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Why It’s Not Enough to Just be Thankful

The difference between being thankful and doing thankful

This time of year, it’s common to take some time to reflect on the things that you’re thankful for. Most of us are blessed. Quite often we’ve received far more than we need and definitely more than we deserve from others.

As a young man, I was blessed to have my rich dad and poor dad. My poor dad was a great man who gave me many things, including integrity, love, and a hard work ethic. My rich dad also gave me many great things, including street smarts, financial intelligence, and a love for business and investing.

One thing rich dad said to me rings true this time of year. “It’s not enough to just be thankful, you have to do thankful.” By this, rich dad meant that we needed to do something with the blessings we receive.

It would not have been enough for rich dad to teach me all he did on money, business, and investing only to squander that knowledge away. If I had done nothing with that knowledge, I could have been thankful emotionally and mentally, but not through my actions.

In order to show my true thanks, I had to take the knowledge that my rich dad gave me and put it to work.

Often in life, thankfulness is counterfeit. We say so with our mouths, and we may even mean so, but when the rubber hits the road, we do nothing with our blessings. This explains the trust fund kid who wastes away his family’s hard-earned wealth, and it also explains the lottery winner who goes broke within a decade.

In life, blessings often come cheaply. The real cost of a blessing comes in the lifelong stewardship of that blessing. It’s a great honor and a privilege to do so—and one not everyone is willing or able to do.

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays, I encourage you to sit down, reflect, and determine where you are simply being thankful versus where you are doing thankful. What you find out may surprise you.

And the question is, once you find out, what are you going to do?

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Original publish date: November 24, 2015

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