Last post I told you about my friend Diego, who is the person I am closest to in the world, yet he makes less in five years than I sometimes earn in a weekend. I questioned what my life would be like if all my close friends were at his socio-economic level.
There were some great responses in the comments. Rene thought I would earn about what he earns and wouldn’t care a hoot about it. Carmen and many others felt if everyone in my inner circle earned what he did, I wouldn’t be where I am. Eric suggested that other areas in my life might go un-inspired.
David correctly noted that Diego has inner peace and that is attractive to me regardless of his income. But if he was a whiner or exhibited victim mentality the attraction would fade fast.
Here’s my take on the situation…
I certainly know that having Diego in my life is great for both of us. He is a precious friend, and I know he helps me challenge and strengthen my own beliefs. However, I’m not sold that it would be good to have all five of my closest friends at that level…
I’m afraid that I would have a much smaller vision, and not attempt the great things I deserve and are capable of.
Now let’s look at the other side…
I have another close friend who I’ll call “Andy.” Andy came to the States not knowing the language, with $300 in his pocket. Today he is worth millions. Lots of them. He has about eight different companies, one of which is a bank he started. This bank now manages assets of more than $80 billion. He has a beautiful, breathtaking home, wears gorgeous $10,000 suits, and lives with style.
While he is tremendously driven and very successful, he hasn’t done so at the expense of what is important to him. Which in his case, is God, family, and contribution.
Andy and his family love to travel, so he takes 90 days of vacation, every year. He flies his entire family around the world, First Class, so they can discover it together. He is also a serious philanthropist, having created several foundations that have raised millions of dollars for those less fortunate. Every time I am around him, I am grateful for the different perspective he gives me on this world, and how we fit into it.
Now what do you think would happen to my consciousness, my income, and my vision of what was possible, if my four other closest acquaintances were at the same place where Andy is at?
P.S. Did you watch the latest episode of Prosperity TV yet? It’s on how to use the power of ideas to manifest prosperity in your life. See it here: http://www.youtube.com/randygage