If you find yourself thinking a lot about wealth and material possessions, you're definitely not alone. Men and women have craved wealth since the beginning of time. Sure, in those days, "wealth" was measured by how much meat they had to eat or the number of furs they had to keep themselves warm. But even back then, people felt more successful when they had more stuff.
While the possessions themselves may have changed since the cave dweller days, the idea hasn't. People still view wealth as being associated with success and a feeling that we aren't nearly as burdened by all of our responsibilities.
Unfortunately, though, some people are willing to do just about anything to accumulate more wealth. They don't care if they have to break the law, lie, or commit some other kind of awful wrongdoing. Even worse, some people feel forced to act this way in order to "keep up" with the unscrupulous crowd.
So, how do you accumulate wealth without shedding your moral code?
- Question the motives of others.
The more wealth you have, the more people you'll see come out of the woodwork. Before you let them play a bigger role in your life, ask yourself if they truly share your moral code. Like George Washington once said, "Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
- Hold yourself accountable.
If you stray from your moral code, it's no one's fault but your own. You're responsible for your own actions. Never forget that.
- Remember what constitutes "true" wealth.
In order to be truly wealthy, you must have amassed everything honestly. Without morality and good conscience, your wealth isn't worth all that much. You may have to reign in your temptations from time to time, but that's better than sacrificing your morals.
- Remember that life isn't always pleasurable.
Unfortunately, life comes with all kinds of unavoidable "stuff". However, the pain you feel today will make you more grateful for the peace and success you get to experience later on. It'll also make you realize what's really valuable in life - and that's where the true wealth resides.
- Use your wealth for the right reasons.
Don't be like the politicians who say they're working for the "little guy", only to be padding their own pockets behind the scenes. Make sure that your moral code dictates how you approach every situation. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "Honor is better than honors."
Final point - we're all drawn to wealth, but wealth is drawn to morals and values. Remember that, and you'll be a great person who attracts great things.
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