” The CEO network was established in 1997 in Nassau, Bahamas to cultivate the “WE” culture of wealth. The mission of the CEO network is to inspire a strengthened work ethic, higher levels of productivity and serve as a networking platform for economic empowerment.

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