Poor people think that having a lot of money will make them happy and solve all of their problems. Wealthy people know that is not true. The truth is that the wealthier you become the more you become of who you already are.
If you are miserly, having more wealth will make you even more miserly. If you are generous, you will become even more generous. If you are a spender you will become an even greater spender. If you are a gambler you will become a bigger gambler. Get the idea?
Ironically the more money you have, potentially the more problems you will have, though mercifully of course you will not starve and you will always have a roof over your head so it’s really not that bad or is it?
You’ve only got to read about the many famous celebrities who have endless problems involving drugs, relationship breakdowns, abuse and premature deaths to know that being rich and famous isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
In my experience the best things in life are free. I know it’s a corny old saying but I truly believe it is as relevant today as it has always been.
Wealth, true wealth, has nothing whatsoever to do with money. Money is just a tool. It’s great to have plenty of it as long as you are responsible with it, do not waste it and do not make yourself unhappy owning it! This is perverse but true. It never ceases to amaze me how some high profile, wealthy people bemoan their lot publicly while claiming they want privacy! If it’s that bad being rich, privileged and entitled, why not give all of your wealth away to good causes, give up your titles and privileges and get an ordinary 9 to 5 job like the vast majority of people do? Then you will find out what the real world is about and stop moaning about how hard your life is.
The truth is there are always people a lot worse off than you. Always.
So what are the true measures of wealth? Well, the following list is a good starting point.
- Loving and happy family relationships.
- A good social life.
- Purpose (a meaningful existence)
- Keeping fit.
- Positive life experiences.
- A healthy diet.
- Enjoying your hobbies or interests.
- Good health.
- Peace of mind.
Of course, the above list could go on and on.
If you have plenty of money but don’t enjoy the above examples of non-monetary wealth, then your money is pretty meaningless to you. You are actually living a poor life.
Whenever I visit lesser developed countries I am always humbled by just how generous poor people are and generally by how happy they are. In our wealthy, cushioned Western life with the backing of a Welfare State, we truly do not appreciate just how lucky we are. Equally, we seem to have lost that close-knit, supportive family unit we used to have. It’s a shame that in exchange for material wealth we appear to have lost a lot of the non-monetary values, true wealth measures that we used to have.
We can learn a lot from lesser developed countries. Hopefully, the Coronavirus pandemic will bring us all closer together once we return to the new normal, whatever that will be. It may help us to appreciate each other more and help us to focus on non-monetary wealth. You know it makes sense*.
*The contents of this blog are for information purposes only and do not constitute individual advice. You should always seek professional advice from a specialist.