Wake Up Wealthy

What does it mean to be wealthy?

Does it mean to have vast amounts of material goods? Homes, cars, money?

Does it mean to be recognized, lauded, praised?

Does being wealthy mean you have great power over others, that you are able to bend them to your will?

Wealth is none of these things. These things may (or may not) be external indicators, or symptoms, of wealth. But they are not wealth itself.

Ask anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one what wealth is.

Ask anyone who struggles with a degenerative disease or terminal illness what wealth is.

They can tell you.

Wealth has nothing to do with external circumstances, and has everything to do with internal reality.

If you don't understand what I'm talking about, you have never tested your definition of wealth.

One day you will.

Whether you want to or not.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with houses, cars, or money, they are not wealth itself. All these things deteriorate, and pass away.

Better to store up the wealth that does not pass away. That wealth is found in a knowledge of who you are, and why you are here.

When you have the true wealth, you wake up wealthy no matter what circumstances you find yourself facing.

Something worth thinking about today.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.