Jan 252015

Steve Jobs died a billionaire, so of course he was wealthy, right? Let’s take a closer look, by viewing his life through the perspective of the Five Pillars of Wealth described in the chapter by that name in The Seven Day Path To Wealth.

Pillar number 1 is health – That didn’t turn out too well, because he died. He battled illness for nearly a decade. He took a brief sabbatical from his chosen life’s work to focus on attempted remission and recovery. So the first pillar collapsed for Steven.

Pillar number 2 is relationships – Gauging by the stories and anecdotes by Steven’s biographer, Walter Isaacson, the part of his life was at least complicated, if not an outright struggle in many instances. His family life was a mixture of conflict, personal battles and estrangements from children and others. He was known to treat key employees very poorly and unfairly who made vital contributions to his company and ultimately his own benefit, while rewarding others beyond imagination. So establishing, building and maintaining relationships was a very up and down experience for him. He surrounded himself with very talented people who maintain that he had great charisma and genius, but was it perhaps the ideas he advanced and supported that kept them engaged more than the man himself? This pillar did not collapse to the degree that the health pillar did, but it could be said it was certainly wobbly.

Pillar number 3 is avocation – Jobs definitely had an instinct and skill for doing what he wanted to do. For nearly all of his vocational life, the only jobs of work he every had were of his own design and creation. When he attempted to step out of the primary leadership role and turn it over to a more “seasoned” CEO, this almost lead to the total collapse of the company, resulting in him coming back on the scene to once again take the helm and lead to previously unparalleled new heights of success through innovation and development of products we didn’t even know we needed but have grown to love. I would declare this pillar in his life to be fairly solid, in spite of the upheavals he survived.

Pillar number 4 is personal time – From what I learned reading the Isaacson biography, the evaluation of the strength of this pillar is a bit of a paradox. It could be argued that Jobs had no personal time, but we learned he was very devoted to the practice of meditation and certain eastern philosophies that promote deep contemplation. The paradox may be that while outwardly he rarely took personal time, he may have considered all of his time to be personal because what he was doing mostly what he chose to do virtually all of his time. I am going to regard this pillar as very solid.

Pillar number 5 is money – No need to say much about this one. In regard to quantity, it was about as solid as any money pillar needs to be. He was not known to be ostentatious and extravagant with his riches, and probably simply never took the time to indulge himself with his vast financial resources and rewards. Score pillar number 5 as being rock solid for Steven. So if we tally the status of Steven Job’s pillars, I would suggest that he scored a 2.5. I consequently regard Steven Jobs as definitely a rich man, but not so much a wealthy man when measured against these values. What score would you give yourself?

Dec 182014

Wealth isn’t just about money. There are many important elements to the realization of personal wealth. It is necessary to love and live by life’s paradoxes in order to attract the experience of a wealthy life.

To attract a wealthy life is to be the master of your own actions and experiences. It means understanding and loving all the reactions that result from those actions. There really are no “bad” experiences. There are only experiences. The real name for these experiences is “lessons”. Every lesson is a new deposit in our personal wealth bank. If we can set aside the reflexive inclination to judge our experiences, we can as the result begin to see and appreciate their true value in our accumulation of life wealth.

There are ways to attract these lessons by embracing paradox. Here are some examples –

We should be both aggressive and patient in our intentions.
We should be critical and thankful regarding the outcome of our efforts.
We should be enticing and humble in all our encounters with others.
We should be calculating and generous with our plans and goals.

On the surface, the above postures appear to be opposed to each other. And that is the paradox. Aggressive actions cause energy to move, and patience allows that energy to find the right channels and produce beneficial results. A critical view of these outcomes brings about understanding, and thankfulness shows appreciation. Enticement draws focus to our intentions and humility fosters trust from those we engage with. Calculation builds a foundation and framework for our endeavors, and generosity assures the most beneficial outcome for others.

That is how seeking and loving paradox can lead to attracting many elements of a wealthy life to ourselves.

Jun 142012

The following text is extracted from the Forward of my book:

“Congratulations! You are perfect! You are the perfect sum of all the choices, actions, habits and practices that have led to where you are now. Everything about you precisely reflects your conscious and subconscious intent. You are living proof that what you are is exactly what you set out to become. Of course you have had countless outside influences and encountered many detours along your life pathway, but you still made the ultimate choices that led you to your current place and circumstance. So it could rightly be said that you are a master and a genius because you have been 100% successful in the process of setting a life course and arriving at your present destination!”

Do you agree with the above statement? Are you satisfied with where you are now in the context of this statement? If you are, then congratulations again! If you are not, how can you change course? Are you familiar with the Five Pillars of Wealth? Do you have a practice or plan for changing your life homeostasis? I am hoping this book will provide you with some valuable assistance and direction.

Jun 102012

Most of us have never been taught more than one way to read. What’s that, you say? Reading is reading, right? Wrong!

