Building True Wealth is More than Accumulating Money

There may be nothing sadder than a wealthy person who is deeply unhappy because he has neglected important areas of his life such as his family, friends, community and health.

My father often told me the story of John D. Rockefeller walking down a street in sunny Miami, Florida and seeing a small boy staring at a bushel of bright red apples. Rockefeller was one of the richest men in the world at the time. He had neglected his health however in his everlasting striving to accumulate more money. As a result he suffered severe stomach ulcers and could not eat many foods including apples.

Rockefeller told the boy that he would give all his riches that moment if he could bite into a fresh red apple. He then bought the boy apples and walked on.

I do not know how accurate this story is although like most fables it likely contains some grain of truth. Rockefeller in fact did come to fully realize the importance of enjoying life outside his race for riches and later in life gave away millions of dollars and led a more balanced life.

This story is worth noting because we all at one time or another fail to maintain proper balance in our lives. We fail to give adequate attention to all the important things in life in our effort to pursue one of them. For some, though not all, it may be the pursuit of money.

Genuine success and happiness cannot come exclusively from accumulating money. True wealth includes happy relationships with family and friends and good health.

Are you eating a healthy diet? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you spending critical time with family and friends? Do you pay heed to your own emotional and spiritual needs? If you cannot answer affirmatively to these questions it may be time to bring things back into balance and avoid sacrificing the most important things in your life to make more money or acquire more things.

Money will buy some security and a lot of opportunity. It will ease the difficulty of life and make you more physically comfortable. It will not make you happy. Plenty of wealthy people can attest to that.

Build true wealth in your life: build love, relationships, friendships, and your health. 

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.