Growing up my family was by no means what you would call financially wealthy. It wasn’t until my later teenage years that I really started to see all the hard work my parents had put in really starting to pay off. I don’t know a single person that works harder than my father, above all of life’s setbacks. Period. You have to see it to believe it. He is truly an inspiration. And my Mother, amongst all the things she has had to go through with her health, she remains a beautiful spirited woman that is a as strong as ever and still growing her spirit and life experiences across the world, literally. The common thing between the two… Both have high standards and both work very hard for their family.
Although financially we were not what you would consider wealthy, I did have the privilege to attend a semi-private school and have what I needed for my education. What people don’t understand and realise is that meant my parents honourably doing 12-15 hour days 7 days per week for years for their kids. People easily see the outside of life and don’t respect the hard work behind it. They just ignorantly assume it was given on a silver platter and spoon fed from generations with a gold spoon and that you’re a rich person with no respect for the poor. Far from the truth. I respect my roots but I am not afraid to admit I’m giving my all to cross the line into that 1%. Through hard work and gratitude.
Recently I have been speaking with some colleagues who insist that I was a “rich kid”. I believe if you live in Australia, especially Sydney, then you are very rich as far as opportunity is concerned and “potential” success. Everyone is and I believe the same for most established countries. The world is very abundant and prosperity exists for everyone, contrary to popular belief. With that said, I work very hard for everything I have received, currently have and will ever get. I create my rich.
With all that said I respect that some people inherently have to work harder than others due to some circumstances in their lives at that moment but I believe that everyone has the opportunity to make something extraordinary of themselves.
With welfare and handouts quite easily available in some countries I get quite irritated by some people who settle for mediocre lives and complain they are under privileged as an excuse for laziness. Those who know me know that I’m more supportive of giving someone a hand up rather than a hand out. I can’t be sure who said that saying but it’s so true.
I don’t find nobility in being poor and going “without”. I truly believe those that make it for themselves in life have even more to give to others. Those that chose not to increase their net worth and cash flow have less to give to others. And I’m not talking emotionally. I’m confident that when you’re financially comfortable you think less about lack and you’re more inclined to help others as you’re not focusing on yourself and how you’re going to pay the bills. You feeling me?
Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with chasing absolute financial freedom and no one should make you feel guilty for valuing money. The fact is that it is the 21st century and goods and services are exchanged monetarily, including food, health, shelter and the like. Rich people get richer because it’s universal law. The rich that are rich not just finically but also spiritually tend to contribute significant amounts in this world. And that’s nobility.
What are your thoughts on this touchy topic? I’d be curious to hear your opinion…