“The path toward wealth is clearly marked, but only if you’re looking in the right direction. And willing to take three important steps:
1. Define purpose: Illuminate the ingredients for a life well-lived;
2. Set priorities: Chart a focused strategy to do the right things in the right order; and
3. Make decisions: Employ simplified tactics to drive better outcomes.
…. Being rich is having “more.” The push for more is a treadmill on which satisfaction is typically fleeting. The quest to be rich usually doesn’t end where many of its sojourners think it will. Wealth, by contrast, is funded contentment. It is the ability to underwrite a meaningful life—however one chooses to define that. Ultimately, I contend that wealth is achievable for many, including those who despair that it is out of reach.
Here’s the catch: Wealth, truly defined, is only achievable in the context of a life in which purpose and practice are thoughtfully calibrated. In isolation, neither deep thoughts nor long checklists is up to the task. To succeed, clear minds and dirty hands must work together.”
Brian Portnoy. The Geometry of Wealth: How to shape a life of money and meaning (pp. 2-3). Harriman House. Kindle Edition.