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4 September 2017, 05:2936,988
What is the True Meaning of Wealth?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Wealth” as an abundance of valuable material possessions or resources. Early in my career, this is how I too defined its meaning. At that time for me, success and wealth were inexorably linked. I believed that I wanted the big home, the nice car and the fancy vacation. In hindsight, that “want” was not real. Rather, I was simply grasping at a desired self-identity as a form of ego gratification.
Over the years, my definition has changed. Today, I view true wealth as a three legged stool. The first leg is financial security, the second is living with purpose and the third, is a healthy mind and spirit. The absence of any of the three renders the others incomplete. It takes them all to create real wealth.
I view financial security as fuel for the engine that provides life’s experiences. There is no doubt that having distance between your current and future financial demands and your financial wherewithal is important. However, once that distance is great enough, I question whether there is much value in continuing to have your primary focus placed on further accumulation. Not having to be constantly worried about money may provide some peace of mind, but alone it will not deliver real and sustainable happiness. Happiness emanates from the existence of the other two legs of the stool.