Who wants to be a Millionaire? Should this even be a goal of ours?

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I often reflect on my reasons for making money as a Real Estate Agent. I can tell you that my main reason for making money is not to get rich, although if it happens I will not turn it away. My main reason for making money is to do good. Good like supporting my wife and children and giving to those that are in need and most of all giving a share back to my God and Savior.

I sometimes wonder what would happen if we as a people gave more, especially us Realtors who sometimes do really well from a financial stand point. I wonder if we gave more to those in need around us, would that lessen the dependence people have on the government? This is definitely a time of great confusion for many people. For so long we have been a wants based society that now we view things like a plasma TV, cable and Internet as a need for survival. Not that I have anything against watching TV, but I really do think we have lost our way to some degree.

Do you spend time reflecting on your life each day? Self examination is a healthy part of human existence and living. How many of you spend time just being quiet for a few minutes with no noise around you? Seems like an almost impossible mission and I know it isn't just because we don't try. We get so caught up in this rat race that we lose sight of the most simple things in life. I live in the beautiful state of Colorado in Denver and I cannot tell you how often I take the beautiful Panoramic Landscape of the Mountains for granted.

Here is my question for you, do you think that I am on to something here? Should we take the opportunity to reexamine our lives in these hard economic times? I don't think there is anything wrong with making as much money as we can while we have to work. The question is at what cost do we pursue this? Forgive me in advance if I am getting to philosophical, but I am really interested in hearing your thoughts on this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Steven Wright

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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Steve - I have no problem with being a millionaire (ok, I am not, but have been). I don't think there is enough money in the world to make some people not reliant on government. But, I agree, giving of ourselves and our resources is something to aspire to and we can practice it at any level of income.

Mar 25, 2009 11:42 AM #1
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Steven Wright
Home Real Estate - Aurora, CO
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Mike,

Very thoughtful comment, thank you for bring perspective to my post.

Mar 25, 2009 11:43 AM #2
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Natalie Rowe
RE/MAX Advantage - Portage, MI
Portage, MI

Steve - I'd love to be a millionare, but you know...there are so many other things in life that are far more important than money will EVER be! I think I'll always work as hard as a I can, but at the end of the day the most imporant thing is that I still love what I'm doing, and that I can't wait to get up the next day and do it again!

In addition to all of that, I think we all have room to give a little more, and it doesn't always have to be financial. Imagine when you were in your absolute best financial situation (millionare or not), what it might mean to someone to show up at a soup kitchen or a shelter and roll your sleeves up and help. It might not cost you anything more than your time, but it'll make you appreciate the money that you do have that much more.

Mar 25, 2009 12:28 PM #3
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Karen Ingersoll
Advantage Realty Professionals - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Steve:  Couldn't agree with you more.  My husband and I pared down about 7 yrs ago and have never looked back.  While I realize not everyone is equipped or ready to ditch the city for homesteading, we can certainly reassess our needs vs. wants.  And, maybe not just that, but take a good hard look at what's most important.  Our kids will survive without Wii or even cable TV (although they will do their best to convince us otherwise!)... I believe family and the love and gospel of Christ are the most important.

Charity, no matter what your faith has a healing affect on the giver as well as the receiver.  Giving what you can, whether it be your time, money, clothes, etc... has a profound effect on ones' soul.  We give a percentage of our garden harvest to the local food bank each year.  The families who come in truly appreciate the fresh, home-grown vegetables. 

I agree with Mike that there are many people who will always "depend" on the government to take care of them.. but there are others who just need a leg up, and for them the charity of others will remain with them and their families for a lifetime.  Giving from the heart is a wonderful feeling.

 

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Nicholas Goraczkowski
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What good is money if you don't have a lot of family and great friends to share it with? I think that if you are giving of your resources, it attracts similar people to you. Creating those great relationships - giving you that fulfilled life.

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