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So, what, to you, is wealth. This is one you have to sit down and work out in advance if you are going to get wealthy. My observation is that wealthy people invariably have worked this one out. They know exactly what, to them, wealth means.

I have a wealthy and extremely generous friend who says that he knew long ago when he was starting out in business that he would consider he had made enough when he wasn’t living off

the money he had amassed (which we will call his capital). Nor would he be living off the interest on his capital. No, he would consider himself wealthy when he was living on the interest on the interest on his capital. Sounds good to me.

Now, this friend knows how much his interest on the interest is making him, pretty much by the hour. Thus if we all go out for a meal in the evening he knows (a) how much the meal has cost and (b) how much he has made while eating the meal. He says that as long as (b) is more than (a), then he is happy.

This is setting the definition of wealth pretty high, you might think. Maybe you wouldn’t want to set it this high. And thats fine of course. Then again, maybe you’d want to put some figure on it. In the old days everyone wanted to be a millionaIre. That was an easy one to judge if you’d got there or not. Today there are a lot of people who have houses worth more than that and they wouldn’t consider themselves wealthy at all and yet haven’t quite got around to upping the ante to wishing themselves billionaires.

My definition of being wealthy would be when I can live of 10% of what comes in every month. What happens to the 90% is up to me to decide to either invest it to create more wealth or to give it away to helps someone else create wealth.

For some people, not worrying might mean having enough to pay for any emergency that might arise in their family or home. So how will you define it? By the number of cars you own? Servants? Cash in the bank? Value of your house? Portfolio of investments? There are, of course, no right or wrong answers. If we don’t have a target we can’t take aim. If we don’t have a destination we can’t leave home or we’ll be driving around in circles for hours. If we don’t have a definition how can we monitor or judge success?


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