When you hear the word wealth, you’ll probably associate it with having lots of money. But what is money and how does it actually fit into the big picture of wealth? In the simplest explanation, money is actually something you use as a form of payment – be it in paper, coins, plastic cards, cheques, bank transfers, et cetera – in exchange for a product or service you require.
It is an updated version of the barter trade that was used ages ago. The major difference is that barter trade involves the exchange of goods, which are perceived to be of similar value without the use of any form of payment. Money is actually a simple tool but has been complicated by today’s economics. Its value varies in different countries according to the amount, currency and assets it is weighed against.
To be wealthy in monetary terms goes beyond just having lots of money. It means being completely financially stable and not having to work vigorously for a decent meal or paycheck to survive. It also means being in complete control of your money and not allowing your money to control you.
However, wealth is not just about having lots of money. Wealth encompasses many great dimensions such as knowledge, creativity, relationships, love, wisdom, courage, success and all the good intangible values. The worth of a person, although human beings are intrinsically beyond valuation, should not only be defined by one’s material wealth, monetary value, possessions or other physical factors.
The original draft of the American Declaration of Independence has the phrase, “… and the pursuit of Property” stated as one of those inalienable rights of Man. I am in agreement with the change to its current version, “… and the pursuit of Happiness,” whatever its reason.
A person’s wealth should be defined by one’s intangible, intellectual or aesthetic achievements, one’s use of the freely and abundantly available resources to fashion something better, one’s discoveries of new conceptual or real vistas, one’s selfless service rendered to a fellow human or to life or to a good ideal.
But the greatest wealth any human being can possess is the wealth of freedom. Not just any kind of freedom but the kind where any child, woman and man are freed in the truest sense of the word ‘free’ from every unnecessary or undesirable chain, prison or shackle imaginable. The truly free shall never have to work on something they hate just to put food on the table, but are free to pursue whatever gives them the healthiest, fullest pleasure and passion.
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Mohamad Shafi’e is founder of StraTeachgic Success, where he reveals accelerated life-long learning and personal development success secrets. He has over 12 years of tutoring, teaching, mentoring and coaching experience with over 1200 students in the fields and technologies of personal development and human potential maximization.