“Define your terms, you will permit me again to say, or we shall never understand one another.“- Voltaire, poet
“Define your terms.” Tell people how to treat you. You own your life. If you don’t have the courage to tell people how to treat you, they will abuse you. Do not settle for less. And do not be afraid to ask for what you want.
Dr. Phil says, “We teach people how to treat us.” We do it every day. We shut up instead of speaking up. You can make a choice today. To do that, you must first know what you want, your values, and where you are going. If not, it won’t work. And they will continue to tell us how to live our lives. Do you want that for yourself? I don’t.
“The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.”– P.T. Barnum
Money comes and go. It makes people comfortable. But it can’t buy happiness. If you want to make yourself happier, make money your friend, not your enemy. Control your money. Don’t let your money control you. Use your wealth to change the world. Use your wealth to make the world a better place. Use your wealth to nurture your soul, not to poison your soul.
Remember, “It is not what you have that matters; it is how you use it that matters.” It does not matter what you have. It matters how you use what you have to change your life and the lives of the people around you. People don’t really care about how much you have until they know what you have for them.
When it comes to helping people, “People don’t care about what you are going to give to them. They care about how you are going to give it to them.” If you want people to respect your gifts, give them with respect.