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Be rich always

04-get-richTake away money as a measure of richness and ever single human being can be as rich as he /she chooses to be. True riches lies in being rich in mind body and soul. 

Keep in my mind the mantra:

I alone have the power to become as rich as I want to be.

The formula is simple, the application requires discipline and it’s your life your riches your choice.

Rich in knowledge – Read, observe, learn, teach, assimilate, experience, explore.

Rich in adventure – move away from your comfort zone, take risks, do something different, be creative, experiment.

Rich in laughter – See the funny side, laugh at yourself, share laughter, learn to see the funny side of the worst, think fun, be fun, make every moment fun.

Rich in family – Be together, meet often, celebrate together, keep in touch, talk more with each other, listen, touch, and hug.

Rich in health – Eat healthy, exercise, avoid stress, have a positive attitude, be around with people who make you happy and comfortable.

Rich in love – Love yourself! Love those around! Learn to love life! Learn love each moment.

Try these:

  1. Identify and use a website for each of the above riches. Oh yes there are ample alternatives online. If you want you can even identify a suitable app.
  2. Make it a point to do the following off and on
  • Tell (not share on whatsapp) a joke to a friend / colleague
  • Pay attention to a frequent criticism that you get and do something to overcome that.
  • Read something that is totally different from what you normally read
  • Surprise your family members for no special reason
  • Announce and do something challenging e.g. losing weight or dancing / singing at a function etc.

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Being rich; having power…

To have what we want is riches; but to be able to do without is power.  George MacDonald

Almost everyone would like to have more riches and yet most of us are able to make do with whatever we are blessed with. However making do with whatever we have is perhaps out of compulsion or it could be a compromise or perhaps even a conscious decision one takes with the objective of slowly building the riches or to save for a rainy day. If we are fortunate enough to have most of what we crave for it is possible that we are truly materially rich but despite these riches if one yearns for still more then satiating that will be a near impossible task.

On the other hand if one is able to see the riches, in what by common yardstick is considered below average or poor, then what we really posses is power. The power to accept the reality, the power to appreciate the frugal, the power to remain happy and the power to believe that life is both fair and blessed. In effect we have the power over desires, our wants, our cravings and ourselves. This might seem like bliss but if we in our innate desire to be modest, frugal and satisfied overlook the needs and wants of those around us, be it family, friends, colleagues etc. we would be misusing the power we have by being selfish, inconsiderate and pigheaded.

The reality though is that most of us think of riches in terms of material wealth without really appreciating the wealth we actually posses in terms of relationships, knowledge, networking, good health and above all peace of mind and happiness. It is these riches that we must seek to have in abundance and this ironically grows when we can share more of what we have with us with others. Nothing amplifies this as much as the burden we carry when we seek revenge. We believe that in carrying the hate for another and by executing our plan at the opportune moment we would attain a coveted desire that is rich beyond imagination. What we fail to realize is that the negativity, the anger, the burden of waiting are preventing us from enjoying the real riches one has and that by a simple act of forgiveness we would possess the power to enjoy every living moment of our life.

Remember: What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart? Orison Swett Marden

Try this:

  1. Have a look at this following PPT that brings about the irony of our times Lifes_philosophy
  2.  From the above PPT can you list out 3 riches and 3 powers that you posses? Also jot down 3 riches you would like to have and 3 powers that you would love to be blessed with.

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We are blessed

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.  Robert Quillen

The average human being, and the overwhelming population would fall in that category, is forever striving, aspiring and perspiring in the forlorn hope of increasing our wealth and assets. That by itself is a noble way of living life but scratch the surface and then we notice that we are in fact craving to amass, partly to keep ahead of the pack but mainly to romp around in glee that we have kept the wolves at bay. Almost all of us live in mortal fear that sooner or later our liabilities will outpace our assets and so we franticly pace ourselves to acquiring more and more. Ironically in this process what we fail to account for are the real wealth that we all posses; our health, our family, our relationships, our intellect, our creativity and above all our spirit and resilience to bounce back.

