You can't make money, not any real money, if you think money is bad.
Sounds obvious, doesn't it? But believe it or not, many people in their heart of hearts are unsure about whether making money, and wanting lots of it, is somehow morally dubious. The history of how we have become so muddleheaded about a resource which is, for most of us, as good and necessary as water, food and shelter, is fascinating, but outside the scope of a short article like this. The fact is that this confusion is as prevalent today as it ever was; furthermore, it especially afflicts good, decent people, who are just the sort of folks the world needs to be rich.
Wealth, we are told, is all about the “true riches" in life: friends, family, community, a healthy emotional and spiritual life, and money is in comparison of very little “real value, " whatever that means. This is dangerous nonsense. As they say in Mexico: when poverty comes in the front door, love goes out the window. Lack of money puts stress on your relationships and your physical health. It does great damage to one's self-esteem, and can easily lead to depression, addictive behavior and worse. Fortunately, the opposite is just as true: with plenty of money you can be a better spouse, better friend, better and more constructive member of your community. Your ability to care for yourself physically and emotionally, indeed is every way, is increased enormously.
We have been told that focusing on money is materialistic, not spiritual. And most of us probably believe that becoming more spiritual is one way a person improves themselves. We want to transcend concerns about money. But the truth is that unless you are a monk living in an ashram, the less money you have, the more you're going to be preoccupied with it: how to get it, how to keep it, how to spend it, whether or not you can save any. On the other hand, having money and lots of it, gives you the opportunity to be free as never before, although, it must be said, this doesn't always happen. A poor man who worries about money is only doing what you would expect;, while a rich person who does the same is just neurotic.
Wealth IS money. . . at least.
In our culture in our time, money is what makes wealth possible, and wealth is what makes everything else abundant. Of course, remember that money is a good servant but a bad master. Keep your priorities in order and understand that your financial abundance is to be used in the service of your goals and the needs of others. That said, the pursuit of money is more than morally acceptable, it is a moral imperative.
- Here is a classic text that makes a very strong case for the moral necessity of making money: The Science of Getting Rich, by Wallace Wattles. This little book was written in the early 20th century, so it's going to sound a little dated, but Wattles is the granddaddy of today's abundance gurus who owe him an enormous debt. May you find this book enRICHing!
- I am personally very impressed with the work being done by Bob Doyle, one of the teachers included in the movie “The Secret. " His approach to wealth and the application of the Law of Attraction is very down to earth and user-friendly. He's certainly worth checking out.
My name is John Lord. I am a teacher and a personal coach based in New York city and Puebla, Mexico. My personal mission is to help individuals who at mid-life are looking for proven ways to achieve personal transformation and success.
You can find out more about me and the work we are doing at: http://anotherolddog.blogspot.com