Do we need to be rich monetarily to have wealthy lives? How do we manage our wealth? The same might be said for: how do we manage our time, our energy, as well as our money or our deportment with our fellow humans?
Allow me to share a couple of short stories. Simple moments which affect the attitude of how I enjoy a simple day, becoming more happy with strangers, viewing through appreciative eyes. [Tweet]
Trader Joes, a great German chain store. They created a very special niche by way of giving excellent customer service and products sold at reasonable prices.
The employees love working for Trader Joes, for they are encouraged to be involved with the customers and give the best they can deliver. In return, most customers smile with gratitude, and often take the time to write to the stores, how a single employee made their day through their exemplary service. This is Trader Joes reputation and well deserved. And why their monetary Wealth Management has been successful by giving their best.
It was early April, running errands with a short list of needs from “T-Joes,” a normal beautiful sunny day in Colorado. When scanning the register lines for the short immediate check out, a T-Joe employee motioned to me to follow to a register.
Placing my little basket down, my simple request was, for the cashier to return everything back into the basket, I prefer to bag groceries in my car. This gives me the opportunity to have order as I put food away at home, and not hold up anyone’s time behind me.
Immediately I noticed a lady searching for the shortest line with (1) one item in hand and a child following her. Motioning and verbally beckoning to her to step in front of me, she look at my little basket and said “no.” Again I beckoned her to step in front, twice. She followed through, smiled and thanked me many times for my kindness.
Smiling, I said no problem, “is this not how we should treat each other in our world, making life a bit simpler?” The lady and cashier both smiled at me. My day is easier and more delightful when offering the feel good I often gain from others who have enriched my life. The lady thanking me as she ran off with a huge smile.
Stepping up to the cashier seeing her pulling out a new T-Joes colourful bag, I said “I have lots of other bags in the car.” Reminding her, “please, place the groceries in the basket.” Here is where I become richer. The cashier stated, “that was so nice of you to do that for the lady, she was in a rush. May I give you a bag free, because you are so nice?” The money I have saved on all the bags given to me, all the kind acts are small, however they grow expeditiously. I take the equivalent funds, transfer to my brokerage, either immediately is place in a fund or saved for some stocks I have had my eye on. We all benefit from Kindness!
Now my smile turns to brightness with a jolly “why yes! And thank you very much for such a sweet gift, I do not have a T-Joe bag and the one you are giving me is filled with bright colours.” This remark brought a larger smile to the cashier.
Simple spreading of wealth, T-Joes continues to keep customers returning due to these simple acts of kindness. I have a new bag, three people go about their day much happier spreading the kindness and wealth to others.
We all have heard of those individuals whom have won cash lotteries then within a few years, these people are broke. Sometimes in worse positions than prior to their good fortunes. People do not understand Wealth Management. Elon Musk donates $10 million [article]
Did they seek a reputable lawyer and financial advisor from reputable firms? Have they invested sums of money for the future? Savings accounts are for emergencies only; making long term goals, dreaming a larger life where the wealth is put to good use, and listening to reputable experts on personal finances. If they are broke after coming into millions, they have not given Wealth Management a thought, showing a lack of respect for their good fortune. This lack of respect most likely represents throughout their daily lives.
Yes, it is nice when a stock we purchase in the aftermarket price of $87.00 per share soars up to $700.00. We feel proud of ourselves for the investment.
Investing in a home with a strong equity value where ones finances sits in a profitable margin is assuring. My friends come join me at my home, we share food – conversation and laughter. There is a sharing of wealth, a sharing of lives and laughter. Just as the memory of sharing a few moments with two strangers at T-Joes in a kind act.
[Tweet] For each kind act lends to a Wealth Management tool, which we continually incorporate into our lives of “well placed choices.” Additionally, planing for long term goals through more education, doing what we love in life, promoting a winning attitude.
This coming week of May 2nd Warren Buffet holds his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha; a friend of mine is attending. When he returns home to Colorado, elated, we will sit sharing coffee, and his new found enthusiasm with information he has gained. Why? This is how we give of ourselves, sharing the goodness in life.
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he gave them the signal to run they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat in a circle enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they chose to run as a group when they could have had more fruit individually, one [Tweet] child spoke up and said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”
MicheleElys is a Writer – Speaker- Reluctant French Chef – Equine Devotee
Dedicated to Behavioral Solutions for the betterment of life.
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