Money is one mysterious thing that everyone seems to be chasing. It is the reason why people get up and get dressed to go for work every morning, even if they don’t necessarily like what they are doing, they just do it. Of course many may deny that, they say they aren’t doing it for the money, but really, would they go to work for free then?
Of course, Sometimes it is about the money
I was inspired to write this article by a friend of mine who a while ago asked me, why is it so important to you to have a lot of money ?, you can just live comfortably with “just enough” right. I was intrigued by this question. And I am sure that a lot of people have been asked the same question or even ask it themselves. But I am going to ask a question myself, why shouldn’t you have more than enough money yourself ?
So does this mean I should make money my ultimate goal in life, I don’t think so.
There is one ironic thing though, you can’t tell a poor person that money is not that important, they will kill you, to them money is everything.
And I understand that, I have been very broke in my life, and most people have been as well. To be honest, when you don’t have money, life is complicated, probably more complicated that it should be. You are freaking out most of the time, always chasing and always having to do staff. You have to be with people you don’t like, accept ill-treatment by a boss or whoever just because you have no money. It is nightmare.
But the rich will tell you the exact opposite, there is more to life apart from the money. Money will not buy you health, money won’t by you love or happiness. Money is just money, it is the medium to achieve various goals, it is a necessity in day to day living but certainly not the most important thing
Money follows your purpose
I so much enjoy referring to king Solomon, the wisest and the richest man ever to live. Now, before Solomon had his riches and fame, he had an interesting encounter. He had a dream and God asked him in the dream, “whatever you ask for, I will give you”. If this was a test, I bet almost everyone from this generation would fail, no one would do what Solomon did.
He asked for an understanding heart, to be a good judge among his people.
Solomon’s request pleased God and God said to him, “Because you have asked for this thing, and have not asked for your yourself long life, nor have you asked for riches nor for the life of your enemies, but have asked for understanding to discern justice, behold I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has been none like you before and after you none will rise. I have also given you that which you have not asked, both riches and honor, so there will not be any among you the kings like you for all your days”.
I think the principle illustrated in this story still applies today. Money and wealth are those things that can’t be persuaded directly. Money is just there to back one’s purpose. Read the More Than Money book
TO CHANGE THE WORLD
If we look at the world’s richest people. They are the ones who have brought enormous change to the world through their ideas and through their contributions. Bill Gates changed the world by building Microsoft alongside with Paul Allen. Jeff Bezos built Amazon to make shopping much easier and global, Steve Jobs founded Apple, Jack Ma founded the Alibaba Group.
It is no doubt that, they did not simply enter the technology world in order to become wealthy, but rather to change the lives and perceptions of the masses. The world is a lot different all because of these people. They are Heroes.
We can not run away from the fact that they also contribute largely to philanthropy, giving away their wealth to charity organizations, embarking in projects that eradicate diseases across continents, providing food and water over mass populations. I definitely think it is justified for them to have so much money, they give it away anywhere, at least part of it.
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However, money itself has undeniable benefits that it comes with, it’s prime importance can not be overlooked.
Money gives you freedom
So since money does buy you happiness, is it not necessary then, it definitely is. Moreover, I think when one is to set goals, he or she should actually include a monetary aspect. In my opinion, there is no need to live in lack and misery, one should have enough money to live as they please.
Just imagine, never having to worry about money, being able to go anywhere in the world, take your family anywhere, have anything you want because I tell, there are very few things that money can’t buy. Billionaire Warren Buffet still lives in his house which he purchased in 1958 by then was worth $31 500, he says, “I live there because I want to, I am happy there. Otherwise, I can buy any house in the world“.
“If you can attend a night meeting in New York and still be able to get home in Miami before morning to see your kids. That alone is a reason to get rich”.– Grant Cardone
It is the freedom that money gives you. To be able to explore the best of what mother earth and life have to offer.
But for me personally, the major reason to have money, is to be able to help, to have impact and touch the lives of those who are less privilege and of course, to have the freedom of not having to worry about money again.
“Monetary wealth is absolutely attainable in this world, but having it as your main goal can distract you and keep you from doing something even greater. If you look beyond becoming wealthy, then it will simply become a part of your journey. Always aim to do something greater than you anticipate doing; this keeps you motivated”. – Unknown
By all means, let us persue our dreams and goals but let’s also be mindful that money is never the ultimate goal, freedom is.
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Thank you for taking your time to read the article. Please leave a comment below. Do let me know what you think about money and I will get back to you.