The Root of Inspired Investing

by | Feb 20, 2001 | Archives

Several years ago I took a bold departure from my business of teaching about international investing. I had watched too many clients ruin their heath and destroy their family just to create a wealthy estate that ended up breaking the family apart. This did not make sense to and I created a new course entitled Inspired Investing. This course teaches that the keys to wealth lay within us rather than in economics, stock market movements, interest rates, etc.

Many of my readers were unhappy over this change of pace. They wanted me to stick with the outer aspects of international investing rather than look within. “Why”, they questioned, “are you making this change”.

I never had as powerful an answer as this story that was recently sent by an anonymous reader to me.

The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.”

He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty. He yelled at her, “Don’t you know when you give someone a present there’s supposed to be something inside it?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Daddy, it’s not empty, I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy.”

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

An accident took the life of the child only a short time later and it is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for many years. And, whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans, have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God.

There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

You now have two choices, you can: 1) Pass this on to your friends; or 2) Delete it and act like it didn’t touch your heart

As you can see, I took choice number 1.

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.