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Here’s how you know your rich

March 11, 2014

How to Be Rich by Andy Stanley book review:

If you make $37,000, you are in the top 4% of income earners in the world. The majority of the world looks at me and you and believes we are rich. I don’t feel that way and you probably don’t feel that way. But we’re in the “top 4% club”. Whether we feel rich or not, we’re rich . . . globally speaking.  

We complain about things like bad cell phone service, computer problems, car trouble, fight delays, watering bans, etc. All rich-people problems. This shouldn’t make you feel guilty but grateful.

“Rich” is a moving target. No matter how much money we have or make, we will probably never consider ourselves rich. The biggest challenge facing rich people is that they’ve lost their ability to recognize that they’re rich. -Andy Stanley

Here’s the sad reality: The richer people get, the smaller the percentage of money they give away. The key is to posses money without it possessing you.

how to be rich cover

Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about us:

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. (1 Timothy 6: 17)

To keep your hope from migrating toward your money, Andy suggests adopting this mantra:

“I will not trust in riches but in him who richly provides.”

In order to protect yourself from the negative side effects of wealth, Andy Stanley offers an antidote: generosity. Extreme generosity was the reputation of the first century Christians. They were inexplicably compassionate and generous. They had little, but they gave.

There are a couple of chapters dedicated to helping you develop a generosity plan that is sustainable. Andy Stanley then closes the book by challenging Christians to not be average with their generosity but, instead, be rich.

I recommend this book for anyone one makes or ever plans to make $37,000 or more annually. Click HERE to purchase a copy.


From → Leadership

  1. skipprichard1 permalink

    I’m glad that he devoted chapters to generosity and giving. And the “rich” perspective is so true. When I travel to other countries, I am struck by the difference but also by the appreciation for the smallest things. Cultivating that spirit is important.

    • Thanks Skip. Visiting other countries does provide instant financial perspective doesn’t it? For most of us, money is the #1 competitor for our heart. That’s why I appreciate Andy’s fresh insight.

      BTW, your leadership insight is super helpful Skip!

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