You are rich when you are happy
Have you ever wondered why some of the most successful people aren’t happy? Making money is great, but it doesn’t buy you happiness.
It’s easy to chase money because it is so appealing. However, a lot of people get swept away by it. They think that luxury cars, flashy clothes, and a big penthouse reflects true wealth.
I’m here to tell you that this lifestyle is not all that it’s hyped up to be. If you measure your personal worth based on the dollar figure in your bank account, you will be unfulfilled.
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You may not know it yet, but your life is already full of riches. It’s all a matter of perspective. When I was younger I didn’t grow up with a lot of money. My parents struggled financially. As a result, I grew to adopt a scarcity mentality towards money.
I saw the pain and suffering that my family went through and I promised myself that I would never go down that path. If I wanted to achieve success in life, I knew that I had to shift my mindset from one of lack to one of abundance.
That’s exactly what I did. Well, at least I thought I did.
In the words of Wayne Dyer, “Abundance is not something that we acquire. It’s something we tune into.”
Unfortunately, I ended up building wealth at the expense of my own happiness.
When I was in my early 20’s my primary motivation in life was getting filthy rich. I was willing to do whatever it took in order to achieve that goal.
By my mid-20’s, I had “made it” in the eyes of others. I was making a 6-figure income. However, when I achieved this milestone it meant nothing to me. In fact, it made me miserable.
Weird, right? Let me explain why.
When you are obsessed with making a lot of money, it is easy to lose sight of what matters most — your inner world. Don’t get me wrong, money allows you to do a lot of amazing things in this world.
However, if you lack inner peace, your mind will be poverty-stricken.
I had all the money in the world to play with, but I had no drive or motivation to do anything of substance with it.
I remember thinking, “What’s the point of all of this?” This was a big aha moment for me. I knew that I had to make a change in my life so that I could continue building financial wealth in a healthy way.
Let’s explore 3 secrets to attaining inner wealth so that you can lead a happy and fulfilling life.
1. Live Your Life With Purpose
When I was making 6-figures in my 20’s, I wasn’t living a life of purpose. This is why I felt so depressed. Everything felt difficult. Can you relate? I knew that I had to get out of my own way, which meant dropping my ego.
By surrendering and no longer attaching myself to how things should be, I was able to fully embody my gifts and share them with the world.
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.” — David Viscott
When you live in alignment with your life’s purpose, your work matters. You feel it on a deep level and that energy is reflected in everything that you do and say.
2. Make A Difference In The Lives Of Others
In my work, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with, inspire and make a difference in the lives of thousands of people.
Adding value has been a key part of my work for over 10 years now. Knowing that I have helped people transform their lives fulfills me in a way that money never will.
“Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change.” — Barbara Mikulski
I believe that our greatest successes in life come from helping others succeed. As a result of doing this, I have been able to achieve outer wealth in a more natural way. You make long-term wealth by adding value.
The more value that you create for others, the more financially abundant you will be. It’s that simple.
3. Value Experiences, Not Things
When I think back to the times in my life when I have been the happiest, they weren’t the result of a materialistic possession or the money that I made.
Rather, it was from the experiences that I had — traveling to a new country, enjoying a beautiful dinner with my girlfriend, or a new idea that came to life while on a morning run.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”― Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s the simple things in life that matter most. Whereas a materialistic possession is always outside of you, once lived, an experience becomes a part of who you are. It transforms itself into a story that you share with the world.
In a series of studies, researchers examined how we relate to different types of purchases. When telling their life stories, participants were more likely to mention their experiential purchases than their material purchases. They were more likely to describe experiential purchases to explain their sense of self-identity. This study proves that experiences outweigh things.
Inner wealth is the foundation for outer wealth.
Money may be here tomorrow but gone tomorrow. The only constant that you can rely on is yourself.
Brian Tracy said it best, “Your outer world of attitudes, wealth, work, relationships and health will always be a reflection of your inner attitudes of mind.”
Do the work to nourish your inner world. Tap into the riches that already exist inside of you. What does inner wealth look like to you?
Thank you for reading!