How to be rich

Most of the people I know ask themselves the obvious question - how to become rich? While this is certainly an often brought out topic around any table, I think this is the wrong question to ask. The real question should be how to be rich? Bare with me.

Let's face it, if you want to get rich there is literally nothing stopping you other then your own will to do so. Books have been written on the matter, everyone talks about it and it's true. Being rich is easy just like riding a bicycle, and hundreds of thousands of millionaires in the world prove it. On average they are not much smarter then the rest of the population, if having brains is what you thought takes to be rich. No, they are only more persistent and more willing to be rich then others.

If you still haven't decided to become rich, the power of imagination can easily give you the moment. You can imagine you are the richest person in the world. Richer than Bill Gates or the Sultan of Brunei. You have so much money you do not know what to do with it. And while dreaming about it, the joy usually lasts very short. Usually it very quickly becomes a feeling that I can best describe as sadness. A state of emotional emptiness because all your wishes, all your dreams, all the exotic mansions and beautiful yachts now belong to you. There is nothing that motivates you to go further.

And this happens to a lot of really rich guys. What this turns to is often not very pretty. There is a brilliant saying that goes like this: "Idle hands are a devil's playground". You know what rich people usually do and why the rest of the world usually do not like them.

The problem is simple - most of the rich people do not know how to be rich. And what really being rich is all about.

Money is not the ticket to your dreams, but a tool for changing the world.

A lot of rich people fail to realize this.


World poverty map, showing percentage of country population where people live for under a $1 a day

Who can teach the rich how to be rich? Who will? I do not know. I am not sure the present rich can be changed. And this is the conclusion I always make. We, you and I need to become rich before it is too late for this world. We need to use the riches to enrichen the world not only for ourselves. The wealth should be used to bring joy to us but also others as well, as equally important.

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  1. Jan 18th, 2012 4:46 PM

    Yeh luke i see what you mean, if you think about poor people they have more to worrie about if they have kids or family as they may not have anything to leave a family with.

  2. Jan 12th, 2011 6:12 AM

    I agree with Luke. That's very true. Something to think about.

  3. Nov 22nd, 2010 4:27 PM

    I loved your post Vladimir. Great post. As a former refugee and former starving Art student, I have many experiences of being poor and in dire strait. You are absolute about the wealth distrubition. There needs to be system taught to mass so that we can all live a comfortable life. Not a life of starvation and hardship.

  4. Sep 30th, 2010 6:07 PM

    Vladimir, this are great words. It really makes you think about real values in life. Hvala ti :)

  5. Yvonne
    Jun 23rd, 2010 7:48 AM

    There is a difference between the poor and the rich. Who have those who started out with nothing but some and many forget where they came from. I believe everything happens for a reason. You never forget where you came from. You also have those who born into a family who was already wealthy, who has everthing handed to them and they look down their noses at those who are less fortunate. God created us all we breathe the same air and walk on the same soil. If it was lost today what would they do? Like this reality show they have on now about these women who has everything handed to them with maids, personal drivers etc. just anything they want. None of these women has a clue how to even boil water, it's sad they live to spend money and put others down who are less fortunate then themselves. How sad!

  6. luke c.
    Mar 26th, 2010 10:49 PM

    Wealth, is just a financial status, nothing more than that.

  7. luke c.
    Mar 26th, 2010 10:40 PM

    There's a big difference between poor and rich people: when poor people die, they die with closes eyes(in peace) because, they don't have nothing to lose in their life...while rich people die with open eyes, to see how much they will lose .