2nd house is money and value. 8th house is other people’s money and value. The mistake is to think you only have a fixed amount to go around between these two houses (which necessitates you taking away from others what they need – a classic poverty mindset.)
The reality happens more like this: you add value to others’ lives (i.e. add to 8th house), and they will give you money in exchange for the value. Or others will give you something of value (i.e. add to 2nd house), so you will pay them in exchange for that value. The funny (or amazing) thing is, at the end of the transaction, you both end up richer than before.
How? You may ask, Isn’t life a zero-sum game? Here are some examples:
- You borrow from the bank in order to purchase a home (read: money goes from 8th to 2nd). You make monthly payments to the bank (money goes from 2nd to 8th) for the mortgage, which in the long run makes money for the bank (i.e. 8th house gets a positive return of investment) – so the 8th house gets richer than before. But you didn’t lose – you bought a house, an appreciating asset, and after 30 years when the loans are paid off, your equity for the house should be a lot more than the original amount you borrowed (read: positive return of investment again for the 2nd house). So both you and the bank end up enriched from this transaction.
- You sell people investment vehicles (i.e. stocks, bonds, franchise and other businesses), in effect enabling them to become wealthier, adding value to the 8th house. In the course of doing so, people pay you money, allowing you to be wealthy (stockbrokers do exactly this, and hedge fund managers manage other people’s money, being rewarded for increasing their wealth.)
These are easy examples, because for both parties, the return of investment is easily quantifiable. But the same dynamic works for an artist who sells her paintings that add value to the buyers’ lives, or a writer whose ideas add valuable information and insight to millions of people’s lives.
When the flow is working smoothly between 2nd and 8th house, the result is a virtuous cycle of mutually increased wealth. It seems like the smooth flow of energy exchange between these two houses act like a magnet to attract more and more wealth to flow between these two poles.
This means it’s impossible for you to get rich without making other people rich (or enriched, somehow). You will note that in this model, you want the other party to be successful: The bank wishes the home buyer success because they really do not look forward to foreclosures.
Stockbroker wants his clients to make a lot of money, because otherwise he will not get a return business. Investor wants his money manager to wildly succeed, because that by definition ensures his wild success.
A life coach wants you to succeed, and you should wish her success too, because that means you’re hiring the person who knows the right method to being successful (which is what you signed up for in the first place!)
I offer two ideas for activating this virtuous cycle:
1)See how you can add value to others’ lives.
2)Wish success to every customer, client and boss you have.
For those of you that read the post this far, I wish all of you success. :)