How do we see ourselves? Valentine's Day can elicit a number of feelings for people – whether it be passion, love, lust, longing, sadness, or loneliness. For me, Valentine's Day is the day that I have the opportunity to celebrate my wedding anniversary with my beautiful wife, Johanna. Yes, writing a weekly newsletter and being able to mention my anniversary has its benefits! It seems that many of us see ourselves from the viewpoint of how we think others view us. The same can be said for how we determine our sense of wealth and success. I recently read a fascinating book "The Self Illusion" by Bruce Hood that discusses how the social brain creates identity. William James, a prodigal psychologist, once wrote, "A man's Self is the sum total of all that he CAN call his, not only his body and his psychic powers, but his clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his lands and horses, and yacht and bank account."
How do you define "wealth"? The rich are generally all those who are better off than you and I. To the average African, even the poorest Canadian is rich. To the executive making $100,000 a year, the controlling shareholder is rich. To the late Paul Getty, no one was rich if they could count their money.