Most people ardently WISH they were millionaires. My father used to constantly exclaim, "If I only had a million $$$ boy would that make a difference!" Would it? What difference would it really make in the scheme of life? I've heard the old saying, and you have too, "Those people are not really happy?" Why not? After all, their wealth provides them with more options than us ordinary COMMONERS receive. They pay the bills, take their grandkids to France, and even get their teeth cleaned once every 6 months. The wives pay for the best personal trainers, makeup artist, and everything in between to keep them looking forever young.
I want to make two observations today concerning wealth. First of all, wealthy people experience happiness and sadness just like any other person. Money fails to offer any sort of hocus-pocus solution to our state of being. Character is the real substance behind our disposition. Happy people put others first. They give up to go up. They sacrifice and fill their potential idle moments with constructive work. Often $$$ measures our love for others and our work ethic. Zig Ziglar said that if one helps someone else get what they need and want, then the helper will will get what they need as well. Adding vale to another person's life often helps us experience significance. $$$ may or may not measure value and significance.
Secondly, If a person truly wants options and longs to add significance to others they must possess a burning desire to do so. An old old story illustrates this truth rather strikingly. It goes like this:
Hernando Cortez landed in modern day Mexico in 1519 with a tiny 600 men force. Once ashore, Cortez ordered the burning of his ships. There was no turning back. Cortez vastly outnumbered force, would need to conquer the land and seize what they need, or die in the desperate attempt. With 100% commitment, the handful of Spaniards subdued the mighty Mayan Empire.
Our hope to influence others and add value to their lives, must come at the expense of burning our boats. No looking back. No regretful longing for the past. No lifeboats to catch us when we fall into the chilly water. We must forge ahead adding value as we march.
Therefore, our concern lies not in the accumulation of things, but in the significance we experience when we add value to others. At last the Million $$$ question becomes, "What ships are you willing to burn so that you can make a difference?" Burn those ships, give yourself to others, and the rewards will fall into their place. That includes $$$ rewards.