How to Be Wealthier Than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos
How would you like to have greater wealth than Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos? While they may have more money than an average person could spend in a thousand lifetimes, how happy do you think they are with their recent divorces? Each has been married for at least 25 years, a large portion of their lives. According to many sources, death is similar to experiencing the death of a loved one. Some say it is worse. Regardless of how wealthy they are, how happy can they be when divorcing the person with whom they had once been so in love?
How would you like to experience wealth beyond all of the billionaires' money in the world? You can, and it all starts inside of you. In fact, the wealth you already possess is likely far greater than you realize.
What do you appreciate?
As we begin this quest to find riches beyond that of the Gates and Bezos' of the world, let's examine this simple question:
"What do you appreciate about your life?"
In answering this question, you will find more riches than all of the money in the world. As the old saying goes, "there are some things money can't buy.
Do you think Gates and Bezos appreciate their vast wealth? I would certainly hope so! But apparently, neither continue to appreciate who was once the most important person in their life, their wife. Or perhaps it is the other way around, and their wives do not appreciate them. Regardless, appreciation was lost; otherwise, they would not divorce one another, would they?
The first thing that brings wealth beyond the riches of the earth is love. True love. Unfailing, steadfast love. If you are a Christian, you have likely experienced this love in your heart that is beyond all understanding. For a Christian, there is nothing of value greater than the love of Christ and their love for Him. Likewise, the deep, caring, affectionate love of another person on this earth is beyond compare.
I don't know about you, but there is nothing I would trade for the love of my wife and my love for her. She is the greatest blessing in my life, and because we appreciate one another often and openly, it will always be so until one of us leaves this earth. How can I know that for sure? Since I came within a hair's breadth of death (read about it here) and our love is greater today than it has ever been, I am confident in what I speak on this subject!
The wonderful thing about true love is it is entirely selfless to the point of giving your life for the one you love. What could be more valuable than that?
Do you think Gates or Bezos, or their wives, would give up their lives for one another? It is doubtful; otherwise, why would they willingly go through an experience that is so much like the death of a loved one?
Where else does true wealth lie
While the most valuable thing on earth is love, what else is more valuable than money and possessions? Again, the secret to finding true wealth lies in what you appreciate and is in things money cannot buy. As the Beatles famously sang back in 1964, money "Can't Buy Me Love." It never could and thankfully never will.
Do you have good health? If so, you are blessed beyond riches! Look at Steve Jobs. I am sure he would have traded his entire fortune for good health. Sadly, with all of his billions of dollars and the best medical attention he could buy, it was not enough. Money never is.
Unfortunately, so many things occupy our minds today we give little or no thought to how blessed we are to be healthy. To begin realizing how wealthy you are, start by appreciating your health.
Increasing your wealth
What a world we live in today. With so many luxuries and conveniences available, we have riches that surpass those of kings of the past. The quality of modern medical care alone is beyond anything our ancestors could have dreamed. Not to mention the things we take for granted, such as being able to have practically anything we want delivered to our home within a day or two. And what about food? We have more food and a greater variety than ever in history.
This is to say nothing of the luxury of the basic necessities of today. Little things such as clean running water, showers, bathtubs, and toilets, just to name a few! Until the last couple of hundred years, no king in history ever had it so good! Yes, we are wealthy indeed!
Then there is wealth beyond the material. Think of the vast stores of knowledge at our fingertips. You can find practically everything about anything on the internet. You are a google search away from knowledge unimaginable even 50 years ago.
And that is just the material and knowledge part of the equation. True wealth comes not from these things; it comes from relationships. Without relationships, life is meaningless. Relationships are life. It is in relationships where the most incredible wealth known to mankind lies.
"The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love do not require coupons." George Hewitt Myers (1875-1957)
When I think of the wealth in my life of my wife, my family, my friends, and many former colleagues, there is nothing more valuable than them. Without them, I would be poor indeed. But they are in my life, and because of them, I have great wealth, joy, and happiness.
Something else that makes me extremely wealthy are the great memories from the decades I have lived. I so appreciate being able to reminisce about those I have loved and cared about and all that we did. I hope to continue to build more great memories for many years into the future. Tied to these memories are the happiness and joy I have experienced: the laughter, smiles, and great times around other people.
By the way, in case you think I am an extrovert, I assure you I am not! My wife is, but I am and have always been an introvert! But being an introvert has nothing to do with my ability to appreciate life and all it contains.
What other types of wealth have you discovered?
In summary, there is so much wealth available to us it can be overwhelming. We only need to open our eyes and begin to appreciate all of those good things in life to realize how truly wealthy we are.
Who can you appreciate today that adds to the great wealth in your life? To obtain this wealth depends on you, of course, and who you are on the inside. If you are an honorable, respectable, decent person, you likely qualify to become one of the wealthiest people on earth.
Remember, the things that provide the greatest wealth cost nothing. The most important thing in life is not money, material possessions, or knowledge - it is purely and simply relationships. Appreciate those you have in your life, and watch as your wealth increases dramatically!