How do you measure true wealth?
In life, we tend to measure wealth by physical items such as possessions and money; in truth, these are a good way to see how financially secure one may be. Within this, we also look towards how good of a life someone is enjoying, how well they garner support and influence opinion, and even whether they attract friends to widen their social circle. However, is material wealth really the best indicator of real wealth?
In short, the answer would be ‘no’ because material wealth doesn’t cover the wealth that is earned such as goodwill, respect, reputation, and recognition. Furthermore, it completely ignores personal values and the emotional side of a human being. Let’s take a deeper look at these;
Respect and Recognition – In essence, this often comes with age and how people grow both as a person and in their professional capacity. Also, it can show how people contribute and influence within their personal and vocational lives.
Reputation and Goodwill – Over the years, reputation and goodwill are both earned steadily by being someone who is trustworthy, reliable, and balanced. Often, it will come in achievements and how society perceives those, but it also comes with simplicity and humility.
Emotional Balance and Empathy – Ultimately, this can be a little harder to notice because people will often be very different in public than they would in private. Despite this, there are key scenarios that give people away from such as when they look for support or when others are at their mercy. Also, it can be seen when dealing with those who differ in opinion.
Fair Play and Justice – With this, it mainly comes from the principles that one adheres to, and this can develop from an upbringing, courage/conviction, and personal values. Often, those who are willing to hold the minority point of view is considered the strongest of all.
In these four sections, you can see that a lot of ‘worth’ comes from what other people think of you and this is important because it suggests the legacy that you will leave behind. Before finishing, we have a couple of simple exercises to try today;
#1 – Right now, grab a piece of paper and write down five things that you believe people value in you. Then, write a couple of criticisms and what you can do to improve these things.
#2 – Are there any social problems that tend to annoy you? If so, are you going to do something about it if something can be done at all?
#3 – Finally, try and test yourself on some of the classic scenario-based questions to gauge your responses. For example, would you point out that a teacher has given you extra marks if it means that you fail an exam? Would you hand in a missing wallet? After lying about not having someone’s possession but actually losing it, would you have the courage to hand it back after finding it?
As there is more to life than material wealth, it can be important to take the time to assess all sides of wealth and how you can become a better person all-around.