It’s Less Than You Think…

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Path through the woodsYears ago, I read a short story by Leo Tolstoy called, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” As I remember it, God showed a man a vast stretch of land and said, “Every inch of land on which you step will be yours.” There was only one condition: The man had to be back at the starting place at sundown.The joyful man raced across the verdant fields, hurrying to claim as much land as possible. At high noon, he thought about turning back, but the land ahead looked better than anything he had yet seen. He pressed on.
By mid-afternoon, he realized it was getting late and he’d now have to run fast to get back by sunset. He started running. He reached the spot just as the sun set.

And he died on the spot.

“How much land does a man need?”

Tolstoy’s answer: Six feet by three—just enough to bury him.

I share this recognizing that money and even extreme amounts of money are neither bad nor wrong. My purpose is to paint an extreme picture of the reality of how much is ultimately needed for each person. And here’s the big secret:

Until you know how much you need, it’s nearly impossible to make decisions about how much to give away.

Deciding how much is enough for you right now—and in the immediate future—opens up a world of planning opportunities. Deciding on your standard of contentment offers you the freedom to live and do the things in life that matter most to you. Once you know how much you need, you are ready to plan for your future with passion, confidence, and peace of mind.

Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now. Pass it on and share the insights like this that you find valuable.



“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”-Leo Tolstoy

Based on and adapted from top-rated book,
The Secret of Wealth With No Regrets by Barry H Spencer.
Rich DeVos, Co-Founder of Amway, on Forbes-500 List, Owner of NBA Orlando Magic says:“Too few wealthy people ask the bigger questions… I can highly recommend Barry Spencer’s book.”
Barry H Spencer
Wealth With No Regrets®
12600 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 150
Alpharetta, GA 30004
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