want to be rich

Want to be Rich or Wealthy?

“Being rich is having money, being wealthy is having time”

Money in itself is not evil or otherwise. It is a mere tool. How we acquire this mercurial Goddess or how we deploy it, is where the crux lies. While money is a medium of exchange for various material things, its inherent value depends on very immaterial or spiritual things like confidence, trust, faith and credibility of an individual, an organization or a nation.

Money is power, in the most quantifiable way. Therefore, like all power forces it runs the risk of corrupting its owner. A wise owner is one who lets money be on his mind not in his heart. The founder of Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford says this about money making more money- “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

Practically speaking, money is the most commonly used and understood language. It is an unifying force that cuts across caste, creed, religion, nationalities, age groups, color, sex, etc.,. It is a common denominator, the great leveler. It is one size that fills all.

Does being rich or being wealthy mean the same? Well, there’s a nuanced difference between the two.

Being rich is about having lots of money. Being wealthy is having loads of money and living a great life, by having the freedom to pursue one’s choices. Wealthy people are truly independent both financially and otherwise.

Rich people are driven by money. They are puppets in the hands of money, even when they have more than enough of it. On the other hand, a wealthy guy uses money like a puppet. He drives money around on the path chosen by him. His actual wealth lies in ideas. He puts his money to productive use by generating more money out of it and by creating employment thus providing a multiplier to the overall economy. He has the luxury of time to pursue and give shape to his ideas.

Simply put, a wealthy guy is a rich man who has the money AND possesses those things which money can’t buy, like- health, time to pursue one’s interests, love, respect, companionship, etc.