Are you ready to GET RICH QUICK? Well just hold your horses.

This week we’re going to look at the concept of the get rich quick mentality, and next week, I am actually going to tell you just what it takes to literally GET RICH—the money kind of rich (but not necessarily as QUICKLY as those greedy money-spirits insist you should).

Everyone wants to GET RICH QUICK, and there are a mazillion experts ready to take your money and tell you how. But don’t blame them.

For every peep who tries to tell us how to get rich quick, there are a mazillion more peeps who want to know how to get as much money as FAST as they can, so they can finally be happy. With that frame of mind, unfortunately, few will ever experience true wealth or true happiness.

Before we go on, let’s put this money thing into perspective, so when we do get the cash, we will have the mindset that’s fit for it. Here’s what some wise folks like Ben, Momma T,  and Ralphy have to say…


Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.   ~Benjamin Franklin

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.   ~Mother Teresa

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.   ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.   ~Muhammad Ali

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.   ~Henry David Thoreau

He who is contented is rich.   ~Lao Tzu

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.   ~W. C. Fields

I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren’t so exciting.   ~Bill Gates

Think and grow rich.   ~Napoleon Hill

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.   ~Oprah Winfrey

There are people who have money and people who are rich.   ~Coco Chanel


Why do these super stars talk about riches this way? Because being RICH first and foremost has NOTHING to do with money! It has everything to do with the way you live your life and the happiness you feel every day. To get rich, you have to first stop thinking about money, and start thinking about what drives you with excitement and passion.

This is exactly why I am a business and Lifestyle Designer. It is my mission to help others live lives of fullness and true purpose, the kind of lives that look and feel wealthy in a variety of ways, not just in terms of money!  In your life and in your work, you can be rich every day in every way! Lifestyle design is about CHOICES and MINDSET!

I am RICH. I live my life with a mindset that is positive and that also draws me to amazing opportunities where I can connect with and help others in very significant ways. I have total freedom, and I can set my own schedule. My life affords me many exceptional experiences, and I have had the privilege of getting to share time with some extraordinary people. I have traveled to some wonderful places like Maui, Kauai, (Hawaii), Trinidad, England, France, Canada, Jamaica, and Mexico to name just a few. I have stayed in the finest hotels and eaten at world class restaurants many times over.  I have been invited to places and events some people only dream of going.  I have purchased clothes and shoes that made me feel very privileged.  I have experienced many crazy and adventurous activities, too. Yet those things are NOT what make me rich.

Why I am RICH

I am RICH because I am able to fully enjoy every moment of my life, and I am RICH because I have a clear purpose for living. I know who I am and why I am here, and every day in my life and in my work I live that mission and calling.

Yes, I have definitely experienced the finer things of life, but I have also found absolute joy, wealth, and clarity of purpose in the simplest things as well. I’ve sat with a friend who was horribly sick, and held her hand as she painfully recovered. I helped bring a baby into the world. I was in the room when a very dear loved one passed away, and I’ve dined fabulously on almost nothing with people who had very little food to share.  I’ve visited complete strangers in the hospital, and held onto faith myself when I thought I was going to die. I’ve stayed up all night with feverish children, and prayed for my puppy that miraculously came through.  I sat in a baby pool with a home-made (but fabulous) cocktail, and enjoyed sailing in an old rickety boat.  I’ve played battleship in the car with my honey on a frosty cold night at the lake as we sipped on hot cocoa, I’ve shared a burger with a pal when there wasn’t much cash, and made chicken and dumplings for 30!


Wealth and being RICH is a quality of being. It’s really all about who you are as a person and what makes you happy, and what you offer to others! That must come from within because unless it starts there no amount of money will bring you joy! Once you own that, you can confidently design the business of your dreams, based around your calling and your passion.


My passion—what drives me every day of my life—is empowering others to find their unique gifts and calling and use them to create over-the-top lives and businesses. I would do this for free. It is who I am.

For you it may be designing and creating super stylish interior spaces, or mentoring others to rise to the top, or helping people to get well and strong and energized, or it may be informing and entertaining your tribe through exciting seminars and special events. Your passion may be connecting with clients in the selling situation because you know you are changing their lives in unprecedented ways through the exceptional products that you sell.

To GET RICH QUICK, quit thinking that RICH means just money, and get a brand new mindset. You must be RICH well before you will ever see the first shiny dime of your small business fortune. Then, you will be well-prepared to receive the money, the actual CASH,  that is certainly yours for the taking!

