I have been a student of business my whole life. I've read a lot of the books and been to a lot of the seminars on how to build wealth, have a positive mental attitude, win friends and influence others, etc, etc,
I come from a very poor childhood living on the fringes of Chicago's most "interesting" neighborhoods. In my 38 years, I've been poor, I've been in the military, and I've tasted a bit of wealth also. What I have surmised is that having some money is a very good thing and definitely helps happiness come easier. Don't ever apologize or feel bad about creating wealth for yourself. But also don't ever forsake yourself for wealth. I have learned the hard way that at the end of the day, if you're not happy at home, none of the other stuff matters.
I get the most reward from feeling like I'm in touch with myself. Who I am, who I want to be, and what I want to do should be the basis from which all my decsions are made. Sounds selfish and narcisisstic, yeah? Well, maybe it is to a degree. But you've got to love yourself first before the rest of the world will really love you.
There is such a feeling of peace within yourself when you are moving around in the world knowing that you're operating from a place of security and confidence in yourself. No one or nothing should be able to sway you from your primary principles and beliefs. You can make your life look exactly the way you want it to! What you picture in your mind's eye can play out for you if you refuse to settle or succumb to all of the pokes, prods, and pressures that this life we've created here on Earth can dish out to you. It's a constant balance to strike between the "outside world" and your inside world.
So whether you're looking for the perfect house or the perfect building to launch your business and your dreams in, just remember that's what's most important is that you are searching for all of these things from a place of truth and love with yourself- the other people out there that are coming from the same place will see you and you'll find your "perfect spot".
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