• 7 Insightful Proverbs from Around the World
  • 5 Amazing Quotes to Live By
  • 7 insightful Quotations Regarding Success & Failure
  • 7 Insightful Quotes on Communication
  • 7 insightful and Timeless Quotations on the Importance of knowledge & Education
  • 7 Insightful & Enlightened Quotations on Wealth & Greed



7 Insightful Proverbs from Around the World

Proverbs are usually thought of as having a religious origin or undertone but by definition proverbs are “a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin.  Thoughtfully expressing a common and universal truth”.

 These little nuggets of wisdom have been repeated by many different cultures around the world in various ways.  After years of researching and gathering quotations and proverbs for my books as well as motivation material for my sales force, I’ve compiled an extraordinary amount of wisdom on various subjects and purposes.  These proverbs from around the world were especially motivational, shedding insight into the human thought process’s as well as human nature itself.

 Hopefully these little nuggets will help you get motivated or give insight to persevere through rough patches.

 

·        Wealth without use is no wealth. 

 - Punjabi Proverb

 You can’t take it with you.  Something good needs to come out of your hard labor or luck.  Wealth for selfish reasons defeats any reason you had to accumulate that wealth.


·        We all start out as children. (Mistakes should be expected of beginners.) 

- Swedish Proverb

 This proverb has more to do with forgiveness.  Forgiveness not only for people around you but also for yourself.  We all make mistakes and it’s useful to remember that we are all doing our best in our lives.  Mistakes and failures are a big part of life and success.


·        You cannot please everybody. (He who pleased everybody died before he was born.) 

- Russian Proverb

 The surest way to fail is to be everything to everyone.  Come to terms that you will never please everyone.  Please yourself first.


·        Long live the difference (The differences we have is what makes us interesting & unique.) 

- French Proverb

 Imagine a world where we all looked and behaved the same.  Thought and believed the same things.  It would be a very bland world.  Our differences make things interesting, bring about progress, and help us evolve as a people and culture. 


·        Don’t set sail using someone else’s star. (Don’t follow another’s dream.  Just because someone does something successful, don’t imitate them, follow your own dreams.)

-  African Proverb

 

It’s very easy to get caught up with trends or to go with the crowd.  This is especially true when you’re young, when you don’t have a good sense of who you are and lack direction.  Trends and crowds are very fickle and always late to new opportunities.  It would be wise to first figure out your dreams and passions before departing towards a destination.  Once you know your direction and path, everything else becomes clear.



·        Remember that you are going to die. (Latin equivalent: Memento mori.  You won't live forever, so make sure you do things which are really entertaining or really important.)

- German Proverb

 In a hundred years of so, you’ll be dead anyway.  So what if you embarrass yourself.  Take the risks, follow your dreams, and persevere.  Nobody but you will have to live with regret, let alone remember it. 


·        None but the brave deserve the fair.  (Only the courageous deserve the finer things in life.)

- English Proverb

 

Courage my friend!  The lazy and the weak are doomed to live an unhappy life.  Courage is the first of all virtues because without courage you won’t be able to live out your full potential. 



5 Amazing Quotes to Live By

After years of researching and collecting quotations for my books as well as motivation material for my sales force, I’ve compiled an extraordinary amount of wisdom on various subjects and purposes.  Life quotes was by far the most popular as it helped my employee’s put things in perspective.

Although there are numerous profound quotations that have been said over the years to live by, I’m only listing 5 for simplicity and contemplation.

  •  Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.

              - Aristotle 384 BC – 322 BC; Greek philosopher, polymath, & one of the fathers of Western philosophy.

 Said many times throughout history in many different ways, by some of the most brilliant people like Churchill, Samuel Johnson, Maya Angelo, etc.  Without courage to face your trials and tribulations, you won’t have the courage to make changes or persevere through difficult times.  So stand up, follow your dreams, and take care of number one. You!

  • People aren’t against you, they’re for themselves.

             - Unknown.

 This is one of my favorite quotes in regards to interacting with others.  When people let us down, we tend to blame their flawed character, but it’s better to come to terms with everyone’s flawed human nature.  If you give someone plenty of opportunity to profit from you, they eventually will.  You can’t blame them for looking out for number one.

