Money Master The Game by Tony Robbins has shocked me and can’t stop thinking about it! It’s the book I have committed to read fully by 31st December 2016 as part of my 3-month goals.
I’ve read the first 100 pages out of the mammoth 650 page book learning about the 7 simple steps to Financial Freedom where Tony has interviewed some of the wealthiest billionaires in the world sharing the strategies they use. Inside the book, he shares a very distressing story that I wanted to share with you today. It leads to a powerful question each of us should ask ourselves which I’ll share at the end.
So here goes, imagine having a $9,000,000,000 net worth. Imagine being a billionaire and having $9billion net worth! Sounds pretty good right? Now imagine writing a suicide note and killing yourself jumping in front of a train! Such a shocking disturbing tragedy. What drives a billionaire to commit suicide? Clearly not the lack of money? Or is it? This is the distressing story that has been playing on my mind since reading about Adolf Merckle. The German Billionaire that in 2008/2009 lost $3,000,000,000 and felt such shame, he did the unthinkable and jumped in front of a train leaving a note to his family just saying “I’m Sorry”. Prior to this loss, he was the richest man in Germany. He was significant. Is this status what drove him to this? I don’t think we will ever know.
Now flip the script 180 degrees, imagine being a billionaire again, but this time you have been giving it away for the past 30 years to different charities and foundations. That’s what Chuck Feeney has been doing. The guy who came up with “duty free” at airports around the world. Incredible right?
What drives a person to commit suicide and the other to be so generous (like Bill Gates) and contribute to the world making it a better place?
That’s the question that has been playing on my mind since reading the chapter about what money means to us?
It’s a powerful question to ask yourself.
What does money mean to you?
Significance? Power? Freedom? Contribution?
Whatever it is, whatever person you are, money will just amplify your personality in my opinion so if you’re a giver and love to contribute now, you will do more of it then.
That’s my thoughts so take some time to think about it and be honest.
Which side of the coin are you? Do you control money or does money control you?
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