4 thoughts on “How to Get Rich”

  1. Dr Charles Stanley had a great sermon about being rich. He said that being rich is not a good goal, or a Godly goal. If being rich is your goal, you have the wrong goal!

    Now, if your goal is to be the best widget salesman on the west coast, and in achieving that goal you become wealthy, there is nothing wrong with that. Just don’t make being rich your primary focus in life.

  2. Thanks @FinancialBondage for the comment. It’s always great to hear from people who have learned to look past money as their goal.

    Similarly, the idea here really isn’t Getting Rich in money, but understanding that time is valuable and one’s ability to leverage their time and other people’s time will determine their ability to achieve their goal, whatever it is.

  3. Ryan – Excellent piece. Here’s some things I think about concerning this.

    Jim Rohn, one of the greatest business and life philosophers of the last century, speaks to this very point in his presentation, The Five Major Pieces of the Life Puzzle. He makes a couple of points: 1. Time is actually more valuable than money because once you use it, it can’t be replaced. 2. People get paid for the value they bring to the market, not for the time they spend working. 3. They bottom of the ladder is much more crowded and therefore competitive because there are many more people at that level who bring little value to the marketplace than those at the top who bring much value. 4. Increased value through better use of time and skills brings more income.

    He said, “When I realized that rich people and poor people both had 24 hours in a day, it would drive me crazy until I figured out what the difference was!”

    My personal philosophy as a Christian is that if we are not a preacher, missionary, or some other type of “ministry” worker then our ministry is to send, support, and supply those who are. Hence, why so many missionaries and pastors are struggling. Galatians 6:6-10 is the call to those in the pew to serve those in the pulpit!

    So, while our goal may not be to become “rich”, it certainly should be to “do good unto all men, especially to them who are of the household of faith.” We cannot do that if we are barely making ends meet ourselves. This is an outgrowth of utilizing our time well by combining our potential (skills & abilities), passions, and personality to create enterprises which allow us to fulfill our calling!

    This is how the greatest nation on Earth was built. It has been immortalized in our great national song, America the Beautiful:

    America, America
    May God thy gold refine
    ’till all success be nobleness
    and all thy gain, Divine

    Oh that we Christians would tenaciously hold to that attitude as we seek to serve.

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