Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants. – Epictetus
Do you want to be rich today? Do you want to have everything you want at this moment? It’s possible. The people with the most wealth are the people with the most gratitude. If you look at your life and see all the things that it’s lacking, you will always be miserable. You could be a trillionaire and feel like you have nothing because you are so focused on what you don’t have.
Conversely, you could be penniless, but entirely content. I’m not saying that everyone should become an ascetic, but we should recognize that what we want from things isn’t the things themselves, but the feelings that we believe they will give us. We want a new house or car because of how we expect that thing to make us feel. However, we can obtain a similar feeling by being grateful for what we already have. Of course, we can be disappointed by what we don’t have and jealous of those who have it. But what we should do is be grateful for what we have, and compassionate toward those who have less than we do.
The secret to real wealth today? Be grateful for all you have, recognize all the places you are fortunate, and be compassionate toward those with less than you. Welcome to the world of the truly rich and powerful.