Executive Leadership Development Course Cont...

Chapter Twenty-Six

Executive leadership development provides an enlightened view of what it really means to be rich. The term 'rich' is not defined by money alone, but in our ability to be happy with whatever we have at any moment.

"If you are born and raised with a strong sense of self, a hearty appetite for work and a healthy desire to learn and grow – YOU ARE RICH!"

A millionaire pays a large fortune to own a gallery of paintings. Yet any poor boy or girl can easily visit the gallery and carry away a treasure of beauty which the owner may never see.

"One of the first great lessons of life is to learn the true estimate of values."

What does your money say to you? What message does it bring? Does it say to you, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die”? Or does it bring to you a message of comfort, of education, of culture, of travel, of books, of an opportunity to help your fellow man?

Does money mean to you more land, more wealth, more to own? Or does it bring to you the message of: clothes for the naked, bread for the starving, schools for those who wish to learn and grow, hospitals for the sick, something for those in need?

Is your money making you into an animal fixed on greed, or a man filled with a larger purpose than himself?

"Let others plead for pensions; I can be rich without money, by endeavoring to be superior to everything poor."
- Lord Collingwood

Executive leadership development masters remind us that money has never made a man happy yet. The more a man has, the more he tends to want. A great bank account has never made a man rich; the guilt-free mind and heart is what makes the body rich.

Some are rich in health, in constant cheerfulness, in a balanced temperament that carries them smoothly over troubles and trials large enough to sink a shipload of ordinary men.

Every young business man or woman will be encouraged to buy-in to various schemes. The promise of ridiculous wealth will be dangled before their eyes.

The youth who will succeed, must not allow himself to be deceived by appearance. He must decide his path based on a clear head and an educated assessment of the true opportunity. He must remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Henry Wilson, a sworn friend of the oppressed, made his decisions based upon the question: “Is it right; will it do good?”

"Allow no man, just because he has land and money, to feel that he is rich in my presence. He must know I can do without his riches, that I cannot be bought."
- Emerson

"The man who has no money, may be broke – but he need not be poor. Being poor is more a state of mind that it is a state of dollars and cents."

All men have the ability to educate the mind to instinctively focus on the brighter side of things; to spend their time elevating their intellect and fostering a positive spirit.

Personal life coaching experts state that men are rich who value a good name above a large purse. The object for which we strive tells the story of our lives. Men and women will be judged by the happiness they create in those around them.

Character is perpetual wealth. A man possessing character always stands taller than the millionaire who lacks it.

Invest in yourself and you will never be poor. “If a man empties his purse into his head,” says executive leadership development advisors, “no man can take it from him.” An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Executive Leadership Development Activities

  1. List all of the things you prize high above the accumulation of money. Rank your list from top to bottom in order of importance. Explain why your top 5 listings mean so much to you.

  2. Now ask yourself where in your list is located he following items: God, Country, Family, Self-Worth and Good Health? If any of these are not in your top five, listed above any mention of money, explain why this is. Do you remain satisfied with this response and do you feel it serves you well in life?

  3. Given what you know now from the above executive leadership development information, how might you respond differently the next time you are faced with a similar question? Explain what you need to do differently in order to obtain more balance in your life for the future.

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"He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature."

- Socrates

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