The final two important principles from The Richest Man in Babylon pertain to growth and legacy. When Clason encourages people to insure a future…

kalu kaluThe final two important principles from The Richest Man in Babylon pertain to growth and legacy. When Clason encourages people to insure a future income, he suggests that people do so by putting money aside for retirement and insurance. When he tells people to increase their ability to earn, he encourages people to do those things that would make it possible for them to keep and multiply their wealth. To Clason, the important things that helps one to increase his/her wealth include: making a will, paying one’s debts on time and refraining from getting into debt to begin with, taking care of one’s family, doing good deeds to others, helping when you are able, and being compassionate to those who are less fortunate.

These last two guidelines for wealth relate very well to personal development. They cause us to question our behavior, actions, and activities—imploring us to be concerned with our legacy and to seize the opportunities to become difference makers. What are the practices that you are currently engaging in that you hope would to live beyond your present life? Is it the kind word you gave to a person in need? Is it the loving attention that you’ve given to a family member or friend? Or is it the countless hours you spend devoting yourself to something greater? The biggest lessons that come from the final two principles in this series is that we have an amazing opportunity to live beyond our time here on earth by the actions, consideration, and care we take in our relationships and encounters with others. What will your legacy be? What path toward growth will you choose to take? The choice is yours, and we hope that you’ll continually invest in YOU! Seize this day, this week, and every day of your life—and view it is an opportunity to grow, learn, and flourish!

Tasha Richardson, blogger for a beautiful patience, presents her final installment of the “Invest in YOU” series for the National Runaway Safeline (check out the intro piece here and part one here). Tasha was a Public Ally for NRS and dreams of changing the world one thought and positive interaction at a time. You can read more of her work on a beautiful patience and on NRS’ blog.