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If you wanted to get rich, how would you do it?

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First define "Rich"!

So many people these days who are rich in cash and assets are time poor. Those who are time rich are cash poor. Many who appear to make lots of money spend right up to, and frequently beyond, their income and may well be doing something they hate. Are these people truly rich?

Having got the philosophising out of the way, I'd do something I really enjoyed as a job or business and use my mind to make my way rather than repair it. Concentrating particularly on the finances and managing as many of the variables as possible.


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So well put. You are as rich as you are in your own Soul. That's it. Its' not fancy but it's factual wink


You are exactly right. Many people who do have lots of money are absolutely miserable and do spend beyond their limit. They spend beyond their limit

A) because they have to keep up appearances.

B) they are absolutely lonely in the circle of people they have centered themselves with.

So all the money they did make, a great deal of it is spent combating those two things and a 3rd or 4th I guess even is boredom and/or needing attention for a "fix" as the initial buzz begins to fade away, they get older, attention spans of people are'nt what they used to be. You're paying for the stage.

If you do what you're naturally good at and feel driven by, you can't help but be rich in all three areas that stand the tests of time, mind body and spirit.


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A lot of people also seek solace in wealth as a compensation for bad experience or a personality issue. Particularly if they have had a poverty-stricken childhood. If these issues are not dealt with at some point it can lead to a meltdown which is only made worse by large amounts of money.


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Love all the posts above - thank you for responding smile

And yes, I AGREE "rich" means different things to different people.

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On of the wealthiest people I knew was a friend of mine who ran a Pagan shop. I covered it in depth in my book on wealth magick, it's an interesting story but the short version goes like this:
She started off small, doing Tarot readings in a booth in a shopping centre which had just enough room to sell a few items such as candles and jewellery. As business prospered she expanded with a display cabinet down the side of her booth. She declined to sell to the comic dealer next door as she was waiting for a space to open closer to the only cafe'. When this happened she had much more room so expanded her stock. She had also acquired quire a few friends (including me) to help run it serving customers in return for free tea and interesting conversation meaning she could still do readings. She also expanded out into one of the first places to offer computerised Astrology charts and interpretations and also branched out into Tarot counselling
She had a symbiotic relationship with the nearby Cafe as people used to wait there for their readings and get tea and snacks. This meant that she, and all of us that worked there had 'mates rates' on snacks and tea too. She also taught some Tarot classes in the evening at a hired set of rooms. Business boomed and the shop developed an excellent reputation. She also refused any offers of bigger premises because of structural issues with them and it would mean moving away from the cafe and nearby stairs.
The shop lasted for about seven years before the centre had to close down due to aforementioned structural issues. She went on to study fine art at University, taught at night classes and later at our local univeristy. Now she is retired and lives partly travelling around France and the rest of the time in England.


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Thanks for the post Ian - you just hit on a subject which I am so into. Bartering. In fact my blog is asking for people to share their BARTERING stories. I firmly believe in this "system" even when there is no recession.

Thanks for taking the time to share smile

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I would have to agree with everybody here that rich is a state of mind but it is nice to have enough money to do what makes you happy.

I think I spent most of my 20's asking the same question you ask here and doing things just for the sake of making money vs. doing what made me happy. I did well financially but as Ian and Eleise said I was pretty unhappy.

Then I went the opposite route and figured I would just be completely poor for a while and not care about money. That didn't work either so I started asking that same question again but was really getting nowhere so I stopped asking that question and started asking better questions: What would make me happy? How do I want to live my life? What do I want my days to be like from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep?

When I answered these questions I realized my answers had nothing to do with being rich and because I was honest about what I wanted and what would make me happy my mind found a way to finally start making those things happen so now I have the life I want and I also make an income that's in line with how I want to live my life.

I ran across this free ebook a while back on how to make a 6 figure income as a personal trainer and the formula is fantastic but the things you have to do to make it were not for me so I figured out my own way and even though I'm not a 6 figure trainer as they like to say, I feel like I make more than those people simply because I have more freedom in my life and I value that a lot.

I think you really have to know what you want and then things just start to fall into place.

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Hi Monica, well said.

Sounds like you are living YOUR life YOUR way - way to go!!!! smile

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Wow! I just found this forum and the topics are very interesting topics. I choose this topic to reply to because I am one that not only like riches but also a women of creating wealth. What I mean by that is helping others to gain wealth through knowledge.

