How will you know when you’ve reached true wealth? Is it when you have your dream home? Once you own an expensive car? Perhaps the signifier is when you’re wealthy enough to have your own private airplane? No, these are the wrong things to use when measuring your wealth.
To get true wealth, ask yourself: What is it that make you totally abundant, what is it that make you feel totally alive? What does life on your terms look like? Because remember, everyone is different, and therefore your truth is within you. One person’s idea of wealth is a house with white picket fence and three beautiful children. Another person’s idea of wealth is writing beautiful poetry, or growing a garden or building a multi billionaire dollar business.
"A man's true wealth is the good he does in this world."
— Khalil Gibran
The people with mansion-sized homes, with three sports cars sitting in the garage, with a private plane that takes them to and from their vacation home – these people may not necessarily have access to true wealth. None of these are indicators of true wealth; they’re indicators of monetary wealth.
True wealth is the ability to live life on your own terms. It’s freedom. Money itself isn’t wealth, it’s a vehicle – a tool you can use to achieve financial freedom, to go after the dreams you didn’t think were possible, to design your life in a way that makes you feel alive and fulfilled.
"True wealth does not burn; it cannot be stolen by a thief."
— Sri Guru Granth Sahib
You want what you think money is gonna give you; freedom, security, opportunities for your family or the opportunity to contribute to other people. Money doesn’t change people, it makes people more of what they already are. If you’re mean, and you got a lot of money, you often tend to be more mean. If you’re generous and that’s your nature, and you have more money, you’ll be more generous. That means that there’s more resources coming through you.
You can be rich and happy, and poor and happy. Problems and happiness has got no relationship. You can have tons of problems and be super happy, and you can have zero problems and be unhappy. That means that true wealth isn’t about what’s in your pocket, it’s about what’s in between your ears, it’s when your brain and your heart is working together.