What does being rich mean to you?

Anthony walks into his boss’s office and says “Sir, I’ll be honest with you. I know the economy isn’t great. But, I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 6% raise, and Anthony happily gets up to leave. “By the way,” asks the boss, “Which three companies are after you?” Anthony replies with a broad smile, “The electric company, water company, and phone company!”

In today’s age, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who does not need more money. For most, every paycheck gives a sense of relief and security. Each coin given away is seen as a risk to one's survival. Money has become the ultimate sign of strength and success.

This is understandable. There is nothing more honorable than a parent working hard to feed their family or to send their little ones to school. But life must not be sacrificed in an attempt to survive.

Some people are obsessed with making money, without being aware of the reason why they do so. Their desire becomes insatiable. Even once they have earned enough money to last many lifetimes they still want more.  Zig Ziglar - who besides for anything else has a really cool name - said that “Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘gotta have it’ scale”. This unfortunately, seems too true for many.

Money has become a symbol of power; it is the ultimate self-promotion. Elizabeth Taylor said "Money is the best deodorant." And for too many this is true. The Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith said: "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like."

"Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like."

Is money the end goal though?  Is there a level of income that guarantees happiness? We just have to know some wealthy individuals well enough for doubts to creep into our minds. But, these doubts are too often ignored and seek to establish the downsides of wealth first hand.

Money is great as long it is maintained as a means, not as a goal. It should be viewed with the right perspective, be used for giving and the money you do have should be appreciated.

Money is great as long it is maintained as a means, not as a goal

There are more important things than money. Love for example is far more important than money, but unfortunately we are not able to pay our bills in hugs. We all have lots of bills. In today’s day and age, necessities are priced like luxuries. It is a never ending struggle for most to come out at the end of each month. In fact for far too many, there is way too much month at the end of their money. When money talks; it usually says “goodbye”. 

So the focus on making money is not just praiseworthy, is it essential but it must be done with the right perspective. Money is a means to live on your on your terms. But, we must never lose clarity about what our terms are. George Best said "I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered". Ask yourself, why you put in so much work in search of money. It may be to support the family you love. Or, perhaps you are like Mr Best who was willing to play for an embarrassing soccer team to make money to have a bit of fun.

So before you close this page and forget that you ever read it, take 1 minute, actually I am being greedy here take 30 seconds. Close your eyes and meditate on whether money is your slave, or if it has become your Master. Show appreciation for the money you do have. Free your mind to focus on a strategy for making more in the future, and visualize your ultimate goal.

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