Have a wealth mentality. In every instance of every day, live like you mean it.  Do business like you love it. Create like you are excited about it. Meet people like you care. Connect like you have a purpose. Savor each moment like it matters. Enjoy every event (big or small, simple or elaborate) as if you are attending the King’s ball. Then, see if you don’t discover just how rich you really are. THAT kind of RICH does happen QUICKLY! It’s simply a mindset.

AT THAT POINT you can begin to make the leap to GAIN FINANCIAL WEALTH, and this money-kind of getting RICH starts with your decision to drop a very dangerously deceptive mentality—the one that says you can be successful without working a plan or without putting a reasonable amount of time and consistent effort into your business.

More on that next week, when I’ll share with you the HOW so you can get the CASH in your business (because that’s loads of fun too)!  Stay tuned, and in the meantime…

Please share something about your own life that makes you KNOW you are rich today!


Have a Wild Week of Riches!


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20 Responses to Get Rich Quick!

  1. You are singing my song Margo! I am so sick of ‘gurus’ saying you need a 6 or 7 figure income to be happy. No one does. Ever.

    But every day people get sucked in by the folks who claim its the key to success.

    It’s not.

    None of us went into business to be rich. We went into business for something else. For me, it was having the ability to travel and then later on, be there for my girls. I personally am happier because I built my business on my own terms vs. what some other person thinks I should do.
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    • You make great points Shannon.

      This is EXACTLY why I practice Lifestyle Design! Lifestyle Design is about CREATING what makes you happy, and getting to the ROOT of that, then finding a way to experience it, regardless of the money. Hey, I admit making a lot of money is fun, but you do not need a lot to live FULLY and with UBER-EXCITEMENT!

      I really think the problem is that we are duped into thinking there is only one currency that is of absolute value, and that could not be further from the truth. If it were the truth, then why do so many of us use that currency (the dollar) to buy things to help make us feel good. We buy much of our “stuff” as a roundabout way to try and secure intangibles like love, admiration, friendship, and significance.

      If it is freedom you want (which to me is of greatest value), let’s not be fooled into thinking that it is bought solely or mainly with money. Too many people are workaholics and/or slaves to their work just to keep up the freedom game.

      Lifestyle Design is MY passion: WHAT do you want that you think money can buy you? Get to that root. THEN, find a way to have it. You want FREEDOM? Create a business that gives you total flexibility and still generates enough income to enjoy the life you love. You want to travel? Make that a part of your marketing plan. You want to wine and dine and meet interesting peeps? Throw a small cocktail party and serve $9 a bottle wine and slap some olives on sliced French bread. LIVE the dream without getting caught in the money trap!

      Shannon, you get me, I know you do. I love that! You keep up the fabulous work. Love and hugs to you my friend!

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  2. Love it! Yes, Rich is first about feeling then about being… Just like Nadine said, I’m rich because I have the chance to be paid to do what I do when I want to. I’m rich because I have freedom of choice. I’m rich because I get to call the shots and decide what my priorities are, they are not imposed on me anymore (most of them at least..LOL). I’m rich because I have the chance to help other women attain their dreams and when they do…it makes me so rich…rich in joy for them, rich in pride for them, rich in love. Thank you Margo for reminding us that although money is important, being rich starts in our head and right now in our day to day.

  3. Jackie Young says:

    I am rich beyond my wildest dreams ever…I have over 17 years of sobriety, a priceless gift from God. I have the blessings of a loving family and the ability to be a part of their lives. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and each day is exciting, to see what God has in mind for me. I am grateful and humble…and rich!!

  4. Totally! Over my past 10 years in the finance business, I’ve met oodles of rich folks and not one of them got there quickly. The only way to make big money quickly is to take on a HUGE amount of risk; like “you can lose everything or win big” kind of risk…and that’s more like gambling and impractical for most of us. Slow and steady is the only way.
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    • Thanks for sharing that Agatha. I am sure you see a lot of this in the financial industry.

      I think entrepreneurs need to be reminded of this again and again–slow and steady (or even sort of fast and steady). Either way it takes working a plan, and as we grow in wealth, we should enjoy the richness of it along the way, savoring the journey and the process.

      Thanks for reading and sharing.

