What the hell does it mean to be rich?
Ever wonder that?
More than likely you thought of exotic cars, mansions, expensive jewelry, and for some reason the beach. Rich people always seem to be on beaches.
If you thought that you’re not wrong, that may be what your rich life looks like for you. Few years ago I too thought similarly, that nice cars and the big houses define rich. Like I said for some folks yes, but over the years my definition of a rich life has changed.
Now your rich life can look like whatever you want it to be, you’re allowed to imagine, and you should! But what does it take to get there? Winning the lottery? Going to college? Marrying a billionaire? In theory yes, all those things could make you rich. But I don’t recommend any of those, except college…sort of.
I’m willing to bet you and I are a lot alike. You’re probably in your late 20s early 30s with an average job with average pay, you probably have some credit card bills, a car payment, a mortgage or rent payment am I right? So how do we become rich? Truth is you can’t because of the man! NO! That’s not true and if you truly believe that please stop reading.
I could sit here and tell you all types of things you’ve already heard before. Go back to school, get another job, use coupons, save your money. One time I was talking about a rich life with this older gentleman at the gym, he had just been divorced and was living in this 1 bedroom shed on a farm. I was just curious on what he had to say about a rich life and his advice to me was “invest in the lottery”. So yeah, be careful where you get your advice from.
Anyway, these past 5 years or so I set off on this journey to find out what rich is and what it means to me. As a kid anyone with a BMW or Mercedes and two story house was rich in my eyes, and that stuck with me throughout my 20s, so when I began this journey rich meant exotic sports cars and mansions. I would find out down the road, although that is a part of it, that’s not what a rich life entirely entails, and to get there you got to start by playing the cards life has dealt you.
Where are you right now? Not just your physical location but everywhere in life? How are your finances? How’s your job? How’s life at home? How’s life outside of home? What condition is your house in? What condition is your car in? What condition are you in? Ask yourself just about every dam detail about yourself you can think and be honest, it’ll hurt a little. All these things matter in a rich life, why? Think about it, if you won a million dollars right this very minute with your current mindset, where are you going to be in two years? There’s a saying that goes something along the lines “If you come across a million dollars, you better hurry up and become a millionaire”. Go ahead and google lottery winner stories and see for yourself.
You’re rich life is going to begin with a simple mindset, and it’s not going to be an easy one to develop at first. It’s not a mindset of thinking about money every day and making it magically appear in front of you. This mindset begins by simply by taking inventory of what’s going on in your life right this very minute, and then taking bite sized actions towards fixing it. Simple common sense advice, but yet rarely anyone applies it to their lives.
Think about your life, think about the things you daily. What can you do less of or more of? I’m sure you know. What activities waste your time and which bring you value? If you’re having some trouble with this then just start by waking up in the morning and becoming aware of your surroundings. Become aware of what you’re doing throughout your day and just begin to perform little tasks better, brush your teeth a little bit better, and floss today even. Take an extra minute to comb your hair, just anything do it a little bit better than you normally would. Carry this type of behavior with you throughout the day, you’ll surprise yourself.
In the coming days/weeks you’ll begin to notice a change in yourself, a new mindset begins to form. You’ll want to keep cleaner, you’ll want to keep more organized, and things you use to do to occupy your time will begin to annoy you. You’ll want to start doing things in a better way, everything, and this my friends is the first step towards a rich life.
Think of this entire article as the very first step to becoming rich, whatever that may mean to you.
-Sumit Singh Randhawa