So, everyone wants to be rich, but don’t riches come with work most of the time? I mean there are the Trump’s, the Rockefeller’s, the Carnegie’s. But someone, somewhere in those families sacrificed a hell of a lot. They either were involved in major illegal activities, risked life and limb to provide for their families and build an empire, or some kind of life changing activity in order to make it to the top-whether good or bad. I am not one of those types who complains about the rich. My uncle is almost mid-70’s and owns 5 companies, but guess what? He busts his ass 5 days a week until 5pm and there are people in there 20’s that are pissed off about having to fold jeans at Old Navy 10 hours a week while going to school.
I’m not saying that all rich people are like my uncle, some are lazy and vile and did nothing but be born under a family name to have big bank. And I am not saying that all people who are not well-off are sorry sacks of crap, because I am far from being financially set and I am a hard-worker. But there is most of the time, hard work and determination with success of any kind, not just material wealth. People who make it to the Olympics in figure skating miss a lot of parties, and pizzas and school events. Many of them are home schooled and only interact with their coach and their parents. They may have the world as their audience for a few weeks and that is more fame than many get, but there is a price for those medals in lost interactions or perhaps isolation.
How many of us are ONLY dreamers with big ideas, but no real intent on execution? I know I am a head-in-the clouds kind of girl. No doubt. But for once, I REALLY do want to be successful and do well. And I don’t know if success for me means making tons of money. Or if for me it means selling that children’s picture book that has been on the back-burner for 17 years or self-publishing a poetry book that I have been dwelling on for 20 years. Maybe it means paying off all of my bills and contributing heavily towards my daughter’s future, which to me definitely equals prosperity. Because isn’t properly preparing for and equipping the next generation value beyond measure?
So yes, for me, I want a 7 figure retirement when I am 70. I do want to have money to travel with and eat well and enjoy life. I want my kid to have a nice home and something to hand down to her so that she doesn’t have to struggle with crap jobs like I have done throughout the course of my life. And I am going to work tirelessly to get her to at least to a better lot in life than where I have found myself. In my humble point of view, that is a triumph that far outweighs silver or gold or accolades or a beach house. Though that villa in Italy would be nice…
What do you want in your life???