Grant Cardone is a highly successful real estate investor. His net worth is estimated to be 600 million dollars. But, in a recent interview, he stated, “he’d be embarrassed as a husband, father, and human being if he made just earned $400,000 per year.”
Before you continue reading this blog, I need to apologize if there is any apparent or inadvertent judgment on my part. I am an avid reader. In my last blog, I mentioned that I get many articles pushed to my phone. This article caused me to pause. I had a visceral reaction to what Grant Cardone shared. In one statement, it felt like he devalued the entire life of anyone not making $400,000 a year. His statement felt dismissive and self-serving. What about nurses, plumbers, most doctors, people in the military, teachers, the police, EMTs, sanitation workers, and computer programmers? The list is infinite. None of these people earn close to that amount but substantially contribute to the well-being of our society.
After thinking a little more about what Mr. Cardone shared, I was left feeling sad. He is a man that has experienced great success. Yet his sense of well-being is determined by how much money he makes. That diminishes the true depth of his being. Mr. Cardone’s fixation on making money cuts him off from a deep connection to his heart. It cuts him off from experiencing the fullness and mystery of life itself. And in turn, it cuts him off from the full expression of who he is. Success and living a life that aligns with the mystery of life itself don’t have to be mutually exclusive. One arises from the other.
If I let go of the need to constantly achieve and move more into a space of allowing my life to unfold, I am more available to connect to a yearning for a fundamental sense of the Divine. As we live out certain types of experiences common to all of us and become conscious of their meaning, we initiate a process of remembering our innate wholeness.
A good friend of mine shared this joke with me the other day. It encapsulates what I am trying to share in this blog post. What did the monk say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything. I love the simplicity of that.
Amidst the chaos and uncertainty of life, I remain open to Grace and the gift of my life.
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