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  5. Margo, love this article and soaked in every word. Thank you. I’m rich because it’s my choice to do what I do and be who I’m being. So much of what you wrote resonated with me. I’m rich because I held my Dad’s hand when he walked through the gates of heaven and saw his Mom there. I’m rich because I volunteer at my son’s school and get to make home made play doh. I’m rich because I get to empower women to activate their dreams. I’m rich because I get to evolve myself and grow every second of the day. I’m rich because I matter to myself and to this world. Thanks so much, Margo.
    Nadine Nicholson recently posted..Now, you can plan your week in 30 minutes flatMy Profile

    • Gosh Nadine, you are welcome, and thanks for your comment and sharing those thoughts with us! We are truly rich, aren’t we? Rich for our freedom and rich because we understand that our lives are not just about us!

      I am glad you were with your Dad when he went on from his physical body. I was with my mom too, and that was a blessing, and now they are both REALLY rich now!

      You and Danielle both touched on being rich because you can do what you to–empowering others, and because you evolve and grow continually. It doesn’t get much wealthier than that.

      Hugs! Thanks again for sharing!

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  6. I am rich because I get to do what I love every day. I am passionate about my work. I get to help people change their lives by learning how to eat healthy. I am rich because I am constantly growing and challenging myself. I am rich because I have the love and support of family and friends. Thank you Margo for such a thoughtful post!
    Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD recently posted..Friday Food Finds: My Favorite Protein PowdersMy Profile

    • You’re welcome Danielle!

      I can totally relate about knowing you are rich because of the freedom you enjoy–to be able to do what you love every day, and really help others.

      I love that you added that you are rich because you are constantly growing. This is key for me as well. Then, the richest part of all, being loved by friends and family and having the opportunity to love them too!

      Thanks for reading and sharing Danielle.

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  7. I feel rich because I have the love and support of my husband, family and true friends. I feel rich because I’ve been blessed with great health. I’ve often thought, that if I were money-rich, how much could I enjoy it if I were ill?
    I feel rich because through God’s Grace, I’m able to empathize—to feel, if only a little, what it’s like to walk in another’s shoes.

    • Nancy, I think you nailed it that being rich is so tied to being able to understand others, to empathize (and love).

      I also liked that you shared how important our health is, and that our health is one of the greatest riches we can have. Without that, everything else means much less because we can’t fully experience it. Your words remind us that we MUST take care of ourselves FIRST so we can be there for others, and this is a slow and hard lesson for many of us, but a vital one!

      Thank you Nancy, both for reading and for sharing your thoughts and great insight with us!


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  8. I feel so rich today, cause I have the love of my husband and my new baby boy Stanley! He is my rock and a blessing to my life. I have plans and goals and when any of them go out of place or out of sight I look over to my baby and know that “we all have something to look forward too”. So I reset my target get encouragement from my hubby and move on. Thank you Margo for this wonderful post… xo Hazel

    • Wow Hazel, CONGRATULATIONS! Congrats to Stanley too for starting his Earthly journey!

      What an honor for you to have a baby and be a mom. That is the hardest and most rewarding job on the planet.

      I love your phrase, “I reset my target”. I think I may borrow that for one of my upcoming messages, with a picture of a GIANT reset button, that reads, “reset to what REALLY matters” lol!

      You are right, we reset by putting things into true perspective and focusing on what matters most and on what we are here to do. THAT is true wealth!

      Thanks for sharing.

      Big Mommy Hugs!

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  9. Jamie Scott says:

    Thank you for this post. Yes, money is nice, but to be blessed in other ways and to acknowledge it is so powerful. I have been brought through a very rough time during the last 22 months with the ending of a 30 year marriage. I am so grateful for the wonderful friends and family that have supported me through this time. It’s a wealth that can’t be measured. I’m now starting a new life “alone”, and there are days where I’m scared and floundering, but all I have to do is look back, see how far I’ve come, and take the next right step toward my goals. Happy Tuesday, everyone! Jamie

    • Hi Jamie! Thanks for your encouraging words.

      I so agree with you that to ACKNOWLEDGE out blessings is so powerful. So many of us know we are, but we don’t readily and openly ackowledge it to self and others.

      I cannot imagine what it must be like for you right now, but I do know that the universes (I call that GOD) will open up to you as you open up to those gifts. You are NOT alone, and you may be very surprised at the resources and people that begin to step into your life as you boldly embrace this new adventure. Your life STARTS today!

      Hugs and love,

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