We, at SMARTEST Wealth Systems, love acronyms. So, for my high-level answer to this question, I’ll “Acronymize” it.
Of course, wealth can mean many different things to each of us. It certainly involves more than money, although that’s most people’s immediate interpretation when the word is used. In this post, I’m going to list 5 of the more important elements of wealth in my life.
W – Wisdom
The Book of Proverbs in the Bible tells us, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!”
There’s a lot of knowledge out there in the world, but not nearly as much wisdom, and it seems that many people can’t tell the difference.
I once heard that a smart person learns from their mistakes, but a genius learns from other people’s mistakes. That’s wisdom! Where you learn from seeing the tire tracks on someone else’s backside instead of feeling them on your own.
Unfortunately, for us non-geniuses, wisdom most often comes from experience.
I also once heard that when a man with money meets a man with experience, the man with experience usually ends up with the money, and the man with the money usually ends up with experience.
E – Energy
Having abundant physical, mental, and emotional energy is wealth indeed!
If you’re ill or physically depleted, does it matter how much money you have? Being materially rich, but mentally or emotionally exhausted or depressed, doesn’t sound very “wealthy,” does it?
If your life is running you down, take inventory. What can you eliminate, or at least cut back on, that would free up your body, mind, and spirit?
And, for goodness sake, get enough sleep! At least 8 hours.
A – Action
Tony Robbins says, “The number one key to success is the ability to take action.”
To gain wealth you must take action. To maintain wealth, you must take action. Paralysis of Analysis will keep you poorer than you could be if you just acted.
I was praying one time years ago, asking God to put me on the right course in my life. I clearly heard him in my spirit say, “I can’t change your course if you’re not even moving.”
“I’m gonna think about it,” has passed the lips of many a failure or underachiever.
L – Love
The Apostle Paul said, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
Love is that rare gift that enriches both the recipient and the giver.
Love is an active verb. It cannot just be felt. It must be demonstrated.
Love leaves clues. There is evidence of love.
Be rich in love.
T – Truth
The dictionary defines “truth” as, “the quality or state of being true.”
OK, you know you’re diving deep when the definition has to use the word it’s defining.
In my life, I have found truth to be so much more precious than facts. Facts should be absolute, but in today’s world they are malleable. They can be bent, twisted, customized.
Truth is unchanging. It is absolute.
Of course, like all absolutes we hold to be true, truth becomes a matter of faith. Whether you believe you’re a product of God or of goo, it’s a matter of faith.
Can truth be a person? Jesus seemed to think so. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
As I said, it ends up being a matter of faith.
H – Health
Few people would argue that you could enjoy true wealth without a reasonable level of health.
I’m sure Steve Jobs could have afforded the best medical care in the world, but with all his resources, he died. He had money, but not health. So, was he truly wealthy at the end?
By the way, some people ask, “How much did Steve Jobs leave behind?”
My answer, “All of it.”
So, there are my 5 top-of-mind words that express important components of true wealth. I’m sure you can think of others.
If there was an F in WEALTH, I’d say “Family” would be a necessary ingredient. You might say “Friends.”
You see, it’s a matter of perspective and circumstances, but the point is that it’s NOT just money. And life seems a lot wealthier to me when I regularly express appreciation for all the wealth components in my life.
“Gratitude” would be another wealth word, if there was a G in there.
What are your WEALTH words?
Please share them in the comments below. And be healthy, wealthy, and wise.