After two and half decades of having conversations about money with affluent people, one of the glaring lessons that’s continually reinforced to me is that money often costs too much. We’re living in a prosperous society, so you don’t have to look far to find people with rich bank accounts; what you will notice, however, is that finding that wealthy person who’s actually fulfilled and committed to the welling of others will be your needle in a haystack. I’ve learned, more than anything, that money often reveals the truth about people and those I’ve come to admire are not the ones with nine zeros, instead they are the ones who measure their success by the contribution they’ve made to those they love and the world at large.
Warren Buffett personifies that more than anyone and when he’s asked how he defines success? He often replies by saying, “When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you, actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve live your life”. Joe Duran has written, The Money Code to help you understand your relationship with money, and that’s always a work in progress. Start by answering these four questions —-