There are several ways to use our reading skills, and they should be directed by what our choice of reading session is about. Are you reading a novel or fiction short story? Are you reading something biographical? Or how about a textbook? And then there are instructional documents, and don’t forget the self-help genre.

If there were such an item as a “reading hat”, you would be correct to have a different hat for each one of these categories of text, and you would intentionally don the appropriate one to prepare for whatever you intend to absorb. This would signify that a different part of the brain is activated for each topical category.

Does this sound a bit strange? Am I making it sound like you need to approach reading the same way you would make a selection from your clothing wardrobe depending on the activity or event you are dressing for? Well, yes I am. Chapter 6 (Small Sips, Small Bites) advocates exactly this intentional strategy for properly preparing to glean as much from what you read as efficiently as possible. When we read a novel or any story that has a flowing narrative, we typically continue reading non-stop until our eyes are tired, maybe we start nodding off, or we realize our mind has started to wander and we aren’t paying attention to what we are reading. When we read a textbook or instruction manual, we need to concentrate and retain what is read so we try to remain as alert as possible because this type of reading is not for recreational purposes like a novel or short story might be. The same is true for a self-help book or article.

For these latter categories, the best strategy for retaining and benefiting from the information presented is to take in the content in smaller doses. Perhaps only one chapter per day is advisable, assuming the chapter isn’t too lengthy. This helps keep the level of concentration sharper, and gives one the opportunity to contemplate what was read for several hours before the next dose is consumed. And depending on the content or topic, rereading the chapter, or the entire book, is probably going to be very helpful. Repetition is beneficial for good reason in matters such as this. Practice applies to reading for increasing one’s knowledge and skill every bit much as any other activity we want to gain proficiency with.

Jun 092012

Have you thought about how your life will change when you become wealthy? Because it will definitely change in many ways, and you may find some of the changes to be difficult and even unpleasant. That is not a reason to avoid becoming wealthy. No matter what your current life circumstance is, there are aspects and elements that are difficult and unpleasant, so you have not escaped that reality now, and you will not then. But the challenges will be different. One of them is that there very well may be people in your life, people that matter to you and you to them, who will become angry with you and find it difficult to stay connected to you in the way they presently are. Can you handle that? Knowing this probability before it comes into reality will go a long way toward helping you manage it effectively and beneficially. If it takes you by surprise, it may result in causing you to step off your personal path to wealth due to the fear and disorientation you may experience. In Chapter 8 of the book (Chart Your Own Course to Personal Wealth), this experience is described as homeostasis and it explains what is really going on when this happens and what you can do to overcome this challenge on the path.

Jun 052012

Did you start out your day with an empty cup? The focus of the fourth day practice is to spend the day being as open and receptive as possible in order to recognize that opportunities for learning are everywhere and can come from anyone and everyone. The full cup has no room left for anything new. Opportunities are overlooked and missed every day when we think we know enough, or already know what we think we need to know. The empty cup attitude is one of humility and receptivity, and ultimately the most rewarding attitude we can maintain. Give it a try and see what you find out that you may have completely missed.

May 272012

The journey from where you are now to the wealth you desire to have promises to be interesting and educational.  Where are you now in your process of studying your personal map and charting your route for this journey?  May I make a couple of suggestions?  I’ll assume you said yes.

It will be of great help to you if you are absolutely clear about where you are now and how you got there.  This requires some very honest self assessment.  I would like to challenge you to take an accurate inventory of exactly what you were taught and conditioned to believe about wealth and wealthy people by the early sources of influence in your life.  Do you still hold what that teaching was to be true in today?  Do you believe that teaching to be true?   If so, how are those teachings doing for you?  If you are not wealthy today, and you recognize that what you were taught about wealth has not lead to that result in your life, are you willing to discard the elements of those teachings, or maybe even all of them, in order to start your new journey with a clean slate and a good route on the map?

For more insights about this issue, refer to the “Closing Thoughts” chapter in my book, specifically the section titled “Common Myths about Wealth and Wealthy People”. Here is one of those myths:

“Myth number 4: Wealthy people are crooks – This is totally unfair! This belief may come from a misinterpretation of the biblical maxim regarding rich men, camels, and needle eyes. The assumption is that anyone truly wealthy must have done something dishonest or illegal in order to acquire their status. It also is a feeble justification for not trying to become wealthy. Don’t believe it. The wealthy do not have a monopoly on being crooks. There just as many, if not more, poor thieves as rich ones.”

You probably will just keep traveling in circles if you do not take this important first step.  Let me know your experiences with this process.  Sharing this will be valuable to me and countless others!

May 232012

Please accept my welcome to this website and blog.  I will be presenting excerpts from book, “The Seven Day Path to Wealth: A Meditation on Building Personal Wealth”, as well as informative resources from other authors and experts on the topic of bringing the wealth into your life that you desire.  I am always interested in your insights, comments and questions on this important topic.  You deserve all the wealth you can bring into your life and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of that effort by you.  I hope to see and hear from you often.