1. The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country.
2. Countries like India and Egypt, which are more than 2000 years old and are still poor.
3. On the other hand, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, were unknown100 years ago, and today they are developed and rich.
4. The difference between poor and rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.
5. Japan has a limited territory, 80%
mountainous, inadequate for agriculture and
cattle raising, but it is the second largest
world economy. The country is like an
immense floating factory, importing raw
material from the whole world and
exporting manufactured products.
6. Another example is Switzerland, which does
not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate
in the world. In its little territory they raise
animals and plant the soil 4 months per year.
That not being enough, they produce dairy
products of the best quality. It is a small
country that transmits an image of security,
order and labour, which made it the world’s
‘safe deposit vault’.
7. Executives from rich countries who
communicate with their counterparts in
poor countries observe that there is no
significant intellectual difference.
8. Race or skin colour are also not important:
immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of
origin are the productive power in rich
European and other developed countries.
9. What is the difference then?
The difference is the attitude
people, formed along the years by
10. On analyzing the behaviour of the people in
rich and developed countries, we find that
the vast majority follow the following
principles in their lives:
a. Ethics, as a basic principle
d. Respect to the laws and rules of the land
e. Respect to the rights of other citizens
f. Loving their work
g. Strive for saving and investment
h. Will to be of superior action
i. Punctuality at work and play
11. In poor countries, only a minority follow
these basic principles in their daily life.
12. We are not poor because we lack natural
resources or because nature is cruel to us.
13. We are poor because we lack attitude.
14. We lack the will to comply with and teach
these functional principles of the rich and