“What is the opposite of abundance? It’s not scarcity. It’s greed. Greed is the belief that there is not enough for everyone, so you’d better grab yours now. What is the opposite of love? It’s not hate. It’s fear. Fear is the belief that someone or something can hurt you. Ultimately, the product you sell is love—manifested and materialized.”
-Robert G. Allen-
Is the term “enlightened millionaire” an oxymoron? Can people actually create financial abundance AND have a conscience? Yes, I believe so.
Right now there are limited options for young people who want to become enlightened millionaires. Luckily the Internet is making it easier for us to build businesses and start earning the kind of money that can turn into millions.
In the online marketing world the difference between just having money and being an enlightened millionaire can be seen in some of the most successful gurus. The extraordinary leaders such as Ann Sieg and Robert Allen share a spirit of service as well as a desire to give back and help others. The smart marketers know that they can design an entire business around helping others and make a killing doing so.
So, is too idealistic to think that we’re capable of becoming enlightened millionaires? At this point the economic forecast for our future is grim. Many of us are wondering how long capitalism will even last let alone if we’ll get a chance to create wealth and make a difference. No one really knows for sure.
Time will have to tell. For now, (or until the entire system falls apart) we have an opportunity to start the journey toward true wealth while making a difference in our communities on both the local and global levels.
BTW, true wealth is way bigger than money. To have abundance and wealth means to have spiritual and emotional prosperity as well. Robert Allen, a long-term home business guru defines this abundance and an enlightened millionaire as,
“A person who always strives to be the best they can be, who knows no boundaries, and knows that there can be abundance for all. They know that creativity is unlimited. That the application of creativity to everyday needs is the basis of providing value, which in turn creates wealth. They live in balance. Their life is a life devoted to living and sharing abundance through service that allows them to give their unique gifts–for the benefit of themselves, their families, their communities and the world. The world is shifting. No longer will our society support the pursuit of money for money’s sake. We are entering a time when we recognize that none of us exists in isolation.”
The world IS shifting. Most of us have come to the realization that we’re all connected to each other and that massive greed will eventually be our downfall. Sometimes it’s hard to stay positive and find reminders of the enlightened millionaires who are working hard to create this kind of abundance for all.
But, they’re out there!
In the Sunday NY Times a few weekends ago there was an article about John Wood a former marketing director for Microsoft, who quit his job to found Room to Read, a non-profit, which has built 12,000 libraries and 1,500 schools around the world.
Reading this article inspired me and gave me great hope that our age group can create a future of enlightened millionaires who are able to make such a difference. The article really woke me up when Nicholas Kristof in writing about a special Room to Read program which supports 13,500 impoverished girls quips,
“The cost per girl for this program is $250 annually. To provide perspective, Kim Kardashian’s wedding is said to have cost $10M; that sum could have supported an additional 40,000 in Room to Read”
First two thoughts: Holy shit that’s a lot of girls! Ugh I’m so sick of the Kardashians.
Seriously though, John Wood is an inspiration. Of course he’s used his marketing savvy from Microsoft to get publicity and fundraise for his cause. That’s a key part to the enlightened millionaire.
“Sharing abundance through service that allows them to give their unique gifts–for the benefit of themselves, their families, their communities and the world.”
He’s sharing his unique gifts (marketing) for the benefit of others. His book Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children is amazing and another great way for him to raise money for his non-profit. If you’re thinking about starting an online business or leaving your corporate job to travel and make a difference this book will inspire you.
This sort of life is totally possible for our age group despite high unemployment and the massive school loan crisis. We all have the unique gifts that Robert Allen is describing and the Internet makes it easier to create businesses that use those gifts.
Another important factor in becoming an enlightened millionaire is having a “why” that is bigger than money. I personally need something outside of myself and greater than a paycheck to stay disciplined and focused on building my online business. Money is awesome, obviously, but I also already make enough money to live a good life. I might not be making millions yet but I’m blessed enough to have an online business which pays the bills.
However just like all of you my enlightened millionaire potential is there!
So where do you start? How do you begin the journey to enlightened entrepreneurship and eventually millionaire status?
I recommend doing some soul searching and looking inside to discover if you’re willing and able to do what it takes to start an online business. It’s not an easy journey but it’s not impossible either. And, it’s definitely a journey worth taking.
Next begin researching the different ways you can earn money online by checking out the Ways to Win page on my blog.
For most of us the Internet is the least expensive way to start a business and the only way to create true wealth.
It’s our best option!
Here’s to the future generation of enlightened millionaires!