"If you have acquired no more than a bare existence since your youth,” said my mentor, “then you either haven’t learned the principles of wealth, or you don’t put them into practice.”
I sipped a hot cup of coffee listening intently to his every word.
“Look around you, Chris. Do you see the good things in life? Realize, wealth increases the potency of these things. Wealth makes it possible to buy property and ornament your home with fine furnishings. If you have wealth, then you can travel around the world and feast on fine food. You can hire people to help you with your projects. You can give money to your family and charities. You can do all these things and more,” he said with conviction.
Spontaneously I interjected with no inhibition, almost spilling my coffee, "I desire the good things in life!” My enthusiasm quickly faded because I realized my humble situation with no endowment, superior powers, or wisdom. I realized all the time I had let slip by.
My mentor recognized my swift mood swing and said, “Chris, don’t beat yourself up. You have a lot going for you. Refuse to envy others. Decide today that you will learn. You have time. You have the ability to study. Train yourself to learn what you don’t know.”
With a renewed sense of balance I said, “I will learn how to acquire wealth. I will make it my mission. I will do it well.”
My mentor smiled then sipped from his cup of coffee.
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.