Rich vs Wealthy: The New Meaning of Wealth

by Barbara Majeski
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What is the meaning of wealth? Often times, when people want to reflect on what to be thankful for, they tend to see things from the definition of wealth. Thanksgiving is usually a time of reflection on the year in review, months, weeks, and days spent so far. I’ve learned so far that the difference between school and life is that in school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test, but in life, you are given a test and then taught a lesson.

As we live through the tests of life, we learn the meaning of wealth and trust me, it’s not a number in a bank account.

Rich vs Wealthy

Money is good, it affords us the comfort we desire, mobility around the world, and lives the life we desire, but the real question is, what is the true meaning of wealth?

Service over Selfishness

Wealth involves living a life that impacts others and helping them become better. The goal is not to be the best but to put in your best effort. You don’t have to win anything as long as you succeed. You must focus on the effort, showing up, and putting in your best. Irrespective of the result, you feel happy with yourself, which is wealth.

Avoid Competition

Your goal shouldn’t be to be the smartest, best, most beautiful, tallest, etc. Because there will always be someone better, smarter, or more beautiful. So, it is not a competition. The goal should be to give your best.

Mastery is Everything

No man is free who is not a master of himself. Mastery is wealth because it stays with you. Self-mastery is the ability to do what needs to be done regardless of how you feel. Whatever you can do to the best of your ability is the true definition of wealth.

Results are Earned

Results are not magical. When you do the things that you need to do, even when you don’t feel like doing them, that is when the magic starts. You have to show up and do what you are supposed to do to achieve your goals.

Takeaway: The Meaning of Wealth 

True Wealth is in the abundance of potential and the continuous utilization to become a better person. Avoid competition. It’s better if you compare yourself to who you were yesterday and use that to measure your progress. Commit to your goals. Choose who you spend time with carefully. You can’t change people, but you can change the people we hang around. 

When looking back at your year, measure your wealth with these mantras.

  • Happiness is the new rich.
  • Inner peace is the new success.
  • Kindness is the new cool.
  • Health is the new wealth.

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