How using the corner of this desk made me rich.
This corner of my desk is a very special place in my office. This corner of my desk has helped me gain a crystal clear perspective on my life that no amount of education or success could ever do. This corner of my desk has made me richer than I could ever imagine.
“What’s so special about your desk, and how did that corner make you rich?”
I’ll will get to that…but first, let’s back up several years.
In 2008, at the age of 29, my wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an auto-immune disease with no known cause and no known cure. It is a debilitating disease that destroys your body slowly over time, and the degradation of your nervous system can eventually lead to other complications that will kill you.
Yeah. I know. Kind of hits you right in the gut doesn’t it?
That’s how we felt. The wind was completely knocked out of us.
Oh, but it gets better.
I had quit my job the year before and started my own consulting business. Like most start-ups, the only benefits I had were the freedom to work 18 hour days and to take on as many clients as possible. There was no shortage of 18 hours days, but finding paying clients was a different story. Remember this was 2008, and I had started a consulting business for the real estate industry!
We were in a tough spot. MS not only started to take its toll on my wife’s body, but also on our finances. The private insurance didn’t even come close to covering the costs of the doctor visits, MRIs, and medicine my wife required to fight this disease. We felt like we were on a sinking ship. Each month brought a new wave of medical bills, and they started piling up. I knew that we couldn’t pay them all.
And then one day it happened…
My wife came into my office with a couple bills from the latest MRI procedure and asked, “What do you want me to do with these?”
Without pause and with no emotion, I replied, “Just put them on the corner of the desk. I’ll deal with them later. I don’t want to think about that right now.” And in an instant life changed.
My subconscious had been preparing me for that day. That little voice inside my head had been telling me, “Don’t worry about the things you can’t control. Focus your efforts on things that matter.” A week went by and I didn’t give a second thought to those bills. A month passed, and the bills just kept piling up on that corner of the desk.
I am not recommending that you ignore your debts or that you don’t pay what you owe. That is not the way to grow rich. I am suggesting that you focus on things that truly matter and release yourself from the burden of worry.
The bills were still there, but the worry and stress that normally came with them was gone. When we had money, we would pay them. If we couldn’t, then we couldn’t. I knew the doctors and hospitals and pharmacies would take any amount of money I sent them. They always cashed the checks no matter how small or infrequent the amount. I just didn’t care. My family, my work, and living life each day was more important.
Over the last several years, I have been able to see the corner of that desk only a few times. It mostly stays covered up by envelopes. Envelopes that contain not-so-little reminders that life is hard and unfair, yet mysteriously beautiful. When you realize that your happiness does not depend on your circumstances, but it is a choice you make. You will be rich.
I am so rich, and one day I might have some money, too.
The picture above is how that corner of my desk looks today. Today is a good day.
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