  • The only sin is mediocrity. 

              - Martha Graham 1894 – 1991; American modern dancer, choreographer & Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

 This quotation, by far is my favorite of all time.  I try to live this as best as I can.  Nobody aims for mediocrity, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we get in situations where the needs of our immediate lives postpone our dreams.  We give up our future aspirations for a little bit of comfort in the present.  It is in these times that we need to persevere and get back on track to push off potential future regret.

  •  Hope for happiness and fear of suffering
  • Hope for fame and fear of insignificance
  • Hope for praise and fear of blame.
  • Hope for gain and fear of loss.

            - Buddha (Gautama Buddha) 563 BCE – 483 BCE; Nepalese (present day) sage that taught principles that Buddhism was founded on.

I don’t consider myself a religious person but on occasion I find myself dwelling on these passages.  These refer to Buddha’s 8 worldly concerns.  It is said that these are the driving forces or motivation behind all of our thoughts and actions, especially the Hope for Gain and Fear of Loss.  In order to be liberated from the mundane world which is based around possessions that prevents us from spiritual progress, we must learn to come to terms with our hopes and fears.

  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

             - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910; American author & humorist.  

 Courage to take chances.  You only get to go around once in life, don’t waste it by being mediocre or living up to someone else’s expectations.


 Bonus


  • I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

            - Winston Churchill 1874 – 1965; British Prime Minister 1940-1945 & 1951-1955, historian, artist, & Nobel Prize winner in literature. 

 Negativity and pessimism can lead to inaction.  Although positive thinking and optimism doesn’t guarantee success or a perfect outcome, it does change your thinking in finding the good and opportunity in everything.



 

7 insightful Quotations Regarding Success & Failure


Depending on who you talk to, success/failure means many things to many different people by varying degrees.  Some believe success is accomplishing one’s goals, others gathering wealth, or a high rank position, or honors.   There’s a great Ted talk given by Alain de Botton, called A kinder, Gentler, Philosophy of Success where he sets forth the idea the that we base our success on other people’s expectations and are extremely suggestible in redefining success as society deems necessary. 

When I was younger, success was all about money.  How much I could buy?  Later on success also became about prestige.  Who can I impress?  How popular am I?  As I get older and hopefully wiser, success has become: what kind of a positive legacy can I leave behind?  What kind of impact can I make on this world?  What can I do to push humanity forward?  How many people can I positively affect?  Surprisingly to me and many other people, failure does not mean not achieving those things.  Failure means doing nothing, becoming complacent, or being apathetic, not caring, having no direction or goals.  As long as I’m striving to achieve those goals, I feel I’ve succeeded. 

Quotations on success/failure was my bread in butter when I was motivating my sales team to achieve greatness.  Only life quotes were more popular.  I’ve written many articles on the various tools needed to have a happy, insightful, and fulfilling life.  Most have a direct connection to success or failure in regards to what someone wants out of life.  I try to keep my articles general to appeal to as many people as possible because we’re all looking for different things in our lives.  Not everyone is motivated by the same things.  There are plenty of poor people that are content and happy and there are a lot of wealthy individuals that commit suicide each year.

In this article, I will list some of my favorite, profound, and insightful quotes having to do with success and or failure. 

  • Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it.

            - Wilferd A. Peterson 1900 – 1995; American author.

 Environment plays a huge role in your success or failure.  Success breeds success.  We become or emulate others around us.  Associate with the wrong people that aren’t interested in the same things as you and you will subconsciously start to mimic their behavior and way of thinking.  If you want to be successful in whatever you’re dreaming of, you need to be around people that are after similar goals or have similar interests as you, are uplifting, positive, and ambitious.  These qualities will rub off on you as your qualities rub off on others around you.  See my article on communications.  Keep away from negative people.  People that make a lot of bad decisions, that don’t have balance in their lives, who belittle your ambitions.  Surround yourself with people that make you feel good, great, and make you believe that you can accomplish anything you want.

  •  I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
            - Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.) 1942 - ; American Professional Boxing heavyweight champion known as the greatest boxer of the 20th century.

