Are you rich?
In one of the most beloved movies of all times “It’s A Wonderful Life” ***spoiler alert*** Harry Bailey, George’s brother, says George is the richest man in town because of the life he has lived and the friends he has.
Forbes Magazine says Bill Gates the richest man in the world.
These are obviously two very different definitions and examples of being rich. Which one do you align more closely with and which would you like to be if you had the chance to choose?
If you are honest you would probably say, like me, I could be George Bailey with Bill Gates’ money, but could you really?
Matt Ham explores exactly what it means to be rich in his new book, Redefine Rich. He might just help you redefine what rich means for you. Through personal stories and experiences from his life, he reminds us of some important life principles.
How do you define rich? Does the world’s definition of riches leave you feeling empty?
Redefine Rich will help you ponder these questions and will either give you a new perspective or remind you of one you once had that has slipped away.
Books don’t always have to reveal something new in order to be entertaining and enlightening. Often they are just reminders of something we already knew or help validate what we already know. If you can identify with any of the experiences or stories the author describes it can be life altering for you. Redefine Rich can be just such a book for you.
Matt digs deeper than the surface question of “Are you rich?” to “Are you living richly?” which is a question you may have never considered.
There are many passages from the book I have highlighted in my Kindle Notes. Here are just a couple.
“This book isn’t about finances. This book isn’t about death. There are many books on both subjects. This book is about our choice. A choice to live richly.”
“Can we all live a life abounding in desirable qualities? Can we all live richly? If so, what would that look like?”
As the author says, this book isn’t for everyone but his ground rules are.
1. You can live a rich life.
2. It will not happen by accident.
The thing about books is, as the old saying goes, “You cannot judge a book by its cover.” Covers can be nice, pretty, disturbing or awful but you can only judge a book by what is inside the covers and you can only do that by opening it and reading it. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Redefine Rich and open it and read it. I believe you will be richer for making that decision.
This could be considered another spoiler of sorts but if you have read this far probably not,
“A great, wonderful life has everything to do with being rich, and being rich has very little to do with money.”
You can also check out Matt’s blog here http://mattham.com/blog/
Until next time…
Originally publishes on Peculiar Perspective on 12/9/14.