Your true wealth and value comes from within

By | September 27, 2016 | Finance & Career

Your true wealth and value comes from within
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There were millions upon millions of glittering lights shattering the night, tall neon-lit buildings reaching up to the sky, black limousines, bright red Ferraris and silver Porsches gliding slowly and elegantly down the street.

As my buddy and I walked down the Las Vegas strip late one summer night, I asked, “What would it be like to own all of this – to own all the money, land, buildings, and cars in the world?”

“I can’t even imagine,” my friend replied.

“But what if you owned all of this, and you were the only person on the planet? Then what would it all be worth?” My buddy just stared at me in stunned silence.

What is money, really? What gives it value? No other species on earth finds any value in gold, silver, diamonds, or least of all, in paper with official looking numbers printed on it. You can’t eat it. You can’t plant it. You can’t mate with it. Gold does not make the best protective armor because it’s too soft. It makes for lousy spears and arrows. Where does the real value in money come from?

Most people believe money exists separate and apart from themselves – something to be obtained. They feel it has intrinsic value of its own, and in order to be wealthy, they must do something to “go get it.” They feel it’s like some kind of fruit hanging high in the branches of a distant tree – if only they could reach it.

They feel poor without it and powerful with it. It’s as though this external, tangible substance is their life force. Without it, they are empty, powerless.

In truth, all the money, power, and wealth in the universe is not “out there” waiting to be had. It’s within us, waiting to be released from our inner being, like the delicious, sweet juice squeezed from a watermelon.

Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Cathy Hughes, Red McCombs, J.K. Rowling, and Mark Cuban did not go out and “get” money. They exuded it. It flowed out of them as from a hidden wellspring. They created value by what they did. They brought something of value to everyone around them. That value started out inside them, in their soul, in their spirit, in their brains.

That’s why there are millionaires who have lost everything and then became millionaires again. Some have lost it all and gained it back several times. That’s also why most people who win the lottery are poor again after just a few years.

True wealth, always and only, comes from within.

Entrepreneurs and innovators know how to create value. They also know the difference between value and money. Value is something that makes someone else’s life better. Money is the way we measure how we’re doing at the task of making other people’s lives better. It’s how we keep score. It’s merely a symbolic representation of value.

Everything you need to create value out of thin air is already inside you. You have the ability to create wealth by the things you do, say, and make.

What are you doing to make someone else’s life better, simpler, more enjoyable, and less complicated?

The money you are making today is simply the universe’s way of giving you a report card to let you know how you’re doing at those things. The things you do, say, make, and own only have value if the people around you think they have value.

Dig deep. Your true wealth is inside you.

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Dan Castro

Dan Castro is the award-winning author of Hidden Solutions All Around You: Why Some People Can See Them and Some Can’t. He’s also an attorney, and a serial entrepreneur who has built a law firm, real estate brokerage, property management company, loan servicing company, marketing company, real estate investment company, and real estate investing boot camp. For more information visit HiddenSolutions.com.

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