Attract true wealth
By Jean Ricot Dormeus
The Washington Post Magazine ran the story of Jack Whittaker who won a Powerball’s whopping $314 million jackpot ($113 million after taxes) in 2002. That win changed Whittaker’s life for the worse. Within a few years, the West Virginia construction contractor became pompous, got charged on several occasions for driving under influence, lost his daughter, wrecked his family, and faced several lawsuits. The overnight wealth seemed to have brought him a curse and he found himself on a slippery hellbound slope.
The story of Jack Witthaker confirmed to me that abundant resources without attendant wisdom may bring misfortune instead of happiness. Hastily cooked foods usually lack flavor and rushed results, even apparently attractive, can hardly be sustainable. I have come to the realization that we cannot pursue genuine wealth directly. We can only attract it through personal development and the pursuit of lofty goals.
The 2021 US State of Wealth report points to the right way of gaining wealth. According to this report, four-year college degree holders have a median net worth more than four times that of someone with only a high school diploma.
True wealth is likely to be sustainable and grow over time. This quality of wealth requires that we cultivate the right mindset, constantly sharpen our intellect, and stick to timeless values.
Prosperity sharply reveals our character. Thus the idea is not just to have, but to be, to think and to act for the benefit of others. Kevin Gates said, “True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind.” And Bob Marley sang, “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
In prosperity, we don’t just attract money, but also joy, happiness, and the satisfaction to impact the life of many people.
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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