How to be rich
Patrick from Cash, Money, Life has been writing a series recently called How to Become A Millionaire. The series is a great read that provides some dead-on information on the basics for becoming a millionaire. I often read through my the blogs in my feed reader early in the morning. I then throughout the day ponder the various topics and content I’ve read that morning. Patrick’s posts have been giving me a great deal to ponder over the past few days.
At the end of his first article, Patrick asks a question that really made me think: What will your millionaire story be?
The millionaire dream
In American society, the milestone for being considered rich and independently wealthy is to be a millionaire. When I was young, I used to dream of someday becoming rich by starting my own software development company. I looked to Bill Gates as the example of what I could potentially be. My dream of course was to not only run a great software company but to also be rich…a millionaire if you will.
While I still have that dream, the reality is that it will most likely never happen. That’s okay as I have made intentional decisions throughout by life that have pushed that dream farther from my reach. I’ve also matured a great deal and my goals have changed and new dreams have surfaced. For example, I think I would far rather be writing here on Gather Little by Little than running my own software company.
As it is for most young people, money and financial success were a huge focus for me when I was younger. I thought at the time if I was a millionaire, I’d be rich! While I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want to be a millionaire, that in and of itself as a focus for my life has gone away. As I continued to ponder this whole topic over the past few days, I gained some significant insight about myself.
I am rich
Sometime over the years, my definition of rich has changed. When I was younger, rich equated to nothing more than how much money I had. If thought that if I had a million dollars, I would be rich. Plain and simple right? Now though, the equation is far more complicated. I’ve matured enough to realize that being rich isn’t directly proportional to how much money you have in the bank. Being rich is how abundant you are. Being rich is instead about the value of the people and things around you.
As I write this article downstairs early in the AM, my wife and 6 beautiful children are upstairs asleep. I’m sitting here in my leather easy chair, surrounded by our modest, but lovely home. I’ll soon be getting ready to drive my not so pretty, but highly reliable, Nissan Sentra to my stable job as an IT manager where I am pretty highly compensated. I’ll spend time with the great staff I have and then return home to be greeted at the door by my kids yelling “Daddy” and my wife saying “how was your day?”.
I also have great friends, a father and step mother that I have a very close relationship with, and most importantly I have a personal relationship with God and have walked in that relationship for the past 20 years. Looking at all of these things together I realized: I am not a millionaire, but I am rich.
I am rich far beyond anything I ever dreamed as a child, student, or young adult. One of the definitions for the word rich on Dictionary.com is “abounding”. I am abounding. My life is abounding. My life is rich with family, friends, joy, and love. I have everything that i need, what more could I want? If what I have right now is all I’ll ever have in life, than I have far more than I ever deserved and far more than I ever thought I would have.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a millionaire and have money. Just don’t make the mistake of measuring what you have in life by the amount of cash in your bank account. Look around you and you’ll most likely find that there are people and things in your life that are far more valuable than money could ever buy. The equation of being rich is far more complicated than just being a millionaire.
Proverbs 13:7 – One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
Are you rich? What are these things in your life that you value? Add a comment.
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