Friday, November 29, 2013

The Fundamentals: Wisdom Over Wealth

               
 If you had a choice, would you rather be wealthy or wise? I was reading about Walt Disney and his story is amazing. Essentially he started three different animation companies, all of them failed and one even went bankrupt, before he finally got his business off the ground with the creation of Mickey Mouse. Why do you think that happened? Because he had a bunch of money? No! Universal Studios basically stole all of his animators in his last venture before Mickey Mouse. He had nothing. So how did he do it? He was wise. Even though he was only 26 years old at the time, he had wisdom far beyond his years.
                Wisdom is what you need to get anything started. Wealth can only provide you with opportunities and resources, but wisdom provides you with a whole lot more. As a matter of fact, wisdom is what protects wealth. Wisdom will take you places that wealth can’t buy. Wisdom is precious, worth far more than any amount of money. So the question is, how do you get wisdom?

Failure
                One of the biggest challenges for someone going through a quarter life crisis is that they feel unsuccessful; not knowing that the path to success is what stops many people from being successful. In our minds we think: Great Opportunity + Hard Work = Success. So we get frustrated because we think that we haven’t had any opportunities to succeed. But the formula for Success is actually: Success = Wisdom + Great Opportunity + Hard Work. And the formula for Wisdom is: Wisdom = Failures + Perseverance. The problem with so many struggling young people is that we’re too afraid to fail. And when we do fail, we don’t take responsibility and own it. It’s about time that you accepted the responsibilities that come from your mistakes. Because without accepting the responsibility, you will never learn the lesson that Wisdom is trying to teach you.

Discipline
                Laziness and selfishness. We just care too much about what we want to do and pampering ourselves that we’re both physically and mentally lazy. Discipline is the reason I wake up at five o’clock in the morning when I don’t have to be at work until 2pm. Why? Because I just want the discipline. I want to deny myself of something I love (i.e., sleep) just because. How serious are you about discipline? This grey zone that you’re in is the perfect time for preparation. Start disciplining yourself now to prepare for the blessings ahead. Otherwise, you’re character won’t be able to handle the place where Wisdom wants to take you.

Humility

                Some of us will never be wise because we’re too prideful! You think you have it all figured out. You’re too busy trying to teach so you’re unable to learn. What you need to do is just move yourself to the side and go talk to your mother or father and get some advice from them. If you don’t have a mother or father, go to someone older that you respect. If you don’t respect anyone older than yourself, then go read a book by a successful person. Talk to and listen to some older people about how they did it and be humble and imitate them. Stop being rebellious all the time, it’s foolish. You’re the only one who suffers from being prideful. You’re the only one who suffers from being undisciplined. You’re the only one who suffers from quitting after you’ve failed. It’s time to use your time to prepare and be wise. Wisdom over Wealth. 

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