Getting rich has become one of the most sought-after things in life. What makes it even more crucial today is the harsh, cruel, biting, nature of poverty. In order to escape from this Poverty Monster, many people crave for money and strive to build wealth.

Increasing number of persons earn more and more money through working from home, making money online, launching new business ideas, pursuing lucrative careers in sports, music and entertainment. Also, from agriculture, manufacturing, networking, to communications, young people, men and women are daily invading the money space to make more money. Entrepreneurship is gaining momentum by the day.

Interestingly, today by the rating of many people in the society, wealth has become synonymous with success. In truth, we know that wealth is only a part of success. But for the purpose of this post, let’s take wealth and success to mean the same thing.

With all the crave for money, with all the hard work and investment of enterprising spirit, is there true wealth (or true success) in the world? Is there wealth with joy, peace of mind and fulfillment? The answer to this question will guide so many to avoid the mistakes some people may have already made; it will even assist those already caught up in the quagmire of entanglements and regrets, to obtain freedom.

There is nothing as good as making money that remains a blessing, and there is nothing as frustrating as acquiring wealth that remains a curse. For the Holy Writ to say in 1 Timothy 6:10 that “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” it means that all wealth is not true. True wealth or true success can’t bring hurts, pains, sorrows, sleeplessness and destruction to its possessors.

Love of money or wealth worship is the fundamental cause of all evils in the world. Love of money always results in false wealth or temporary, short-term success.

What then is true wealth or true success? Let’s listen to the views of some very successful and rich people. Napoleon Hill, the author of the all-time best seller, Think and Grow Rich said, “Remember that your real wealth can be measured not by what you have, but by what you are.”

Richard Feloni quoted Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world, as having said that “true success comes from working for a purpose greater than your own well-being.” Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, also wrote on LinkedIn that, “In my opinion, true success should be measured by how happy you are.”

Do you know that Lionel Messi, the best football player in the world who is also one of the highest paid footballers on earth, sees true success from the point of loving the work he does, and not loving money? This is his view, “Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.”

True wealth and true success is often measured by the extent to which you can organize your personal world through character building, in such a way that you live to please God, make a difference in other lives, and daily experience peace, joy, and fulfillment.

Indeed, the good or true success mentioned in Joshua 1:8 centres on character building, through meditating on God’s Word, and doing good. To each of us, it means enriching the lives of those around us, in whatever little or big way we can, wherever we find ourselves. We do this through our work, our business, our career, our calling.

Let me leave you with this wisdom from Jon Huntsman, a billionaire. When he was addressing China Europe International Business School in Shanghai, some years ago, he stated that, “I have attended many funerals in my life … I never heard in a funeral that this or that person has made a lot of money or is politically very strong.

“In a funeral, people discuss how this person was very kind, or very gracious or had character and integrity. People want to deal with honest people…So I learned from the funerals that we have to plan our funerals when we are very young.”

So if you thoroughly think about what you would want people to say at your funeral, you would be driven by a sense of passion to make a difference in the lives of other people, you would build healthy relationships, and you would make money with integrity. This is true wealth and long lasting success.

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