In 1923, eight of the most wealthiest people (100) in the world met.

 

Their combined estimated wealth exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States.

 

These men knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. It’s very interesting what happened to these 8 wealthiest people, 25 years later …..

 

So, 25 years later…….

 

  1. President of the largest Steel Company, Charles Schwab, died bankrupt.
  2. President of the largest Gas Company, Howard Hubson, went insane.
  3. One of the greatest commodity traders, Arthur Cutton, died insolvent.
  4. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail.
  5. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Albert Fall, was indicted but pardoned from jail.
  6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jessie Livermore, committed suicide.
  7. President of the world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide.
  8. President, Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed suicide.

 

So, what happened? Where did they go wrong?

 

They most certainly made lots and lots of money. They were very smart too. What did they lack then?

 

This is what happened! As much as they knew how to make a living, they forgot to make a life!

 

Money provides comfort and status, so true. It also provides food for the hungry and medicine for the sick. In these COVID times, with money, many good-hearted people have helped millions of those who needed it. Money is indeed an important tool. However, the chase for money (and fame) cannot be the only worthwhile pursuit in life.

 

We need two kinds of education.

 

One that teaches us what is important to make a living. Remember, money is an important tool.

 

We also need an education that teaches us how to LIVE a good life.

 

Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water. Yet, if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems and it will potentially sink. Similarly, money is a necessity. But, if the lust for money enters our hearts, it will become a harmful addiction, an hedonistic pleasure, and a means of never-ending conflict!

 

Today morning, as I sat in the balcony of my house, I took a moment and asked myself ….”Has the water entered my ship?

 

I am sure at some time in your life, you too would take a moment and ask yourself the same question, isn’t it?

 

With love, prayers and exceptional wishes,

naren
As I live…I learn

 

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22 Comments

  1. Ashutosh Nehete May 11, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Worth reading.
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Narendra Goidani May 12, 2021 at 11:10 am

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  2. Arti Bothara May 11, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Superb, thank you.

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    1. Narendra Goidani May 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

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  3. Ravindra Mahajan May 11, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Good thought Naren.. however is there gauge / measurement/indicator to understand if water has really entered the ship

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    1. Narendra Goidani May 12, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Lovely question. Shall discuss the answer this life lessons.

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  4. TAUHIDA CHIKODI May 12, 2021 at 10:20 am

    good question

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  5. Philo Dsouza May 12, 2021 at 10:20 am

    🙏🙏🙏👌👌👌

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  6. tanvi shaha May 12, 2021 at 10:22 am

    This is the best LSM of 2021

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  7. Ajit Kulkarni May 12, 2021 at 10:23 am

    “Has the water entered my ship”

    A good thought process and certainly a time will be there in everybody’s life this question will come in one or the other way.

    Believe it or not i also felt it.

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  8. Rajesh Jain May 12, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Extremely grateful to your thoughts
    They always ignite a thought provoking seed to germinate

    Have been following a rigorous Iyengar yoga philosophy in action and in thoughts
    It makes you experience all above thoughts in your physical cellular memory which we can implement at ease in the world around us

    Thank you again Naren

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  9. Adv. Swapnil Gangurde May 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Thank You Sir! loved it.

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  10. Preeti Ramvilas Boob May 12, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Sir…liked this perspective of life ….specially the way you have penned it…so beautifully put….Thanks a ton for sharing such pearls of wisdom .
    Love you loads.
    preeti

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    1. Narendra Goidani May 13, 2021 at 10:21 am

      I am glad Preetu that you liked it.
      Thanks for your kind words.

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  11. Nand Lal Sharma May 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks dear Naren for your beautiful and explicit explanation of the truth of our lives. We get so immersed in our life routine that we fail to notice the water getting in our boat. Thanks once again for reminder to check our boat.

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  12. sachin kharmale May 13, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Intresting.

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  13. Arpita Patel May 13, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Awesome!! There have been times that certain emotions or thoughts have entered the ship and it has changed the way we think or live our life . Thanks for sharing this , as I wish to take a pause and want to reflect on what has entered in my ship .

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    1. Narendra Goidani May 13, 2021 at 10:15 am

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