When we have to list out our wealth the real difficulty is to asses our intangible wealth. More often than not we take our personal gifts bestowed by nature for granted and do not really appreciate the value of our relationships, our friends and personal strengths seriously. In this day and age having a very strong family support is a very special blessing that we is priceless. To know that there are people (family, relatives and friends)to support you no matter what, people to stand by you when you are at grievous fault, people to motivate and cheer you on when the going gets tough and people who will frankly and honestly give you the right feedback even if it is a wee bit hurtful is a big asset in one’s life. Similarly to know that we possess the attributes like vision, intellect, discipline, insight, acumen and resilience to bounce back are gifts of our genes and fate and we need to value that immensely.

What really adds to woes is our propensity to exaggerate our woes. This is made worse by our habit of making odious comparisons with our neighbors, our peers and worst of all with those who are in completely different league than ourselves.  Obviously comparisons especially selective comparisons would always make us look a shade worse than the other but we would see it as being a terrible catastrophe. What we do further is more criminal; we compare apples with oranges as in seeing only the material wealth of others when it suits us and then seeing the domestic bliss of another when it suits us again. We rarely see the comparability factor in terms of age, economic, educational and social background etc. of the other party.

Do a reality check and we will make the realization that we are amply blessed. To begin with the reality is you are alive. This is a sobering thought when we realize that there are so many who die young. Most of us have a stable job or business, a loving and caring family, are educated and are healthy enough to be independent and plenty of friends. Finally when we evaluate our riches we just need to ask the question that is the tile of Robin Sharma’s book ‘ Who will cry when we die?’ The answer will be an eye opener.

Remember: “Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.” Epicurus

Try this:

  1. Read the short story ‘How much land does a man need? ‘ by  Leo Tolstoy http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2738/ .You can also read a synopsis of the story here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Much_Land_Does_a_Man_Need%3F
  2. Attempt to write down the following
  • The least amount of money which we think will make us feel rich enough to retire.
  • The one thing you will splurge on and the amount you will splurge on if you had enough wealth for it.
  • The one charitable cause you will support and your contribution to that cause if you have enough wealth.

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Who is rich…who is poor ?

Not he who has little, but he who wishes more, is poor. Marcus Annaeus Seneca

For want of a better yardstick, the amount of monetary and material wealth are commonly used to judge how rich a poor a person is compared to another. One major reason for this yardstick is the fact that this measure is more tangible and lends itself to comparisons.  Ironically, it this quality of the monetary and material wealth yardstick that is also its greatest weakness, in as much as it excludes so many other parameters which cannot be measured precisely  but which have a larger bearing on a person’s relative worth particularly to himself/ herself.

It would be interesting to observer people around and try to establish their happiness quotient. While material wealth has a large bearing on happiness it is the more intangible wealth like harmonious family life, being passionate about the current profession, having a quality life style, having enough time to pursue one’s passion etc. that has a larger bearing on the happiness quotient. The big difference between material wealth and the other sources of happiness lies in the fact that monetary and material wealth possess us but a truly happy person posses all other types of wealth in abundance. True riches are possessed only by those who are happy and that is why the happiness quotient becomes more meaningful when identifying the rich and the poor.

Since happiness is a function of both a measureable value (tangible wealth)  and an immeasurable yardstick (thoughts and feelings) the common denominator of yearning/ longing/ wanting of either a measurable value or an immeasurable yardstick has emerged as the consensus measure. The calculation is simple; if someone wants he/ she is poor otherwise she/ he is rich. So a filthy rich industrialist living in a mansion all alone and forlorn is terribly poor as compared to his employee, perhaps a butler, who lives in peace and happiness with his family and friends. The former perhaps yearns of companionship, maybe seeks recognition and appreciation, whereas the latter lives in bliss, happy with his job, content with the income and perks of his job and above all having a restful sleep.

No sooner a person is satisfied, he / she has become rich and if the person experiences bliss in life he/ she is rich beyond compare. Conversely as long there is a desire for something, a craving for what we do not possess the person has become poor. The more the longing for anything, the greater the poverty of that person. While it is good to yearn for it reflects  a perceived need, chasing it, attempting to use force to acquire it or manipulating in order to posses simply throws light on the wretched state of mind of that person. See a miser hoard his wealth and crave for still more, a sports star / film star remarrying a couple of times  or notice the unethical business practices that abound in the corporate world and you will see the rich face of the poor individuals who are actually begging for a slice of the pie they have set their eyes on.

