Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.
The usual explanation is that countries that we now call “developed”, or the “West”, acquired in the 16th century and afterwards some features that were absent in more traditional societies. The list of these features ranges from the abolition of serfdom and protestant ethics, to the protection of property rights and free universities. The problem with this reasoning is that it is assumed that these features emerged initially only in North-Western Europe and only in the 16th-18th century.
Dr. Vladimir Popov, Advisor in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and Professor Emeritus in New Economics School, Moscow, provides a different interpretation for how the West got rich.