Some people hate the rich. Some people worship them. I’ve always been impartial.
I’ve been working and hanging out with affluent people for as long as I could remember. Even though I grew up fairly poor, I also grew up playing golf (no, we didn’t belong to a country club — I played at my local par-3 course for next to nothing). I’ve met plenty who were truly wealthy — both on-paper and in-spirit. Some of the kindest, most generous, caring people I’ve ever known have been rich. Many of them have welcomed me into their homes and have treated me and my family like their own.
But I’ve also met plenty who’ve been predominantly frightened, insecure, and alone — just like the guy standing in the unemployment line (which, I’m pretty sure, exists on the internet now — but the saying still holds true).
It’s always blown me away meeting someone who ‘has everything’, but exudes such pettiness, lack, and fear. I remember watching Wolf of Wall Street thinking — damn, that guy is more of a thug than any gangbanger from the inner-city. He’s just found a better hustle.
It used to be an enigma to me. But now I see that rich people are actually more prone to poverty thinking than those who haven’t amassed phat stacks of dollah-dollah-bills.
Because many of them have worshipped money. This is how they’ve brought so much to them — through obsessing on it, selling their souls for it, and manipulating it into their hands.
But what does this mean? What is the root thought of their motivation? I’ll tell you what it is…
“I’m not enough — so I need money to fill me up.”
You gotta hand it to them. They did it. They got the money. But many of them find that, (even though they may not admit it to you) although they now have the money, it still doesn’t fill that internal gap.
They’ve manipulated the world to bring them mass amounts of physical riches, but they’re still operating from lack and deprivation. And so they’ve moved into a bigger house, but are still not-at-home. They’ve bought several exotic cars, but are still internally driving around their daddy’s Porsche. Outside, they have it all, but inside, they’re still starving.
To the world, it looks like they have it all, but they’re just broke at a higher income bracket.
They’ve made the same error as any of us can make… They’ve placed the source of their power in a false idol. And when that idol showed up, it just… Sat there.
The wealthy (yes, you can totally be wealthy without being a gajillionaire) realize the Source of life lies in here, not out there. If you can do that, you’ve got it. And you’ll never lack for anything.