by Randy Gage
Rich people get a bad rap because they’re always striving for the next thing. That bigger house, another sports car, the next million or billion.
To broke people, that’s how the issue is framed. And to be fair, there are some wealthy people who chase material possessions. But not as many of them as there are poor people chasing material possessions. In either case, this won’t lead to fulfillment. But let’s look deeper…
Because for PROSPEROUS people – note that word, not rich, not poor, but prosperous people – what drives them is something entirely different.
They strive to have more, do more and become more, because to not do so would be an insult to their Creator. Prosperous people know that poverty is a sin, just as mediocrity is. Not in the judgmental way religious fundamentalists would use the term: But sin in the sense that settling for less than you are capable of, is missing the mark, turning your back on the greatness you have in you.
Prosperous people are content and harmonious people, but they are still called to do more. Because if they are not striving for greatness, they know that they’re hiding out, playing small and forsaking their true calling.
One of the most important steps to living a prosperous life in knowing what that “emptiness” you feel means. That void is not really a yearning for more cars, cash and homes. (Although those may come about as a result of what you do.) It is a clarion call to do something blockbuster, something epic, something heroic. Not something larger than life, but something larger than your life is at that moment.
Celebrate and embrace that emptiness. It is a longing to touch even fleetingly, the extraordinary, almost superhuman potential you are capable of. The potential to be amazing.
Everyone should explore their God given creativity and potential, but it's good to remember that prosperity without purpose is really no prosperity at all.
Many welltrained people in personal development agree to the saying that life itself is empty and meaningless and it does´nt mean anything that it does´nt mean anything.
Although the inside life has only the meaning itself that it is a inside thing. Inner power, energy etc.
But the meaning of life might just be life itself.
So what´s the benefit or pay off on that ?
It gives You more freedom when You separate the interpretation of what´s going and what happened from being the truth or given any other meaning .
This is it !
Not being a religious chap myself, I don't quite relate to "They strive to have more, do more and become more, because to not do so would be an insult to their Creator" - but I certainly can see that "settling for less than you are capable of, is missing the mark, turning your back on the greatness you have in you". That's great motivational advice, for which I thank you. I don't think it has to be about "having more" necessarily, but it most certainly has a lot to do with "doing more and becoming more".
Great article. I personally believe you have to be a driven individual to be prosperous. What drives you doesn't matter but you have to be constantly striving and motivating yourself. Not everyone has this drive which explains why not everyone is prosperous!
Very intersting thoughts Randy. Thanks for sharing them with us
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I love it! I tell my clients all the time that the key to success is simply not stopping! It's true that most people aren't highly motivated by money. They are motivated by security and accomplishment. When you put it that way it sounds a lot different!
Wealth is meaningful only in order to learn that one can be just as happy having Nothing, as when one has billions. It is the path of some.
Just as the path of Power! To learn that the more Power one has - the more one can give.
Many strive for path of wealth or power because the path looks good, although it may not necessarily be their path.
Wealth, Power, or whichever "final" result is achieved is not the focus of path, is not what the energy is spent on...
The lesson learned is in the Path :)
Powerful post, Randy.
"It is a clarion call to do something blockbuster, something epic, something heroic. Not something larger than life, but something larger than your life is at that moment." <<--- Love that.
Great Post! Been reading a great supplement to this post by Ronald Cooper, he wrote How to Win in Life in a Greater Way, and he goes along the lines of your post. So great and motivating! Thanks for this! ronaldacooper.com if anyone wants to check out his book!
"Prosperous people are content and harmonious people, but they are still called to do more." LOVE IT!
Especially love this part: "Prosperous people know that poverty is a sin, just as mediocrity is." To have that mindset could mean the whole difference in believing whether or not you're worthy of prosperity...
If prosperity seems to me linked to the golden rule, the ethics of reciprocity, the 12 laws of karma, the fact to be rich or poor isn't really linked to them, I think.
Just take Steve Jobs! He was a very prosperous man but he didn't consider him neither as rich nor as poor! Steve Jobs, at his beginning, hadn't even a domicile and he eat once per week at a harekrishna temple! Was he poor at this time? I doubt it! Later he was a billionaire, was he rich later? He certainly was very prosperous, but from the very beginning, I think!
Have a great and happy new week!
Freakin' powerful!! the emptiness isn't 'stuff' it's absence of doing what you were put on this earth to do!
Thx Randy... From Those To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expectedhttp://www.forbes.com/pictures/eimh45ehjl/bill-gates-from-those-to-whom-much-is-given-much-is-expected/
I appreciate the simplicity. As a matter of my principles, I realize that if I had a better attitude about money, that I would be content with what I have, take care of what I have and seeking wealth would be a past-time and much more fun than sweating the daily grind, just trying to make ends meet. Those who strive for deep faith know this as well.
Thanks for the post Randy! You're completely right about that our beliefs create our reality! We need to strive to creating positive mindset!
This is great food for thought.. Sometimes I have the feeling you describe knowing that I have more.. much more.. Reminds me of a great line from "Batman Begins" where Christian Bale after doing some extracurricular activities with a couple of super models says to Rachel.."This isn't me.. I'm more.. MUCH more".. When we have the KNOWING we are more it MUST drive us to uncover it and then share it with the world.. That's God's gift of giving THROUGH us!
really love this post because it reminds me of myself.. I've strive harder to improve my life and also to be financially free and to enjoy life..
I appreciate your perspective, Randy. I hate to see the "have nots" belittle the "haves" just because the "haves" have achieved something worthwhile.
for sure like this post cause living an unprosperous - of course leaves emptiness. and yes - having a full/rich (not in the sense of being rich cause having a huge amount of cash) live puts a person in kinda balance.
Randy, reminds me of the quote I shared on my company FB page today.... “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” ~ Herbert B. Swope, American Journalist
Indeed Randy. Many of us hide from our calling, when we need to strive and do more. I mean, some of us are always trying to keep up with the Jones'. This can be disastrous to individuals without an financial plan. Build a business, make a plan and do not settle. Strive to accomplish dreams. If you fail, remember what you have learned, get back up and go for it again.~ Doc Reo
I absolutely love this post. Not achieving what you know you are capable of is and feels exactly like cheating
Comparing yourself to others is a fast track to misery and emptiness. Look within and be the best you that you can be.
I agree, if you feel empty think of the GOOD you have in life. Not enough people do that then more GOOD will come.
Champions in sport are often asked what was their greatest victory. If they are honest, they always answer the next one.
the whole existence-issue is filled with ? everything and nothing and most precious and priceless thigs are jus for free (if mad people don´t find ways to charge or supercharge them!
To strive for amazing things we all need (also) our healthy self-respect.
It´s probably what poor people miss most to get started -