3 Hidden Lessons In Creating Wealth

From medium.com:


Once there was a man who sold his well to a farmer. The next day, when the farmer went to draw the water from that well, the man did not allow him to draw the water from it. He said, “I have sold you the well, not the water, so you cannot draw the water from the well.”

The farmer became very sad and went to the Emperor’s court. He described everything to the Emperor and asked for justice.

The Emperor called the man who sold the well to the farmer and asked, “Why don’t you let him use the water of the well? You sold the well to the farmer.” The man replied, “I sold only the well to the farmer, not the water. He has no right to draw the water from the well.”


The Emperor smiled and said to him, “Good, but look, since you have sold the well to this farmer, and you claim that water is yours, then you have no right to keep your water in the farmer’s well. Either pay rent to the farmer to keep your water in his well, or take your water out of his well immediately.”

The man understood. There is a price to be paid for everything whether he chooses to see it or not.

1. True wealth requires circulation

True wealth cannot be given to you from the external world. It’s never for sale. It doesn’t come in a package. If you don’t generate it from the inside, you have none to give.

You block your natural circulation when you hoard money, the opposite of creating long term wealth. The block is a sign of ingratitude, in this case true of the man who sold the farmer his well.


There was a trust that was paid forward by the farmer when he agreed to the transaction, and the man held back in kind. The trust was broken. The farmer will probably tell the story to his friends and family. The neighbors who hear the story will not want to do business with the man. The man would have paid the price with his reputation instead of with money.

Money is simply energy in a particular form. Its highest use is to generate activity that creates even more wealth for everyone, but in order to do that, the money must be circulated beyond yourself.

We often talk of “smallness” in people. Have you ever met someone who had lots of money but seemed small? When the man refused to pay the full price of having received the farmer’s money in exchange for the well, he shrank on the inside.

True wealth requires high integrity, which means paying forward as much as you take for yourself. There is a balance that you can either respect or ignore but is always there. Managing your money one way leads you to fulfillment, the other to loneliness.

There is always a price to be paid. Pay with money or pay with something more dear but invisible to you…



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