The wealth I seek is a lifestyle so much deeper, and more powerful than money. It’s a lifestyle where your character, mindset, passion, and your money, come together to create your dreams and purpose in life.
Money alone doesn’t lead to happiness. This is why rich people still get divorced, commit suicide, and struggle with addictions. It’s because money can’t buy the most important things your soul longs for.
I believe only wealth can buy those things. Wealth is a force so much more powerful than money. That’s why I don’t really spend much time writing about how to get rich…. I spend all of my time thinking, dreaming, and planning my path to wealth.
So if I am seeking a purpose deeper than money, how do I define the path to wealth I am writing about?
Wealth is a dynamic adventure where money, meaning, purpose, opportunity, and contentment, all collide into a life where you can find all the adventures your soul longs for.
Money is a finite resource. But wealth is an infinite adventure. I define wealth as only 20% actual hard money. The remaining 80% of wealth is found in a lifestyle that is created by making the smart decisions, actions, and pursuits in your daily life.
Below is a list of four powers – that if you combine them – can help you find your adventure to wealth.
Power #1 to Create Wealth: Character.
Money cannot buy your soul’s deepest dreams. Only you can create your dreams. Your potential to create your dreams is determined by how much character you have; not by how much money you have. So if you want wealth, always invest in yourself to strengthen your character.
When things go wrong in life, money can’t save you. But if you’re character is built strongly, you can always rely on your character to save you. Great character can think creatively to find solutions to any problem you face.
Personally, I prioritize building strong character higher than I prioritize stacking money in my bank account. I prioritize character so highly, because I know strong character can solve any problem I will ever encounter. And solving problems is one of the most important actions to building wealth. Because the fewer problems you have in life, the wealthier you will be.
Pro-tip: Prioritize building character. Character should be more important to you than money if you want to be wealthy.
Power #2 to Create Wealth: Your Mindset.
It’s amazing how a healthy mindset can change a person’s perspective on how wealthy they feel.
Honestly, I prioritize pursuing a healthy mindset over needing more money every day. Why? Because if you know how to view life and the world in a healthy manner, your perspective can make a $1,000 feel like it’s $10,000. Or $10K feel like it’s $100K.
Striving for a healthy mindset is one of the most essential things you can do to build wealth.
Wealth is more dependent on being grateful and appreciative for the life you have, more than it is dependent on the money you have in your bank account. If you can value and appreciate the opportunities you do have, and refuse to worry, or feel depressed, for the things you don’t have, you will become closer to the experience of wealth than if you had a million dollars in your bank account but nothing to feel grateful for.
Here’s an example: I am not a millionaire. (Although my frugal spending, and consistent investing habits in both stocks and real estate, are quickly propelling me toward that financial milestone) But I could look at a flashy millionaire lifestyle and feel jealous, envious, and discouraged since I don’t have their fancy cars, and 5,000 square foot home that multi-millionaires have. I could imagine their lives being better than mine simply because they have more things and money than me.
But do you see the mistake I made right there?
I imagined things that may not be real. I then manufactured feelings. I imagined jealousy and envy. I imagined all of these destructive thoughts with the power of my own mind. I hurt my own happiness, by imagining feelings that may not even be real or true.
I am convinced that the way to wealth is to discipline your mind and thoughts to exist in a state of constant appreciation and gratefulness. When you are appreciative and grateful at all times, you will find yourself in a constant state of bliss. The feeling of bliss is one of the things that leads to feeling wealthy. Pursue bliss, and you will find your wealth.
I am convinced that always pursuing a healthy mindset really is one of the best ways to feel wealthy no matter how much money you have.
Rather than feeling empty by what you don’t have, challenge your mind to work to find the blessings that you do have.
Maybe you’re slowly leaving your dungeon of debt. Or you’re no longer in that crap-hole apartment that you once lived in. Or you can stop and smell the roses that you’re living in a first- world country, where you’re free to chase your dreams no matter what color, religion, or background you were born into.
Being truly wealthy is more of a mindset, than it is a dollar amount. Instead of being solely focused on building the largest bank account that you can, challenge yourself to develop the healthiest, most positive, and most ambitious mindset that you can. I promise, feelings of wealth will naturally flock to you. And feelings are what make up 99% of how you view your life. Improve your feelings, and you will improve your life.
Power #3 to Create Wealth: Create an Adventure You Want to Live.
I believe the wealthiest people are simply the people having the most fun in their life. They are pursuing the most meaningful missions, and achieving their deepest dreams. Their feelings of wealth are found in the quality of their adventures.
The wealthiest people aren’t the people with the most money. The wealthiest people are the ones filling their time with the most exciting and rewarding adventures.
They explore; they seek; they try; they fail; and then they learn how to succeed; and they work to become great at the things they really want to do.
This is the type of wealthy person I want to become. The wealthiest people prioritize passion and adventure over money. They use their passions to create adventures through life that can lead them to find answers to their deepest questions in life.
Wealthy people don’t see risks as scary explorations of unknown dangers. They see the risks as adventures to find the deepest, most-real moments in themselves and their lives. They go on adventures to uncover the deepest revelations to the secrets inside of their souls.
Wealthy people don’t just pursue money. They pursue adventures. It’s these adventures that will lead them to their greatest achievements, which will ultimately lead them to their style of wealth.
Power #4 to Create Wealth: Money.
This article isn’t all existential fluff. You do need some money to be wealthy. But you don’t need a ton of it, and you don’t need to pursue money in the form of buying-power. To be wealthy, you need to start seeing money as one of the greatest tools you will ever use.
Money is a unique substance because it can be transformed into any resource you may need as you adventure through life.
Money is important to being wealthy, because money will help you buy all the supplies you need to build your character; improve your mindset; and go on the adventure to find your purpose in life.
Money cannot create the journey or adventure for you. Only your soul can do that. But money can help you obtain all the resources you will need along your journey. Money will help you secure all of your basic essentials such as food, shelter, and cures to any misfortunes or illnesses that get in your way.
Money can also help you buy the intellectual essentials you will need for your journey such as education and opportunities to build relationships with people who can help you.
Money can also buy you the time you need to spend your days listening to God. The best way to become wealthy is to listen to what your soul wants to do with your life, and then execute a plan to accomplish that dream.
Money’s ultimate purpose is not to buy stuff you don’t need. Money should be used as a tool to help you get to where you are supposed to go in your life.
The math is pretty simple: The more money you save, the more supplies you can buy to help you. It’s why money is a vitally important resource you need to accumulate if you want to create your unique adventure to wealth.
Wealth, ultimately is a dynamic experience of life where your character, mindset, and money all intersect to create a reality that you were created to live.
This is my definition of wealth. God bless you on your journey to create your style of wealth, and we’re grateful to have you on this journey with us.
So what did I miss? What Other powers do you need to harness to create an adventure to wealth?