Remember: By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. Democritus

Try this:

  1. Make a list of all that you are truly blessed with. Eg. Talents/ money/ good education etc. Now make a list of things you crave for eg. Bigger house/ latest mobile phone/ a swanky car etc.  Become more specific  about your blessings and your cravings eg. Ability to write/ a post graduate degree or 4 bedroom house/ a BMW _ series car etc. Ask yourself now if you are rich or poor.
  2. Out of your list of blessings, if god asked you to give up 3 blessings which 3 would you happily give off and which 3 blessings would you be most reluctant to give up? Also if god gave you 3 wishes what would you ask for?

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What money can’t buy

The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can’t cure. Ogden Nash

Peace of mind is something that no one in the world can ever buy and ironically that is something that everyone craves for. Unfortunately the vast majority attempts to satisfy their craving by splurging on materialistic goods in the fond hope that the new goodies will to a large extent substitute for the real thing they seek viz Peace of Mind.  In many ways this is the equivalent of what Queen Marie Antoinette is supposedly have said, many centuries ago when she purportedly suggested that the peasants be offered cakes instead of what they craved for viz. bread. The problem that the rich have is the mistaken notion that money can buy anything.

When seen from this background it is obvious that the arrogance of the rich will always cloud their judgment and hence they will continue to try and furrow a path to their cravings even when they have hit a rocky stretch. To begin with they pamper their offspring mistakenly believing that they are giving their best where as they should have tutored them in the fine art of realizing the value of money.  Real life is full of hard knocks, rude shocks and mixed emotions; a well protected rich brat will rarely be exposed to the hard realities and so is not equipped to exercise good judgment when the chips are down. They go in pursuit of happiness in the wilderness of utopia little knowing that they are on a wild goose chase.

There are three areas where the rich come a cropper when trying to muscle their way through using their money clout.  The first is relationships. The next is personal health and the last is personal value systems. Relationships need to blossom and is based on trust and mutual understanding. Unfortunately money can be a real spoil sport and most relationships are based on money marrying looks which in the ultimate analysis is a shallow arrangement. The disrupted personal  lives of rich celebrities are a visible testimony of this premise. Personal health takes a beating simply because the rich indulge in food since they can afford it and more importantly they blissfully ignore the consequences in the hope that in emergences they can buy out the doctors and nursing care and medicines. Even personal value systems are watered down to accommodate the temptations that money can buy.  Compromising on values is essentially to take care of our own guilt feelings and also to ensure that we don’t miss out on the fun that riches can buy.

If we look objectively at the things money can’t buy, one can outline many more things. It would be a challenge for us to make our own list so that we are aware of the limitations of money for us irrespective of how rich or poor we are.

Remember: “If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy”

Try this

  1. Make your own list of things money can’t buy. Then compare it with this list http://www.nomad4ever.com/2007/07/09/10-things-money-cannot-buy
  2. List out the name of one person who has had a major positive influence in your life. Now plan to give a gift that you have made yourself. If you have your limitations it must be something where you have contributed at least 50% effort to make the gift. Ensure that you actually give that gift personally to that person.

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Be grateful for what we have

Better a little fire to warm us than a great one to burn us. Thomas Fuller

A common fault that almost all of us are guilty of is succumbing to the temptation of comparisons.  Clothes, houses, cars, earnings, holidays taken and every imaginable comparative item are consciously or unconsciously subject to comparison. The tendency to compare different items with different people leads us to a conclusion that others have much more than what we have. Unfortunately, this is a skewed comparison because intangibles cannot be subject to easy comparison. Feelings, reactions, attitude are something’s that cannot be compared and as a result our conclusions are often erroneous.

On the other hand if one were to take an inventory of all our possessions and compare that with what we really deserve we would in all probability realize how rich we are. One would also notice that some of our heirlooms have love written all over it whereas most of the modern possessions have the price tag as the indicative value and scrap value as realistic value associated with it. The first watch gifted by a parent, the first bicycle on which we learned the basics of cycling, the hand me down sweater which great grandfather possibly acquired during his stint abroad all have a lot of memories and feelings that associated with it. Ironically the ipod we got a few months ago has already become outdated and there could be a drawer full of mobile phones and accessories all of which are near scrap.

