The Definition of Wealth

/The Definition of Wealth

The Definition of WealthMany people think being wealthy is being rich. I discovered that is extremely inaccurate. Being rich is being rich. Rich people have money. Wealthy people have a lot more than money. Their lives are far more satisfying than merely possessing dollars in a bank account. What took me more than seven years to discover you will be able to learn before the end of this article…  But, before delving into the concept of creating wealth, we have to first understand the definition of wealth.

Traditionally people have referred to wealth as asset management, stocks, investments or other financial complexities. After I lost my first million, I was determined to make my money back. I thought having money was being wealthy and wanted to find out how to become wealthy. I read an inspiring quote from the late Jim Rohn. He said:

If you want to be healthy, study health. If you want to be wealthy, study wealth.”

Over the course of more than seven years, I studied a mountain of sources and closely followed who I thought to be “wealthy” people. I read books, attended seminars, listened to audio books, interviewed people, worked for millionaires and tested all their theories in practice. After all of that effort I came to the enlightening conclusion for the definition of wealth: Wealth is not money, stocks, assets or other financial complexities

Wealth is: “Having more than enough time, health, people and money.”

The definition of wealth is literally that simple – having more than enough time, health, people and money in your life. To better understand this simple statement, you need to understand each of the components of that statement. The following key points have to be understood:

1) In order to be classified “wealthy” you need to have more than enough time, health, people and money. These four elements of wealth are inextricably linked. If you take any one of them away, the removed element will immediately have an impact on the remaining elements. Take a look at each of the four elements of wealth individually:

Time2) Time: People who don’t have time are busy. They run around all day and do what they think is right and barely have enough time to do what they love. If you have all the money in the world but no time to enjoy it, you cannot be considered wealthy.




Health3) Health: People who are physically unable to enjoy life are hampered from experiencing the joy of each day. Ask anyone in a hospital bed if they would trade their money for their health and the answer would almost always be: “In a heartbeat.” In the extreme situation of health failure you will be dead, and that is no way to enjoy life. Remove health and it becomes impossible to enjoy wealth.



People4) People: In essence, we are talking about the quality of people as well as the quality of the relationships you have with these people. If you don’t have people in your life you could be labelled “lonely.” If you have challenging relationships with the people in your life it could be labelled “complicated.” And complicated is no way to enjoy life. People spend money on people and spend time with people. Several people have in their final moments of life expressed their regrets for not spending more quality time with the people in their lives. Remove people from the definition of wealth and it cannot be considered wealth anymore.



Money5) Money: Every one of us has a different capacity or need of the amount that is more than enough. I know people who think $1,000 is a lot. I also know people who think $10,000 is not enough to cover their expenses every month. Regardless of your situation or need; if you do not have money you could be considered poor. Being poor is a tough way to make a living.

Focus on the having “more than enough” part. Having more than enough is what remains after you have fulfilled your needs, paid your bills, done what you had to etc. In other words, you would have more time than you need. You would have better health than you expected. You would have fantastic relationships with several more people than you could visit in a day, and you would have more money than what you require to survive each month. If you had lost your job you would have enough saved that it would not matter.

Having more than enough is no instant achievement. It takes both time and dedicated effort. It took me more than seven years to recover financially, to create working environments that allows me to manage my time, to spend time with people and to work on my health. For you, it is my goal that this information will save you time to master these valuable insights. Over the next few months, the remainder of the Secrets to Wealth will show you how to address all of these challenges individually.

In The Wealth Matrix, you will start to learn which specific elements will help you to manage your time, your health, your relationships with people, and in this course, the focus will be on money. I believe that having more than enough money helps you to manage your time, to improve your health and to have enough time to build quality relationships with the right and right types of people. In short, understanding money and how it works will help you to become wealthy!

Please do leave a comment below if this has changed your perception of wealth. Your comments will help others to learn and to grow wealthy. Your next piece of reading will be The Wealth Matrix.

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Wealth is NOT money. Money is money. Wealth is having more than enough time, health, people and money.


About time...


Without time, you are just busy. Having/creating time is an essential component of wealth.


About health...


Without health, you are either sick – or dead. (and unable to enjoy your wealth). Having health is also an essential component of wealth.


About people...


Without people, you are lonely, bored, or unable to progress. (and unable to enjoy your wealth). Having good relationships with people is also an essential component of wealth.


About money...


Without money, you are poor, or in need of help. (and unable to enjoy your wealth). Having money is one of the most essential components of wealth.



  1. Francis January 8, 2016 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I am glad to hear from form you. I hope my quest for information about wealth creation will be quenched. Thanks

    • Christo van Zyl January 8, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Hi Francis, thank you for your comment. I trust that this site will give you enough information to start creating wealth in your own life. I will keep updating it with more articles to assist you even further. I am also working on a short course to give you even more tips and tools to create wealth. Keep your eye open for it! Best regards, Christo

  2. ahmed November 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply new here and i look forward to gain great knowledge from you.

    • Christo van Zyl November 28, 2013 at 8:43 am - Reply

      Hi Ahmed. My pleasure, and welcome! Keep on reading, keep on learning and keep on commenting about what you learnt. All of these actions will help accelerate your learning! Welcome again!

  3. Arlindo Raimone October 1, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Thanks Christo! I found the article very interesting and very educative. Keep on posting them.

    • Christo van Zyl November 28, 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Arlindo! Will do! Apologies for the slow response. It appears I have missed your comment through a technical glitch now resolved.

  4. kelvin wasike September 13, 2012 at 3:57 am - Reply

    lovely piece of material.

    • Christo van Zyl November 28, 2013 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Hi Kelvin, thanks for the comment! Please keep on reading and leaving comments. I love to get feedback about your growth!

  5. wilbrod September 10, 2012 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Great article. thax

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