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I have never been wealthy but I certainly do not feel poor. If I had lots of money I don't know if I would know what to do with it, because, as I do not usually have money, as I do not work outside the house, when I do have money I always think, 'Do I really need this or that?' and more often I don't need it.


The human being always wants what it does not need and needs what it does not want. The Quran.

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Good question. I don't know that I would want to be rich, money sometimes breeds unhappiness. I would like to be comfortable, earning it by doing something I love.


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I am currently reading a book called The 4 Hour Work Week. The author says most people don't really want a million dollars, they want the lifestyle that a million dollars can buy.

He outlines a process in his book for acquiring the money to get whatever amount you determine will fulfill your dreams of the life you want. He says that most people's idea of the perfect job is the one that makes the most money in the least amount of time.

I would say that is partially right. If you could make the money you needed to support your lifestyle in a few hours a week, you could then devote the rest of your time to doing whatever you wanted to do, traveling, volunteering, whatever.

After the first of the year, I plan to put his proces to the test. At this point in my life, I don't really want to travel the world but it would be nice to have a steady income so I could feel free to donate to causes I believe in or spend my time volunteering. To me that would make the money fulfiling.

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Monica, Thanks for sharing your story. Having been on both ends of the spectrum making money and being unhappy and being happy without the money, makes your story all the more powerful. I loved that you started asking better questions and then create better results. Your conclusion that you have to know what you want is oh so true. Thanks again! Blessings, Arlene

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Wow, what a response. Thank you EVERYONE for the awesome responses to my post.

Keep them coming and Happy Holidays & the BEST for 2011 if I don't talk with you before the holidays.

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I had to get over a lot of attitudes that kept wealth from me. I grew up in a household where money--or the lack of--caused a lot of stress and turmoil. And then in religious terms, money was the root of all evil. Wanting money meant greed. Having money meant being selfish. Money was a bad thing.

But then, I learned that money is just a tool, like the media. People are greedy and selfish but money itself is an inanimate object. Now, I know that money is a useful tool.

I think one has to be able to say, "I like money. I want money. I deserve money" before he can attract money or hold onto money in his life.

I'm finally getting there. As for the original thread topic, I *am* rich by my definition. And I got rich by feeling rich and appreciating all the abundance in my life now.

And doing what I love to do...:)

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Hi Lori, thank you for taking the time to post to my question. I like what you say about DESERVING money. Have an AWESOME day/night.

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I had to get over a lot of attitudes that kept wealth from me. I grew up in a household where money--or the lack of--caused a lot of stress and turmoil. And then in religious terms, money was the root of all evil. Wanting money meant greed. Having money meant being selfish. Money was a bad thing.

But then, I learned that money is just a tool, like the media. People are greedy and selfish but money itself is an inanimate object. Now, I know that money is a useful tool.

I think one has to be able to say, "I like money. I want money. I deserve money" before he can attract money or hold onto money in his life.

I'm finally getting there. As for the original thread topic, I *am* rich by my definition. And I got rich by feeling rich and appreciating all the abundance in my life now.

And doing what I love to do...:)

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I am new here my self. I just want to say as a person who has been unemployed for months, I have been online opening myself up to new possible methods of making an income of some sort from home. I think if we just think positive, we will find something but its always a timing factor.

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I think time and patience are two very important factor that will help you in becoming rich. Apart from these 2 factors there are other 2 which will help you in getting richer day by day. One is strong will power and other is sacrifice. With a strong will power you will be able to avoid buying and sacrificing those unnecessary things that leads to misuse of money.

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Thanks rose lilly & Kaycee Will for the input. I am unemployed and also seeking NEW adventures smile

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I keep buying lotto tickets.

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LOL, have you won anything?

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Originally Posted By: Angela J. Shirley
LOL, have you won anything?


laugh Not yet. I don't buy them often though but I figure this is the quickest way to get rich.

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For many people the idea of wanting to get rich is simply making enough money to pay the bills, pay off debt and living without stress. The problem occurs when people keep wanting more and more and go into debt then the stress factor reoccur. But the basic desire for many is still to make an amount of money to live at their present status and maybe improve a bit. The choice of what to do from there on would then be available.

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Buy and sell real estate.

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Write a best selling book.

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LOL, thanks for the chuckle and good input smile

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