"Wealth is freedom.
It isn’t a thing, nor is it any accumulation
of things. Above all, it isn’t a certain number
of dollars in net worth. There are, after all, families
who would feel wealthy beyond words to have a net worth
of $500,000, and others for whom $5 million wouldn’t
begin to be enough.
Wealth is freedom. At the very least, wealth frees
you from financial worry about what will happen to you,
and to your children. No matter how much money you have,
if you’re still worried, you aren’t wealthy.
Freedom from financial fear is thus wealth’s negative
Beyond that, wealth is the positive freedom to live
the kind of life that is meaningful to you, even –
and especially – when you no longer work to earn
an income. When your investments, as distinctly opposed
to the sweat of your brow, will provide you sufficient
income to live a full and joyful life, you are truly
wealthy – because you are truly free.”
Simple Wealth, Inevitable Wealth
by Nick Murray