It is said that a man with one watch is better off than the one with two watches simply because the latter is never sure of the time. Similarly if one were to acquire sudden riches one may never be really prepared to handle the resultant euphoria.  A look at the lives of the rich and famous, reveal the crisis that most of them undergo in their personal lives, despite their monetary riches.  Money and power are a potent mix that can give us heady feelings of infallibility and invincibility. A study of the great dictators and despots who have become part of historical folklore would prove the point too. Money gives one a false sense of power and unbridled power gives one a sense of invincibility. The true antidote for money and power is humility.

What we really need to do is value all what we have. This can begin with the reality that we are alive and that  we are blessed with reasonable health, wealth and intelligence. If we look around we would notice the millions who don’t even have these bare minimum advantages. If there are things we crave and envy in others  it would be prudent to step back and take an inventory of all what we really posses. A happy family, a stable business or job, lots of friends are some blessings we take for granted but which many a rich person actually craves for. See things in perspective; if we were gifted a Mercedes would be able to maintain it? If we won a Gold Plated iphone how often would we be worried about losing it? Do you really hoard your priceless possessions like a Waterman Pen or a Diamond Pendent for fear of losing it?  Be happy that whatever possessions you have are really enjoyed by you and not kept for the snob value which is just a temporary high but a realistic problem.

Remember: “There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.” Billy Graham

Try this:

  1. To understand how people can remain humble read up on the life and style of icons like Mr.Warren Buffet, Mr.Naryana Murthy & Mrs.Sudha Murthy, Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Here is a little ppt on Mr.Warren Buffet that makes for interesting insight. Warren_Buffet
  2. List out 3 things that you really crave for. Now outline 3 practical problems for each of the  items on your list, that you would have to face  if you really got your wish fulfilled.

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The Grass is always greener…

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
Jean Vanier

Each of us is supremely talented, though often we have difficulty in recognizing our talents and even more difficulty in acknowledging it. Worse still is our penchant for believing that everyone else seems to be more gifted, lucky, richer, handsome, beautiful, brilliant etc than me! Pause for a moment and ask yourself  what is that you value most about yourself. Viola, there you have a long list of things that you always took for granted but now seem to be so invaluable.

Ironically, the feeling of being cheated when compared to someone else is not limited to our personality and wealth and material possessions. Even when we have the freedom to exercise our choice, no sooner have we made the choice then we feel that someone else made a better choice. Those who are married, can understand when in their first marital spat our choicest repartee would focus on how we could have got a better spouse! Or see the feeling you get when you are in a restaurant and ordering a meal and soon after the order is placed, you see some sumptuous cuisine being laid on the next table – the aroma and presentation of the dish gives you a sinking feeling that you made a mistake.

Notice carefully that the culprit in all such scenarios is COMPARISON. If we simply use a  logical reasoning to our choices we would be sure that our choice is right. That does not mean comparisons are bad. In fact benchmarking is a critical element in ensuring that we are competitive but then when we do that, we compare a variety of parameters including the weakness of the other.

On a more realistic note, if your are reading this post it means that compared to around 70%-80 % of the world population you have access to a computer, your well educated and have a reasonable financial standing. The grass is lush green on the turf your are on !!

Remember :- Robert Browning, words in Apparent Failure (VII)

It’s wiser being good than bad;
It’s safer being meek than fierce:
It’s fitter being sane than mad.
My own hope is, a sun will pierce
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;
That, after Last, returns the First,
Though a wide compass round be fetched;
That what began best, can’t end worst,
Nor what God blessed once, prove accurst.

Try these

  • Write down the name of your idol – it could be a character from history, a singer, actor, sportsperson etc. The challenge for you is to study the person and list out atleast 5 things that are a weakness in his personality.
  • Ask yourself, if the above weakness has lessened your admiration for your idol. If not, why and if yes why has it made you change your mind.
  • Next time you go to a restaurant order a dish which you have never tried or have disliked in the past. List out what is good about it.

If you still feel the grass in greener on the other side – watch this

and think, think again !!!

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