Are you wealthy? Your initial answer on “No” is probably the same as mine was, but I’ve since learned that I was wrong.
My eyes were recently opened to a new reality concerning my relative financial well-being in this global economy.
The website www.globalrichlist.com (which, unfortunately, may not be working anymore) shows how you rank. The site considers your annual income compared with that of the rest of the world.
In this regard, you will find you are indeed quite well off. True, there will be quite a few people more wealthy than you, but many, many more who are paupers in comparison.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, you might be interested to know that if you made 50,000 dollars last year, you would be in the top 1 percent of the world’s wealthiest people.
If you made a mere 3,000 dollars, you will still be in the top 15 percent worldwide.
If you made only 900 dollars a year, you would be in the top half.
This has certainly changed my perspective.
Perhaps its time to develop a new attitude. We need to stop comparing ourselves to that small minority who are better off than we—it will only make us crave more.
Instead, we should compare ourselves to a huge majority that are in greater need than us—it will surely make us want to give more.
By giving more, I can make a difference; you can make a difference. We can all make a difference.
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