So you want to be rich? eh? Have you ever asked yourself what does it really mean being rich? It seems like most of the people will tell you that being rich means having a lot of money in the bank. That’s just normal, I guess, but in this post I’d like to share with you my idea on being rich in this life.
I agree that money is just an idea. It depends on how are you using the money. It can be associated with power, success, fame, and all those nice things.
But try to think of this..
If having money alone is what “being rich” is all about, then I don’t want to be rich. However, I’m free to create my own definition of the word rich and that’s what I’ll be talking about in this post.
I just realized that having lots of money is no different from having just enough for your needs and here’s why:
- Sadness still occur to both people.
- Both have problems (only different in nature).
- They will both die.
- Both can live even with or without luxury items in their homes.
- Having lots of money can be a threat to your life.
So I remake my own definition of being rich and the following details below are my thoughts regarding it. 🙂
Man of value. Having a lot of money is just one idea of being rich but I’d rather choose to be a man of value. Value in terms of knowledge and skills and be able to empower other people’s lives.
This is something others cannot steal from you. Part of my definition of being rich is having a wealth that cannot be stolen from you. A wealth that’s coming from the inside and not outside of our being.
The best things in life are for free
The best things in life are free and cannot be bought by money.
Do business in my own schedule. Many people are trapped into the corporate world where 8-5 working hours is implemented. I was once in this kind of situation and I feel like I can do something better than that. That I can work in my own schedule and be able to prioritize things depending on my life activities.
More life than work. You see, we only have 24 hours a day and 8 hours of it will be spend on sleeping. Another 8 hours will be for work, 1 hour for lunch break, 2 hours traveling going in and out of the company (traffic included), and roughly 1 hour preparation going to work. Summing it all up, you already spent 20 hours of your day just for work and only 4 hours left for other things but…
I Work to live and not Live to work
I want to attend to my church activities whenever I want to, walk with my nephew and dog during afternoons, work on things I love doing, and etc. All these things cannot be attain if I’ll go with the herd.
Today, there are bunch of opportunities today for me to achieve this. That’s why I studied web development and today, it is currently my main source of income.
I’m currently building my online business and hopefully soon it will become my main source of income.
Location independence. Being able to work anywhere, as long as there’s a good internet connection, is a gift from above. I’m still amazed how technology is changing the way we live today.
I’ve experienced moving house twice due to my father’s company designation and lost my childhood friends and I don’t want this to happen again.
Today, working from home and earning online is possible. There are bunch of people now are enjoying the benefits of working while being with their loved ones.
Before, you need to file for a leave before you can travel places. But today, there are bunch of opportunities online where you can travel while earning money.
I really like this idea of location independence where you get to work wherever you are in the world and this is part of my definition and idea of being rich.
Being able to have a wide perspective. Being able to understand situations and make unbiased decisions is something not all people have. This is a skill that can be acquired only through wide range of experience and I believe this should be a part of the idea of being rich.
Diving into people’s thoughts easily and understanding where they come from when they speak, for me, is an amazing experience.
Being able to communicate using other people’s language. No, it’s not the Tagalog, English, Spanish or French languages but the way other people communicate, how they choose their words, their actions and reactions, their body language, and the mutual connection.
Having the skill to be able to communicate using other people’s language, you’ll be able to serve more people with deeper connection, you’ll be able to give more value to people, and therefore you are serving the purpose of being rich.
Others may have completely different idea compared to mine regarding being rich and that’s just fine. We are entitled to our own opinion. If you resonate with what I just said here, don’t forget to share it!
If you have other ideas than mine, let’s discuss it down the comment section. If you’re a blogger, I challenge you to post your own idea of being rich and let me know so I’d be able to read it too 🙂
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- Financial Literacy Philippines – Awareness 101
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