Rock star musicians and song writers from all walks of life speak to the RichLife principles because they’ve lived it, and now they get it. Money is a tool that can help us achieve our goals, but when the attainment of dollars alone is put above all other forms of wealth, pain results. Writing about these painful experiences is what gives us both great music and unexpected wisdom.
What follows is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather an invitation to tune-in to how some of our most talented musicians and song writers out there have figured out what it means to live truly rich.
Investment #1 Wise Stewardship
Rihanna, Live Your Life: “Stop lookin’ at what you ain’t got and start being thankful for what you do got.”
Focus on what’s lacking or what’s wrong and you’ll find plenty of things to keep you feeling bad about your life. But the opposite is also true. Being thankful is another way of applying the principle of wise stewardship. This principle is as old as the Bible, but it takes the concept of gratitude once step further: show how thankful you are by taking care of what you have.
Investment #2: Your Life Purpose
Jessie Cornish, Price Tag: “It’s like this man, you can’t put a price on life. We do this for the love so we fight and sacrifice every night.”
A lot of people sacrifice their dreams under the misguided belief that it’s more valuable to seek a higher income rather than true fulfillment. As a result, people end up sleep-walking through life, denying themselves happiness and the world the benefit of their gifts.
Each of us has been given a specific set of gifts combined in an unusual way. It’s not about being the most talented; it’s about being willing to fight and sacrifice for your right to discover, develop and live from your place of purpose. If you could spend your days doing what you love whether or not your received monetary compensation, what would you do?
Investment # 3: Life School
Beth Orton, Sweetest Decline: “What are regrets? They’re just lessons we haven’t learned yet.”
We all have moments we wish we could do over. Obsessing over them and feeling bad again only keeps you stuck, but move on too quickly and you miss the opportunity for growth. The alternative is to view life as a school where there are no mistakes, only lessons to learn. Ask yourself, what is the lesson here I haven’t learned yet.
Investment #4: Relationships
Passenger, Let her Go: “Only know you love her when you let her go. And you let her go.”
Appreciating the people in your life who mean the most to you takes intention. It’s not enough to say, I love you, and then not show up. It’s not enough to show up and then spend your time texting or on Facebook. Relationship accounts go bankrupt just like monetary ones. Don’t wait until it’s too late to invest in the people you love. How can you be more present with the people who are important in your life?
Investment #5: Fun
Def Leppard, from the album Hysteria: “Pour some sugar on me, Ooh, in the name of love.”
Just kidding. But even ”˜80s music can teach us something – let’s not forget to have some fun. Laugh, play and enjoy the moment because living rich isn’t exclusive. It’s available to each of us, every day.
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