Excellent article. Much like norbert said, the contribution idea has been showing itself to me more and more.
I've been thinking a lot about Russell Conwell's Acres of Diamonds
speech. So many times we go looking for our wealth outside of our immediate area of influence (set huge goals that we can't wrap our minds around), and we become frustrated when they don't materialize quickly enough for us. It's much easier and smarter to look at where we are now and what we already have that can provide for the increase (like the salesperson mentioned).
A 50% increase in income over the next year? Completely doable. Here I go!