 Nothing worthwhile is easy.  If everyone could accomplish what you’re dreaming of, then it wouldn’t be much of a dream.  Hard work is one of the foundations of success.  Why should you get to achieve something while countless others fail?  Hard work is the difference.  Whatever you goal, countless others are also trying to achieve it.  Whomever works the hardest deserves the reward.  Nobody is going to hand it to you.  You have to make it happen.  The hardship is temporary but quitting lasts forever.

  • Ambition beats genius 99 percent of the time.

            - Jay Leno (James Douglas Muir Leno) 1950 - ; American stand-up comedian, actor, writer & TV host.

 You must live and breathe what you’re after.  You must want it more than anything.    Genius doesn’t translate to much if you don’t take action.

  •  The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

                                                                                                      - Denis Waitley 1933 - ; American motivational speaker & writer.

 Most people have a vague idea of what they want or of what success really is.  Without a goal to shoot for or a way to measure their progress, most people quickly get lost or lose all motivation of their goals or success.  Everyone must first truly define what it is that they are looking for before setting their sails.

  •  There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

            - Colin Powell 1937 - ; American retired 4 star general, statesman, & 65th U.S. Secretary Of State.

 The only thing I would add to this quote would be to first figure out a direction, find out what it is that you’re truly looking for, or what is your goal?  After that, all is needed is to work backwards by planning, putting in your hard work and persevering because you will fail along the way.  Failure isn’t failure but learning lessons.  Failure is part of success and will determine or test your convictions of achieving your goal. 

  •  Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

            - Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865; American politician, 16th President of the U.S. during the American Civil war & instrumental in abolishing slavery.

 You can’t wait for things to happen to you.  You have to be proactive!  Take action!  There are many people that have the same goals as you.  The one that works the hardest is the one that will end up with the prize.  You can’t wait for things to happen, you have to make things happen.  First figure out what it is that you really want and then work backwards towards achieving it in regards to qualification, assets, knowledge, and information.

  •  Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

            - Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865; American politician, 16th President of the U.S. during the American Civil war & instrumental in abolishing slavery.

Contrary to what we’ve been taught our whole lives to be selfless.  I’m going to give you a little insight here.  Be a little selfish!  Your time is limited and very precious.  Don’t let others keep you from achieving your goals.  Sure, it’s good to be nice but not at the expense of your goals.  You can better help yourself and others around you by accomplishing your goals and achieving success than you can wasting time giving someone a ride or running menial tasks.  You will never please everybody.  Please yourself first.


 7 Insightful Quotes on Communication


One of the most important life skills to learn is that of proper human interaction, a big part of that has to do with communication. Learning proper communications can help leave a lasting impression on the people around you, whether it be positive or negative.

Like Voltaire said:

The ear is the avenue to the heart.

- Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) 1694 - 1778; French writer, historian, philosopher & poet.

Simply defined, communicating is imparting or exchanging information whether it's thoughts or opinions by speech, writing, or other median. Keep in mind that proper communication can be very powerful. History is rife with ways communication is used by various leaders and organizations to influence people to commit crimes against themselves or others.

After years of researching and collecting quotations and motivational material for my sales force and later for my books, I've compiled some extraordinary insight into communication. This is not a top 10 list or a top 7 list but some profound rules of communication that stand out.   It's a short list for simplicity and for contemplation.

  • You are a master of the words you don't say and a slave to the ones you do.

        - Unknown.

Be careful of what and how you say things. It's always better to think things over before opening your mouth.  Once those words are out there, you can't take them back. Successful people tend to choose their words very carefully in order to keep from looking foolish and appearing more intelligent.

  • Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates.
  • Is it true?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it kind?

        - Sufi saying

Great quote….. just great. If it's one thing to take from this article, it's this. To avoid looking foolish or say something you'll regret later. Follow these three simple steps before letting the words come out. We sometimes want to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.  Think things over before going with your gut feeling. Sometimes the less you say, the better.

  • A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

        - Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910; American author & humorist.

Adjectives are words that describe or modify the noun or pronouns. It's the "green" in green grass, the "handsome" in handsome stranger, and the "cold" in cold room. What words someone uses to describe things tells you a lot about their way of thinking and personality. Does someone ever have anything positive to say about anything or anyone? Do they use adjectives that are positive or uplifting? Do they use nice adjectives or negative ones? Successful people use positive, uplifting, and kind words to describe people or things. This will leave a lasting impression on others as well as themselves.

