In the 1990’s, US News & World Report had a “Rich Test” in the side bar of one of their articles on the richest people in America. If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions, you are in the 10% (in terms of wealth) of anyone who has ever lived on the Earth.
The questions were:
- Do you own more than one pair of shoes?
- Can you choose what you will eat today?
- Do you have your own mode of transportation?
- Do you have more than one pair of underwear?
If you answered “Yes,” you are wealthier than the majority of people who have ever lived on the Earth.
True wealth is not determined by your bank balance or how large your home is or what car you drive. True wealth, the kind that allows one to be truly happy, is made possible when one has food to eat, a roof over their heads, are debt free, has loving family/friends, and has the freedom to choose their path in life. According to this definition, most Americans (and many people around the globe) have the opportunity to become wealthy.
Enough of my late night ponderings.
What do you think? What is your definition of true wealth?
Are you wealthy either according to the questions above?