It’s an uncomfortable issue to talk about for so many people… So let’s talk about money.
I personally didn’t grow up rich. Maybe you didn’t either.
I wasn’t exactly “poor”. I don’t remember missing any meals, we had a car, a house, and shoes on my feet. But I do remember feeling like I didn’t always fit in with the other kids because I didn’t have the latest best new thing, hottest brands, or cool toys.
I have an older brother which meant plenty of second-hand clothes… And, as you likely did, I heard a lot of talk about money when I was growing up.
— Money doesn’t grow on trees
— Love for Money is the root of all evil
— We might not be wealthy but at least we’re honest people
Ever heard those? I’m sure you have. …You can probably add a few I haven’t heard before.In fact, here’s one that we’ve ALL learned. How do I know? Because it’s a constant theme in every movie, TV show and book you read:
==> Rich people are evil, mean, nasty and unethical.
Think about it:
Who’s the bad guy in Harry Potter?
– The rich kid, and his rich dad.
Who’s the bad guy in Superman?
– The rich guy, Lex Luthor.
Who’s the bad guy in Spiderman?
– The rich industrialist.
And who’s the good guy in these stories?
– Always an orphan.
– Always someone who’s been mistreated.
– Always someone who thinks money is unimportant or unnecessary.
Take a look at the movie Titanic: The ONLY “good guys” in that
movie were the poor, broke people down in 3rd class.
And who were the rich people? The stupid, shallow, rich people
who were all up on first-class arguing about whether to have mint
sauce on their lamb chops.
FACT: Many of us are conditioned to believe that money is bad and that being broke is somehow better.
Now, here’s why I’m telling you this:
Your mind is like a computer. It records everything. And from the time that you and I were little, our brain has been soaking up all these opinions about money and wealth. Even though these beliefs are completely untrue in real life, they can prevent you from being wealthy.
Think about it: if your goal is to be an honest, ethical, loving, caring and generous person… and you believe that having money will make you evil, mean, nasty and greedy… your mind will not let you take actions that might increase your income.
You’ll sabotage yourself every time. And you won’t even know it’s happening.
Really think about that.
I know I have experienced this before…
Here’s an example:
Picture yourself sitting at a stoplight and a beautiful Ferrari pulls up beside you. It’s a $250,000 car. What’s your first reaction?
“Look at that stupid rich prick driving that big ol’ car. He probably thinks he’s better than everyone.”
“Wow, look at that car! What an amazing vehicle! Isn’t it amazing that such a thing exists? I’ll bet that is incredible to drive!”
If your response to simply seeing a person sitting in a car was to automatically label them as a mean, evil nasty person… What does that say about your attitude about money? – Evil.
Richard Branson has great wealth. He has an island of his own with all the bells and whistles. He flies private Jets everywhere he goes, he has nice cars, clothes, eats at expensive restaurants… The works!
Yet he has impacted more lives around the world in a positive way than many of us ever could. The money that he has either donated or used to help others in a positive way, is more than most people will ever make in their lifetime.
And he would not have built great wealth if he thought that money was the root of all evil, rich people were selfish ass holes, and there was a lack of wealth in this world.
I personally love money… and I would like more of it than I have right now.
I would also like to fly in a private jet… I heard it’s very comfortable!
But if I do, will you be sitting there next to me, or as you see me boarding that jet will you think to yourself “Privileged Ass Hole” as I take off to do good with my fortune?
Note: Half of this post is not mine.. I was going through my notes when I stumbled across a part of this. I thought it was too good not to share, so added in my own twist so it made sense, and here we are… Thanks to the person who shared this concept originally.. I appreciate your thinking! – Nate
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- How To Start A Blog For The Price Of A Coffee
- 21 Ways to Work & Travel (pdf)
- How I Earn A Living While Traveling Full-Time
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