Wealth, Poverty and the New Millennium
Recently, someone I know said “Fuck poverty! I want to be rich!” No, it wasn’t 50 cent, but none the less, the words echoed in my head and refused to leave. What is more real - the perception of wealth or that of poverty? Are they any different? These questions swirled around in my head as I grappled the answers. As a modern millennial (people who reached young adulthood around the year 2000), my tribe seeks rabidly to get rich or die trying. Well, generations before us have sought the same. What is remarkably different though is the timeline in which we deem it possible. By 30, I would expect to be a millionaire, planning my retirement candidly. Well, I’m 34 and there is still the matter of my personal millions to deal with. I’m not dispensing pearls of financial wisdom which will turn you into an overnight millionaire. So stop reading and get back to the rat race! If you care more about the race than the prize, read on…
What Exactly is Wealth?
Is it the first million? Is it the first billion or more? What I’m trying to understand here - is what I define by wealth, and maybe even success because we’ve conveniently combined the two to mean one and the same. Wealth is a state of abundance, that offers us comfort beyond our needs and necessities. How then are we to ever be wealthy, because ours is a generation afflicted by the disease of more. We’re addicted to craving compulsively for more money, more time and more passion. So then is wealth a destination or merely an illusory goal that moves further away from us as we edge ever closer?
Poverty Raises its Ugly Head
It’s the most important aspect in the hunt for wealth - poverty. Unless one feels utterly impoverished and needy, the pulsating desire to be rich and wealthy doesn’t even exist. The desire to be something more than one’s current state is the precursor to growing ambition. So if you are looking to be wealthy, outline your current state and know well that you do not desire to remain there, that you deserve to be wherever you wish to be. There is really nothing to abhor about poverty - in fact embracing it wholy allows you to get that more more impetus in your drive for wealth and abundance.
More than Just Millions
Wealth while certainly a drool-worthy goal, is just the tip of the iceberg of abundance. While I’m not going to explore the other facets just yet, I will talk about time - a most underplayed asset that rarely features in one’s quest for money. While the famous equation ‘Time is Money’ has been quoted enough number of times for it to become ‘true’, time is a far more valuable asset since it cannot be earned. All one can do is manage to maximum efficiency that which we already own - we all have the same quota of time to play with every single day - 24 hours! A study of millionaires has shown that efficient and regulated use of these very hours is something that is a common thread among all of them. How do you plan to use your day? And once you do have your millions, will you have the time to spend it foolishly or wisely as you deem fit?
Stop Counting Baubles
Yes, I’m referring to money. The overwhelming drive for money and wealth creation is nothing more than a perverted manifestation of our repressed innate libido. In a civilisation where sex is glorified and vilified, the domestic shackles of society and culture have diverted that desire. So, get rich, but don’t waste your breath trying hard. Money and wealth in your life is not really worth dying for. A mind blowing orgasm is more glorious a goal than your first million. Wake up, my dear Millennial and smell the truth. It just might get you closer to reaching your goal than anything you might have conspired. Breaking into the 1% isn’t a matter of counting pennies.
“Sometimes we are limited more by attitude than by opportunities.”