“Why do you want me to get rich?” asked a student at the end of a brain draining session on entrepreneurship.
“Well, it’s simple. If you get rich, I get rich” replied the venture capitalist in a bemused voice, taken aback by the question.
A member of the “eminent panel” of speakers had been hit by a question which he couldn’t answer convincingly. Surprising right?
The student replied,”I’m sorry to say sir, but that’s complete bullshit!”
The host took over the situation, afraid that the student may hurt the “sentiments” of the “most honorable man” of the evening.
The Q & A session came to an end. But I, like some of the other aspiring entrepreneurs was left pondering over certain questions. Why should I become rich?
Why should I aspire to be among the top most people of the century? Why?
I don’t doubt my potential, not even yours. I know you have what it takes to make an impact in this world. But why? Why do you need so much money?
You can make an impact without the money too. You can get fame with a decent earning too.
To state a fact, most of the people who made a dent in this universe were not the wealthiest ones. What “commodities” did Mother Teresa own?
How much “equity” did Mahatma Gandhi have?
How many “companies” did Martin Luther own?
How much “returns” did Issac Newton and Albert Einstein get on their investment in Physics?
So rethink! Why do you want to become rich?
“Because I want to ride a Ducati. I want to have the most beautiful home in the world. I want to marry the most beautiful lady on Earth. I want to feel the joy of being rich” Do you?
Well sir, in that case, you are on a completely wrong track.
If you want all this “crap” (or so called desires of yours), you can’t earn it by aspiring to become rich. For that, you need to be a spoiled brat. (You need to be son of a wealthy guy, who for sure, didn’t follow your path to become rich.)
No one gets rich because they want to get rich. No one becomes happy, because they want to become happy.
Desire, my friend is the root of all illness.
You want to get rich, follow your passion. You want to get rich, do something for the society. You want to get rich, look inside you and introspect. You want to get rich, find someone who loves you.
You want to be happy, help someone. You want to feel content, donate. You want marry a beautiful woman, have a beautiful soul.
Never forget to give the society, what you want for yourself!
Its pay-back time!
Return to the society what you expect of it.
Serve. Be a better human.
Cater to the needs of people. Spread joy.
And then you’ll be rich.