  • The best makeup is a smile. The best jewelry is modesty. The best clothing is confidence.

        - Unknown.

I'll leave the modesty and confidence for another article but your smile is the greatest communicating tool you have. A smile sends a message of contentment, confidence, positivity, love, trust, well-being, honesty, security, etc. It tells the other person to “Relax, I can be trusted”. Always smile at everyone. A smile can tear down almost any barrier. A smile will leave a lasting impression on others and give them a good feeling whenever they think of you. Try it for a month and you'll see.

  • As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate
    a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

        - Gore Vidal 1925 - 2012; American writer, critic, & humorist.

Business people, marketers, and politicians have long known that language can be used to control people by accessing their memories and emotions. The most successful people have learned to master their language skills and use specific terms and phrases to target people's hot buttons. Be aware of how powerful language can be. History is full of ways propaganda has been used to control the population to commit atrocious acts. Learn power words to convey confidence, start a riot, happiness, feel safe, feel anxious, move to action, etc.

  • Everybody likes a compliment.

        - Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865; American politician, 16th President of the U.S. during the American Civil war & instrumental in abolishing slavery.

It doesn't get simpler than that. Leave it to the greatest presidents in history to put things in perspective. The only caveat would be, make it a legitimate compliment. Everybody can spot a fake eventually. Compliment with a smile and you have 2 of the greatest communicating tools under your belt. You don't even need a reason; just make someone feel better for no reason at all. A few words can help cheer people up. It costs you nothing and you'll feel good too. Successful people leave a good feeling with others, where ever they go. A smile and a compliment can go a long way.

  • Cunning men deal in generalizations.

        - American Proverb

This kind of goes with Gore Vidal quote above. When people won't be specific and are intentionally vague, they've got something up their sleeves. Politicians love to be vague because it gives them an out. Lawyers are also very fond of this to help sway a jury away from facts and play on their emotions. Again, be aware of the power of language. To be successful, keep in mind that how things are getting communicated to see through the fog of information.

There are many more insightful quotations on communications but due to space limitation, I can only listed 7.  Communication can be a powerful tool to influence and be influenced.  Be aware of the power of it on people, be it verbal or non-verbal.



 7 insightful and Timeless Quotations on the Importance of knowledge & Education


All through history, great thinkers from all areas of society have spoken on the importance of having a good education, but recently the importance of a good education has been under attack.  Critic’s claim that it’s gotten too expensive and has very little value compared to its costs.  History as well as the current geopolitical circumstances proves that the long term cost of an uneducated society can be even more disastrous. 

 With so many nations developing at a frantic rate, the need for a top notch education system can’t be overestimated.  In order for us to remain competitive we need people with the knowledge, skills and discipline for the next century.  Many developing nations already recognize that their most valued asset is their young.  In some countries after a person graduates from high school, they’re required to either join the military or go to college cost free.  Both are part of a continuing education that helps impart critical thinking skills, discipline, and life skills.  Some countries even recognized that education is a right and not a privilege as some claim.

 After years of researching and collecting quotations for my books as well as motivation material for my sales force, I’ve compiled an extraordinary amount of wisdom on the importance of having a good education.  The amount of wisdom that I’ve compiled is too large for an article of this size, so I’m only listing several of my favorites.  Some of my other articles are about the profound wisdom passed down the ages, but without a solid education and good critical thinking skills they lose most of their insight.

  • If you think that education is expensive, try ignorance. 

            - Derek Bok 1930 - ; American lawyer & educator.

 A proper education in now mistakenly thought as a business rather than an investment.  We don’t live in a bubble and a society with a sub-par education system will feel its effects for decades to come in all sectors of society.  The fact is that in the long run, education pays out dividends far more valuable than money or wealth.   

  •  Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

            - John Adams 1735 – 1826; American Politician, 2nd President of the U.S., a founding father of the U.S., diplomat, & first Vice President of the U.S.

