Today I want to conduct a little experiment…
I am going to put two different images below and I want you to just study them for a few moments.
Here is graph #1:
Here is graph #2
Now at first glance you are probably going to think that I am going to speak to the influence that education has on your earning power.
While I believe that you are your best performing asset, and you should absolutely invest in your growth…
That’s not what this experiment is about today.
When you looked at this graph you probably looked at the dollar amounts, looked at your age and them compared where you stood.
Am I ahead of the curve or behind the curve??
– If you felt ahead of the curve you may have puffed up your chest or patted yourself on the back.
– If you felt behind the curve you may have slumped your shoulders a little bit and started to think in a negative way about your successes (or lack of).
Either way you are comparing your current position to some other arbitrary point of reference.
This can be a very destructive force in our lives. Especially when the world is constantly shoving in our face that we need to have more things to be happy.
We scroll Facebook, Instagram or any of the other social media sites and immediately start to compare…
Our house to their house…
Our car to their car…
Our vacations to their vacations…
This is very dangerous ground!
Yesterday I was talking with my brother after lunch and we were discussing this very topic.
He said “there is always going to be someone that has a lot more than us and someone that has a lot less.”
When you looked at the graphs above you probably didn’t think about the fact that:
1.85 billion people live in extreme poverty living on less that $1.90 a dayOver 4.9 millions of seniors in the U.S. are worried about where their next meal is coming from 16 million American kids struggle with hunger each year.
My point is to show you that you and I are naturally selfish beings.
Our first inclination is to look to our own survival and our own position.
While this may help keep us alive, it does not help keep us happy.
The antidote to this is GRATITUDE!
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie
As you think about where you are in your financial life I first want you to feel grateful. Most likely just that fact you have a computer or phone to read this email means that you are not one of the individuals that is living on less than $1.90 a day.
In addition, I want to stress that while happiness is the first step to your success, you still need the proper mechanics to grow and protect your wealth.
If you are sick of feeling the rollercoaster of the markets, worried about your financial future, or concerned if you are going to run out of funds in retirement…
Let’s fix that now.
Simply reply to this email and let’s see what we can accomplish together.
I want to help make sure that you can stay in a state of gratitude each day.
Remember — It’s Your Time…