This is kind of a misleading title to get your attention. Sorry. But please stay with me for a minute because I think you’ll get something from this.
We all want to make money, and making it quickly wouldn’t be all bad. Having money can make life easier in a lot of ways, and it allows us lots of options and choices. But it also can make life more complicated and burdensome. You’ve seen those lottery winners who’ve gone from rags to riches overnight, only to lose friends and squander their money.
What’s the difference between having a lot of money and being rich? Do you see them as one in the same? I used to, but my perspective has changed in recent years. Ask yourself this: why do we want to make money? For a lot of people out there, it’s very simple — just to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. It’s a necessity for survival.
“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” ~Oscar Wilde
But for many of us, we need some money for basic security, but we want more money for the extras — cars, education, nice homes, travel, etc. So how much money does it take before we are really rich? Well here’s where my get-rich-quick scheme comes in.
You can get rich right now, at this very moment, by shifting your perspective. Unless you are living in abject poverty, you are already quite rich and you might not even know it. Yes, one of the definitions of “rich” relates to monetary wealth, but here’s another definition that I’d like you to think about: “abundantly supplied with resources”.
We all are abundantly supplied with resources. We have natural resources, intellectual resources, physical and emotional resources, relationship resources, societal and community resources, and spiritual resources. We may take them for granted, but they are at our disposal every day. We use them not only to help us make money, but also for the sheer pleasure of the benefits they provide our body, mind and soul. We are rich in resources.
Pleasure, happiness, power, self-esteem, and freedom are all reasons for wanting more money. But what makes us rich? I believe it is using and appreciating the resources we have right now, in this moment. We are abundant in resources, and for most of us, abundant in more stuff than we’ll ever use.
If you subtract the time used for working, eating, sleeping, driving and getting dressed, we have only a few hours a day to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Even with a modest income, you have access to more activities, experiences, interactions, and material things than you could possibly enjoy in a lifetime. Look around you. What do you have right now that you are taking for granted?
You are rich, so go enjoy your abundant resources. Here’s a list of my riches. Make a list of your own to remind you of your elevated status in life!
- My family and the love that we share.
- My soft, warm bed in a quiet peaceful room.
- My friends and the time I get to spend with them.
- A nice home that is safe and comfortable and adequately furnished.
- A car that runs well and gets me where I need to go.
- My computer and the access it gives me to communicate with others.
- Books and the way I learn and grow from reading them.
- The beautiful view out my office window and the red birds I watch.
- The proximity of a beautiful park to my home.
- My good health and the well-being that comes from that.
- A delicious dinner with a nice glass of wine.
- Great conversation.
Oh there are so many more ways that I am rich. I could blog forever if I listed them all. I guess what I’m suggesting is that being rich involves being grateful.
If you want to get rich quick, just take stock of what you have right now. See? You have it all.