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A Rich Man Sent His Son To The Rural Area And This Is What Happened When His Son Returned Home

A Rich Man Sent His Son To The Rural Area And This Is What Happened When His Son Returned Home

A really rich Chinese man sent his son to the rural area and wanted him to experience poverty. His son lived with a family in the rural area for three days, and when he returned home, he had the following conversation with his father.

The father asked, “so how was it?”

The son said “I think it’s alright.”

“What’s the difference between our home and their home?” the father asked.

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“Wow! There are a lot of differences!” with excitement, the son continued,

“We have a dog at home, but they have four.

We have purified water in our swimming pool but they have a really big pond with fresh and clear water, there’s even fish in there!

There’re light bulbs in our garden while the moon and the stars shine brightly on their fields at night.

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Our garden is limited by the walls, but theirs is limitless. Their garden is like extending to the edge of the sky.

We listen to the CDs back home, yet they listen to the tweets of birds and other natural sounds.

Our house is surrounded by walls, but they always welcome friends so their door is always opened.

In the city, cell phones and computers connect us; there, people are connected closely with the nature and their families.”

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The father was very surprised by what the son said. “Dad, thank you for letting me know how poor we actually are.” The son said.

“Many people are so poor that the only thing they have is money.” – Rodolfo Costa

Our lives, our happiness and the nature around us are things that money can’t buy. Why things that can be bought with money are more valuable than things that even money can’t buy?

When you start to appreciate the people around you and the things you have, you will stop chasing after the “rich lives” because you know you have everything you need.

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If you are a rich person, ask yourself these questions, “am I becoming more and more disconnected with my friends and family, and with this world? Am I still wanting more for the sake of having more?”

The story is written by an unknown author. The Chinese version of it has been widely shared on the internet, and so I decided to translate it into English and let more readers know about this story. 

Featured photo credit: father with son in bowties on white background, casual look via shutterstock.com

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Anna is a communication expert and a life enthusiast. She's the editor of Lifehack and loves to write about love, life, and passion.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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