5 Life Lessons That Will Make You Truly Rich (Father Teaches Wisdom) (Motivational Video) – Watch On Youtube:
Speaker: Callum Janes for Fearless Soul | Music composed by Patrick Rundblad for Fearless Soul
*Transcript Below – 5 Life Lessons That Will Make You Truly Rich (Father Teaches Wisdom)
I was talking recently with a very successful man… successful in the eyes of the world, yes, but also in every area that matters. Sure, he was wealthy, he had all the achievements… but he also had things that money can never buy… Freedom, passion for life, love, amazing relationships, a beautiful family life, a real sense of peace… and genuine joy.
Curious, I asked this man if he could share any secrets to his success… He told me that he learned 5 priceless lessons from his father, that will make anyone truly rich.
He said, “These 5 priceless lessons have the power to change any life, and they are:
- NUMBER1: WORK HARD BUT DO NOT PUT MONEY FIRST
- NUMBER 2: GIVE WITHOUT EXPECTATION
- NUMBER 3: BE PRESENT
- NUMBER 4: LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
- NUMBER 5: SMILE, LAUGH AND DO NOT TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY”
This list didn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary I told him. How could these principles make anyone truly rich?
Here’s his response:
NUMBER 1: WORK HARD BUT NEVER PUT MONEY FIRST
“Money doesn’t make you rich. Passion, purpose and love make you rich.
If you have all the money in the world, and you hate what you do, you’re not rich.
If you have all the money in the world, but don’t have passion for life, you’re not rich.
If you have all the money in the world, but have no love or special relationships in your life – you’re not rich. You can not be rich with money alone.”
You might have a Ferrari but that isn’t going to make you feel better. It’s not going to give your life meaning. For all of those who say ‘I’d rather cry in a Ferrari’ – you only say that because you can’t afford a Ferrari. If you’ve stepped on everyone to get where you are – if everything you do is for money – if you’ve burned all your most valuable relationships in your pursuit of success… no amount of money will save the emptiness headed your way.
The only things that make a man rich are PASSION, PURPOSE AND LOVE.
There’s many other names for these things; MEANING, CONNECTION, DIRECTION… call then whatever you like, but they are the three most important factors in living a rich life. PASSION. PURPOSE. LOVE.
Don’t get me wrong. I have money, and money is an amazing thing that can do so much good. It can buy you a level of freedom. Not total freedom, because that can only come from within. But it can give you the freedom to follow your passion and your purpose, which is so important. It can buy amazing things and help many people… if you choose to do so.
There is nothing wrong with EARNING money, even large sums of wealth – but if that is your ONLY or primary goal… just to make money, it will leave you empty. Guaranteed. Money should never DRIVE YOU. Do what you are passionate about and the money will come.
WORK HARD, EVERY DAY doing something you love – something that makes you jump out of bed every morning excited to begin the day. Something that has a bigger purpose for the world… but never put that work before love, connection and time to create your own best self.
If you have PASSION and PURPOSE for what you do, there will be no resistance to CONSISTENT HARD WORK. You will thrive on working hard to achieve your goals because they will have MEANING. Find that MEANING first and the money will find you.
NUMBER 2: GIVE WHEREVER YOU CAN BUT NEVER COUNT WHAT IS OWED.
“What does this mean” I asked?
“My dad taught me to give. But to give without expecting anything in return. Most people give, only because they want something in return. Their intentions aren’t pure. They give only because they want something back and they keep tabs… ‘you owe me this, because I did this.’
My father was genuinely generous. Even when he didn’t have much – he would give. Sometimes his money, but most importantly his time, and his full presence. Although he never expected anything in return, of course he was always paid back 10 fold… because that is how this universe operates… it’s called Karma.
He gave love and he got it back with interest. He gave his time and presence and he was paid back with others’ time and interest. He gave money and money came back naturally.
He didn’t hold on tightly. He didn’t hold back because others held back, and as a result everything flowed back perfectly.
He taught me to treat others how I would like to be treated, and so now I give wherever I can, in much the same way… I don’t keep tabs but my life is pretty abundant so I guess I have given a lot.
NUMBER 3: BE PRESENT.
“What does it mean to be present and how could this have any meaningful effect on your life?” I asked.
His answer surprised me as he said this was the one thing that made his father his hero, and also the one thing that he believed made his life so rich. He said:
“I couldn’t articulate it when I was younger, but my dad always had a special energy about him… Every time he was around, he made you feel special, without ever really doing anything noticeable or out of the ordinary.
When I was older I read somewhere that the only thing any child ever wants, including adult children, is to be seen by their parents… is for their parents eyes to light up when they enter the room. Well, that was my dad.
Whenever any of us entered the room, his eyes and his entire being would light up. There’s no amount of money in the world that could buy that genuine love and presence and no amount of money can buy the effect it has on someone throughout their life.
Imagine if you gave this kind of presence to everyone you cared about. Imagine if you gave this kind of presence to everyone you came into contact with.
The kind of presence where they can see VISUALLY how you really feel about them. The kind of presence that makes everyone you come into contact with feel special, unique, important, worthy.
When you receive this you are given a gift that enhances your life. When you GIVE this gift, the receiver feels it so deeply… perhaps they aren’t conscious enough to articulate it… or understand it or even to return the favour… But if you give it genuinely – your life… your relationships – they will never be the same.
Love will never leave you, when you need it, it will be there.
There’s nothing more important than genuine presence and showing everyone you love, how much you care for them. Be present. Treat others, especially those you love, like they are the only person that exists in this world. Treat them like they matter. Not only that the matter but like they are special to you.
Make everyone feel special, unique, important. It builds the strongest bonds, the greatest friendships, the best relationships.
NUMBER 4: LIVE WITH INTEGRITY
“My father always taught me to lead by example and to live with integrity.
Do the right thing… by yourself and by others. Live with integrity knowing you have always done the right thing by other people.
Those who put others down to get ahead won’t stay ahead for long. Do the right thing by others and they will do the right thing by you.
When no one is watching… live as if everyone is watching. DO THE RIGHT THING. Never do anything that you would not want done to yourself or anyone you love.
NUMBER 5: SMILE, LAUGH AND DO NOT TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY
“Lastly, my father taught me, by his example to ENJOY LIFE as much as possible. Smile. Laugh. Play. Enjoy every day, and every moment with those you love.
Don’t hold on to negativity or resentment. Let it go, and move back to joy. Who knows how short this life is? You don’t. I don’t.
We’re all chasing something… hoping it will make us smile, make us happy… why not just BE HAPPY… The funny thing is, when you stop chasing, and start BEING… more of those things come to you naturally.
When your mind is clear you make better decisions, and better decisions lead to better results… Results or no results, nothing is better than a life full of joy. That should be the primary goal of every day – filling it up with joy.”