5 Steps To Fortune

This post comes from our Australia contributor, Miann Scanlan. Follow along with her on Instagram @freepeopleaustralia!

Most of us chase wealth and fortune by working really hard, sacrificing our personal lives, relationships, and even our health in an all-out pursuit of accumulating dollar signs. We get so caught up in looking to money as the answer to all our problems that we don’t realize what we already have. The thing is, money is entirely unrelated to what we really and truly have, which is why wealth and fortune should be determined not by money, but instead by the quality of the life you lead.

Ahh, serendipity: the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon (or happens to finally see) something truly wonderful, especially while looking for something entirely unrelated. It’s a beautiful thing.

The trick is to feel rich not when you look at your bank account, but when you look at your life. For a life of abundance in the truest of fortunes, adhere to these six riches you already have sitting in the bank of life.

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When you lose the ability to connect not only your mind, body, and spirit, but also to those spirits and souls around you, you can be the poorest man in the world. Strong connections give us a sense of belonging, they literally feed to the soul. These friendships, lovers, and family members are a part of building a life based on experiences, rather than on possessions. They add tremendous value to your life but cost nothing at all.


To move forward and to seek happiness in life depends on our ability to think and our ability to choose. When we feel like we are stripped of our freedom, we feel trapped. But we always have the freedom of choice. Choosing to live where you want, to travel, and to do what you want to do in your life is a form of wealth. “Today I choose happiness”.


Time to take the slow route, to watch the tide come in, to pick up that book where you left off a few years ago. Free time is time we spend with others, for maintaining our health, for self-improvement, for planning our next move, and for creating those experiences that make life worth living. Being rich in time isn’t only for those that are retired or on vacation, we all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, but the truly wealthy are those that spend their time wisely.


Without knowing it, everyone on this planet is rich in the gifts of nature that are abundant all around them, whether it’s found in an old oak tree of a city park, in the waves crashing onto the sand, or in the verdant meadows of a rural area. Head outside and see that money truly does grow on trees because with every sunrise and every sunset Mother Nature tops-up our piggy banks.


They say that many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. And I should know first hand. I’ve literally worked myself sick many times to the point where I’ve been wheeled around in a hospital bed thinking to myself “there has to be a better way”.  And there is. Change your perspective of wealth and you will literally change your life. Being rich in good health lays in the capacity to nourish and look after your body.

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Find Miann at miannscanlan.com & instagram @miannscanlan and @freepeopleaustralia

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7 years ago

Lovely article! Great advice especially for poor students haha


7 years ago

Thank you for such an amazing post.

I was scared to open it because usually the articles with this title say more of the same song. This is so simple and so insightful, everyone should read it!

7 years ago

I totally agree with your point of view when it comes to make a fortune. very inspiring as usual :)

xx Cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

7 years ago

Thank you for this. I think good health makes a person the wealthiest they can be. Wealth is not defined by money, but life itself.

Hayley // http://www.hayleyeszti.blogspot.com

7 years ago

Thank you for sharing these thoughts. They are so true. I too, have first hand experience with working myself to a hospital visit. It was, thankfully, a big wake up call for me. I am now taking the time to do all those things you are talking about and everything definitely falls into place for a better life.

7 years ago

So very true. I think that the richest life isn’t about riches, its about living life fully & authentically. Thank you for sharing this wonderful reminder of what is truly important!


7 years ago

Beautifully written. We could all be more wealthy in time if we choose!

Warm Regards,

7 years ago

This has made my day.

These five values epitomize happiness in it’s entirety. For me, they encompass everything that leads to a well rounded and beautiful life.

Thank you!!!


7 years ago

Great post! Very inspiring and true.

7 years ago

So, so, incredibly true. Thank you for this wisdom. I aim to let it sink in, to start working with these truths, and dwelling in them, and seeing how much fuller I feel from there. Thank you.

7 years ago

I’m completely in love with this tarot deck!!! Which deck is this?

Gabi Barbará

I like the way you took the photographs. Inspiration.

7 years ago

i see Indonesia Rupiah!

“We were not rich but there was nothing we wanted” –Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

6 years ago

Thank you for the article, inspiring :)
Keep writing! Oh by the way, Do you travel a lot?
I come from Indonesia and see the currencies of my country lol.
Hope to see you if you come back to Indonesia again :)

Have a nice day!