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Humble and Wealthy, Can you be Both?

Published on 1/27/2017
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 Humble and Wealthy, Can you be Both?



"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less".

~ Rick Warren


Here I am again, talking about, dissecting, pondering, digesting quotes and their meanings. Today's quote is a great lesson on how to be humble. It struck me that many people seem to have a false idea of what it is to be humble, and there is good reason why humility is so misunderstood. 


What does the Oxford dictionary  say about the definition of Humility?

Humility - the quality of having a modest or low view of one's importance. The act or posture of lowering oneself in relation to others.


With the above explanation, it’s easy to see why some people have difficulty accepting that humility can play a role the environment of abundance and wealth creation. As a believer of 'living a happy, healthy and abundant life' I don't agree with the ideology, that in order to be humble and truly value the importance of others, we must devalue ourselves in any way. The definition of 'having a modest or low view of one's importance' could be seen as an instruction to play down who we are or 'play small'.


This interpretation of humility to mean 'playing small' is a concept many people adhere to. They believe that the very act of denying themselves certain privileges in life somehow makes them appear more humble. In their minds, wealth and humility cannot co-exist because 'generating wealth' is all about 'self-interests’ and not the act of being concerned with the interests of others. Their mantra is ‘it’s better to have little or not enough rather than have too much.’ 

This limited thinking does not grasp the reality of ‘the more surplus you have, the better equipped you are to help others. A person who does not have enough is more likely to be consumed by their lack and need for more. Let's face it; you cannot give what you don't have. The denial of self or of things for the self is not a true act of humility.
In 'The Science of Getting Rich' this is what Wallace Wattles writes:


"Man's right to life means his right to have the free and unrestricted use of all the things which may be necessary to his fullest mental, spiritual and physical unfoldment; or, in other words,his right to be rich".

The Science of Getting Rich


Humility and Wealth

To have is to be able to give. For many of the wealthiest people in the world, humility plays a major role in their lives. Because the wealthy have worked hard and have all that they could physically want, their attentions are taken off themselves and firmly focused on what they can do for others. In other words they look for ways to add more value in the world through Philanthropic actions. Denying themselves an abundant life or diminishing their self-worth is not part of the plan when practicing humility. True to the quote above, the wealthy are not thinking less of themselves but just thinking of themselves less. 
When you think about it, humility is an expression of gratitude, it’s the act of paying forward the blessings you have been fortunate to experience and wish to see others enjoy too. This is perfectly conveyed in the 'Golden Rule' Jones of Toledo:

"What I want for myself, I want for everybody."


So let us all endeavour to think of ourselves less without thinking less of ourselves. Humility does not require you to downgrade who you are, but instead shift your focus from yourself onto the needs of others.

And last of all… remember, there is no conflict of interest in being humble AND living an abundant life. To live well and be humble is a true blessing we must aspire to.

Bev Austin


I wish for you Humility, Happiness, Health and Wealth!!!



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