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  • Writer's pictureErin Fedeson

A Matter of Mantra: "Real Wealth is Created Rather Than Earned"

Hello and thank you for visiting Waggish Writer.

This is the eleventh blog post from a series of my journalist persona known as "A Matter of Mantra."

This post will talk about how the mantra listed in the title came into my life and how it helps me. My hope is that if this mantra resonates with you that you may use it to help live your life to the fullest.


Inspiration comes from different media. This mantra actually came from a book, "Success Sandbox: A Development Journal of Success & Happiness." I received the book when I attended Nickalus Suino's Permission III event. When I de-cluttered my room, I decided I would at least read the book once to determine if I wanted to keep it on my bookshelf.

Trekking through the pages, I came upon "Chapter Six: If You Want to Get Rich, Work for Free." The chapter title puzzled me. What further puzzled me was when Suino said that "real wealth is created rather than earned" (Gray & Suino 35).

It has taken some reflecting and re-reading the chapter to wrap my head around the concept. My interpretation of the line meant there is an active and passive process to gain wealth.

"Earn" is passive in simply putting in time for the job for the paycheck at the end of the day. The type of jobs I think of showing up to the job, doing the work, and then leaving for the day.

"Create" is an active process where you put in more than time. You put in creativity, innovation, careful thought, determination, and perhaps some skin in the game of creating wealth.

One of the ways I believe I create wealth is providing excellent customer service at my current position as a barista. Part of my customer service includes taking orders, but I take it a step further to see if they want to have something to eat or if they want a sample of a product. It does not work all the time, but on the times I am successful means either the order increases by one product or a tip in the tip jar.

Creating wealth means I take the extra step in my daily work to create opportunities to earn a little more for both myself and my work. If my work does well, they will be able to pay my co-workers and me a bit more and expand their opportunities for growth. A good experience for a customer means another visit and perhaps a recommendation to another potential customer for my work.

While I did apply the concept to my current work situation, I believe it also applies to my creative ventures. I put in a lot of time into my website, working on blog posts for each week and seeking topics of interests for the blog. What I know that I can do better is customizing the website better for mobile usage.

Due to how the line changes my perspective on how wealth can come into one's life, I decided to create a mantra for myself. Hence, "Real Wealth is Created Rather Than Earned" inserted itself into my life.


I've grown up with the mindset that everything has to be earned. Yet, I've found that I found the greatest joy in creating. There are those who find joy in what I create. I help them bring to life the vision they have of their words. The words specifically chosen to capture their voice and evoke an image of what it would be like working with them.

When life get hard, I go back to this mantra. It pays not only in today's modern currency, but it feeds my creative soul and satisfies my desire to serve.

No one works the same way, so I am not preaching this mantra to be a fool-proof method. It is a tool and option that is out there for those who struggle.

As a writer, I take time each time I journal to write "Real Wealth is Created Rather Than Earned" five times. Write it. Talk it. Draw it. Tackle this mantra any way that gets the message across for yourself.

If the mantra has helped in any way or the story resonates and you feel comfortable in sharing, make a comment below or feel free to Contact Me if you want it private. Let's examine what we earn and how we can change it into something we create that produces wealth together.


Stay tune for more in "A Matter of Mantra" series!

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