How to Live Life to Fullest

In 1923, nine of the wealthiest people in the world met at Chicago’s Edge Water Beach Hotel.
Their combined wealth, it is estimated, exceeded the wealth of the Government of the United States at that time. These men certainly knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth. Attending the meeting were the following men:
1. The president of the largest steel company,
2. The president of the largest utility company,
3. The president of the largest gas company,
4. The president of the New York Stock Exchange,
5. The president of the Bank of International Settlements,
6. The greatest wheat speculator,
7. The greatest bear on Wall Street,
8. The head of the World’s greatest monopoly &
9. A member of President Harding’s cabinet.
That’s a pretty impressive line-up of people by anyone’s yardstick.
Yet, 25 years later, where were those nine industrial giants?
Let’s examine what happened to them 25 years later.
1. The President of the then largest steel company (Bethlehem Steel Corp), Charles M Schwab, lived on borrowed capital for five years before he died bankrupt.
2. The President of the then largest gas company, Howard Hubson, went insane.
3. One of the greatest commodity traders (Wheat Speculator), Arthur Cutten, died insolvent.
4. The then President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney, was sent to jail.
5. The member of the US President’s Cabinet (the member of President Harding’s cabinet), Albert Fall, was pardoned from jail just to be able to go home and die in peace.
6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street, Jesse Livermore committed suicide.
7. The President of the then world’s greatest monopoly, Ivar Krueger, committed suicide.
8. The President of the Bank of International Settlement, Leon Fraser, committed Suicide.
9. The president of the largest utility company, Samuel Insull, died penniless.
What they forgot was how to “make” life while they got busy making money!
Money in itself is not evil; it provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy. Money is only a medium of exchange.
We need two kinds of education:
a) One that teaches us how to make a living,
b) One that teaches us how to live.
There are many of us who are so engrossed in our professional life that we neglect our family, health and social responsibilities.
If asked why we do this, we would reply that “We are doing it for our family”.
Yet, our kids are sleeping when we leave home. They are sleeping when we come back home!! Twenty years later, we’ll turn back, and they’ll all be gone, to pursue their own dreams and their own lives.
Without water, a ship cannot move. The ship needs water, but if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face existential problems. What was once a means of living for the ship will now become a means of destruction.
Similarly we live in a time where earning is a necessity but let not the earning enter our hearts, for what was once a means of living will surely become a means of destruction for us as well.
So take a moment and ask yourself, “Has the water entered my ship?”
I hope not!
Hope the above story will drive all of us in a better direction.


  1. Bramesh said:

    Thanks All for liking the story and learning lesson out of it.. Spread the word

    July 4, 2016
  2. Subhash Mittal said:

    A warning that we should remain in present and introspect our deeds if everything is alright.
    Really very educative article.

    July 3, 2016
  3. nysrsp said:

    Brilliant Article Brameshji…

    “Money is important to life….But only Money is not life”

    “Take care of your family…Also help out those who are in dire need”

    “Be wise but be generous and kind-hearted”

    July 2, 2016
  4. That is such an interesting read. We really need the two kinds of education – one for living, one on how to live….Inspiring read.

    July 2, 2016
  5. chandrashekher said:

    very good sir, it teach us to look beyond money.

    July 2, 2016
  6. Thiru said:

    Thanks sir, everybody should think over.
    This is what told as
    “If you have small amount of money in your hand, you will manage it, But if you have money till neck, it will manage you.”

    July 2, 2016
  7. Thiru said:

    Super Sir, This is what told as “If you have small amount of money in you hand, you will manage it. and if you have money till you neck, it will manage you” 🙂

    July 2, 2016
  8. Nat El said:

    Thnx Brahmeshji,
    You give that extra encouragement through articles like the present one. We can understand that u will have spent time to put such articles up…while we can straight away enjoy and learn from them. Thnx for your committment

    July 2, 2016
  9. Vijay Kumar said:

    very much impressed sir Excellent Article…:)

    July 2, 2016
  10. Jayesh Agarwal said:

    Brilliant article sir

    July 2, 2016
  11. Teja said:

    Fantastic article

    July 1, 2016
  12. ARUN KUMAR said:

    Nice Article, Sir.

    July 1, 2016
  13. anil jain said:

    very nice sir

    July 1, 2016
  14. NITESH SHARMA said:

    Good one Nice exapmle

    July 1, 2016
  15. Rishi said:

    amazing.. thanks bro.

    July 1, 2016
  16. It is an eye opener for the people who are living ,thinking only about materialistic world

    July 1, 2016
  17. Shiva said:

    Good one sir

    July 1, 2016
  18. Arun Palav said:

    Very nice article to learn and live our life, keep it up. Thanks

    July 1, 2016

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