I often say it doesn’t matter who your parents were or how you were raised; wealth is always possible to create. That is because the ability to prosper has nothing to do with how much money you have but, rather, what your relationship is with the money you have.
Sadly, the vast majority of us have an unhealthy relationship with money. That’s why 70% of lottery winners lose all their money within five years. That’s why I, the daughter of a billionaire, spent most of my early adulthood living in a panic over how I would survive. And it is why millions of people born into poverty can work incredibly hard and never seem to accumulate more wealth.
We are taught to believe that wealth comes from having access to lots of money. But experience has shown me that this is not true. I was raised in a billionaire household and yet lived most of my early adulthood in deep anxiety about my personal finances. At the age of forty, I was a single mother with $2 million of debt and no idea of how financial systems work.
Living a life of prosperity – creating the right riches for you – has nothing to do with how much money you have around you. It is about having a healthy mindset and a willingness to create.
Of course, wealth creation is easiest if you have the right tools, so here are some that I believe are key to financial freedom. Most exciting, every single one of them is within your reach, right now!..
The definition of elegance is:
"Refinement, grace, and beauty in movement, appearance, or manners."
For you, elegance could be walking tall and enjoying your body. It could be wearing pearls, it could be wearing high heels. Maybe it is choosing the champagne over the $6 wine. Elegance can be an array of things.
The energy of elegance and money are very similar. Elegance makes you feel graceful and beautiful with minimal effort. When you are generating money, it is almost effortless.
One of the most important things we can understand about our relationship with money is that most of our attitudes, habits, and beliefs around wealth are ingrained in us before we even understand the true concept of money. It is widely accepted that the way we see the world, and our place within it, is largely developed by the age of six or seven. Unless we confront and change these patterns later in life, we will continue to adopt the same behaviors and therefore create a financial reality for ourselves that is based on what we already believe we deserve.
Money – it’s a topic we all have in common. Lack of money, excess of money, hard-earned money, easy money – it’s something that affects everyone. But few people have seen money from as many angles as Curry Glassell. From being born into extraordinary money as the daughter of an oil magnate, she’s had it, lost it, found it again and along the way learned so much about different people’s relationships with the almighty dollar. She’s spent years teaching people how they can change viewpoints that keep them from creating wealth, and also how to be comfortable with money once they get it.
Lance Avery Morgan: Your financial story has been well-recorded in newspapers and the outcome was not, unfortunately, what you expected. Tell me about the strength you summoned and how that helped you survive the ordeal.
Curry Glassell: More than anything what kept me going was acknowledging that my knowing was correct all along. Not that I was right and everyone else was wrong, but that I had to choose what was true for me. Being willing to stand up and fight for myself was another way I changed this from an ugly confrontation into a possibility for growth, even if it was not a popular choice to make. No one teaches us to have our own back and this was my learning to do that the hard way. e news didn’t present my case in this light, but that is what it was for me.
What do you use money for? Most people think money is to buy things, and it can be, but actually, it is a tool we can use to change things and create greater possibilities in the world. What if generosity with money were one of the ways you could change the world and the lives of other people? Kindness with money is not necessarily giving your money to charities and the homeless, although that is certainly generous.
What if the next time you go to buy dinner, instead of thinking how much money you just spent, you looked at is as a gift for the lovely food & the venue & the wonderful wait staff and the payment is a way of showing gratitude? You are not giving away more money than you originally were, but the energy of it is so much more grateful and generous. Would that create greater possibilities in the world?