DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE WEALTHY.
Mentality, mindset, worldview, paradigm… Greatness is a factor of mentality. Going back to the story we started this article with at the beginning of the week, the conclusion of my dear friend that attitude to time is a major difference between ordinary people’s lifestyles and billionaire’s lifestyles, is also an affirmation of the role of mentality in greatness. What my friend was trying to say to us is that all three billionaires have a different mindset when it comes to time. Their unique attitude to time therefore is only a result of their different mindset. It is because they have a different mindset to time that they have a different attitude to time. Their attitude comes as a result of their mindset. It is their mindset that dictates their attitude, in this case to time.
“You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.” ― Rumi
Friends, our clarion call of the hour therefore is, what mentality do I have to life? Does my mentality hinder or enhance the greatness I so crave for? What mentality do I have in relations to wealth? Does my mentality limit me or it enhances me? What mentality do I have to life? Is it a mentality that encourages greatness or it’s a mentality that limits greatness. This is the question of the hour friends. It would do us good to carry out a kind of inventory, survey, analysis of ourselves in this regard.
“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” ― Steve Maraboli,
To further buttress my point on mentality, let’s take wealth as an example. When it comes to wealth, again the factor of mentality plays a major role in who becomes rich and who becomes poor. Indeed wealth is not a question of what a man possesses, it is about what he knows. So, a man could possess today a lot of riches and yet not be wealthy. The difference therefore between the rich and the wealthy is important to know.
A rich person possess things, but not necessarily wealthy. While a wealthy person might possess things and at times might not temporarily possess anything. Yet he is wealthy, because of what he possesses inside. A wealthy man possesses the golden rule of wealth creation. He possesses the laws of economic empowerment. He possesses the mindset of wealth. Such a man can never be poor. Such a man can never be without riches for long. Such a man would always find ways and means of creating wealth and riches no matter where he finds himself.
“Your greatness is revealed not by the lights that shine upon you, but by the light that shines within you.” ― Ray A. Davis
On the other hand, the rich man could lose his riches, and not be in the position to again create it. This has happened to too many people in our generation. There are those who won lotteries or some forms of inheritances, but because they were not truly wealthy in their mindset, they soon lost the riches they possess. A wealthy person though, even when he loses riches, goes right back to square one where he creates even greater amount of riches thanks to the amount of knowledge he possesses. A truly wealthy man must know the laws of money, unlike the rich man that could be sometimes lucky to have come across his money by accident.
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
To be continued tomorrow…
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION
By Pastor Sunday Adelaja.