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The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.
Just received an email from Mr. Laurent Dionisio of Pinoy Financial Planning about an article of Bro. Bo Sanchez for the Truly Rich Club (TrulyRichBronze). I would like to share it with you. Enjoy and Be blessed by the article that you are about to read below.
Dan Millman said, Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.
Which reminds me of something special that I do with my top leaders in Light of Jesus Family. Two or three times a year, I bring my top leadership team for seminars, conferences, and retreats. Sometimes locally. Other times as far as Australia and the US.
What did we do there?
Obviously, we study and learn from the best speakers and leaders. But we also have loads of fun just hanging around together. I love the lunches and dinners, talking and laughing as friends. In other words, we work on two things: On our humility (by learning and relearning) and on our friendships.
I believe that leaders need to spend time together. I've learned that when leaders aren't friends first, the organization falls apart. Guaranteed. These guys are incredibly busy men doing very important work. But we've realized nothing is more important than our relationships.
A long time ago, I've defined what my wealth is:
My wealth is my relationships.
Not my money.
Not my properties.
Not my investments.
This Is My Wealth
My wealth is my relationship with God.
My wealth is my relationship with my family.
My wealth is my relationship with my friends.
And my wealth is the poor that I minister to daily.
This is the reason why I'm rich.
Money Is Not My Wealth, But It Sure Comes in Handy!
But I still need money. For example, I subsidize for these trips with my leaders (and each leader pays for a part of the trip). I need money for a simple thing as a romantic date with my wife. Which, by the way, is the highlight of my week. When possible, I squeeze in a second date. I love being her. I can't get enough of her. I've been dating her weekly without fail for 16 years now.
I also need money to date my kids each week. I repeat: My wealth is my relationships. Not money. But I can't deny that money helps me in my relationships.
Money Helps Me to Love
Once upon a time, I was poor. But in the past years, I've grown my financial wealth. I now have small businesses, got into real estate, and invest in the stock market and equity funds. From being a poor missionary, I'm now a millionaire missionary.
Because of this, I'm able to support God's ministry in a very big way. I support missionaries. I send poor kids to school. I give livelihood to poor families. And yes, I spend for most of these trips with my top leaders. Do you want to experience what I experience?
Wealth Is So Much More than Money
So here's my first point.
Wealth is so much more than money—and you've got to define it.
What should happen to call yourself wealthy?
Once you define it, then you'll also find the reason for earning money.
Because even if money isn't your wealth, I bet having money will help you have more of what you consider "wealth.”
Do you know why I'm working hard and creating wealth? Because I want to continue to bless people and bless my relationships. That's my dream.
In the next issue, I'll tell you the most important ingredient in creating your wealth.
May your dreams come true,
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ABOUT THE BLOGGER
Ralph "Rap" was born and raised in the Philippines. A Financial Literacy Advocate. An I.T. by Profession. An Investor. A Business Minded. An Introvert. A Photography Enthusiast. A Travel and Personal Finance Blogger (Lakbay Diwa and Kuripot Pinoy). A Traveler. An Adventurous. A Mountain Hiker. A Dreamer.
Currently works his way towards time and financial freedom.