I was asked "am I willing to be wealthy?" It was interesting to observe my thoughts about wealth. Since wealth is such a subjective concept, it differs with each individual. Whatever that idea of wealth is to me, was I willing to be wealthy? The exercise is to write down a specific number in dollars that represents wealth. It was vague at first. Which made me realize, how can I be willing to be something when I'm not even clear of what that is.

Wealth to some may be health or happiness. Are you willing to do those activities that promote health or happiness?

asked 09 Apr '12, 06:49

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edited 10 Apr '12, 00:29

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I was rich for 3 last days, this weekend and Easter Monday that is. I mean really RICH. Not money wise for that I care too little almost not at all, but happiness wise. For once I did NOT wonder about or plan "what should I be doing on the weekend". I've grown a bit tired of always planning and "trying to find me SOMETHING to do", when deep inside I already know what I want to be doing.

It's just that we know what would make us happy the most, but we avoid it and act as if it was invisible sometimes. So we try to find something else to keep us busy with, to spend our time in some reasonable way. Usually from fears of what would other people say or not believing in ourselves, reasons are many.

I heard Bashar say, do whatever feels like the highest joy at any given moment and finally managed to drop all the believes of how inappropriate it might be for my age, how inapplicable for every day's life it may be - And I did it. Fearless, doubtless, unplanned - come what may.
It may appear it wasn't much to some, but to me it was the world. In all its simplicity, I turned my phone off and just stayed home, played computer games, listened only to my favorite music, danced, sung and laughed so much and when the night fell in outside, party mood has taken over me so I opened a bottle of a fine alcoholic drink and was having the greatest time of my life so far.

I didn't need anyone, I didn't need my usual reality, I didn't need the world. I felt no urge to go out and socialize or talk to people, or see anyone at all. I woke up when I felt like it and stayed awake until I felt asleep. And just gamed on in-between. And even though it lasted for 3 days, it feels like it was a few seconds long dream I just had when I woke up this morning. It was amazing, time and worries ceased to exist. Boy, did I have the time of my life!

Would I do it again? I would never stopped in the first place if that was possible.

Also, one interesting change happened somewhere during that time, I no longer feel embarrassed to say out loud that I just love to play computer games. And I don't mean only just love, I mean together with bodybuilding it's the only thing that I find my interest in. No need to make excuses to avoid being called nerd or lowlife.

"Following your highest joy sets you free" ;)


answered 10 Apr '12, 03:07

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the truth will set you free. experience and enjoy.

(10 Apr '12, 03:16) white tiger

@CalonLan - en-joy. e-motion, You describe the lifestyle of a wealthy person. Stay with it. We planted and played and cleaned house and had a great time. You had a thrilling weekend - just carry this forward. It is your right, your destiny. It is just what you came here to do! Go for it, my friend and brother! Life is NOT about sacrifice. God does not punish! We punish ourselves by fighting the joy He is trying to give us.

(10 Apr '12, 06:53) Dollar Bill

I have always loved making things. When I was a child, my Mother found me in the back yard, holding a pair of pliers, crying and screaming.

My left hand in the jaws of the pliers. My right hand squeezing the pliers as I was trying to be free. She came along and showed me the right use of pliers. Now, when I shut up and listen, God does the same thing!

(10 Apr '12, 06:58) Dollar Bill

@Dollar Bill, I try to. :)

(12 Apr '12, 05:48) CalonLan
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do you speak of social values
the rule of customs to guide choice
what golden calf are you presenting
who gave the word for this to be

how much do you take with you
when your vital breath can
no longer breathe,
when all that remains are white bones

yes, what wealth do you sacrifice yourself for


answered 10 Apr '12, 18:49

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Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.

When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."


if you really are rich(money) how can you live with your self when poor exist? when you can live with your self then you are really rich. money is men creation and it brings inequity. it could be use in a better way for the benefit of all. some will judge and say that i am a dreamer. but we are the one creating this reallity in this world. maybe one day people will get it right. and we will not need to struggle make conflict and war and do what we hate. be able to stay in the truth with love and make this world like we all would want it to be a place with no inequity a place of safety for every one best interest.

They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid.


By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.



answered 10 Apr '12, 19:05

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white tiger

A question to ask ourselves when we speak of God and God's Word. Are we in sales or do we think we are in Management? God is the Manager. Was it Pride that brought us from the Garden? To think that we are God? Or His appointed spokesman?

(11 Apr '12, 08:31) Dollar Bill

we are is children of light and are all equal we all came to experience this world. who can judge another? stay in the truth share the truth. God is truth. you will worship God in spirit and truth. love your neighbor as your self.

