The 4 Marks of the Forever Rich

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth… Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share… so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. – Excerpted from 1 Timothy 6 What does it mean to be truly rich? Is it possible to have a wealth that is so abundant that it cannot be measured (or affected) by a bank account? Yes. Yes it is.

Rich Is Not (All) About the Money I’m a fan and follower of people who write about “lifestyle design”. Tim Ferris coined the phrase

“New Rich” to describe an emerging class of people who have designed a lifestyle which allows them to: – work from anywhere, – travel, – and have a millionaire’s experience without having millions in the bank. The point: It’s not really money that people are after; It’s the experiences that money affords that gets people excited about being “rich”. And if that’s the case, why not orient your work and life toward those “rich” experiences and treat money as a means NOT as an end? Sound logic to me.

From “New Rich” to “Forever Rich” ## I’d like to take it a step further though. As someone who’s had a number of “rich” experiences – and enjoyed them quite a bit – I can say with confidence that a life of cool experiences that mainly serve me and my interests is NOT enough. I might feel rich for a moment – especially the first few moments of an experience – but I do not feel “Forever Rich”. – I feel Forever Rich when I coach a young executive to take a stand for herself and cement her place as a leader in her organization. – I feel Forever Rich when I help a small business owner rethink his business plan and begin to make the kind of money that allows him to expand his services to others. – I feel Forever Rich when I encourage a talented professional to keep going even though he just can’t seem to find a break in his job search.

“New Rich” is a good place to start. “Forever Rich” is a better place to end up. – Click to Tweet

Becoming Forever Rich So what specifically does it take be Forever Rich? There are four marks of Forever Richness: 1. A “more than money” approach to business and life. This does NOT mean that

money is not important. The Forever Rich are skilled at making money – lots of it. Still, they are not satisfied simply by being monetary Millionaires. Their ultimate aim is to be spiritual Millionaires. 2. A heart connection with the work they do. The Forever Rich are engaged in pursuits that have deep personal meaning for them. 3. A skillful mastery of their craft. The Forever Rich don’t *just* care about what they do – they are freaking *great* at it. Their pursuit is too meaningful to be average at their craft. 4. A generous approach toward themselves and others. The Forever Rich spread the wealth. Their aim is to make others rich with their products and services. They don’t run away from abundance because they know that their joy finds its completion in sharing their abundance with others. To sum it all up in once sentence: > The “Forever Rich” have identified a calling in life that they wholeheartedly pursue for their own joy *and* the benefit of others. Want to learn more about becoming “Forever Rich”? Sign up for email updates below this post. Have your own thoughts to contribute? How would you define Forever Rich? Leave a comment.

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8 thoughts on “The 4 Marks of the Forever Rich

  1. YES… totally on board with this. Love it, make so much sense. That’s a lot of what chrishartleygallery.com is built around. We are stewards of all that God has given and blessed us with. All talent, resources, sphere of influence etc. It’s all God’s anyway, for Him to use or take away. Best we use it to the best of our abilities and for His glory.

  2. Hi Ryan,

    That’s a very inspiring article, thank you very much. I’ve been getting pretty tired lately with all the hype about getting rich but without defining what rich really is or can be. On a financial level, I’m rich, but now I’m looking at my life in a different way. Thanks again for opening up a whole different vista of this paradigm of thought about “rich”. Brian

  3. Good stuff man! This is something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. Your definition is very similar to my own, I think.

    I noticed that when I let go of pre-occupations with my finances, whether I’m living in abundance or I’m struggling, I’m able to enjoy my life more on every level. I feels like small step in the right direction.

    To me, being “Forever Rich” means reaching an understanding of your life as something profound, precious and priceless and letting that drive you to do great things. I’m just now learning what Luther and Janet have been saying for years.