Chapter 19: Become prosperous
Prosperity cannot happen, while you continue to entertain poverty-stricken thoughts.
Prosperity is defined as the state of being prosperous, flourishing, thriving, and good fortune. Prosperity often encompasses wealth, success, and affluence but also includes other factors which can be independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health. What does prosperity mean to you? How can you become more prosperous? How can you better yourself in the areas of wealth, success, knowledge, health, and happiness? How can you fill your cup to the point that it overflows prosperity and others can drink from it?
Once you get to a stage in life where you have achieved most personal things to satisfy your needs, you should be focused on creating prosperity for yourself and in turn create prosperity for others. By becoming wealthy, you can start a business, employ people, and create more prosperity. If you are healthy, you have more energy to give than if you are sick. If you are smart, you can impart wisdom to others and teach knowledge. If you are happy, you make a happy environment for others. This is all related to prosperity as you as an individual can bring more prosperity into life for yourself and others.
Prosperous times we live in
Is the world more prosperous now than 100 years ago? Think about it. Imagine going back in time like Marty McFly in Back to the Future and having a conversation with your great-great-grandparents explaining to them the future world you live in now. What a disconnect there would be between the two of you. The time we live in now is the most prosperous humanity has ever known. Take the smartphone: arguably the best piece of individual personal technology we use and carry. If you took a smartphone back in time 100 years and showed it to people, they would think you are from the future 1000 years ahead of their time. This is all without the knowledge of the incredible rate of advancement and prosperity that has occurred in the last 100 years. I just want to remind you about the prosperous times we live in and think more about what you can do to add to your future generation’s prosperity.
Prosperity is always personal, resting squarely on the degree to which you have refined and bettered yourself.
- Fill your cup to the point that it overflows prosperity to others.
- By creating prosperity for yourself, you will in turn create prosperity for others.
- We are more prosperous now than 100 years ago.
- Think about how you can add to the future generation’s prosperity.