Zig Ziglar – “money is not everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen”
Zig has the right idea, but I have to admit that wealth hasn’t always been a priority for me.
That’s because the secret ingredient you need to have wealth is simply to realize that you are already wealthy.
Hard to accept, but true …
Most people will never have all the money they want.
Think Bill Gates has all the money he wants? Bill had to tap into Warren Buffet to fight the battle against AIDS.
Think Donald Trump has all the money he wants?
What about you … is there NOTHING else that you would want to do if only you had the money? For yourself? How about for someone else.
It’s an endless chase, so resolve to yourself right now …
You are already wealthy.
Start thinking about what you have instead of what you don’t have.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have financial wealth.
I want good people with good hearts to have money to do good things, so let’s talk about the money and how it works in the real world.
There are four distinct stages to financial wealth …
- Financially insecure
- Financially secure
- Financially independent
- Financially free
Maybe you feel financially insecure — worried about how you will pay the bills.
Or maybe financially secure — not worried about whether you will be able to make the bills.
Maybe you’re financially independent — already set financially if you never work again.
Or financially free — able to do anything you want financially.
But what I’m really interested in is how does that relate to your actual income.
I’m guessing that my audience has people in all of those financial situations, and I’m curious to see how direct the correlation is between what we perceive our financial situation to be and what our actual income level is, so I put up a survey here:
Here are some early results
So how do you move up a notch?
That’s easy to say and not so easy to do.
New wealth is created by spending less than you make and then investing the difference in a way that compounds the growth of your money.
Sounds too simple to be true, but the truth is often simple at the core.
All the best,
The truth is always simple at the core and the truth has no side in any argument. Very nice piece, Ken. Thanks!
Thanks Mark! Appreciate the input!
Love it. Money is only a means to an end. You can be wealthy with a wide range of means.
The solutions are usually easy to spot, yet much harder to implement. Money, business and fitness are all very important in life, yet most people have been convinced there isn’t a lot they can do about any of the three – or at least very little. Creating positive habits and adopting a success lifestyle is difficult but necessary unless one wants to keep repeating the cycles that got them to where they are today.
So true Doug
This is the reason I read your blog, Ken. I love the clarity. If there was more clarity like this in the Internet marketing niche more people would be moving their income up a “notch”. Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much Neil! You are a man of clarity yourself!
Hmmm thing is wealth is relative. Money is just a product. A product of the bankers, an exchange system which they have a monopoly on to hold the majority of people in life long debt.
Debt as a commodity is you see, one of the fastest ways the exceedingly rich get wealthier and wealthier by the day, usually on the back of physical or emotional pain experienced by others and manipulated by those in control of the flow of money across international boundaries.
Now just because a person doesn’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean as Ken quite rightly pointed out, it doesn’t mean necessarily that you’re not exceedingly wealthy in your own right.
The very fact that you can breathe, that you can enjoy the love shared between you and other family members and your friends supporting you / encouraging you, this IS the real measure of a wo/mans wealth NOT how many digits you have showing up in your bank account. You are in fact far more valuable and wealthy than you perhaps currently realize.
Money exchanged between hands between us ordinary folks is simply an energy exchange. One person who has a problem who is looking for a solution, the provider of said solution provides the goods, products, or services to solve said problem for which the market is looking for answers to, and when this happens, when there is a satisfactory outcome – both parties benefit.
Essentially it’s all about other people constantly helping others expending their energy, time, and expertise to assist others to move forwards on and up. Money, material wealth is simply a by-product of the energy expended in trying to help other people.
Now you can have all the money in the world, you could from a monetary perspective be as wealthy as can be, but the fact is…
You cannot take this monetary wealth with you to the other side.
When you die your energy dies with you, like it or not.
Money, wealth doesn’t care for where you sleep at night. You could go to sleep in a four poster bed in a palace, or you could go to sleep in a Mongolian yurt with the stars directly above your head. A good nights sleep is a good nights sleep wherever you rest your head. Sleep does not judge – it is what it is.
Likewise when you go to the toilet, you could sit on a gold encrusted throne for all I care or get rid of your bodily waste aiming into a plastic bucket outside in the cold, fact is, no matter where you go or what your ‘status’ is in life, one wo/mans waste smells as bad as the next persons.
Just because one person or persons on the surface appear to have much more than you does not make them a more valuable person. It’s not what is in your bank account that matters. It’s what is in your heart which matters most.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you you are not worth as much as the next wo/man. We are all equal on this planet and death, when that time comes, will take us all equally.
Take for example an exceedingly wealthy wo/man. In the morning this person is worth, let’s just say $100 million. In the afternoon they kick the bucket and die.
On the other hand…
Same day, you have financially a very poor person in the morning with $1 in their bank account and by the same time in the afternoon they have $2 in their account.
Now who is ‘wealthier’? The person who is dead with $100 million in their bank account or the person who is alive with $2 in their bank account? I know for a fact which financial situation appeals to me the most and it certainly isn’t the first person who is no longer around to count their blessings.
Chasing money just for the sake of it is nothing but a pipe dream. Money cannot buy you happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment, or indeed happy loving relationships. It is simply a tool which can be leveraged to accomplish good or bad activities in your life. Never forget money is simply a product in and of itself.
It’s not what you’ve got on the outside that matters. What matters most is what you’ve got on the inside and if you’re a good, kind person who enjoys going out of your way to help other people, well I’d much rather have you for company or as a friend than some exceedingly rich person who cares for no one but themselves.
You find true wealth inside yourself NOT outside yourself.
Great insights Mark!