 People from all nations and all areas of society; instinctually know that education is essential, if people want to keep their freedoms.  An uneducated population is susceptible to manipulation by the powers that be, who can use various techniques to influence one or thousands of people into action or inaction. (See my other article on communication)

  • Let’s trace the birth of an idea.  It’s born as rampant radicalism, then it becomes progressivism, then liberalism, then it becomes moderate, conservative, outmoded, and gone.

            - Adam Clayton Powell Jr. 1908 – 1972; American politician & pastor.

 One of the facts of life is change and most change comes with the birth of new ideas.  At first people are suspect of new ideas because it challenges the conventional thinking, interferes with their current beliefs, will require people to make changes that many have gotten used to, or interferes with the benefits that most people derive from the current system, even though the current system cause a tremendous amount of problems for the vast majority. 

 As more and more people get used to the idea and see the benefits, it moves along its life cycle.  Until finally, due to enormous other changes occurring in the world, the idea is no longer feasible because it’s incompatible with the changed world.  Eventually needing to be replaced with newer ideas. 

 It’s useful to take away 2 things in regards to this quote.  One: Change is always needed and constant.  Two:  The life cycle of an idea as well as where that idea is in its life cycle.  Communism for example would be on the outer edges of “Outmoded” just about to cross over into gone. 

 New ideas are always needed but they also need to be critically scrutinized as to their costs and benefits without regard to the challenges they provide to the current established idea’s.  Emotions need to be taken out of the equation.  Done properly, idea’s like Communism would never have taken hold and rightly so, didn’t in most parts of the world.  The best people for this task would be 

people with the proper knowledge and education to critically think of every aspect that this new idea will affect.

  •  I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

            - Confucius 551 BC – 479 BC; Chinese teacher, politician, & philosopher. 

 Nothing substitutes for experience.  Knowledge and education are incomplete without experience.  You can learn the concepts but to gain understanding, you have to put those concepts to practice or full use.  This is why internships and apprenticeship programs are so essential.

  •  Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.

            - Aristotle 384 BC – 322 BC; Greek philosopher, polymath, & one of the fathers of Western philosophy.

 This quote has been butchered in recent times to “Those that can, do!  Those that can’t, teach!”  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Why would someone that can’t do something, teach it?  We need to honor our teachers and not degrade them.  If you know a thing or two, spread the knowledge if you’re able.

  •  The ignorant are always prejudiced and the prejudiced are always ignorant.

            - Charles V. 1500 – 1558; Holy Roman Empire Emperor.

 Ignorance and prejudice go hand in hand.  Prejudice usually grows out of ignorance.  Most of the time people are prejudiced because they don’t have full knowledge or understanding of the other person or idea.  They haven’t taken the time to acquaint themselves with the other side.  Once you fully understand another person or idea, only then can you fairly judge.  One of the perks of a good education is realizing how limited your knowledge is, which is why education should be a right.

  •  Sell (or give) a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, he eats for the rest of his life.  

            - (Possibly coined by Karl Marx. Often attributed to Chinese philosophers Lao Tzu 6th century BC; Chinese philosopher. (A.k.a. Laozi, circa 5th century BCE) and Confucius 551 BC – 479 BC; Chinese teacher, politician, &  philosopher.  Although sometimes attributed to Jesus Christ, this proverb does not exist in the Bible's New Testament.

 It is better to teach someone to self-sustain rather than sustain them indefinitely.  This is one of the primary reasons for a good education system.  A person with a good education will not only survive in the real world but depending on their level of education, can thrive.  Thus creating opportunities, exemplifying creativity, and discovering new knowledge that benefits all of humanity.

 

Bonus

 

  • Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

            - Chinese Proverb

 Sometimes, the only way to get good experience is to get in there and make your mistakes.  Take your lumps.  Failure isn’t failure but lessons toward success.

 



7 Insightful & Enlightened Quotations on Wealth & Greed


It’s been said many times and in many different ways that man is fickle, hypocritical, and greedy.  I’ll leave the fickle and hypocritical for another article, albeit hypocritical is directly tied to greed.  This article is about the wisdom passed down throughout the ages regarding man’s greatest past time, the insatiable search for wealth.  Although there’s nothing wrong with seeking wealth.  It’s a perfectly normal human endeavor that is rooted in man’s need of freedom, safety, and comfort.  It becomes greed when it’s taken to extremes.  It becomes problematic when enriching yourself is your only motivation, without regards to yourself, others, society, environment, morals, etc.   Greed cannot be tempered.  It feeds on itself.  The more one has, the more one wants. 

