First, let me apologize to those of you that have come here fully expecting to make $1,000,000,000 (that’s nine zeros, amigo) in two hours of blogging. Unfortunately (for the human population) I already know that this is going to be one of my more popular blogs. Why? Because of this syndrome we all have with money. Westerners in particular.
Unfortunately (for the human population) I already know that this is going to be one of my more popular blogs.Share!
As I speak about in the Money segment of the #SELFMASTERY Life Wheel workbook (that you can totes get for free, here) we’ve turned money into this god that demands our sacrifices made on high to appease! And if only we could give up enough of our time, or abuse our relationships enough, or throw enough children into the volcano, then Money would finally smile on us and draw near… at least temporarily.
And, I’ve totally been caught in the trap. I’ve been running a successful business for about 10 years now, and guess what? It has ups and downs. That’s business. If you’re smart, and you practice The Four A’s, then you can maximize the upside and minimize the downside. But, as Uncle Eric, Milton Friedman and Campbell McConnell say, “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”
And, everyone is after one.
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Character Funny Bits
Now, I’m not about to rake you over the coals and ‘back in my day’ you about you being raised without a work ethic. I truly don’t believe that. However, if you are after this mythical free lunch (you understand that, to get a billion dollars for two hours of work is basically equivalent to a free lunch… though perhaps you’re even irritated with those two hours) what I do believe is that you have a myriad of funny bits in your character (I won’t call them ‘flaws’ because this is your journey, and you’re a perfect sunshiney rose petal) that need addressing.
It’s not the money. It’s covetousness. Envy. Jealousy. Wanting something not because of a genuine desire to enjoy it, but because he has it, or something like it, and you are either dirty at him for having it when you don’t, or you see their facade of happiness and equate the ownership of that stuff with their smiles.
The ownership of ‘stuff’ is the backbone of any good happiness facade. #selfmastery #happinessShare!
Or, it’s insecurity. Self-doubt. Never feeling like you’ve got the right stuff. Thinking that the only way you’re ever going to be happy and know that you’re a worthwhile human being is to get $1 billion, and for that, though it’s a drag, even you would do a couple hours of honest work.
Or, it’s fear. Fear that the economy is going to collapse. Or that your pension is going to run out. Or that the government is going to take all the stockpiles of gold you have great plans to hoard. Essentially, fear that that which created you and sustains your every breath and heartbeat isn’t going to look after you for much longer.
Jim Rohn said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” The rest follows, but you need to trust that it will. That’s kind of the first test. If you don’t believe that all aspects of your life will get better (yes, including your finances) when you sit down and really grind on yourself, then you’re never going to do it. And, guess what? Even if you do find your way to a pile of money, either it will go away quickly because of your character funny bits, or you’re not going to be happy anyway. You’ll just be unhappy with a pile of money.
Then, what will you do?