Today I met my mentor early in the morning. When I entered the coffee shop, he looked at me, waived his hand, and smiled. He had selected my favorite drink. I sat with him and got straight to the point. “Perhaps there is some secret I might learn from you about money.”
After savoring a sip of hot coffee, my mentor said, “A man’s wealth is not in the wallet he carries. A fat wallet quickly empties if there is no stream of income to refill it. You must have income to keep your wallet full no matter how frugally or freely you spend. Income is the secret my friend!”
I suddenly exclaimed. “I wish I had income that flows into my wallet whether I sit at my desk or travel the world. I must know how to make income for myself. Is it something you can make clear to me?”
My mentor was not famous. You may pass right by him without giving him a second glance. However, he is generous. He is generous with his family. He is generous with his charities. While frugal with expenses, he spends without fear because each year his income increases more than his expenses.
“I can teach you knowledge,” he said, “But, with the exception of a cup of coffee now and then, don’t expect my financial aid.” He spoke as a father to his beloved son.
Tipping his coffee cup with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, “Chris,” he said, “I’ll share my thoughts with you. It will cost you nothing to ask for counsel from a good friend. Never mind that your wallet is as empty today. Don’t let that detain you. If you’re weary of being without money in the land of the free and home of the brave and you wish to become a man of means, then we’ll discuss how you may acquire income for yourself.”
A new light burned within me. “You speak with inspiration,” I said. “Now I realize a truth. I’ve never sought wealth. I have worked patiently through the years. I’ve devoted myself to work with my best efforts at many endeavors. I strove to become skillful in my occupation. And, I succeeded. Thank you for sharing.” I said., “You are a wise and thoughtful friend.”
My mentor urged me on, “Let’s meet at the same time and same place next week.”
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.