"Don't think that money will bring you satisfaction"
One of my favorite songs is"(I Can't get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones. It resonates with me because for years I achieved my personal goal but was still not at peace. Specifically, my personal and professional goal since I was 10 years was "Not to be broke."
I grew up broke. I can tell you nothing is worst that having the lights, water, gas turned off or having to move because you do not have enough money to pay or afford them. Not having transportation ranks a close second. As a young boy I used to feel my mother’s pain. Our father died of a heart attack (in of all places, at church) when she was only 33 years old and I was ten years old. She worked two jobs while taking care of five kids. I committed to myself at the ripe old age of ten that neither my mother nor I would have to experience that when I got older. Well, because of God's grace and the values my mother, grandmother, siblings, wife, father in-law and mother in-law instilled in me, I became a multi-millionaire before I was fifty. We bought our mother a new house years ago and, thanks again to God's grace, she is still with us. (I cut her grass yesterday, and she did her normal routine of sitting outside on her walker and watching me.)
Even though I was far from broke, I was not at peace. I was always anxious and never could get a good night's sleep. Things didn't change until I realized that my personal goal was not my purpose. Once I realized that I was brought into this world to make a difference in the lives of leaders who are working to make a difference in the lives of "underdogs" regardless of their color, nationality, religion, or region, I finally got a full 8 hours of sleep a night and the peace I wanted. I wrote this blog because I know many of you are not at peace, regardless of your title or personal wealth. To achieve peace, you have to go into your "Upper Room" to find out what your purpose is and then start pursuing it. Also, I've come to realize that by doing good, you can also do well financially. Always remember that life is never an "either/or" situation, unless you are making a decision between right and wrong. Other than that, it is always "And”.