Spirituality Information - John Harricharan's Interview With Yanik Silver (Q4)
Yanik Silver: Well, let's go on a different track now. We've talked about all the different three areas. But let's talk about some place where I've spent a lot of time and where I know probably people that are listening to this want to talk about, and that's building wealth and creating abundance of money. What's our spiritual path to developing abundance of wealth? John Harricharan: Actually I think it's not very different from being healthy and also from getting the best relationships. I think there are certain -- it's like three different meals, each one being great, but there might be a preference for one over the other ones. And I, who came from a family of 12 -- imagine that -- I'm the eldest son of 12 children.
Yanik Silver: I didn't know that. John Harricharan: Oh yeah! And it was in a little farming and fishing village where it was really tough to make living. And I'm the first one who went to high school, who went to college, and one of the very few who left to get an education overseas. It was amazing how that went from a little village to today. And it's no different with wealth, because in those days a penny was a lot of money; a quarter was a lot of money.
And I imagine a lot of us could tell those stories. But it was a feeling that if I needed to do all the things, if I wanted to do all the things I need to do, there will be an influx of the ways to do it, the money to do it…. Now, many times I found that, yes, I could sit down and plan the greatest strategy on earth. And I've done that and made a lot of money out of it. But with that comes a kind of a -- also, let's say, a burden. I remember living and it was a 10,000 square foot house. That was a big house. That was a beautiful thing, custom-built ,almost a 100,000 gallon swimming pool in the back, and that's the one by the way where Richard Bach and I and his wife had dinner. And I remember thinking, look at all of these beautiful things. There's a lot of money, I don't have to worry about that.
But all through it there was a kind of a sadness. I would be sitting in the jacuzzi, in the pool, and I would be -- way before cell phones -- will be talking to a counterpart in Africa in one of those giant portable phones -- this time when those didn't exist. And yet there was this sadness. I'd stand by, look at the moon, look at the sky and say, "John, why aren't you as happy as the proverbial hog so to say?" And I couldn't understand why because I had -- Here's the difference I had, everything to live with, nothing to live for. And so, maybe that's one of the reasons I created the situation which caused me to lose all of that to find myself again. And so, if we want -- Money is not bad. Never have I thought so. In fact, I think money is very important. And if somebody tells me that money is not important, I'd wonder what else they'd lie about because it's up there in importance with things like air and food and so forth. So it's important, but it's a tool.
It's a tool. Money is GOD in action, if you will, and it helps us do some of the most marvelous things we could do. Take for example, because of your affluence and your abundance -- I have always admired this about you, but I knew it about you even before you knew that I knew. You think of somebody in the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose -- and a quite a number of them whose dreams were fulfilled because you exist. If you were working, making $20,000 a year, would you have been able to make that possible for a bunch of kids? Take again your contributions to so many charities like Toys for Tots and so many others I don't even know about, that you don't even tell people about, because of the special guy you are. But because of your wealth, you have been able to help a lot of people change their lives. I have never known you as the guy who says, "I got to get, I got to get and I can't give, because if I give I will have less." You have unconsciously or maybe consciously used one of the methods of amassing wealth. And you can, you know, only have to amass millions if you so choose. You are one of the guys I will bet on.
You could make billions. I don’t know what you'd do with it. And you might be bored with that too. But one of things you do is you give it away, so it comes back to you, tenth or a hundredth times. People who are in your field of internet marketing don't realize that they are looking at how can I get this affiliate system going, how can -- now, those are important things too. But I think more important of that is to get to the point where the focus is not totally on how much I'd get. I think the focus should be what will I give to get how much I want. And many times if you give a service or you give a product. And you create those, because people need them.
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