I talk a lot about success here and in the newsletter. I’ve been asked why the emphasis on success? Why is success so important and what kind of success is important?
It has been suggested to me that in our Western and American society material success and money grubbing is not what life is about nor is it the most important pursuit.
Money is not the master nor is it the ultimate objective of anyone who wisely seeks success in life.
To discover how you define success you must ask yourself what you really want in life most. It may be to spend lots of time with your children or grandchildren. It may be to devote time to a passion, such as your work, or your avocation or hobby. It may be to be active in your community or in a non profit organization. Each of us has our own calling, our own place where we find the most satisfaction.
Few of us however are born wealthy and able to devote our time to whatever pursuits interest us. You must survive. And survival is increasingly complex and expensive. If you are the primary bread winner for your family the pressure to assure that financial security for yourself and your family is even greater. Even if you support only yourself that need is paramount in your daily life.
I suggest that success for you is what you must do to assure yourself and your family the time and the resources to do what they need to do and what they are called to do. This is more than just putting bread on the table every day and paying the mortgage or rent.
Add to that the fact that as our global economy becomes more dynamic the need increases to be flexible and ever expand your knowledge and capabilities to stay competitive and maintain a job or business.
Finally, there needs to be a balance. You cannot spend all your time working, or learning, or studying, or playing. You need to achieve a level of balance that works for you and your family. It is not easy but it is possible.
I think this is one of the most important tasks for people today, to find that balance between work, play, self development, family, and all other things pulling at you for your attention and your money.
Creating True Wealth (TM) is about just that. That is what I write about here and explore in the newsletter by the same name. How do others find and maintain that balance? How can you find and maintain that balance.
The balance is the essential part of true wealth. It is only when we have the financial security we need for our own desires and expectations, the time to do as we wish, and the ability to thrive in an ever changing world that we can claim to be truly wealthy. It is not just about money. It is not even primarily about money. Yet no one can deny that money is an essential tool in obtaining the freedom, security and power to do what you want to do.
In future articles I will look at what others have written and done in this area along with the various wealth creation lessons that authors have written about.
Why Success? Because real success is about having what we believe is important in our lives. In most cases that is not expensive jewelry and fancy cars – although for some of you it might be. For most there are many other things that wealth will help you attain and that are important to you and yours.
Let’s look at what others have learned and what they teach us about wealth – about true wealth and how to obtain it.
Wishing you well in all you do.
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.