(11 Apr '12, 18:05) white tiger

well, you got that right WT! Points for your comment!

(11 Apr '12, 19:27) Dollar Bill
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To me, the question was never, "Are you willing to be wealthy?" It has always been "Are you willing to let God run your life?" My father was a Christian. He gave me five very important gifts,

  1. Read the Bible. All your answers are there. This Guidance will make you happy.
  2. Have your own business
  3. He gave me a good education
  4. Taught me to be self-sufficient
  5. Use the Bible as your daily Guide in living your life.

He also said that the Bible is a living Book to be read and interpreted by each according to his own; AND that the Bible was NEVER to be used as a club to get other people do what you think they should do!

I was a precocious child. Dad sacrificed to send me to a fine private school where I could focus on learning. Among other things I learned there were other religions besides Christianity.

I remember asking Dad, what would he have done differently, here, if when he got to Heaven, he found that another religion was right, instead of the Christian God?

Dad replied that he would not have lived any differently because living by God's Word was the best way to live, and that it was up to each person to search his heart and decide what God's Word meant to them.

In later years as I began, in earnest, to study the foundations of religions, I came to understand that there are very similar underlying beliefs, so, like Dad, I respect other peoples' religions. We all have the same Father, anyhow. There is beauty in All religions because there is beauty in God.

I watched Dad grow from a one-man printing shop, to a very successful newspaper publisher, following his principles. They made sense to me. He wanted me to take over his business, but I had my own path. I suggested he sell his business and go play for the rest of his life. He did. And I did.

My two book companions were "Think and Grow Rich," by Napoleon Hill and "The Bible," by God.

We lived on a farm. A small farm. Dad's parents had been very wealthy. Granddad was a whiz at the stock market, but lost everything in the Depression. So Dad wanted us to be self-sufficient.

When I was ten, Dad bought 20 chickens, Rhode Island Reds, and announced that I was in the "egg business." His business model was simple, feed and water your chickens ervery morning. In the afternoon gather the eggs and sell them. Put the money in a cigar box and when you have enough for another bag of chicken feed, buy the feed and do what you like with the rest of the money.

BUT if you spend all the money instead of buying feed, your chickens will starve and die and you will have nothing.

It was a great beginning for me. After feed, egg boxes and a few other necessities, I had an income that was about ten times the allowance of any kid I knew. I remember when bought my own bicyle, it had belonged to one of my rich kid classmates. It was two years old. He wanted a new one and his father told him to sell the old one (which was in perfect shape). I paid him four dollars. The new one cost about ten times that amount. This was also a lesson to me, I could buy a very good used item at a huge discount from someone who had to have THE new expensive, latest model.

I also learned to pay cash for what I wanted unless the asset would make me more money than the cost of the loan payback.

Our farm was in a poor area. With my new-found wealth I suddenly had a lot of poor friends! Wanting to "borrow" money. At first I was naively generous, my Father told me a handshake was an agreement, but found that not only did no one ever pay me back, they got mad at me when I would not "lend" them more!

I offered to take them in as partners, there was more room in the barn for more chickens, but no one wanted to get up early in the morning and help me feed the new chickens! They just wanted my money. They did not want to work.

I still get up at 5:00am and love it!

I asked my Dad about Biblical quotes to help the poor. He said that I should interpret "poor" in my own way. Did it mean "poor" in spirit? Or what? Were their lives better from my "financial gifts"? No. In many ways they were poorer. They had some toys, from the money I had "loaned" them, but could not buy batteries, so they destroyed the toys when I refused to "loan" them more money.

If you want to know about how to happily make money, read, "Rich dad, Poor Dad," by Kiyosaki Pay particular attention to the part where Rich Dad hired the two young boys, by the hour, and what happened when they came to him for a raise. You don't need Kiyosaki's other books or tapes. Just read and re-read that book.

If you want to understand the real lifestyle of the typical American self-made millionaire, read "The Millionaire Next door," by my friend Tom Stanley. See if you can spot me in there :).

Also Napoleon Hill. Read "Think and Grow Rich," and "Pray and Grow Rich," I don't suggest that you buy tons of these authors' other books, etc. They all say the same thing. Better stay with one book and read it than a shelf full that you don't read.

I will close with a quote from Richard Bach in "Illusions! The Adventures of a Reluctant Messaih"

And [the Messiah] said unto them, "If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told?"

"Of course, Master!" cried the many. "It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask it!"

"No matter what those tortures, no matter how difficult the task?"

"Honor to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned, if so be that God has asked," said they.

