To be a true success you cannot just be rich (money). You must strive for a wealthy life in which you are succeeding in love and relationships, you are physically healthy, mentally strong, emotionally well and resilient, spiritually connected and financially abundant.
Money is only one thing. It may bring riches but it doesn’t bring wealth.
Wealth comes from cultivating the more silent virtues which help you to live a wholehearted and deeply felt life.
To be wealthy you have to learn to care about more than just yourself.
You must attain what money cannot buy.
Manners are the nurturing foundation upon which relating with others is structured. Manners and courteous address are not superficial; they are essential to building a solid life and business. Entitlement has replaced manners. Without manners, respect and mutuality are not likely to develop.
Morals guide your interactions with friends and family. They also play large role in directing your businesses and professional behavior. They reflect your spirituality and express the essence of who you are and what you stand for.
Genuine respect is expressed through seeing someone (or yourself), flaws and all, and still feeling appreciation of their/your unique talents, gifts and insights. It is not expecting perfection, nor is it bullying someone or yourself into compliance. When you value yourself and others you silently command respect, not through the overt use of your authority, but simply through your thoughtfulness, intelligence and presence.
Cultivating good character is the most important process to undergo in your life. The truth of your character is revealed when you are under great pressure and no one is watching. We all regress under stress and can mistakenly decide to act based upon short term gain, or an easy fix to a problem and end up doing the wrong thing. The adage “you are what you do” holds great truth.
ü Common sense
Common sense is using your wisdom and intuition to develop a deeper understanding of how life works. The development of common sense requires you learn through experience and that you do not delude yourself about the actions which lead to specific consequences. You must have a reasonably good understanding of what the right thing to do is; knowing which choices are responsible and irresponsible.
Trust is fundamental to life. If you cannot trust in anything, life becomes an intolerable and constant battle against paranoia and impending disaster. You can’t have meaningful relationships without trust, let alone relationships that thrive. Further, an organization or any relationship without trust will be consumed with backstabbing, fear and paranoid suspicion. To trust requires a leap of faith. It takes an intentional act of unconditional belief in another person’s good sense, ability, honesty and sense of commitment. Without this leap of faith it is impossible to get any productive relationship or partnership started.
Patience doesn’t mean indifference or acquiescence, but power. It’s an emotionally freeing discipline of waiting, watching and knowing when to act. Patience is a form of compassion. It connects you to your intuition which helps you get back to center in a world filled with frustration. Practicing patience helps dissipate stress and it gives you a choice in how to respond to disappointments and obstacles.
Class is the use of restraint and modesty, tempered with hints of elegance and charm. Money does not bring class. In fact, it is often the rich who are lacking this virtue the most. Many of the classiest successes have come from extremely humble backgrounds. When you are living wholeheartedly, class is expressed in how you carry yourself, the way you interact with others and how you present yourself to the rest of the world.
Exuding the trait of gratitude brings a lot of positive emotions into your life. When you are grateful you are more energetic and helpful. You have deeper hope and a greater capacity for forgiveness and empathy that makes you resilient against depression and resentfulness. Gratitude connects you to God and your spirit where you experience the deep magic of daily life. When you are grateful you do not feel deprived, rather you have enormous abundance.
Love is the most crucial ingredient to living a life you love. You have a basic need to love yourself, romantic partners, children, family, animals, career and life in general. Love confirms that you exist and are significant. It is an emotion which gives and receives in tandem. It enlivens all your relationships, passions and motivates you to think of others before yourself with empathy and positive regard.
Love is the purest form of wealth.
“If you choose money over love, you will always be poor.”
“Love makes you the richest person in the world, no matter how poor you are.”
“Remember that your real wealth can be measured not by what you have, but by what you are.”
“The most valuable things in your life are always the things that money cannot buy.”
“Your wealth is not defined by your capacity to accumulate, rather by your capacity to give away.”
“Knowledge offers you strength. Wisdom promises you influence. Understanding assures you wealth. Love guarantees you power.”
“The most valuable real estate in the universe is inside your soul.”
“The universe offers you three things that money cannot buy: joy, love, and life.”
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
“I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy.” Warren Buffett
“Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed-”M.K.Gandhi