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Wealth is like Health

In order to have abundance in your life you need to have a proper understanding of wealth. If you believe that money is limited, and that having more of it, means someone else has less, then you will not attract abundance in your life.

If you believe that you should not “take more that your fair share” your sub-conscious will work against you. At some level you will feel guilty about success and will sabotage yourself. You will fail to see and act on the massive opportunity that is all around.

A good way to think about wealth is to compare it to health.

Do you feel that if you are healthy then others are less healthy? Do you want to avoid taking more than your fair share of health? Of course not. In fact the healthier you are the more those around you will be healthy. You will not spread sickness. You will inspire others to eat right and take care of them selves. So the healthier you are the healthier everyone is. It is mutually beneficial and it makes the world a better place.

This is the same with wealth. The more you have the more you can give to others. The more charities you can give to. The more you will inspire others to see abundance in their lives. Plus when you create massive value for others you receive money and they receive wealth in terms of the value you provided.

Money is just an idea. It is not a limited commodity. Create value for someone and you will both be enriched. There will suddenly be more wealth for everyone. Just like health.

Money is not a pie that needs to be divided up, with some getting bigger pieces than others. Instead it is a glorious circus being performed behind a lowered curtain.

The more you can raise the curtain the more others can enjoy the show. And the more people you can get to help you raise the curtain the better for everyone.

Have an abundant day!

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6 Responses to "Wealth is like Health"

  1. Macs says:

    Agh, I was really brought up not to insult one’s hosts and all that, but I’m afraid I find this piece a bit sub-standard given the usual brain-candy that tends to adorn the site. Makes you sound like a ‘prosperity gospel’ whacko, tbh.

    Where to start? Money isn’t wealth – wealth is the ‘real stuff’ – goods and services that meet genuine human needs (NOT wants which sap the FINITE resources available to meet needs). It’s so easy to ‘make money’ whilst not creating wealth – I think 2008 and all that will stand as sufficient testimony to that one, no?

    In terms of ‘real wealth’ then of course you can have more than your share – I’m sure you’re not trying to suggest that if someone owned half of the world’s food that no-one else would go hungry? Of course YOU could feed them, but that’s denying your very premise.

    The only way I can square wealth with health is if you keep it strictly to real wealth (primary economy) which only comes from production. Once you hit secondary, let alone tertiary, your personal wealth could well be extractive and therefore subtractive. That is to say if you increase your wealth by production of real goods and services it adds to the pie. If you trade or financialise other people’s primary production you are extracting wealth that could be distributed (or as we say over here in the UK – “Who ate all the pies?”). AND before you say you can give it away, then you undermine the recipient’s ability to produce, reducing the ‘other’ to dependent status.

    Sorry – D minus – and a hundred lines of ‘Money is not wealth’, please ;-)

  2. Michael says:

    I get what you’re saying and totally agree. There is no limited wealth pie. We create and expand wealth by applying our talents, energy, and efforts to create value.

    @Macs, Go a little easier on him. He’s writing about the overall concept. It appears you agree with him too on the fundamental point he is making, as you also say, “if you increase your wealth by production of real goods and services it adds to the pie.” The only difference is you go into more detail that it’s important to distinguish between those who get rich by creating value or those who get rich by theft–at the cost to and expense of others– (politicians, crony capitalists, and bankers benefiting from fiat & fractional reserve system at the inflationary expense of others). Yes, that’s an important point. But it doesn’t make Trey’s post wrong. It’s just more detail. Really, it seems the three of us all agree on his core point that wealth is not a ‘fixed pie’ and that it is created and expanded by our productive efforts.

  3. Michael says:

    p.s. I don’t get how the stars widget to the top right of the comment box is supposed to work. If I click on it, it only goes negative. Sorry about that, didn’t mean to make it -7. lol

  4. Thanks for the comments! @ac4b0dd935bf5d749c818c053d7db8a9:disqus I think @6262018bf71093315349eef659774d5b:disqus
    is right. In essence we both agree. I do not think that money = Wealth.

    I was at the farmers market on Saturday morning and a buddy bought me a Cuban coffee. Normally I do not consume any caffeine so I was jacked up and I got the idea that I could write a post in my spare 15 minutes. I think I did jumble it up a bit.

    My point, though, was to share something I have struggled with in my life. I was brought up in a household of scarcity. Over the years I have read hundreds of books on business/wealth/personal development etc. And one of my challenges has been to get over the idea that rich people are immoral. (not to say some are not) For me to enrich my life I had to believe that is was not at the expense of others. I have dealt with friends who criticized me for trying to be successful, as if I were the enemy. I figure if I have felt this way other have too.

    So my whole point is:

    It is possible to enrich your life, while simultaneously enriching others.

    Enrichment might come in the form of money, but it might also be stability, health, and other “real stuff”

  5. CCMO says:

    Yes, I think if you had used the term “abundance” there would have been less confusion. It seems you, Trey, were writing conceptually and Macs was thinking specifics. I like it and I agree with you! The power of positive thinking is no new gospel.

  6. Macs says:

    @Trey – As everyone has pointed out, we don’t have a fundamental difference on the core idea, which is to not limit yourself unnecessarily, I just thought you’d missed a facet. Whereas you may have been jacked up on caffeine, I’d just got back from the pub spending time with an analogous friend plying me with a different beverage ;-) Good friends are a fine example of mutual enrichment, of course.

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