Who wants to be a millionaire?

Rabbi Nebel's Blog Posted on October 3, 2018 by midwesttorah



   Who doesn’t like getting something for nothing?  We all love the “free” deal. All you have to do to garner attention is advertise “free stuff” and people will flock to your door…or website.  But is it ever really free? Heck no. There is always a string attached. After all the promises of teaching us how to do what the millionaires do for free, they end up by trying to sell us their program.  And should they be successful, it doesn’t stop there. Then we have to deal with the upsell. They tell us, “If we really want to accomplish great things we have to spend more money.” By the time we’re through, we’re in the hole and their making more money. As the saying goes, “the rich get richer.”  Well, I’m going to be different than everyone else. I’m going to present the keys to the kingdom. I’m going to tell you how to be rich without risking one penny. Are you ready? Would you really like to know? Wait now longer. Here it comes.

  Our Rabbis tell us, “Who is a rich person?   One who is happy with his lot.” That’s the whole secret to success.  It doesn’t mean to settle for the bottom. It means that one is truly happy with what one has, because one realizes that whatever one has is all Hashem deemed is necessary for one’s success.  It’s not the zeros attached to one’s financial statement, although that certainly seems to help some people, rather it’s the security of knowing that Hashem, our real employer, has our best interest in mind.  We all have a unique mission in this world, which no one else can do. When we internalize that reality, we become empowered to “move mountains.” When one understands that one is unique, one becomes overjoyed in their role.  After all, without them, the world does not continue to function properly. In the grand scheme of things, the janitor is just as important as the CEO, because the janitor insures that the physical plant is clean and that people want to enter the plant or building.  The teacher is as important as the principal, for while the principal determines the tone and vision of the school, it is the teacher who guarantees the success. It is the teacher who develops the lessons plans and has constant interaction with the students. Yet, without the principal or the CEO, and their vision and ability to give directions behind the scenes, the teacher and janitor would not be able to do their jobs either.  Ask either one if they want the others position and they will both respond in the negative. Not because one job is too demanding or demeaning, but rather because one enjoys the job they have. They find fulfillment in their respective roles. That is what the Rabbis meant when they said, “a rich man is one who is happy in his lot.” So the question is, “Are you a rich man? Let me hear from you.