"And what would you do," the Master said unto the multitude, "if God spoke directly to your face and said, 'I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD, AS LONG AS YOU LIVE.' What would you do then?" And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood."


answered 11 Apr '12, 09:30

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Dollar Bill

edited 11 Apr '12, 19:34

A lot of us are willing but this is something very interesting to ponder. Just what does someone wealthy do to keep and grow his wealth? There would be investing and watching the stock markets every day I think every hour of every day they need to be in touch with the stock quotes even.

Then there are taxes and running a big business, you would have employees under you and maybe even a foreman to handle all the small things but you have a president and vice president under you that you must keep happy not to mention the stock holders of your company.

Then you have to schedule business meetings and keep appointments, meet with advertisers for your company and decide who to hire.

This is just things I can think of from my small business magnified like 100% of what it must be like.

In other words it is hard work being rich and it is not just 8 hours a day 5 days a week either.

So when we really try to see into that life and think of being rich we need to as well be willing to accept "time is money" and every moment we are either gaining or losing money so we need to constantly keep on the ball.

You would have to almost constantly be working on creating value for humanity, if you don't your competitor will.


answered 09 Apr '12, 19:04

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Wade Casaldi

edited 09 Apr '12, 19:09

@Wade Casaldi it really is not at all like you think. It is different, but not long hours and hard work. Does not work like that. It is about thinking and deciding to be in the right place at the right time. It is about using money as a tool. It is about knowing and hiring top professionals, tax experts, advisers, but ultimately it is about developing intuition and knowing when a where to take action. It is all about the LOA. Nothing else.

(09 Apr '12, 19:24) Dollar Bill

If you want to understand the attitude of wealthy people, read "Think and Grow Rich," Napoleon Hill. "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" Robert Kiyosaki and if you want to know how we live, read "The Millionaire Next Door" by my friend Tom Stanley.

(09 Apr '12, 20:14) Dollar Bill

@Dollar Bill Thanks I would like to be in that category someday, The Millionaire Next Door? I'll check that out! :-) I have read Think and Grow Rich and I have the Rich Dad Poor Dad tapes, it has been years since I listened to those. Thanks for reminding me. I also have the original sixteen lessons of success by Napoleon Hill.

(09 Apr '12, 22:16) Wade Casaldi

@Wade Casaldi, I just know this - If you are in whatever you are doing with all your heart, everything is easy and effortless. No exceptions. You cannot truly LOVE something, yet at the same time find it HARD.

If you feel like having the best time of your life doing what you do, then stay in it. If you don't feel like that, get yourself out of it. And if you don't feel like that, but still decide to stay for other benefits it may offer, then know you are looking at it from a "wrong" angle.

(10 Apr '12, 03:25) CalonLan

What I mean is, if what you do does not make you happy by itself, but there are other things related to that work making you happy, it means you are focusing on wrong thing. Simply put, if by doing A which you don't like you also get B which you enjoy, then stop focusing on A, and turn B in your doing and not just a benefit of A.

"If it isn't a joy ride, then you should return the tickets"

(10 Apr '12, 03:28) CalonLan

Excellent @CalonLan - There was a book called "Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow." I also like your A=>B philosophy. Some people think it is necessary to work hard to get something. You CAN work hard if that is how your representational system operates. You can enjoy climbing the mountain for the exercise. But if your goal is to get to the top, take a helicopter, no need to bust your butt struggle-climbing! Exercise at the Club or Gym!

(10 Apr '12, 06:34) Dollar Bill

I have read that a rich man has a hard time getting into Heaven. Also that money is evil. It all depends on your focus. IF you LOVE money and possessions more than anything, more than God, that is a problem, but it has to do with how you focus. It could as easily be said about anything.

Struggle/attachment cloud your focus. and, I assure you that envying the rich, portraying the rich as doing nasty things to get rich, will effectively stop you from ever becoming rich, or healthy.

(10 Apr '12, 06:42) Dollar Bill

@Wade Casaldi This looks like my list of limiting beliefs ;)

(10 Apr '12, 09:15) Fairy Princess

@Wade Casaldi - Dear Wade/Bill - we write to ourselves.

(11 Apr '12, 08:24) Dollar Bill

Humm Limiting beliefs, wow I just discovered at least part of the reason I'm poor! At least for now... lol

Thanks Dollar Bill, CalonLan, and Fairy Princess! :-)

(11 Apr '12, 08:52) Wade Casaldi

@Dollar Bill, "do what you love and the money will follow" I read that book many many years ago. When I was a kid, it was an amazing read and I enjoyed it very much. I have to get it and read it again.

(12 Apr '12, 05:49) CalonLan
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