Researching for motivational material for my sales force and for my books, quotes on wealth & greed were especially useful in tapping into my employee’s underlying motivations.  I’ve written many articles on many topics to elicit enlightenment and motivation but in this article I will try to enlighten you on wealth and greed.

  • The important thing is not how much money a person makes; it is what he does with it that matters.

            - A.G. Gaston 1892 - ; American businessman.

 The Punjabe have a proverb that says “Wealth without use is no wealth”.  You can’t take it with you.  How many cars or houses can you buy?  What good can come from your wealth?  How will your wealth benefit society?  What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?  For it to be useful, wealth needs to be used for positive things that help your community, society, country, and world.

  •  Could slavery exist long if it did not sit on a commercial throne?

            - Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 1825 – 1911; American abolitionist, poet, & author.

 It’s no secret that man will go to great lengths to attain wealth, even doing harm to their fellow man.  History proves this time and again.   Even today, companies are willing to risk people’s lives, destroy the environment, and depose governments if they can profit from it, but a man that makes millions at the cost of his conscious has failed.

  •  The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.

            - Unknown

 

Have you ever pondered the question of how much is you’re worth?  Not counting money, but what your worth is to the world?  Out of the billions of souls that come and go on this polluted little planet, will the world stop and feel sadness of your passing?  Even a little bit?  It’s a deep question that even I’m scared to ponder.

  •  Fortune favors the bold. 

            - Danish Proverb

 I had to throw this one in because of its profoundness.  You have to be courage to accomplish things in this world.  The lazy and weak are doomed to a life of mediocrity.  A lot of us are asleep or let our fears guide our lives.  We trade a little safety and comfort for greatness.  Like I said earlier, there is nothing wrong with searching for wealth.  It’s one of humans’ basic motivational factors; it only becomes a problem when it goes to extremes.  Wealth and accomplishments are waiting for those courageous enough to work for it. 


  • There's enough for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.

 - Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) 1869 – 1948; Indian leader of the Indian nationalism that used non-violent civil disobedience to lead to Indian independence.

 

Unbridled greed is destroying the world.  You hear about it all the time where people’s rights, the environment, safety, etc. are being marginalized for profits by powerful people.  There is plenty to go around but greed has no limits.  The more one has the more one wants.

  •  The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.

    - Marcus Aurelius 121 AD – 180 AD; Roman Emperor, & philosopher.

 Only the good you do will remain with you for eternity.  Wealth is not usually possessed but wealth possesses the wealthy.  The more one has the more one wants.  If you possess the wealth then try to take it with you when you leave this world.  There are many forms of wealth.  It’s more than money or something with physical properties.  It can be love, a great reputation, knowledge, wisdom, etc.


  •  Money is usually attracted, not pursued.

            - Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009; American entrepreneur, author, & motivational speaker.

 After you find your labor of love, you passion, and your purpose.  Only then does money become attracted to you.  First find what your good at and what you love to do.  Money will come from that love and labor.  Once you’ve found what you want to do with your life and work hare towards achieving it, money will make it self-available.  Even more important than money is the fact that you’ve found your love, passion, and purpose.  That’s the real wealth.

 

Bonus

 

  • Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

            - Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865; American politician, 16th President of the U.S. during the American Civil war & instrumental in abolishing slavery.

Labor has to come before wealth.  Even filthy rich people that inherited their money had someone in the past work very hard to accumulate that wealth.  People that work hard for their money are the ones that are truly rich.  It’s not the money or riches that they’ve accumulated, but the experiences, trials, and tribulations that they’ve overcome in reaching their success that is their true wealth.

 Quotations warning against the problems of wealth and greed have been passed down for thousands of years.  There’s nothing wrong pursuing your own interests to further your wealth but at what costs?  When searching for wealth goes into extremes, causing unnecessary damage to people, the environment, and your soul.   It’s time to take stock if it’s really worth it?