Survival, security or surplus by Peter Jakobsson

The people who are most alive, driven, and fulfilled are those who seek to lead a life of contribution and service to something greater than themselves. Some people are only occupied with getting by. They are in survival mode. Most people use their time to seek out security. They live their life in security mode. That’s why politicians sell promises of economic security. People crave it and they will vote for it.

To be successful and have a great life you have to be in a third category. You have to live a life of surplus. When you have surplus in your life you can be of most help to others. When you have a surplus of time you can spend it with someone that needs help. That is really hard if your time is used trying to earn enough to survive.

If you have a surplus of money you can give some of that away to help someone temporarily or to your charity of choice. And we all know that you have no surplus of money if you’re just trying to survive. So why is it that so many people are struggling to get by?

They don’t have any financial education. They don’t know that good things in life come from following principles. Money and success is always a byproduct of following a set of principles or universal laws. One of those fundamentals is “you can’t get something for nothing.” There is no such thing.

That’s why we need education and a program of personal development for ourselves. We need to start thinking and acting like successful people do. The most beautiful thing about this is that anyone can do that. Anyone can change their thinking.

We have to remember we can’t give what we don’t have. We have to acquire knowledge day by day before we can share it. And remember that we can’t change people, or help people who don’t want help, but never underestimate the power of planting a seed.

We have to be planters. The one who plants the most seeds will have the biggest crop. Remember that the harvest is reserved for the planters. If you do that, the best of your life will be the rest of your life. Because you are not who you think you are, you are who you think you are.