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The New Meaning of Rich
Four Principles of Wealth That Will Change Your Life
â€œWealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it. â€“ Benjamin Franklin
We live in a world where the true meaning of wealth has been lost.
In years past, a dream of riches was synonymous to Charlie Sheenâ€™s character in
Wall Street. Todayâ€™s world is one that no longer fits that dream. Greasy-haired stock
brokers who grind their way to the top is not the idea of rich anyone believes in
anymore. There is a problem, however, in that we lack any other definition of
We need to change how we think about wealth. We need to rede fine what it means
to be â€œrich.â€ Wealth, defined in this modern age, is a true ownership of your
emotions, time, location, and ability to give back. When you follow this definition
of wealth, and focus on maximizing each area, the monetary riches follow,
100% of the time, every time.
Donâ€™t believe me? Fair, but I challenge you to keep an open mind.
Coming from the investment finance realm, I spent a great deal of time surrounded
by people who fell into the same trap we all do: chasing the almighty dollar, with a
lack of focus on anything else. Trust me, I was the same.
But over time I started to notice that my coworkers and clients, with their monetary
understanding of wealth, werenâ€™t increasing their happiness, but were actually
decreasing it. Weird, I thought. I had been conditioned my whole life to measure
my happiness by the amount of money I had. It must be an aberration of the
Investment Finance industry, I decided.
So, after being bit by the tech bug in Silicon Valley, I decided to try my hand as the
Director of Finance for a VC-funded technology startup. Surly the tech industry, with
their Google-like office slides, catered lunches, and Nerf gun wars, would
understand the true meaning of wealth. Not so!
What I found was shocking. Those in the technology sector, with their industry-wide
focus on exits and liquidation events, faced the same problem as those in the
investment finance industry: a misidentification of what it means to be wealthy.