A robber pulled a gun on a depressed man and said, “Your money or your life!” The man hesitated so the thief said, “Didn’t you hear me? Your money or your life!”
To which the depressed man replied, “I’m thinking it over.”
Regardless of the amount of money you make, or how depressed you are, your money is not worth more than your life. You’re worth more than your net worth.
Still, it doesn’t stink to have money, does it? Why can’t we have more money and more life? Why does it have to be one or the other?
I’ve been poor enough that my wife called me crying because she got a parking ticket. She wasn’t sure how we were going to pay it.
I’ve been rich enough to give money to a friend who needed a lawyer, provide meals to families going through hard times and to go on life changing trips with my family.
Big insight coming…Being richer is better!
Some people’s beliefs about money keep them from earning more. They think:
Limiting belief about money #1) Money is the root of all evil.
Sorry, the Bible says “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” and it’s talking about making money your idol.
So don’t do that.
Limiting belief about money #2) Only greedy people who exploit and cheat others make a lot of money.
Did Steve Jobs do that to get rich? Did Michael Jordan do that to earn his money? The vast majority of high income earners serve their way to tremendous wealth.
Zig Ziglar had it right when he said, “You can get everything you want in this world if you just help enough other people get what they want.”
Limiting belief about money #3) If I get rich it will change me.
Money simply makes you more of what you are. If you’re a nice person, money lets you be nicer. Imagine how much you can help people, families and charities with more money.
If you’re a jerk, you might become an even bigger jerk.
So don’t do that.
Limiting belief about money #4) I will have to become a workaholic and ignore my family to make a lot of money.
Some people take that route. It goes to point number one about keeping the love of money in perspective. If you don’t, you’re truly giving up your life for money.
Some people want it so bad it becomes the focus of their lives. They plan out their major in college based on what has the highest earning potential. They go for the job with the best pay. They put in long hours to get the promotion. They put in even more hours to become partner. They are earning a great paycheck and then they realize they’re miserable, divorced and they don’t even know their kids.
Is there another way?
Making money at something you love makes you rich and filled with joy. You don’t have to work at the exclusion of play and family time.
- Find your Passionate Purpose
- Create your goals – including monetary goals
- Develop your plan to get there
- Take actions on your plan every day
- Pursue other passions that bring you and your family happiness
You might be surprised how much you end up making and how much you’re helping others while doing it.