Person A makes $50,000 per year. His passion is nature. Nothing in his life compares to being in the middle of a forest, studying and observing how nature works. He spends as much time as possible outdoors documenting his observations and sharing them with others. That's what he does for a living and that where he feels the most at home : at one with nature. He lives in a small house in the middle of the forest equipped with everything he needs and want to study nature.
Person B makes $500,000,000 per year. Her passion is to compose and create music. Nothing in her life compares to bringing new ideas to life and hearing artists and fans sing and play the songs she created. She loves every aspect of creating music and knows practically everything there is to know about the subject. She has a large house that also doubles as a recording studio equipped with everything she needs to create her masterpieces and have artists over to create along with her.
Which one is richer? In his book Wattles defines being rich as being a flourishing human being in every aspects of our lives, without any constraints. People who constantly feed their mind, body and soul in order to grow in all aspects of their lives. To do so, they require a certain amount of money so that they can make use of things, allowing them to thrive in their particular fields of interest. How much money? It depends on what they require to make the most of themselves. It may be $50,000 per year or $500,000,000 per year. In this case, despite the $499,950,000 difference, if they are both fulfilled in every aspects of their lives, they are both equally rich. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to amount of money required to truly become rich.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the lines, it seems like the popular definition of what being rich truly means got confused with the idea of being ostentatious, trying to keep up with the Joneses. Keeping up with the Joneses is a silly idea : Buying things they don't need or want to impress people they don't like or care about. It's a waste of time and it's not what Wattle's book is about.
Instead, being rich should be a state of being, not defined by what others think of us but by how we feel about ourselves through the way we interact with out environment. Once we understand that, we can determine what amount of money we truly require to be rich and start working towards it.