A Rich Life…What Is It?

by Dennis Perry on September 17, 2011

A Rich Life – What is it? 

Webster’s New College Dictionary defines “rich” as: 1) having more than enough of material possessions, owning much money or property; wealth; 2) having abundant natural resources; 3) well-supplied, abounding; and 4) worth much, valuable, having an abundance of good qualities.  I especially like the second, third, and fourth definitions when discussing a rich life.

What, exactly, is a rich life?  I suspect that each of us has our own definition.  But, one thing I want to make pretty clear, it’s not just about money!  Money is a good thing, but there is much more than that to a rich life.  I personally know several people who have very little money but are extremely rich and others who have much money but are quite poor in spirit.

A rich life, by my definition, is largely about balance.  It’s about having great relationships, great friends, enjoyable hobbies and activities, constantly developing your mind and your character.  It’s about having a career that you are passionate about; one that excites you and allows you to create great value for others.  It is about being in service.  Zig Ziegler said that if you help enough people get what they want, you can have everything you want.  A rich life is about creating value and making the world, at least your corner of it, a better place.

For most of us, we don’t see the world the way it is; we see it the way we are.  Our paradigms or internal programming determines in large part how we view the world.  Creating a rich life starts with taking a good look at our beliefs.  We need to examine what we have been taught almost from the moment of conception about wealth, money, and happiness.  We need to be aware of and open to the abundance that is all around us and we then need to be open to the needs that also surround us.

Once we become clear about what our beliefs are and who we are, we then need to become crystal clear about what we want our lives to be.  We have all been given the God-like power to create.  We have the ability to create whatever we want our lives to be; but we have to be clear about what that is.

Creating a rich life is a journey and an exciting one at that.  I hope that you will join me on the path to a rich life!



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Michael D Walker September 18, 2011 at 1:58 am

Glad to see you back and blogging again Dennis.

Create a Rich Life is a compelling phrase and I too appreciate how you distinguished between monetary riches and other qualities that comprise a rich life.

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Dating Expert Los Angeles September 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Hi Dennis,

Certainly the money is an energy indicator of our valuing ourselves and the value to others of our productivity. At the same time, if we are not enjoying what we’ve earned or we earned it in ways that hyperstressed our bodies, then we have no abundance.

Looking forward to your continued writing!

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Kevin Hogan September 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

This is an interesting read for someone like me. “Leading a good life” has always been a topic preached at schools, and I think you took a great approach at making the lectures an interesting read. What I will remember forever is that my Uncles definition of a “Rich Life” is “At the end of every day, you should be able to say “Today was a @#$%ing good day.” I will have to read this again when I am older, in order to get the full potential of this post.

~Mark Hogan

Eva Palmer September 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Hi Dennis!
It’s nice to be back in your interesting website!
I love the Zig Ziegler definition that you mentioned!

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Neil Dhawan September 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I am looking forward to learning more about what a truly rich life entails and how we can take the necessary steps to create a richer, more fulfilled life.

Stay Extraordinary, Neil

Annie September 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Great! Reminder Thank you!

I remember a time when I didn’t take time -to remember the richness of learning.

I was too busy surviving, I felt I didn’t have time to value me and my contribution and couldn’t take time to thrive!
Stay Rich!

Clare Delaney September 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Absolutely right that wealth is not about money! In day-to-day life though it can sometimes be hard to remember that, so I am looking forward to your blog!

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Kevin Bettencourt September 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Knowing the richness in life comes from having it be well rounded is a great first step to empowering an individual.

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Rob Malone September 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Dead on point with this post. For me life is about fun, passion, contentment, focus, love, family and purpose. Money is only a score card, not the end all for quality of life.

Sonya Lenzo September 17, 2011 at 9:58 am

I like that word “abounding”…I wonder what color Annie would put it in? And rich…what color is that?
Sonya Lenzo

The Knowledge Stylist September 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

This is great–I am very much looking forward to learning ways to balance my life in the areas of wealth, money and happiness. I will be back for sure to check out your advice!



Cherie Miranda September 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

What a refreshing read! It’s so nice to see someone say that having a rich life isn’t just about money. You have great insight, and I look forward to reading more posts!

Cherie Miranda

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